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The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (AUAS) Announces the AUAS/DAN Diving Medicine Scholarship

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The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (AUAS) has announced, with matching funds from Divers Alert Network (DAN), the creation of the AUAS/DAN Diving Medicine Research Scholarship.  This annual scholarship will encourage research on topics that expand the body of knowledge of human physiology in the marine environment.

“The scholarship was created through a generous initial donation from a NOGI Fellow and with the matching funds from DAN, will support important diving medicine research into the future,” stated Dan Orr, President of the AUAS. This annual scholarship provides financial support of up to $10,000. Requests for information or an application for the AUAS/DAN Diving Medicine Scholarship can be sent to info@auas-nogi.org.

Anyone wishing to make a tax deductible donation to support and expand this scholarship can do so through the Academy’s website:  www.auas-nogi.org.

The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences is a 501(c)3 non-profit, international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to recognizing pioneers and leaders who have had a significant impact on the exploration, enjoyment, safety and preservation of the underwater world. The AUAS is committed to supporting its members as they pass on the stewardship of the sea to future generations. The AUAS recognizes individuals who have made significant career contributions to the sport, the industry and the world through presenting the NOGI Award, the oldest and most prestigious award in the diving world.

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Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados

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In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.


Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)

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Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.


Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.


For more information about the CCMI click here.

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