As a diver, your love for the ocean probably makes you want to be immersed in it all the time. Good news – with podcasts you can bring the ocean with you wherever you are! As podcast production and listenership is on the rise, you can find them on nearly every topic, with diving and the ocean being no exception. Immerse yourself in entertaining and captivating dialogues on all things to do with the underwater world – dive stories, ocean conservation, marine science, underwater photography, and so much more – straight from your smart phone or computer.
Podcasts have been a big part of my life over the last three years as the host and producer of the Ocean Allison Podcast (you’ll find it included in the list of podcasts below). From my experience, the opportunity to hear in-depth conversations from individuals focused on all things ocean, truly allows for even more incredible and profound perspectives on the big blue. The continuing education that a diver has access to through podcasts can be a great pathway to immersing the self in the ocean even while on land. Here are five podcasts perfect for any ocean-enthusiast. Have a listen before your next dive!
This conservation-focused podcast dives into the minds of extraordinary people making extraordinary differences for the world’s oceans. Each ~30 minute episode profiles a unique ocean change-maker, from National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry to renowned cave diver Jill Heinerth. My Ocean is produced by Ocean Wise, a non-profit organization on a mission is to inspire the world to become ‘Ocean Wise’ by increasing understanding, wonder, and appreciation of the ocean. Find new episodes hosted by Alexis Brown every other Thursday on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play.
Ocean Science Radio
You’ll definitely be entertained by the charismatic and quirky nature of Ocean Science Radio. Hosts Andrew Kornblatt (founder of the Online Ocean Symposium) and Victoria Vásquez (Scientist at the Pacific Shark Research Center) highlight the latest and greatest ocean science stories – sure to increase your knowledge of the underwater world and the animals that call it home. Find all of their 15 – 20 minute episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud.
The League of Extraordinary Divers Podcast
Like the name suggests, The League of Extraordinary Divers features legends in the diving industry, past and present. Hear scuba diving stories of all kinds from industry pioneers and leaders, as well as advice on equipment, travel destinations, and more. Host Tec Clark is an expert in the world of diving and Director of Nova Southeastern University’s Academic Diving Program in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Regularly published episodes (~1 hour in length) can be found on iTunes and Stitcher.
Meet the Ocean
This fun-loving and educational podcast combines storytelling and marine science to share with listeners inspiring reasons why the ocean matters most. Paul North, host of Meet the Ocean, is also a polar expedition diver with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic – exploring the world’s most remote underwater landscapes. Episodes published once or twice a month vary in style and length, and are great for kids and adults alike. Find it on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify.
Ocean Allison Podcast
The goal of Ocean Allison Podcast is to highlight people creating positive change for the ocean in order to inspire listeners to care for our blue planet. Each ~30 minute episode includes a dynamic and in-depth conversation with an individual using whatever skills and knowledge they have to create a healthier ocean and planet. Guests include ocean scientists, conservationists, divers, artists, authors, photographers, technologists, and beyond. Hosted by Allison Albritton (yours truly) – Marine Biologist turned Ocean Communicator. Find nearly 70 episodes full of ocean optimism on iTunes, Google Play, and SoundCloud.
If you haven’t already, visit the podcast app on your smart phone, or any of the links above, to join the global community of divers and ocean-lovers tuning in to connect with the ocean even while they’re above sea level. Also, be sure to check out other ocean/diving related podcasts while exploring your podcast app – there’s a whole lot of listening opportunities out there for fans of the big blue. In fact, comment below with other great podcasts you enjoy listening to that you’d like to share with fellow PADI divers.
Warning: Immersing yourself in the world of ocean-focused podcasts will increase your desire to explore and protect the underwater world. Visit your local PADI dive shop, PADI.com, or PADI Travel to help with any side affects. Happy listening and happy diving!