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Report by John Butland, Diverse Travel, on Emperor Superior You would think, wouldn’t you, that when you have been to the same location 17 times that your 18th trip there would be pretty much the same as all the previous times. But that’s the beauty of diving such a wonderful location as the Egyptian Red Sea. There’s aways something different to see; an animal you got closer to than before, or display behaviour you’ve never seen before. Perhaps it’s just that you are going back to one of your favourite dive locations. This trip on Emperor Superior’s Reefs & Wrecks Itinerary…

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To celebrate Women’s dive day 2019 Divetech will bring together women hand in hand in an attempt to break our own World Record! In July 2018, 86 women at Divetech in Grand Cayman created a human chain along a 300ft line suspended at 15ft, thus ensuring the ladies were neutrally buoyant protecting the coral on the sea floor. Last year the charitable event raised over $3,000 US for the Cayman Islands Breast Cancer Foundation as well as raising awareness for women in diving globally across all disciplines including recreational, technical and Freediving.   This year we are aiming for 100 women…

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“When I was diagnosed with MS, I thought my life was over, I didn’t leave my house, I was so mad at this hand life had dealt me.  After I met the Dive Pirates I realized I had a whole lot to see and do in this world, they saved my life.” Those are the words of former Army Specialist John Kennedy in 2016, a recipient of the Dive Pirates Foundation who arrives by wheelchair Saturday to once again spend the week diving and enjoying time with his wife and friends diving the reefs off the shores of Cayman Brac. He is…

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It’s been over a decade since award-winning filmmaker Rob Stewart first debuted Sharkwater (2007) to international audiences, bringing the issue of shark finning to the world stage and galvanizing a global movement to protect sharks. Today, with the historic passing of Bill C-68 banning the import and export of shark fins in Canada, Stewart’s powerful and substantial impact is being celebrated across the country. Early on, Stewart worked closely with Senator Michael MacDonald and MP Fin Donnelly, to bring awareness to the shark fin trade and lobbied for necessary legislative action. Since Sharkwater first hit theatres in 2007, laws and public policies around the world have…

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A team of experienced divers from around the world have launched a campaign to clear lost and disused fishing nets – known as ghost nets – from the coral reefs in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago. Ghost nets, or ALDFG (abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear), include fishing nets, lines and traps which are left in the ocean and become entangled in rocks and reefs, ultimately killing fish and other marine life and suffocating coral.  “In 2009, the United Nations estimated that 640,000 tonnes of ghost gear were littering the world’s oceans,” said Marcelo Guimaraes, a marine biologist working for Awei Pila resort,…

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The Maritime Museum of BC has asked the provincial government to conduct a heritage inspection immediately to identify the heritage value of the former Victoria Law Courts at 28 Bastion Square and to determine the need for protection and conservation in compliance with the heritage protection requirements as stipulated under the provincial Heritage Conservation Act. The Museum believes that the former site of the Victoria Law Courts need to be designated as a BC Heritage Site under the Heritage Conservation Act and that the building and land located at 28 Bastion Square should be transferred from the BC Dept. of Citizen Services to…

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Two lucky people will be jetting off to The Bahamas next year to enjoy seven days diving on M/V Bahamas Master for just £10, thanks to an exciting fundraising lottery developed by Blue O Two to benefit its charity partner Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation. Each £10 ticket sold via the Bite-Back website buys a chance to win two return flights, 7 days liveaboard diving in the crystal clear waters of The Bahamas, guaranteed shark encounters and memories that will last a lifetime. The prize, valued at over £6,500, brings the dream of diving in The Bahamas within the reach…

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The USS Kittiwake is one of the most popular shipwrecks in the Caribbean, with divers from across the globe traveling to Grand Cayman to explore this iconic site. The Kittiwake started life as a submarine rescue vessel commissioned after World War 2, ill-famed in 1986 for recovering the flight data recorder from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. The fascinating story of this 251 ft vessel continued to evolve this month when former US Navy sailor Pete Larson came to reminisce with the Divetech team. Larson served as an Engineer aboard the Kittiwake for 3 years between 1986-89 and contacted Divetech to…

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Scuba diving rehabilitation charity, Deptherapy, is delighted to announce the appointment of its new President, Debra Lilley, from today, 1st April 2019. Debra has over 30 years experience in the IT industry and is an Associate Director at Accenture, an Oracle ACE Director, Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors. She has held several Non-Executive Director roles within the UK Oracle User Group including that of Chairman and President. Debra is involved with a number of charities as a volunteer and is a long time supporter of the work of Deptherapy, having fundraised for the charity itself, as…

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