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Awesome Maps Dive Map

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Awesome Maps make a dive site map of the world and, after hearing about it from a friend, I really wanted to get my hands on one. Awesome Maps actually produce two versions of the dive map – a whiteboard coated Deluxe Dive Map and a larger size canvas edition. I was delighted when my Deluxe Dive Map arrived and I could not wait to get it spread out over our dining room table so that I could pour over the 500 plus dive spots and areas highlighted on the map.

The first thing that hit me was the beautiful artwork and illustrations that cover the map. Some of my favourite dive destinations are listed, and I could not believe that my local quarry, Capernwray, was also included on the UK map, along with my favourite seal dive in the Farne Islands. It is a map that you can spend hours looking at, discovering new dives that you have not yet travelled to, as well as re-living dives that you have done in the past.

Hand-drawn illustrations of reefs, sharks, turtles, manatees, sponges, whales, dolphins and all manner more of marine life large and small adorn this gorgeous map. If you need some inspiration on where to dive next, then this is a map that is full of ideas for future diving destinations.

Each area has a key letting you know whether the sites are good for underwater photography, wreck diving, artificial reefs, drift diving, sharks and more. At the very bottom there is also a message to all divers stating that they have tried to pick out the best dive sites in the world, but if your favourite has not made it in and feel it should be on the map to contact them and let them know about it. Perhaps you may even find your favourite site in the next edition.

This Awesome Maps Dive Map would make a lovely addition to any dive centre, scuba classroom or clubhouse, as well as any dive-lover’s home.

The version of the Dive Map that I received is 97.5cm x 56 cm (38” x 22”) and has a coating that means you can annotate the map with (and subsequently clean off) whiteboard markers. It would make a perfect gift for the diver who has everything, or as a treat for yourself. I love mine. I know it is a map that I will keep coming back to, and finding new dive sites and drawings, time after time. It really is a thing of beauty. Now I wish I had the larger canvas version as well – I shall have to remember to send out huge hints nearer Christmas!

For more information visit the website: https://awesome-maps.com/en/worldmaps/dive-map

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Divesoft divers develop the World’s First Standards for a Bailout CCR Course

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With the announcement of the World’s First Standards for a Bailout Rebreather Diving Course, the Divesoft Team continues to show themselves at the forefront of scuba tech diving gear worldwide. 

To ensure safety during longer dives, divers need to take extra measures and precautions. For instance, in the case of a catastrophic rebreather failure such as a broken scrubber, divers need to use back-up gas and bailout to an open circuit. This is not ideal, however, considering the number of bottles the diver needs to carry for such emergencies. To prevent this, recently, the consensus has been to use a bailout rebreather instead.    

Jakub Šimánek

It’s not an easy feat using a bailout rebreather which is why Liberty Sidemount Instructor, Matthew Jevon, and Divesoft Factory Trainer, Jakub Šimánek, jumped on the opportunity to develop standards for a bailout rebreather diving course and their work was then adopted and used by TDI (Technical Diving International) for the bailout CCR course. Becoming the first bailout CCR instructors was a great achievement for Matt and Jakub and their efforts haven’t ceased. The pair continues to create instructional materials and improve the course to cater towards future students’ needs ensuring it is as useful as possible. The pilot training is currently in progress and will be available soon. 

Matt Jevon

Matt Jevon is an accomplished diver, a Full Expedition Level Trimix and Cave Instructor on OC and CCR, including Divesoft Liberty Sidemount Instructor. Additionally, he has been accredited as an interdisciplinary sports scientist and sports psychologist; you can visit his Facebook page “Psychological Skills for Diving” here. 

Jakub Šimánek is a long-time Divesoft member (since 2012) who works on the development of diving computers and the CCR Liberty rebreather. He trains students from all over the world and in 2015, cooperated on a 4-year-long project with the Police as a diving instructor trainer, establishing the rebreather qualifications of police officers. 

Find out more about Divesoft at www.divesoft.com.

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Typhoon announce beach and boat changing robe

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Typhoon International’s new Pembry Jacket gets you warm and dry on the beach

Typhoon International’s brand new Pembrey Insulated Jacket is a beach and boat changing robe which is a cut above the rest. The Pembrey is a completely new addition to Typhoon’s growing clothing range, which is becoming as popular as its world-renowned wetsuit and drysuit products.

The Pembrey is built in an oversized fit, so that it can be used both as a changing robe, and as a protective jacket for getting warm and dry after coming out of the water.  Its long sleeves and internal insulation layer offer protection from the elements, whilst also being showerproof, windproof and breathable.

In addition to the breathable lining, the inside insulation layer from Sorona® Aura is a sustainably sourced part plant-based fabric which gives a great feel of additional comfort and protection.

The Pembrey is manufactured to Typhoon’s high quality standards, features tapered back hem styling, and a two-way zipper.  There’s plenty of room in the large outer hand pockets and an internal chest pocket.

The Pembrey comes in Typhoon International’s signature classic black with the lining in graphite.  The Pembrey Insulated Jacket is great for hanging out on the beach between swims, kayaking expeditions or for any number of outdoor activities where you need to stay warm and dry.

  • Sizes: S / M / L / XL
  • RRP inc VAT: £89.95

Visit www.typhoon-int.co.uk to see the full range and to find details of your nearest stockist.

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Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. Great value for money and perfect for small groups of buddies with a ‘Book 5 and 1 dives for FREE’ offer all year round.

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  • Flights from Gatwick to Hurghada with 23kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox

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