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AP Valves and Ambient Pressure Diving Merge to Form AP Diving

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AP Valves, founded by David Parker in 1969 and famous for producing BCDs and dive accessories of the highest quality, has merged with CCR sister company Ambient Pressure Diving to become one company again – AP Diving.

Martin Parker, Managing Director of AP Diving, had this to say of the in-house merger:

“Looking at the group as a whole, we realised there was some confusion out there about the relationship between the two companies and the multiple brand names we have collected over the decades.  To rectify this we have now taken the strategic decision to simplify things by aligning AP Valves and its products (BUDDY BCDs, accessories and spares) with Ambient Pressure Diving’s rebreathers and product lines and to sell them both under the umbrella name AP Diving.

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“This has meant re-branding both companies with a unified new-look as well as a number of product re-namings (see the ‘BUDDY GOES COMMANDO’ news item on the AP Diving website here) – to create brand clarity between open circuit and closed circuit products and hopefully clear up any confusion to the customer about Who’s Who and Who makes What…

“It’s simple – AP Diving now make and sell everything – Rebreathers and BCDs.

In terms of our product range, this change means that  both the ‘AP Valves’ company name and the ‘BUDDY’ brand name will no longer be used in the sport diving market and the ‘BUDDY Commando’ is now called the AP Commando. This and the other re-named AP BCDs will then sit alongside the AP Inspiration range of rebreather models – the Inspiration XPD, the Inspiration EVO (previously the ‘Evolution’) and the Inspiration EVP (previously the ‘Evolution Plus’).

bcd-which-bcd-commando-escape-front-apdivingFor divers this means clearer product labelling, simpler ordering and this new web brochure and shop – where you can buy all you want and find out all the information you need – all  in one place. Importantly, you will now be buying and ordering factory direct from us – no middleman – ensuring you receive exceptional, fast & reliable service from our knowledgeable team. Some things never change.”

AP Diving was officially launched at LIDS 2014 a couple of weeks ago. Scubaverse caught up with Jeff Parker, AP Diving’s Marketing and Design Manager at the show, and talked to him about the relaunch. To watch our exclusive interview with Jeff, click here.

To visit the new AP Diving website, click here. To start buying AP Diving product, click here.

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Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet Announces Exciting 2024 Pre-DEMA Specials

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Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet has announced the launch of its highly anticipated Pre-DEMA Specials, offering exceptional savings and unbeatable perks on some of the world’s most sought-after diving destinations. Starting June 1st, 2024, diving enthusiasts, dive wholesalers and dive shops can take advantage of these limited time offers and secure their spots for unforgettable underwater adventures.

“This year’s pre-DEMA specials are up and running,” said Sue Hamilton, Sales and Marketing representative at Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet. “These deals provide divers with amazing opportunities to explore premier diving destinations at unbeatable prices. As we gear up for the DEMA Show in November, we want to make sure our dive shops and agents have a head-start and an edge on planning their group dive travel through 2026.”

Fleet-wide Range of Big Savings and Perks:

Caribbean Explorer II/Saba-St. Kitts: Save $600 per person! Extra comps: 5+1, 10+3, 14+4. Valid for travel through 2026. Plus, enjoy free nitrox for travel in 2024.   

Turks & Caicos Explorer II: Save $600 per person! Extra comps: 5+1, 10+3, 16+4. Valid for travel through 2026. Plus, enjoy free nitrox for travel in 2024.

Tiburon Explorer – Galapagos: Save $900 per person (Dec-June through June 2027). Save $600 per person (July-Nov through Nov 2027). Comps: 5+1, 10+2.

Humboldt Explorer – Galapagos: Save $1200 per person (Dec-June through June 2027). Save $900 per person (July-Nov through Nov 2027). Comps: 5+1, 10+2.

Grand Sea Explorer – Red Sea: Extra comps: 5+1, 10+2, 20+3, 24+4. Free nitrox included! Valid for travel through 2026.

Glory Sea Explorer – Red Sea: Extra comps: 5+1, 10+2, 20+3, 23+3. Free nitrox included! Valid for travel through 2026.

Emperor Explorer – Maldives: Comps: 5+1, 10+2, 22+4 (May-Dec) and 7+1, 14+2, 23+3 (Jan-Apr). Free nitrox included!

Black Pearl Explorer – Palau: Comps: 7+1, 14+2, 21+3. Free nitrox included!

Blue Manta Explorer and White Manta Explorer – Indonesia: Comps: 6+1, 12+2, 18+2, 19+3 (depending on itinerary).

Book Your Adventure Now

Take advantage of these incredible Pre-DEMA specials and secure your date today! A low non-refundable deposit of only $600 for groups of 6-11 and $1200 for groups of 12 or more, will secure your reservation until October 15, 2024! Booking your dream diving trip has never been easier. Not applicable in Palau, Maldives and Indonesia.

Don’t miss out on these limited-time offers—terms and conditions apply.

For booking inquiries and information, contact:

info@explorerventures.com  / 1-800-322-3577 / +1 307-235-0683 / www.explorerventures.com

About Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet

Since 1987, Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet has been delivering world-class diving experiences, blending authentic diving experiences, safety, and sustainability. Offering unparalleled adventures in some of the world’s most breathtaking underwater destinations, their fleet of well-appointed vessels ensures every guest enjoys the highest level of comfort and safety.

Explorer Ventures is proud to be the first liveaboard company to collaborate with Green Fins, achieving certifications on four of their vessels: Caribbean Explorer II, Turks & Caicos Explorer II, Tiburon Explorer, and Humboldt Explorer. Notably, the Tiburon Explorer and Humboldt Explorer are the only PADI Eco Centers designated in the Galapagos, emphasizing their commitment to sustainable and responsible diving practices.

With exceptional diving destinations, array of itineraries around the globe, and diver-focused design across their entire fleet, every voyage is tailored for comfort, convenience and adventure on land and sea!

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Diving Redefined: Introducing NovoScuba

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novoscubaAttention all underwater enthusiasts, mermaids, and those who just really enjoy wearing fins! Brace yourselves for the splashiest news in the industry: NovoScuba has burst onto the scuba diving scene like a seal on a beach ball!

Move over, PADI, SSI, SDI, NAUI, RAID, and whoever else is lurking in the depths, because there’s a new fish in town!

But seriously, what gives? Why does NovoScuba think they can swim with the big fish? Are they secretly training dolphins? Are their wetsuits made of magic? Stay tuned as we uncover the mysteries of this underwater revolution!

The team at NovoScuba isn’t just your average squad – we’re a crew of dive store owners, managers, trainers, and pros. We’ve danced with the sharks and wrestled with the currents, so when it comes to the diving industry’s pain points, we’re definitely no strangers. But let’s be real: while existing agencies are stuck in the stone age, we’re here to embrace the 21st century. In a world where even fish have Instagram accounts, the diving industry needs to catch up or sink like a lead weight!

It’s time to challenge a change. Leveraging technology and introducing a breakthrough business model, and digitally native platform, NovoScuba aims to become the most innovative training agency to date.

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Here’s a snapshot of what NovoScuba has up their sleeve for dive pros, managers/owners and students alike.

Owners 

  • Pay as you certify system
  • Fully developed digital course materials in multiple languages
  • No stock required
  • Monthly or annual membership fees
  • Business support and advice FOC
  • 24/7 support. Feedback orientated. Fast response and fast adapting
  • ISO Certified
  • Pain free and low cost transition to NovoScuba
  • Your business, your choice. No exclusivity expected or required
  • Pay in your local currency
  • Our automated system keeps your admin to a minimum. Less time on paperwork cuts costs and gives you more time to focus on your business
  • Co-marketing, advertising and support

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Pros

  • Monthly membership fees
  • Intelligent online log book that automatically updates student records
  • One click certifications
  • Flexible training – student-centric/instructor trusted
  • Easy and inexpensive crossover
  • Pause your membership when you’re not teaching
  • Pro insurance / legal support
  • Job vacancy board

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Students

  • Modern, relevant course materials
  • Fully developed and interactive digital learning
  • Accessible across any digital platform
  • Instant community and support
  • Monthly subscription granting access to all course materials
  • Digital log book for life
  • Streamlined subscription process – minimum admin

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What else symbolises the NovoScuba dedication to excellence?

In an era where every other company boasts about being as green as a broccoli smoothie, it’s easy to tune out the noise of eco-friendly claims. But hold your seahorses! NovoScuba isn’t just another fish in the sea of greenwashing. We’re not just dipping our toes in the sustainability pool – we’ve cannonballed straight into it! B-Corp pending, we’re not just talking the talk; we’re doing the fins-on-the-ground work. With a net zero impact that even Captain Planet would applaud, our conservation efforts aren’t some distant pipe dream. Nope, we’re getting our hands wet right in our own diving communities, because let’s face it, saving the planet is a whole lot easier when you can do it in your own backyard – or in this case, your own coral reef!

It’s time to dive into the 21st century and embrace a new, innovative and intelligent training agency. One that fully understands that your success is needed in order for us to succeed. One that is 100% committed to your needs and will grow and adapt in order to keep meeting the challenges of the industry. Welcome to the new age of training. Welcome to NovoScuba – Diving Redefined.

For more information, email info@novoscuba.com or visit www.novoscuba.com.

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