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Yme

My life as a scuba instructor

by Yme - 10th July 2016
I have just taken off my triathlon suite after a 1hr 20min swimming session in the crystal clear waters of Kampor Bay  on the Island of Rab, Croatia....
Semra

Introducing Dive Pro Semra!

by Semra - 22nd October 2018
About me! Hi, my name is Semra. I’m 25 years old, German with Turkish roots and a Dive Professional who's been living in Egypt for the past 3 yea...
Florent M. Locatelli

UJ-2208 – German navy submarine chaser – Ligurian Wrecks (Part III)

by Florent M. Locatelli - 19th September 2018
UJ-2208 (ex-Alfred) - German Navy (Kriegsmarine) submarine chaser (ex-patrol boat) (ex-trawler). Built in 1926 by the Ateliers et Chantiers de Bretag...
Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona

XR Wreck Tour 2018 – Part 2

by Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona - 7th September 2018
On Monday morning we leave for the third stop. The destination is Marina di Gioiosa Ionica, in Calabria. In Stefano’s van, filled with divers and di...
Carlo

Discovering Puglia

by Carlo - 10th August 2018
You don’t need to go far to find hospitality, lovely sea and a specialized freediving center. Heading down to south-east Italy, you arrive in an ...
Samo

The Road to Vertical Blue 2018

by Samo - 18th July 2018
Vertical Blue is one of the best depth freediving competitions in the world which takes place in Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas. De...
Florent M. Locatelli

The making of…an XR product !

by Florent M. Locatelli - 9th July 2018
The making of an XR product ! Brainstorm and define the project. Experience is key here. Identify exhaustively what exists globally on the marke...
Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona

Mares XR Active Heat Vest

by Underwater Tales by Stefano Sibona - 26th June 2018
Rapallo, May 2018 My new rEvo rebreather is ready for use. Yme, my instructor, has just finished the first lesson of the course which will allow me...
Ivana and Janez

New Equipment Testing: Jupiter mask and Excite fins

by Ivana and Janez - 11th June 2018
My name is Barış Şendemir and I have been working in the diving industry since 2006 (TSSF 2 STAR instructor and SSİ D.M.I). I work at Bluegate Div...
Ivana and Janez

Loop 15X Review

by Ivana and Janez - 28th May 2018
I have been scuba diving for 35 years and for the last 15 years I have been a dive instructor, running my own dive center in Bar, Montenegro. Recentl...
Noam

My Mares equipment – Introducing Noam Kortler

by Noam - 27th April 2018
As a beginner diver who had just finished his Open Water course (back in 1995) my first set of equipment was Mares. Over the years I fell in love w...
Mares

Testing the new EOS Strobe diving light!

by Mares - 17th April 2018
Aldo Ferrucci and his team used the Mares EOS Strobe recently for a series of deep dives (from 95m - 127m) to explore various wrecks in the South of F...
Florent M. Locatelli

Grotta Giusti – Journey to the Center of the Earth

by Florent M. Locatelli - 3rd April 2018
“Grotta Giusti can be found in the spa resort of Monsummano Terme, originally the 19th century country home of Tuscan poet Giuseppe Giusti, located ...
Ivana and Janez

Mares XR – Review

by Ivana and Janez - 20th March 2018
The Mares XR1 Kevlar Dry Suit, Active Heat Vest and Extreme Undergarment have been used in a year-long ultimate endurance test at Weissensee, the high...
Ivana and Janez

XR from the Diver’s Point of View

by Ivana and Janez - 2nd March 2018
When you look back in your logbook and see thousands of recorded dives, you may think to yourself ‘What more could I possibly learn about diving?’...
Mares

Celebes Divers, Siladen Island – Onong Resort & Kuda Laut Boutique Dive Resort

by Mares - 23rd February 2018
We're back with Celebes Divers Manado once again to find out what their other dive centers have to offer. At the moment they are offering 30% off b...
Mares

Celebes Divers, Manado – Mapia Resort and Spa

by Mares - 16th February 2018
We recently caught up with our friends at Celebes Divers Manado, located on the island of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. At the moment they are offerin...
Damir

Wild Papua – Looking for history

by Damir - 29th January 2018
Raja Ampat, best known for its diversity of marine life, can best be described as a coral reef on steroids: 75 percent of all known coral can be found...
Alejandro Andrés

Freediving Patagonia

by Alejandro Andrés - 27th November 2017
Have you ever thought about what freediving in Patagonia is like? I'm a competitive Freediver and run Freediving Patagonia, my own SSI Freedive Cen...
Ivana and Janez

Let there be light!

by Ivana and Janez - 15th November 2017
A review of the new DCT Canister underwater light from Mares' XR range! "I’m delighted with my new Mares DCT canister diving light: with 3200lm f...
Predrag

Try Something Different – Scuba Diving and Stand Up Paddle Board

by Predrag - 28th August 2017
Before I traveled to the Cayman Islands I knew what to expect; I had been there so many times for photographic and diving adventures. As I know about...
Gianluca

The freediving family continues to grow

by Gianluca - 1st June 2017
Another SSI Freediving Instructor course has concluded in Lerici and the freediving family continues to grow. That which was once considered a disci...
Herbert

Diving the HMHS Britannic

by Herbert - 23rd May 2017
Titanic's tragic sister There aren't many wrecks that inspire the imagination. The HMHS Britannic is undoubtedly one of them. As an introduction, ...
Hannah

Surviving Murphy’s Law to study sharks

by Hannah - 24th April 2017
Have you ever had one of those days when just about everything goes wrong? Mine started out breaking one of my own rules: not packing my own dive ge...
Mares

Janez Krajnc and Ivana Orlovic Kranjc join the Mares Ambassador team!

by Mares - 21st April 2017
Mares is really happy to announce two new brand ambassadors – husband and wife team Janez Krajnc and Ivana Orlovic Kranjc! They share a pas...
Carlo

The Gianluca Genoni Trophy: not just performance!

by Carlo - 11th April 2017
On Sunday the 9th of April 2017, the Gianluca Genoni Trophy was held in Mortara Swimming Pool, valid also for the FIPSAS elite circuit, in an atmosp...
Herbert

Yap: Manta Mania in its third year

by Herbert - 2nd March 2017
Science and fascination within one's reachEvery year, during the mating season of the manta rays in Yap, scientists and interested divers from all ove...
Morgan

Hello MARES Community

by Morgan - 28th February 2017
Hello MARES community, My name is Morgan Bourc'his, and I am a professional freediver (competitor, instructor, lecturer and brand ambassador). I...
Yme

When changes regenerate you

by Yme - 17th January 2017
It’s the first day of the year and I’m sitting in front of my computer summarizing 2016. There have been some incredible experiences and I do...
Florent M. Locatelli

MT Haven (ex Amoco Milford Haven) – Ligurian Wrecks (Part II)

by Florent M. Locatelli - 12th January 2017
MT Haven, formerly Amoco Milford Haven, is a VLCC-class oil-tanker (Very Large Crude Carrier), in other words a super-tanker, built by Astilleros Espa...
Herbert

Taking the plunge at Christmas Island

by Herbert - 30th December 2016
Meeting whale sharks instead of Santa ClausOnce upon a time, there was an island, remote and distant from the rest of the world. Despite not having a...
Florent M. Locatelli

Unterseeboot U455 – Ligurian Wrecks (Part I)

by Florent M. Locatelli - 4th November 2016
Early in the morning, the 300 horsepower engine of the 8m superfast inflatable boat flies us over a mirror-like sea towards the wreck’s position. It...
Herbert

Mysterious diving accident – Interview

by Herbert - 7th October 2016
Mysterious diving accident - Interview The case: A 74-year-old diver suffered cardiac arrest at about eight metres' depth when diving in Lake Gar...
Gianluca

5 reasons to start freediving!

by Gianluca - 13th September 2016
Why should you get in to freediving? Here are 5 great reasons to try out this wonderful discipline! 1.  Freediving is a sport in all senses of the ...
Florent M. Locatelli

The birth of the XR line

by Florent M. Locatelli - 13th September 2016
In 1949, Ludovico Mares designed and manufactured his first masks and spearguns with one dream and purpose in mind: to share his unbridled passion for...
Yme

My rEvo Rebreather Course !

by Yme - 5th September 2016
I'm on the ferry gently sliding away from Bari’s dock at 10pm with a beer in hand and I feel happy and proud for the job done in Monopoli, a beaut...
Cat

To rEvo or not to rEvo, that is the question…..

by Cat - 12th August 2016
…..and in all honesty a question I really did not know the answer to!   If the scuba diving grapevine has worked well, you might ...
Yme

A Great Adventure in Lebanon

by Yme - 2nd August 2016
I wake up at 7.30am because of the wind that’s blowing like a storm. Outside it’s raining and the temperature is around 20°C. We’re in Croati...
Mares

Mares welcomes blogger Ben Reymenants!

by Mares - 29th July 2016
Ben Reymenants was born in Belgium where he did his first dives in 1991. 25 years later he has dived and taught all over the world and holds trainer l...
Cat

UK Inland Diving Locations Case Study – Stoney Cove

by Cat - 27th July 2016
The fact that the United Kingdom is an island, should mean that costal diving locations are plentiful and varied enough to keep the bu...
Herbert

Diving into the jaws of history

by Herbert - 13th July 2016
On the trail of the giant prehistoric sharks. A chat with fossil hunter William “Bill” Eberlein William “Bill” Eberlein has been diving...
Mares

XR expert Florent M. Locatelli on board with the Mares blog!

by Mares - 13th July 2016
Florent M. Locatelli joined Mares & SSI in 2014; he is the “daddy” of the new MARES│XR line and now International Training Director for XR ...
SV Delos

Introducing Delos! A world cruising sailboat! (Part 1)

by SV Delos - 11th July 2016
Here I am.  50 Meters underwater.  In a dark black hallway. Swimming my way towards “The Lady”.  I’m following the bright yellow fins of a...
Cat

The Red Sea still drawing in the divers…..

by Cat - 11th July 2016
I am sat in my office trying to catch up on some paperwork in between packing my bags once again to travel to Europe and I am looking ...
Yme

World War II wreck the MFP at 90mt : what an experience!!

by Yme - 4th July 2016
I wake up at 5:45am thinking I forgot to fill the argon tank I’ll use with my drysuit during today's dive. Yesterday Andres, from Kron Diving on R...
Herbert

Swim courses and dive training

by Herbert - 23rd June 2016
diving.DE, El Quseir, Egypt: On 12th to 18 June 2016, the training for Swim Teachers and Swim Teacher Trainers under the SSI system was held in Egyp...
Mares

Monofin Weekend at monte mare in Rheinbach

by Mares - 19th September 2015
World champion Nik Linder presents SSI monofin programme On 24-25 October 2015, freedive world champion Nik Linder will be at the Monofin Weekend ...
Mares

Manta ray performs acrobatic display of thanks for divers

by Mares - 3rd September 2015
Animal had fishing lines wrapped around its body In May 2015, dive instructor Paul Slater was on a group dive near Cocos Island, 550km off the Pac...