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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
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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Cactus Coral
Marine Species Resources

Caribbean Coral Roundup: Cactus Coral

Bright, multicolored cactus corals grow in every habitat from the shallowest to the deepest parts of the reef. Here’s how to identify them on your next dive.

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New stuff
wreck diving in Europe

Best Wreck Diving in Europe

In the last of our six-part series on the world’s most dive-able wrecks, we’re highlighting the best wreck diving in Europe.
by Juanita Pienaar
ornate ghost pipefish

Marine Species: Ghost Pipefish

Within the pipefish family, ghost pipefish are something special, and always a treat to see on a dive. Here we’ll look at four well-known species.
by Hélène Reynaud
Ashkhabad

Preserving America’s Underwater Battlefield: the Ashkhabad

This year, Scuba Diver Life and NOAA are partnering to profile 12 different ships in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. This month we’ll visit the Ashkhabad.
by Rebecca Strauss
Reef Rescue Network

The Reef Rescue Network

The Perry Institute for Marine Science is a nonprofit organization committed to protecting the oceans. To that end, they’ve created the Reef Rescue Network.
by Hayley-Jo Carr