Blackbird Caye is a privately owned Island sitting on The Mesoamerican Reef System — often referred to as the “Jewel of the Caribbean” — it is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere with a rich tapestry of vivid corals, mangrove forests, coastal wetlands, and diverse marine wildlife. Learn more at: Articles

My name is Tori Ireland, I am 19 years old and I have been bitten by the scuba bug. I was fortunate enough to grow up on the South Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, which allowed my passion for the ocean to bloom and blossom at such a young age. I did my PADI Open Water course at the age of 12 in Sodwana Bay, South Africa, one of the top 3 diving spots in the World, and from the moment that I took my first breaths underwater I knew that this would be my future. My Open Water instructor was a God in my eyes and I decided that I wanted to be like him one day. The thought of teaching people how to dive and exploring the ocean on a daily basis as a career amazed me and I knew that it was my true calling. As time went by, I found myself counting down the years until I would be finished with school and old enough to begin my career in scuba diving. I was fortunate enough to have a Mother and older sister who shared my passion of scuba diving, so we did consistent yearly trips to Sodwana Bay for a week or two of diving. When graduation from High School came near, my friends frantically spoke of University plans and applying to different institutions, and I was so settled in my career decision that the end of my schooling career was stress free. When the time finally came for me to travel to Coral Divers, Sodwana Bay to complete my Divemaster course, it was quite surreal. I worked as a Divemaster at Coral Divers for 3 months and then went on to complete the Instructor Development Course and Instructor Examination in July 2016. Becoming a PADI Instructor was the truest honour I have ever experienced. I was lucky enough to gain priceless experience working as an instructor at Coral Divers, which allowed me to grow into becoming a certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer. My ultimate dream was to get a job abroad and travel with my career, and thousands of emails later, my dream came true. On the 17th of October 2016, I travelled to South East Asia to further live my dreams and it seems now that I have been bitten by the travel bug too. I have decided to share my travel and dive experiences with as many people around the World as possible.

Six Senses Zighy Bay Resort is located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. The setting of these beautiful indigenous village-style accommodations and private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other. Tantalize your senses: feel the sand beneath your toes; listen as your sunset dhow cruise glides through waves; taste culinary delights of the region.

DIWA is an abbreviation for “Diving Instructor World Association” and has been in existence for more than 40 years. Learn more at:

Radoslaw Krol is a freelance photographer and diver. Poland born he has been taking photographs since he was 15 years old and due to such a strong passion for the media has been working in the industry professionally for the past 7 years in the UK. Radoslaw has a keen interest in all forms of photography and became a Senior Field Photographer for The Scuba News UK because of his love for the natural environment. he has dived all over the World and has some fantastic trips coming up in the future which we are keen to follow! He brings a fresh and current style and we are really glad to have him onboard and to follow his digital journey.

Pathfinder is moored at St Abbs which boasts fantastic underwater scenery and is home to Scotland’s only Voluntary Marine Reserve. Learn more about Pathfinder at:

I am a Marine Science conservation student at his final year, I am interested in conservation science and green technology and energy, I am one of the CEO of Lampa and NGO meant by environmental awareness for children. I entered the science writing career a year ago since I used to design the academic material for the children, I started with writing at some of the student chapters in my university and now an intern with promediaz in (NY) as a content editor. I am looking for an opportunity in science reporting career, opportunity to fill my passion in science writing and designing the scientific content also work closely with the environment and watch fascinating wildlife.

I am a conservationist by profession and have a passion for filming and photography in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. I have honed these skills through tutorials, several courses online and largely by field practice. My Nationality is Tanzania, East Africa. In my area of work, I am a National Geographic Young Explorer, and currently a co-founder of the Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organization- LCMO, an organization that focuses on promoting, supporting, and improving community livelihoods through sustainable environmental practices. I have a major interest in creating awareness in conservation and developing materials. I have since garnered experience in conservation education in the past three years working in a project dubbed “Vijana na Mazingira” which means “Youth and the environment” in a remote village in Eastern Tanzania. The project location neighbor’s one of the largest national parks where we work with communities on sustainable environmental practices. My ultimate goal is to develop and explore different practical solutions in solving emerging conservation challenges, both human and natural caused through a combination of skills, knowledge, passion and experience that I have acquired and continue to improve over time.

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