Top Things To Do in Quarantine to Fuel Your Divelust

Ocean First   Jul 01, 2022

With much of the world under quarantine there isn’t a lot of diving going on right now. We have put our training, traveling, and diving on hold until we can inevitably flip on our fins once again. Fortunately, there is plenty to do from the safety of our homes to fuel our divelust.

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Last Breath (2019 Documentary) (TV-MA)
Think, the underwater version of Touching the Void. Follow this gripping journey of one commercial diver's impossible fight for survival. It’s all true and all caught on camera.

Available on: Netflix, Youtube, Google Play

The Life Aquatic (2004 film) (R)

Starring Bill Murray and directed by Wes Anderson, The Life Aquatic follows oceanographer Steve Zissou and his crew on the high seas, as they encounter sharks, pirates, and (mis)adventure. A cult-classic made in pure Wes Anderson satire.

Available on: Prime Video, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play

Into the Blue (2005 film) (PG-13)

Starring Paul Walker and Jessica Alba, Into the Blue follows two, often scantily clothed, divers who get tangled in a drug deal gone bad. Nominated for zero Academy Awards, and a poor display of diving practices, Into the Blue still promises to entertain.

Available on: YouTube (free), Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes

Chasing Coral (2017 Documentary) (TV-PG)

Eye-opening, emotional, hopeful. This compelling documentary, by Boulder based Exposure Labs, brings climate change and its drastic effects to our corals to the forefront. A must watch for everyone.

Available on: Netflix

Sanctum (2011 film) (R) Produced by James Cameron

Follows a father-son led team of expert cave divers exploring the Esa'ala cave network in Papua New Guinea. After watching this suspense thriller you will never forget your divelight again.

Available on: Hulu, YouTube, Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play

Fool’s Gold (2008 film) (PG-13)

Starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, this romantic-adventure-comedy follows an on-again, off-again couple, seeking legendary treasure from a wrecked Spanish galleon. The real star is the crystal clear blue Bohemian water that will have you itching to pack up your wetsuit and jump back in. How long is this quarantine again?

Available on: YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, iTunes


Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson (2004)

Follows the incredible true story of John Chatterton and Richie Kohler in their quest to identify a World War II german U-boat off the coast of New Jersey. A must read for every diver.

Available on: Amazon

Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson (2015)

Written by the same author about the same shipwreck hunter, Pirate Hunters chronicles Chatterton’s obsession with finding the Golden Fleece, a seventeenth century pirate ship that sank and disappeared in the waters of the Dominican Republic.

Available on: Amazon

Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda: True Stories from a Sharm El Sheikh Scuba Diving Instructor by John Kean (2013)

Ever wonder what it would be like to travel the world and teach scuba diving? An enlightening and amusing account of one scuba instructor’s life abroad and underwater.

Available on: Amazon

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