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Three freediving world records broken during weekend at the Weissensee

by Herbert - 16th January 2018
Three freediving world records broken during weekend at the WeissenseeLatest endeavour is more difficult and exciting – and all performed under the ...

Diving at the Poor Knights Islands

by Gerald - 3rd January 2018
Even as a teenager, I dreamed of the islands off the New Zealand North Island and always wanted to go and dive there. The Poor Knights Islands are amo...

What’s your approach to freediving?

by Gianluca - 27th October 2017
When we talk about freediving we often mention positive feelings, well-being and technique - but is this always true? When people are getting to know ...
Ivana and Janez

Diving in the Drina River

by Ivana and Janez - 12th October 2017
The Drina River, formed by the confluence of the Tara and Piva rivers near the village of Scepan Polje, represents a natural border between Serbia and...

Mandatory registration and dive restrictions – the new face of diving in Thailand?

by Herbert - 6th June 2017
Registration requirement for scuba divers Thailand is back in the limelight. This time, it is not because of its dream beaches, friendly people or ...

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, ...

Teaching freediving: a passion for fun

by Carlo - 11th May 2017
Since I started teaching freediving courses in 2004 things have changed a lot on both the national and international freediving scene. More and more ...
Fred Buyle

Freediving – a tool for marine biology

by Fred Buyle - 5th May 2017
For my first Mares blog I have decided to write about one of the most exiting projects I’m involved in: Darewin. Darewin is the brainchild of Fab...

Mares Confirms Partnership With Diving Group Portofino

by Mares - 19th April 2017

Freediving in the Mediterranean

by Gerald - 24th March 2017
A few days of vacation in Rab. Time to relax and dive with my good old buddy Andi Kron is planned.  The welcome in Kampor is warm-hearted and rela...

Ice freediving session in Tignes, France

by Morgan - 14th March 2017
On Thursday 8th March I was in Tignes for a special freediving session. Revolution Watch USA contacted me for a special reason: to test the new Tudor...

Diving in Ireland

by Herbert - 5th January 2017
The Wild West of EuropeIreland has one of the world's greatest soccer fans, who most recently fervently expressed their strong support for their home...

Free-diving legend Enzo Maiorca dies at age of 85

by Herbert - 15th November 2016
A great fighter, a fine spirit On 21 June 1931, he was brought into this world in Syracuse, Sicily. Today, he has been laid to rest in his southern ...

From walking the runway to diving for ghost nets

by Mares - 10th November 2016
Model Barbara Meier is the new project ambassador for the WWF campaign against ghost nets Model and actress Barbara Meier is the new project ambas...

Freediving Philosophy

by Gianluca - 8th September 2016
Most people who have never experienced the emotion of freediving see this discipline as a test of bravery or a demonstration of strength. In reality i...

The Privilege of Diving

by Peter - 17th August 2016
The Privilege of Diving What was your first window to the ocean like? Through mine everything was black and white, it could speak and had no remot...

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...

For all things ‘freediving’ check out Gianluca Genoni – on board with the Mares blog!

by Mares - 14th July 2016
Gianluca Genoni has been a Mares testimonial since 1996, has established 18 world records in numerous freediving specialties and is now International...

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 / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team

Inspired by experience – A new team of experts is born!

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 10th January 2017
 'Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come' - This quote from Victor Hugo could have been the spark for founding the MARES SSI rEvo...

The experienced “inexperienced” diver

by Cat - 22nd March 2018
There are so many things about the diving industry that on a daily basis remind me that my career choice was the right one. I am privileged to be ...
Ivana and Janez

Icy Adventures

by Ivana and Janez - 9th March 2018
When you think of diving under the ice in Europe, what first comes to mind is Lake Weissensee, located in the Austrian province of Karnten. This glaci...
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?’...
Ivana and Janez

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

by Ivana and Janez - 20th February 2018
As a Mares Ambassador, I had the honour of being a part of an extraordinary expedition, organised by the Ocean Geographic Explorer Foundation. The org...

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...

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...
Ivana and Janez

Blackwater Night Dive

by Ivana and Janez - 24th January 2018
To most divers, a night dive is their favourite kind of dive. Everything becomes pacified at night. The lamps we use on night dives highlight the true...

Mexico: Divers discover the biggest underwater cave-system on the planet

by Herbert - 18th January 2018
Crystal clear water & 347 kilometers in length - history included Cave divers have discovered and explored a 216 miles (347 kilometer) underwat...
Franco and Sabrina

An island in the current of an endless ocean

by Franco and Sabrina - 5th January 2018
Nine islands of lava, each one different from the other; some with high coasts and fjords, inlets that seem to have been cut into the rock; others w...

Alec Blalock and his “sunken tree treasures”

by Herbert - 20th December 2017
Rough shell, hard core How do you describe a man who is so multi-faceted and so full of stories that you can learn all about him – if that is eve...

Video footage sheds light on deep-sea food webs

by Herbert - 19th December 2017
Jellyfish and related organisms are among the most important predators The animals of the deep sea have been systematically studied for over 100 ye...

A Sea of Opportunities at DEMA 2017

by Hannah - 8th November 2017
The Dive Equipment Manufacturing Association’s annual four-day, industry-only trade show just wrapped up in Orlando, Florida. With attendance of mor...

Where None Have Gone Before!

by David - 8th September 2017
It's not every day that you get to dive a new site which is not only new for you, but new to diving, period, and to do so with the new MARES QUAD comp...
Fred Buyle

Blue Shark Tagging in the Azores

by Fred Buyle - 30th August 2017
Every year since 2005 I have been helping marine biologists do their fieldwork using my freediving skills. During the summer, blue sharks are abund...

Bahama Mamas – the Tiger Sharks of the Bahamas

by Gerald - 11th August 2017
Shark diving is probably one of the things almost every diver wants to do at least once in his life. I've been diving around the world for many years ...

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week finally features females

by Hannah - 21st July 2017
No doubt about it, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week gets a lot of attention with more than 2.5 million viewers in 2015. However, the network has bee...

Taking the plunge underwater… and underground

by Herbert - 22nd May 2017
Diving into the flooded tunnels of Schieferbergwerk Nuttlar in Sauerland is not for the faint-hearted. After crossing the yellow container (which re...

Time Issues

by Frank - 9th May 2017
Filmmaking is not a common job. You have to be very passionate about it and that is mostly because it takes time. Not only because of the hours, day...

Marvels of the Arctic

by Herbert - 9th May 2017
Undertaking a cool journey of discoveryWater temperatures of minus 3°C. It is so cold here that using salt to lower the temperature of freezing is ...

A Playground in the Indian Ocean

by Gerald - 8th May 2017
Asia has always been my favourite region for travelling and diving. My first visit to Thailand was to Phuket in 1989. The diving was still quite man...

Papua New Guinea: Simply a dream destination

by Herbert - 6th May 2017
Incredible biodiversity in PNG holds incredible biodiversityNorth of Australia and south of the Equator lies the independent island state of Papua Ne...

Gozo: Azure Window – Azure Boulders

by Herbert - 29th April 2017
New dive spot: Azure BouldersBig news from a small island: Even in the United States and Australia, it was reported in the news that the popular lim...

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...

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...
Scuba Diver Girls

The Scuba Diver Girls meet some curious seals!

by Scuba Diver Girls - 14th April 2017
“What is that?!” I gasped as I felt something tug my fin. I glanced over at Stephanie who was on top of the water with her GoPro. She had her c...

YO-44 aka Kodiak Queen: Richard Branson to sink WWII ship that survived Pearl Harbor attack

by Herbert - 12th April 2017
Ship targetted to become artificial reef These days, weather permitting, a ship is scheduled to sink. Nothing special? In the course of the day, the...

First cave fish in Europe discovered

by Herbert - 5th April 2017
Fish is also world's most northerly cave fishFew species are as well hidden as those that live underground. In Europe, there are many animals in the ...
MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team

Post-trip review 2 – Dive wear

by MARES / SSI / rEvo Dive Expedition Team - 31st March 2017
On our expedition to Lake Baikal, the XR Kevlar Dry Suit was indispensable, and ours went through at least 10 dives each. This suit comes with a c...