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Blue Label Diving and Seabees Diving team up in Thailand

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Blue Label Diving has some exciting news… they are teaming up with Seabees diving – “Seabees Tec featuring Blue Label Diving.” Bringing together these two companies will widen the possibilities for technical divers by creating one of the largest technical diving centers in South East Asia.

Blue Label Diving (BLD) and Seabees Diving  (SBD) are delighted to announce this joint venture which will further expand their long-standing professional relationship,  with the aim of strengthening their combined resources to deliver the highest standard of technical diving courses, and to increase the technical diving market opportunities in Thailand and SEA.

“The joint venture will leverage the reputable award winning SBD’s German punctuality and standards for recreational diving, diving boats, Liveaboard, dive center, accommodation and pool and with BLD’s reputable teaching tech diving standards, tech equipment and highly experienced tech instructors.  We are very excited about this venture ,” said Ben Reymenants of BLD.

“Together, we offer divers a complete dive center focused approach that understands the start to end diver process, continuing education, accommodation needs, diving boat needs, teaching standards, sales, how to target a bigger market and deploy targeted marketing campaigns to reach a larger group of  technical divers,” said Holger Schwab of SBD.

“I am very excited by this joint venture with Seabees. We can finally offer our customers an all in one dive center experience. This is something I have always wanted. Together we have the experience to teach each level of diving, give high standard diver safety, have high standard diving boats and Liveaboards, offer excellent accommodation and high quality service for either diving courses or fun divers.  I am looking forward to a new challenge and fresh start,” said Simone Schuil of BLD.

The aim is to offer technical divers worldwide the opportunity to have an all-in-one dive centre in Thailand that covers each aspect of diving from fun diving to open water courses, from intro to tec to cave diving courses, and from dive master training to rebreathers, and for fun divers, day trips and liveaboards.

A center that gives divers a complete service from airport transfers, to accommodation which is right by the pier, with pool and restaurants on site and within walking distance,  their own diving boats and liveaboard, high standards of technical diving equipment and the best technical and most well-known dive instructors that you can find in SEA.

Ben Reymenants will continue being the technical diving training director but will be located in Europe and will come to Phuket to do special workshops three times per year at Seabees Tec.

Klaus Klaeden and Claus Rasmussen will continue as the excellent technical full time diving instructors to get the centre back up and running after the COVID period. The aim is also to hire more technical diving instructors to grow Seabees Tec.

Simone Schuil will continue being the sole booking agent for Seabees Tec featuring Blue Label Diving on both websites.

Seabees Diving will get a few new website pages with Seabees Tec and the Blue Label Diving website will change its physical address and will be adding Seabees Tec logo next to its own.

Blue Label Diving will be moving into the Seabees Diving location during July 2021 at Chalong Pier Road. The start date of the joint venture is from Aug 1st 2021 and it will be called “Seabees Tec featuring Blue Label Diving”. This will remain for the next 4 years, after which it will become ‘Seabees Tec’.

To learn more about the two companies please visit: www.sea-bees.com and www.bluelabeldiving.com

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Diving below the waves of the Western Cape, South Africa – Long Beach at night (Watch Video)

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Head under the waves of False Bay and explore the incredible diversity that is found along the Western Cape. The bay has popular dive spots from diving amongst the biodiverse underwater kelp forests to jumping in with the playful and friendly cape fur sealions (Arctocephalus pusillus). The bay along with the rest of the South Africa coast is known for the range of shark species that are found from the shallow coastal shores out into the open oceans. The coast is also home to numerous endemic shark species such as puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) and Pyjama shark.

Longbeach is a shallow shore dive close to the coastal town of Simonstown on the Western Cape. The dive is mainly made up of diving across the sand with a few wreckages, rocks and outcrops where there’s algae growing. A pipeline can be found at the site which provides locations for species such as Pyjama Sharks (Poroderma africanum) and octopus (Octopus vulgaris) to shelter. Diving at night at the site provides the opportunity to see species that are more often hidden during the day such as cape Squid (Loligo reynaudii) and Biscuit Skate (Raja straeleni). Other shark species such as the small Puff Adder Shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) are also occasionally seen at the site.

Diving with the local dive club – Cape Town Dive Centre.


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Book Review – The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe (2007)

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It was the height of the Cold War. The Soviet Cruiser Ordzhonikidz, supported by two destroyers, had brought Soviet leaders Khruschev and Bulganin to Britain for sensitive meetings with the British Government. The ships were moored in Portsmouth harbour and the Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden, had expressly forbidden any clandestine inspection of them. However, on the morning of 19th April 1956 Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabbe, an experienced naval diver, slipped into the cold waters of Portsmouth harbour. His top secret mission was to photograph the hull, propellers and rudder of the Ordzhonikidze. He was never seen alive again.

A badly decomposed body, with head and hands missing, was discovered by fishermen in Chichester harbour months later. It was claimed to be the missing body of Buster Crabbe – but many had doubts. The incident marked the start of a controversy that claimed the posts of several high ranking naval, government and intelligence service personnel. The author of The Final Dive, Don Hale, claims it is one that still rages and which may not be resolved even when secret government files are released in 2057.

Don Hale, an acknowledged campaigning journalist and former Journalist of the Year brings all his experience and skill to unravelling this longstanding scandal. He has drawn upon official reports and private letters, statements from government representatives, fellow officers and friends to piece together Buster’s life and events leading to his disappearance and subsequent investigation. He speaks of “inquiries blocked by intrigue, constant cover-ups and government bureaucracy coupled with threats relating to the Official Secrets Act” (p. xi). If you like reading about subterfuge on a grand scale you will enjoy The Final Dive.

Don Hale’s meticulous account of the life of Buster Crabbe is supported by dozens of black and white photos and extracts from numerous official documents. It reveals how an amazing series of civilian jobs, wartime activities and friendships with high ranking government officials, British intelligence officers, American CIA operatives. . . and now known spies, prepared him for his final dive and perhaps his fate. One of Crabbe’s acquaintances was the author Ian Fleming – of James Bond fame. Indeed, it is suggested that Fleming based the character of 007 on Buster Crabbe. After reading of his exploits, both before WWII, his bomb disposal work during the war, and afterwards it is easy to see why. Certainly, those who worked with Buster Crabbe “all agree he was fearless.” (p.59). After reading of his exploits one wonders if he was too fearless.

In the later stage of Buster’s life, prior to his disappearance, Don Hall recounts “a constant merry-go-round of overseas assignments” (p. 118) for Crabbe and how he “began to receive increasingly hazardous commissions” (p. 136). It culminated in the morning dive in Portsmouth harbour. Hale’s forsensic-like account of the events surrounding the final dive and aftermath reveals absolute panic and bungling behind the scenes as official answers conflict with known facts. He describes how “The whole incident still seems bathed in secrecy, with the true facts deliberately buried in bureaucracy, and supported at the highest level by an incredible cover-up operation”.(p. 205).

A final comment by Don Hale adds to the intrigue. He states “The only part of the Crabbe puzzle about which I am not certain is not who sent him – we know the answer to that – but why on earth he was he sent, possibly at considerable risk?” (p. 248). After reading The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe you will no doubt have your own ideas.


The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe (2007)

  • By Don Hale
  • Stroud: Sutton Publishing
  • ISBN 978 0 7509 4574 5
  • 260 pp

Don Hale was a professional footballer before becoming editor of several regional newspapers. He has received numerous national and international awards for investigative journalism including Journalist of the Year. In 2002 he was awarded an OBE for his campaigning journalism in the Stephen Downing miscarriage of justice case. He has championed several others who have been wrongly convicted.

His other books include Town without Pity (2002), Murder in the Graveyard (2019) and Mallard: How the ‘Blue Steak’ Broke the World Speed Record (2019).


Find out more about Professor Fred Lockwood, who is also a published author, at www.fredlockwood.co.uk.

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