PADI is ecstatic to have an episode on Dive Stories Podcast featuring an in-depth exclusive with legendary oceanographer and Founder of Mission Blue, Dr. Sylvia Earle. During this inspiring interview, Sylvia talks with host Ocean Allison all about her pioneering adventures beneath the surface of the ocean, about Mission Blue’s global network of Hope Spots, as well as her fundamental thoughts on protecting the blue heart of the planet.

To listen here, simply click the play button below. You can also find Dive Stories in your favorite podcast apps like Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify. Sylvia joins a line-up of some of diving’s most inspirational characters – from underwater photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier to NASA Astronaut and Marine Biologist Dr. Jessica Meir. We invite you to subscribe, leave a review, and share the podcast with your ocean-loving friends. Thanks for diving in with us as we seek adventure and save the ocean. Happy listening, and happy diving!

“Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” – Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle has been a pioneer in ocean exploration and conservation for more than six decades. She is truly an ocean icon! So much so that she is called ‘Her Deepness’ by The New Yorker and The New York Times, ‘Living Legend’ by the Library of Congress, and ‘Hero for the Planet’ by Time Magazine. After learning to dive in the 1950s while studying marine biology in Florida, Sylvia went on to set deep sea diving records, become the first female Chief Scientist of NOAA, lead more than 100 expeditions, and enjoy more than 7,000 hours beneath the surface. In 2009, she founded Mission Blue to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots. When asked what she hopes people around the world will keep top of mind, Sylvia responded, “You should take care of the ocean as if your life depends on it, because it does.”

Sylvia Earle has been a pioneer in diving and conservation for over six decades. Photos by Kip Evans.

Inspired to connect with the ocean further?

If you’re looking to start your next scuba diving adventure, there’s no need to wait until you reach the dive destination. With PADI eLearning, you can start learning about scuba diving right now from the comfort of your own home. PADI eLearning is an online course that allows you to complete the knowledge development portion of the scuba diving course at your own pace, on your own schedule. You can watch videos, read materials, take quizzes and even interact with your instructor all from your computer or mobile device. This flexible approach to scuba diving education makes it easy for you to prepare for your next dive adventure, whether you’re at home or on the go.

Once you’ve completed the eLearning portion, you can then complete your in-water training with a PADI Dive Center or Resort. So why wait? Start your next dive adventure right now with PADI eLearning!

Looking for ideas of how to turn your passion into purpose?

Join our growing community of PADI Torchbearers, lighting the path towards a better balance between humanity and the ocean.

Our goal is to establish harmony between humankind and the ocean. To accomplish this objective, we aim to gather a multitude of Ocean Torchbearers from all over the world, who will serve as a positive force to enhance the health of our oceans and provide support to coastal communities.

The accomplishment of this mission will require a collective effort, as we unite with a shared commitment and equipped with a well-defined course of action. With our passion as our driving force, we can work towards a healthier future for both humanity and the planet.

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Thank you for being part of our global community of PADI divers and ocean-lovers working together to seek adventure and save the ocean

Featured image by Todd Brown, provided by Mission Blue.

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