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AVATAR – new brand in SANTI group



AVATAR brand is for divers who are looking for comfort, simplicity and immediate availability of a high quality product at an affordable price. Ideal for those who want to start their adventure with a dry suit, replace their existing suit with something lightweight and modern, or simply buy new, spare gear that is ideal for long distance travel.

AVATAR was created in response to an apparent need in the market for light and affordable products. Designed by people who have been creating premium diving products for many years, they are very familiar with the technology and requirements, and are personally involved in creating ever better solutions and products for technical and recreational divers.

After many discussions with our business partners, research and product development and a long test period, we decided to introduce the AVATAR brand as a complementary offer in our product portfolio” says SANTI Group owner Tomasz Stachura.

SNT Marine, owner of the AVATAR brand, is a Gdynia-based SANTI Group company, which, in cooperation with the best local sewing plants and thanks to production, distribution and agency cooperation with SANTI Diving, offers modern and reliable products dedicated to scuba divers around the world. Ultimately, the owners of both brands plan to develop their product portfolio within the SANTI Group. AVATAR is the first of the new proposals addressed to customers of the diving industry. New products and ideas will also be worth waiting for.

We want to offer an extremely simple and affordable alternative on the market for those who want to start their adventure with a dry suit, replace their existing suit with something light and modern, or just buy a new, spare, ideal for long distance travel. Every reason is good. Why choose our product? We sew in Poland, from the highest quality materials, maintaining the highest production standards, so far reserved for the top shelf. We have great, local service facilities and commercial support. We offer a simple, functional and high quality solution for those who are looking for a basic dry suit in the economic price range” – says Agnieszka Hrynkiewicz, Managing Director of Sales for both brands.

The motto of the new brand is: DIVING MADE EASY. The AVATAR offer currently includes a dry suit in 12 men’s sizes and diving undersuits made entirely of recycled materials. Both products are available immediately from Sales Representatives. At the end of June the offer will be enriched with women’s models in 8 sizes.

More details about AVATAR products can be found at

Marine Life & Conservation

Expedition on the Saba Bank to Enhance Tiger Shark Protection



This August a team of researchers will spend a week on the Saba Bank investigating the life-cycle of tiger sharks. Researchers will investigate the migration routes, where and when tiger sharks breed so they can protect them better within the Dutch Caribbean’s Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary as well as beyond. In this expedition members from the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF), Nature Foundation St. Maarten (NFSXM), St. Eustatius National Parks (STENAPA), STINAPA Bonaire, the Aruba National Parks Foundation (FPNA), the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) and World Wildlife Fund for Nature the Netherlands (WWF-NL) will participate.

In 2016, the Saba Conservation Foundation, Nature Foundation St. Maarten, and Sharks for Kids  partnered together as part of DCNA’s Save our Sharks Project funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. Since then, satellite tagging of tiger sharks has been conducted on the Saba Bank and around Sint Maarten. Through this research we now know that tiger sharks in Dutch waters travel throughout the Caribbean basin, with most of these tagged sharks being sexually mature females. During the upcoming expedition the researchers aim to not only tag and track more tiger sharks to further investigate the life cycle, but they will also measure if and how large the pups inside pregnant tiger sharks are. This will help to determine if the Saba Bank is in fact a breeding ground for tiger sharks, one of the main goals of the expedition.

(c) Sami Kattan

The other objective is to see where these transboundary sharks migrate to in order to better understand the importance of the Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary and protect other geographical areas. The Yarari Sanctuary was established on September 1, 2015 and aims to protect marine mammals, sharks, and rays throughout the waters of Bonaire, Saba, and since September 2018, St. Eustatius. Collaboration between not only the six Dutch Caribbean islands but countries across the wider Caribbean as a whole is necessary in order to protect and conserve these essential species and ecosystems. Therefore the Caribbean Shark Coalition was recently formed to collaborate better in the entire Greater Caribbean region.

Celebrated on July 28 each year, World Nature Conservation Day acknowledges that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and healthy society. This includes a healthy ocean which, undoubtedly, depends on sharks. Sharks are large top predators that serve a critical role in maintaining balance in the marine ecosystem. Sharks help keep their prey population healthy by eating the weak while also affecting their prey’s distribution. In healthy oceans, sharks help to maintain stable fish stocks and healthy coral reefs and seagrass beds, which is important for the fisheries and the economy of the islands.

The Tiger Shark research expedition is coordinated by the DCNA and generously funded by WWF-NL through the Biodiversity Funds and the Dutch National Postcode Lottery.

For more information on the Pregnant Tiger Shark Expedition, follow the participating organizations on Facebook, Instagram or DCNA’s website.

Header image: Jarrett Corke (WWF Canada)

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NEW Video Series… Back2Basics #1: Proper O-Ring Care



Matthias Lebo’s Back2Basics video series will guide you through the basics of underwater videography, equipment and maintenance. Whether you are just starting out or already taking underwater videos, this 12 part series will provide invaluable tips and improve your skills and knowledge

In this first ever episode of the “Back2Basics” Series we talk about the o-rings that keep the water outside of your camera housing and what’s the best way to care for and maintain them, doing all you can to avoid water leaking into your housing, potentially damaging your camera.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email

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