Author Chantelle Wyatt

Chantelle is a Portsmouth based Author, Scuba Dive Instructor and Managing Editor of The Scuba News UK. Her passion lies in the adventure and exploration of dive sites and travel locations around the globe.

This week students at Fernhurst Junior School, beach cleaned in their local area. A group of young Ocean explorers who have been taking part in an undersea exploration as part of a Fernhurst University project were armed with litter pickers to clean up their stretch of local coastline. This junior school has a big drive and motivation to make a difference in the World and a thirst for learning about conservation and the marine environment. One staff member, Mrs Chanvin, organises litter picks in the morning on school grounds to not only clean up the premises and role model good…

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Already in Thailand working in Phuket, I heard about how close the GVI Thailand base was and so I immediately got in touch with Head Office, keen to swing by for a visit. I was immediately put in contact with Vanessa Ree’s, Base Manager and what an utter peach she was! Vanessa welcomed me with complete open arms for a very brief visit to check out the turtle project and to meet some of the team and volunteers. There are a million things I could say about Vanessa but they are not enough words really. She was warm, kind, funny,…

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Some years ago now I went to meet the guys on board Phuket’s infamous liveaboard, MV Giamani. A 5 day trip out to the Similan’s to explore the underwater world with some top divers. An incredible dive trip with some incredible people. This year I had the absolute pleasure of joining another trip out to the Similan’s and it was just as I remembered it. Giamani is a higher class liveaboard that offers 2,4 and 6 day dive safaris to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and the Similan Islands with a must stop at stunning Richelieu Rock. Italian owned this boat…

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This festival has one vision and that is to inspire people to engage in a relationship with the ocean or to think about the one they already have and how it enriches their lives. A festival that explores all things ocean and how to respect, explore and protect it. A series of short, unique films that cover a range of experiences including scuba diving, surfing, conservation, sailing, rowing and free diving. This festival enlightens me every time I attend and I always leave feeling like I want to quit my job and build a boat and sail it around the…

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My first impression of this dive centre was a fantastic one. The dive shop is epic and I mean epic! It is spacious, full of information, retail items, conservation corners, interactive learning, smiley staff and the décor is on point! It really would be hard to not be impressed by the centre itself before you even get out on the water. It felt like a real hub with all sorts going on, people coming and going and bustling dive chat. I have to say again how awesome the centre looked and it was a big turn on immediately. My next…

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This year’s annual trip to Thailand took me down to Phuket to meet Poseidon Dive Travel and I had an absolutely, wonderfully signature day’s diving. I call it signature because the team were different in so many ways. I didn’t once feel that the ethos of this company was to make money or to have a full boat or count the number of tanks they put in the water, instead I felt totally convinced that Klaus Orlik and his team were driven to take me and the other customers on the boat diving for the pure love of it. This…

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Being an extremely nautical natured person has meant that I have always gravitated to living by the sea and have enjoyed doing nautical things. Scuba Diving is of course a huge part of my life but other activities that are water based interest me too. Living in sunny Southsea is the perfect location to do all sorts of things. Portsmouth is a very vibrant and social city. One of the things I grew up loving about it was that it has had a naval base here since 1194 and it is still the Navy’s biggest dockyard and it is accessible…

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When you are on the go and moving around with dive kit and changing the equipment you use to suit different dive conditions and locations using a good, reliable supplier is imperative. Simply Scuba is my first choice because I know I can get what I want quickly and efficiently, get high quality advice about products, enjoy a speedy delivery service and pay prices I am happy with. Simply Scuba began in a small barn in Kent and has quickly developed into one of the UK’s leading distributors. The Faversham store has a huge selection of scuba gear on display…

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Barefoot Manta Island, known traditionally as Drawaqa Island, lies in the Southern Yasawa Islands of Fiji. The breath-taking coral gardens, situated just off the coastline, are among the finest in the Fijian isles. Barefoot Manta Island offers a tranquil environment, with the gentle sound of the waves lapping the shore. The island lodge is the perfect destination for nature lovers in search of a one of the few Fijian islands unspoiled by man. We checked out their brand new marine science lab and it was wonderful! The new lab has been built to offer island hoppers more of a chance…

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After spending a lot of time with the GVI marine based project in Fiji, we were keen to find out more about what else GVI got up too and what other work volunteers and students could get involved in. After meeting Dane Lee Marx, Country Co Ordinator for GVI Fiji, we were left more than excited about heading off to Silana Village to find out about their community projects and most excitingly, their recycling programmes. This stunning village, fringed by the coastline is picturesque and there really is no other way to describe it. Lush green vegetation, hills, mountains, a…

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