When we aren’t out diving ourselves we like hearing about other divers’ adventures. And what better way to check out what other divers are up to, then scrolling through their social media feeds! From stunning marine photography to gear reviews, conservation efforts, and the best dive locations to visit – we have put together a list of 8 amazing dive accounts to follow that will be sure to inspire your next diving adventure!
1. Ocean Ramsey
The aptly named Ocean Ramsey is a Hawaiian freediver, scuba instructor, and environmentalist. She is most well known for her work with sharks, so check out her sites if you love or are curious about sharks! The images and videos she posts are unbelievable. She gets up close and personal with a variety of sharks (think: Tiger Sharks and Great White Sharks). While we don’t recommend trying to replicate her images, Ocean does a great job of showing that sharks are not to be feared, are misunderstood, and should be protected. As well as amazing images of sharks, Ocean offers great tips on what you can do to support shark conservation.
Deepblu is an online community for divers to share and learn about all things diving! From scuba news, to dive equipment reviews, tips on scuba diving and places to travel around the world, Deepblu is a one-stop-shop for divers. Divers can also share their dive logs and amazing pics and videos online to inspire others. And their Deepblu app makes this super easy as it integrates with the COSMIQ dive watch, so you can automatically create an interactive dive log!
3. Amanda Cotton
Amanda Cotton is a professional underwater photographer and avid scuba diver, so expect to be wowed by her amazing images of pelagic marine animals (think: dolphins, seals, whales, sharks, and even crocodiles)! With her images, she hopes to share the beauty of the underwater world while also making us think about conservation. Amanda offers online photography workshops for those looking to sharpen their underwater photography skills, and also offers online education programs for adults and children so they can learn more about the underwater world. She also founded Water Woman Inc to help encourage girls ages 8-18 to become leaders in the underwater world, where they are paired with a mentor (such as a photographer or marine biologist).
4. Alastair Pollock
If you are looking for stunning underwater prints to put up around your house, then check out photographer Alastair Pollock. With a heavy focus on sharks and seals, Alastair also has some great images of whales, macro life, cenotes, and other underwater sea life. What’s great is, Alastair shares what camera gear he uses to capture these images (from wide-angle, to fish eye, and the lighting he uses), so we can all learn how to take better underwater pictures. He also shares links to useful articles for people interested in underwater photography.
5. Shawn Heinrichs
Shawn Heinrichs is a self-taught photographer, videographer, avid scuba diver and conservationist. He is the co-founder of Sea Legacy and the founder of Blue Sphere Foundation which aims to safeguard the Earth’s oceans. Originally he set out to document and expose the destruction happening in the oceans in the hope to inspire action and change rather than just awareness. However, he found that his most successful images were those that showed the beauty under the ocean. So expect to see mainly beautiful images of marine life and their interactions with humans across his accounts.
6. Sarah Gauthier
Sarah Gauthier is a solo female diver who is famous for having dived across all of the 7 continents! She traveled and documented her journey from 2018 through to 2020 in the hope that showing people the beauty of the oceans would make them want to protect it. What’s great is, she shows that eco-travel is possible by only using reusable cutlery, straw, mug, and water bottle on her travels.
7. Girls That Scuba
Girls That Scuba is a community of you guessed it – female scuba divers! The idea was started by Sarah Richard who is a divemaster and travel blogger who wanted to connect with other female scuba divers, as well as encourage and introduce more females to scuba diving. In visiting Girls That Scuba social media sites, expect to make new friends, get gear reviews, recommendations on dive trips, find scuba merchandise, and read profiles on inspiring women who scuba dive.
PADI is best known as the organization where we can pick up some new diving certs, but did you know that they also have a range of other interesting diving material for us to consume? From travel deals and advice, through to diver insurance, conservation work, scuba gear, and the opportunity to meet with other divers from around the world, this is really a one-stop-shop for divers. They also have a handy mobile app where you can store your digital diving card, a podcast, and a YouTube channel where you can learn about great dive sites and even get a refresher on your skills.
And if you haven’t gotten your fix of amazing dive locations from these social media accounts, then check out some of our other articles for inspiration like: 10 places you didn’t know you could dive and 10 unique dive experiences to cross off your bucket list.
Note, the author has no affiliation with any of the dive accounts mentioned in this article, other than being a freelance writer for Deepblu Magazine.
About the Author
Amanda and her husband Dean have been certified divers since 2009. Amanda has her advanced open water and Dean is a dive master. They have travelled the world and dived many sites in Australia, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean.
Amanda and Dean have a travel blog called Scatabout which details the fun and unique experiences they have had on their world travels. You can find them doing something adventurous like scuba diving, hiking or something strange like running down the side of a building.
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