Diving and Social Media Sites

Diving is as friendly and interactive as any good outdoor recreation or sport.  Most divers enjoy connecting with other divers, no matter what level, specialization, age, or even location.  If you’re not a club-based diver, chances are you’ve been seeking liked-minded individuals to hang out with and solicit diving information from.  And with today’s wired world there’s no better way to get connected than – where else — social media sites?

At the click of a button these sites offer a wealth of information about anything scuba-related. Be it information on a dive location you wish to visit, an underwater camera you’d like to buy, or news about marine conservation projects worldwide. The possibilities are endless.

To name a few, here are some important sites you may find useful, listed under their specific areas of interest:

DIVE INFO

These are sites that provide relevant information when planning your dive.

Finstrokes

www.finstrokes.com
Has hundreds of dive guides to UK shore, wreck and inland dive sites. Also a popular forum for divers to meet.

Planyourdivetrip

www.planyourdivetrip.co.uk
A site that’s dedicated to providing a central resource of useful UK & Eire dive planning information, from air stations to boat charters.

UK Wreck Diving

www.ukdiving.co.uk
A resource for divers to view a comprehensive list of UK wrecks and maps.

Wreck Site

www.wrecksite.eu
The world’s largest online wreck database with a listing of 143,510 wrecks.

DIVE EQUIPMENT

These are online retail shops where you can order your gear via mail.

Denny Diving – Diving Direct

www.divingdirect.co.uk
Established 1954, Denney Diving is the North’s premier dive store with an unparalleled quality of customer care and service to both individuals and organizations in the diving world.

Simply Scuba

www.simplyscuba.com
Voted as the Dive Retailer of the Year with the lowest price guarantee for all dive equipment.

SCUBA TRAINING AND SAFETY

These are oganizations that offer scuba training and services which promote safety.

BSAC

www.bsac.com
The British Sub Aqua Club, the biggest diving club in the world that also acts as the governing body for underwater activities in the UK.  It provides training programmes for divers and instructors and safety advice tailored for the safe enjoyment of the sport.

DAN Europe

www.daneurope.org
DAN Europe is a member of Divers Alert Network (DAN), the largest association of recreational scuba divers in the world whose mission is to help divers in need of medical emergency assistance and to promote dive safety through research, education, products and diving services.

London Hyperbaric

www.londonhyperbaric.com
London’s leading medical facility with a modern multi-place recompression chamber for diving accidents.

PADI

www.padi.com
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the world’s largest recreational diving membership and diver training organization.

SAA

www.saa.org.uk
The Sub-Aqua Association (SAA) is an association of independent dive clubs. SAA member clubs maintain their independence while maintaining the national standards of the SAA and benefiting from regional and national support. SAA is also the issuing authority for CMAS in the UK.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

These are forums for liked-minded individuals sharing their experiences and knowledge in diving. A great way to meet new friends and solicit advice.

Dive Buddy

www.divebuddy.com
By far the most extensive social network for scuba divers, this is where you can look for new dive buddies, research dive sites, share photos, post comments and more.

Scuba Board

www.scubaboard.com
This is a community where you can join over 205,000 divers from around the world

Scubacrowd

www.scubacrowd.com
This is an online logbook with a listing of professionals, diving centers, dive spots, and stores.

Scuba Diver Life

www.scubadiverlife.com
This is one of the leading scuba diving blogs with daily posts on trips, stories, reviews, etc.

Scubaplex

www.scubaplex.com
A social networking community that features dive sites, diving resorts, dive shops and information on where to go scuba diving.

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY

Helpful sites for those pursuing underwater photography.

UW Photography Guide

www.uwphotographyguide.com
This site aims to be a complete guide to underwater photography — with tutorials, reviews, articles, news, dive destination guides and featured artists.

ARTICLES AND NEWS

These provide the latest news and reviews relating to scuba diving.

Dive photo Guide

www.divephotoguide.com
Likewise, a comprehensive UW photography site and community for underwater photographers – with tutorials, equipment, product reviews, photo galleries and contests.

Diver Wire

www.diverwire.com
A news site dedicated to recreational diving.

Scuba Gadget

www.scubagadget.com
An independent online publication that does reviews on all things scuba including gear, travel, dive sites and more.

CONSERVATION

Responsible divers will always look for ways to protect their playground. Helpful sites that do just that are the following:

Project AWARE

www.projectaware.org
Project AWARE (Aquatic World Awareness Responsibility and Education) is a non-profit worldwide organization dedicated to conserving underwater environments through education, advocacy and action.

Save Our Seas

www.saveourseas.com
A foundation that funds and supports research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on threatened wildlife and their habitats.

Most if not all of these sites have a Facebook page and are just a Tweet away.  All it takes is for you to sign up on their page and be on their list.

https://www.facebook.com/DiversEmergencyService?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/