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Bigger and better choice for diving the Maldives

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Diverse_Travel_logo_301213Diverse Travel is now offering its clients a much larger choice of liveaboards in the Maldives, with a boat to suit any budget.

With the recent merger of Emperor Maldives and Constellation Fleet, there’s now a fleet of six boats to choose from; the brand new high-end Serenity, the upscale Orion, the highly regarded Leo, Virgo and Voyager and the budget boat, Emperor Atoll.

Choose from an array of itineraries such as Pelagic Magic, Best of Maldives, Manta Madness and Sharktastic. Emperor Maldives’ well-informed dive guides know exactly which dive site to go to for the various marine life, including whale sharks and mantas.

All Emperor Maldives boats sail on the weekend, making it very easy for British divers to enjoy an incredible week of Maldives liveaboard diving with only five days off work. Or why not add a few nights at one of Diverse Travel’s stunning Maldivian resorts? All flight-inclusive holidays booked with Diverse Travel benefit from Full ATOL Protection.

Diverse Travel’s Holly Gibson has visited and dived the Maldives many times. Contact Holly today for her first-hand knowledge of all that these magical waters have to offer.

For more information, visit www.diversetravel.co.uk, or contact on Freephone 0800 915 4436 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk.

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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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