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PADI Club Member’s Trip: Ambergris Caye, Belize

At the end of July, PADI Club members converged at Ambergris Caye in Belize to partake in a week of sun, diving and exploration. In the wise words of Club member Tyler Clapp, “Scuba diving is about more than just seeing the sights underwater. It’s also about connecting with people who are just as passionate about the ocean as you and making lifelong friends. Diving is definitely a community sport, and I’m still relishing the sense of community we had on this trip.” padi.com/padiclub

Divers enjoy a fun moment during their surface interval.

Carolyn Patterson

Carolyn Patterson

Linda Sue upped the high most of us were feeling after having descended 130 feet to see the ancient formations in the Blue Hole cave. Somehow slapping that bright-pink Body Glove glove was hilarious and gave us a sense that we had accomplished something rare at the same time.

Sea turtles are abundant in the beautiful waters of Belize.

Dan Dolezal

Dan Dolezal

This beautiful turtle came gliding by to check out all of our bubbles. At one point it looked over at me to note the great improvement I have made in buoyancy control!

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The Belize Barrier Reef is on many PADI Club members' bucket list.

Chrisie John

Chrisie John

Diving with PADI has genuinely been one of the best experiences! Between meeting amazing people and getting to experience breathtaking marine life, I couldnʻt have picked a better way to spend a week!

PADI Club trips are a great way for new divers to make new connections and have some fun under the water.

Thamus J. Morgan

Thamus J.Morgan

Our dive guide Alanso displayed perfect buoyancy control while looking for nudibranchs to show his fellow PADI divers.

One of the many reef sharks PADI Club members saw while in Belize.

Jamil Andrea Donith

Jamil Andrea Donith

There is nothing more majestic than seeing a shark gliding through the water. So many gorgeous reef sharks. Seeing these apex predators in their natural habitat is a major high for me. Itʻs been a mission of mine to show people these creatures are not people-eating monsters.

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From sponges to coral, fish to blue holes, Belize is the perfect destination for new divers and divers hoping to continue their dive training.

Tyler Clapp

Tyler Clapp

Every time I float over the top of a sponge or coral head I always look inside to see if something is hiding. Nine out of 10 times I strike out, but that 10th time you get a pretty cool shot.