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Anse Chastenet and SeaLife Team Up for 2017 Underwater Photography Weeks in Saint Lucia

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Saint Lucia’s Anse Chastanet Resort with their PADI 5 STAR scuba operation, Scuba St. Lucia, in collaboration with SeaLife Cameras, will be hosting four specialty weeks in 2017 dedicated to underwater photography. The 2017 weeks are August 19-26, September 30-October 7, November 11-18, and December 9-16.

Divers will be able to learn and fine tune their photography skills through a series of seminars and dives in one of the most protected sites in the Caribbean.

Anse Chastanet offers designated marine reserves, protecting miles of colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, vibrant corals, and stunning macro life.

Whether a new photographer with a point and shoot camera or the owner of a complete DSLR system, the week will provide hands on training in areas such as ambient light use, model photography, macro photography, animal portraits, and general compositions.

Days will be filled with two morning dives in and around St. Lucia’s pristine marine reserves, including dive sites such as the Pinnacles, Superman’s Flight, and various sites nestled between the two world heritage Pitons. In the afternoon, seminars will be held reviewing the photographs taken in the morning, editing photos and videos, and discussing the next day’s underwater adventure.

Throughout the week, divers will collect images from which they can submit one photo in each of the predetermined categories in the Photography Week Photo Competition. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the week in the closing ceremony celebration.

Seminars will be conducted by resident pro photographer, Bernd Rac. Bernd started with underwater photography and videography at UNESCO in Freeport Bahamas in 1993 and has been shooting ever since. He began working in 1996 at Scuba St. Lucia, which is owned and operated by the Anse Chastanet Resort, as an underwater photo/video professional. Bernd won the Rodales Resort Pro Photographer competition in 1998 and then expanded his knowledge in photography and videography including post production. Divers will be closely supervised by Bernd and other underwater photo pros on the Scuba St. Lucia staff.

The Underwater Photography Week will be taught using your own camera set up or the brand new SeaLife DC2000. The rental fee for the new DC2000 camera is included in your Underwater Photography Week package.

As SeaLife’s most advanced underwater camera, the DC2000 includes a full featured waterproof inner camera and an ergonomic, precisely designed 200ft/60m underwater housing. The DC2000 uses a SONY® 1” back-illuminated 20MP CMOS image sensor to produce sharp stills and full 1080p HD videos.  For details on the SeaLife DC2000, visit www.sealife-cameras.com/cameras/dc2000.

If participants wish to invest in a new camera, SeaLife is offering a $100 booking incentive when pre-ordering a DC2000 camera through Scuba St. Lucia and registering for the Photo Week. Anse Chastanet is the perfect location for non-diving family members, with adventure sports galore as well as world class beaches, spas, and tours.

The Underwater Photography week starts at US $2,819 per person in a double occupancy room. A non-diving partner pays $2,109 per person per week in a double occupancy room.

To book or for more information, email ansechastanet@ansechastanet.com or call 1-800-223-1108 and reference the Underwater Photography Weeks.

The Underwater Photography Week package includes: Underwater Photography course, 7 nights’ accommodation, airport transfers, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all tax/service, welcome drink and culinary amenity on arrival, 12 beach or boat dives inclusive of tank, weights, belt, mask, snorkel, fins (other equipment at a charge if needed, marine park fee to be paid locally).

The package is available to certified divers. Please bring your certification cards with you.

DC2000 Camera MSRP $699.95Pre-order price $599.95
DC2000 Pro 2500 SetMSRP $1099.95Pre-order price $999.95
DC2000 Pro Flash SetMSRP $999.95Pre-order price $899.95
DC2000 Pro DuoMSRP $1399.95Pre-order price $1299.95

The DC2000 Photography Week camera incentive is exclusive to Anse Chastanet and the Photography Week experiences. The DC2000 camera or camera set will be shipped to you (in USA only) or awaiting you on arrival at Anse Chastanet.

For more information about SeaLife cameras visit www.SeaLife-Cameras.com.

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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