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Barbados – Diving the Stavronikita

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The Stav, as it is affectionally known here, was a 120m long Greek freighter. She had a fateful end. On the 26th August 1976, when crossing from Ireland to the Caribbean, she caught fire and 6 of her crew perished, while 24 others drifted for four days before eventually being rescued. The ship was towed to Barbados where she remained for two years, before being bought and stripped by the Parks and Beach Commission to be sunk as an artificial reef. She lies in 40m of water, with her forward mast, at 18m, looming out of the blue as you descend.

We had one dive on this magnificent wreck, but really you need at least 3 dives to do her any justice. The first thing you notice, as you drop into the clear blue water, is just how big she is. There is just so much to explore, and having been underwater for nearly 40 years, she has an incredible abundance of growth and just teems with colourful marine life. One of the highlights is the forward mast, which is caked in coral, sponges and some of the sea fans appear to reach out to you, to embrace you. As this part is relatively shallow, this is where many divers spend a lot of their dive-time. You could spend a whole dive just on this mast, as we mostly did, photographing the owner of our dive centre, Barbados Blue.

We did, however, also venture to the bow, and completed a quick tour along the port side to get a feel for what else there was to see. Huge sponges and black gorgonians adorn every feature on the deck, and we would have loved to drop down to the bottom to photograph the props, but there is only so much you can do on a single dive.

But there can be no doubt, this is a fantastic wreck, and one we hope to get the chance to dive again before too long; it is right up there with some of the top great Caribbean wreck dives.

www.divebarbadosblue.com

www.visitbarbados.org

For more from Nick and Caroline, visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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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Nauticam now shipping NA-D6 for Nikon D6

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Nikon’s flagship D6 DSLR delivers blazing fast autofocus alongside incredible image quality and reliability.  The NA-D6 is the ultimate underwater addition to this imaging platform.  Built around Nauticam’s Mission Control philosophy, the NA-D6 provides uncompromising intuitive access to the essential controls and features of the D6.  Pair the NA-D6 with Nauticam’s line of Premium Professional Optics such as the WACP or SMC to unlock the full potential of the Nikon D6.

Never miss the action looking for a control.  The NA-D6 features dual thumb-levers accessing REC/AF-ON on the right and PLAYBACK/INFO on the left.  There’s an improved dual-action lever near the front left that triggers the FN1/FN2 buttons in addition to the dedicated levers for ISO, Pv, and AF.  HDMI and Ethernet connectivity open even more possibilities to expand what’s possible with the D6.

NA-D6 Details and Specifications

  • Dimensions:   368mm (W) × 233mm (H) × 147mm (D)
  • Weight in air:  3.8kg
  • Weight in water: 0.05kg (Inc. camera and battery)
  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Port opening:  N120

Model Number: 17225
MSRP: $6,033 USD

For more information in the UK click here.

For more information in the USA click here.

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Jeff chats to… Kimberley Ray, Founder and CEO of Marine Conservation Network (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Kimberley Ray, Founder and CEO of Marine Conservation Network, about her work and some of the issues around marine conservation.

As Founder and CEO of Marine Conservation Network, Kimberly started her passion for ocean and marine conservation as a teenager wanting to become a dolphin trainer. Her dad was a fisherman and took her boating nearly every weekend, and that is what motivated her to get involved with marine life and education. She received her marine biology degree and quickly realized that the oceans were under threat from plastic trash, overfishing, and lack of compassion for marine life. She initially began a company called “Sustainable Seafood Experience,” but realized more coverage and education was needed concerning the many issues involving ocean conservation.

She then incorporated MCN, Marine Conservation Network, and began a global effort to link ALL conservation organizations around the world so that knowledge can be shared and efforts in marine conservation could become more effective. She also developed a common language in her efforts to educate the general public on the issues facing our oceans, one that even the public can relate to and not just other scientists. To this end, she has implemented a new focus of a Youth Ambassador Program involving children around the world from the ages of 8–15 who are becoming actively involved in marine conservation efforts and spreading the word of this mission. A scholarship is awarded to those who stay with the program when they reach their majority and go on to college. Kimberly believes that the oceans are the lungs of the planet providing half of the oxygen we breathe, and if we kill the oceans, then we will die with it.

Find out more about Kimberley and her work at www.marineconservationnet.org.


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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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.

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

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