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Nicole Helgason

Nicole Helgason

Nicole (Nikki) Helgason is a PADI Dive Instructor with 10 years of professional dive experience. Nicole has taught scuba diving and managed dive centers around the world. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in coastal geography from the University of Victoria and is passionate about coral reefs.

Stories by Nicole
encrusting corals
Conservation In the Water Marine Species

Introduction to Encrusting Corals of the Indo-Pacific

Properly identifying coral can add another dimension to any reef dive. Today we’ll introduce encrusting corals of the Indo-Pacific and offer tips for identification.

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Plating Corals
Conservation Marine Species

Introduction to Plating Corals of the Indo-Pacific

Plating corals are some of the most common on Indo-Pacific reefs. Here’s your guide to identifying them on your next dive.

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Branching Corals
Marine Species

Introduction to Branching Corals of the Indo-Pacific

Corals grow in several unique forms, but none are more recognizable than branching species. Here’s our introduction to the branching corals of the Indo-Pacific.

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Hard Corals of the Indo-Pacific
Marine Species

Introduction to Hard Corals of the Indo-Pacific

Our introduction to hard corals of the Indo-Pacific will help you identify these reef-building corals on your next dive.

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New stuff

Dive Site: Blue Lagoon, Padang Bai, Bali

One of the most popular dive sites in Padang Bai, Blue Lagoon offers incredible fish life and macro-hunting opportunities.
by Hélène Reynaud
Photo by [http://www.piscoweb.org/who/techs/cgotschalk.html Chris Gotschalk]

Marine Species: Basking Shark

The basking shark is the second-largest shark species in the world, and also one of the most unique. What makes it so cool?
by Chris Vyvyan-Robinson
Komodo closure

Komodo National Park Closed to Tourists – Fake News or True Story?

Recent news reports claim that Komodo National Park will close to tourists. Is this fake news or a true story? And if it’s true, how will it affect divers?
by Deborah Dickson-Smith
Green Fins Dive

Protecting the Reef with the Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course

The Reef-World Foundation has applied 10 years’ of experience with the Green Fins initiative to a free online training course: The Green Fins Dive Guide e-Course.
by Guest Author