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blue o two introduce brand new dive guides to the Maldives



blueotwo_LOGO_Hi_Res_2013_CMYKUK-based dive tour operator blue o two has announced their new dive guide team in the Maldives; Gabriel Hermida and Maria Tello, who will be on board blue o two’s fleet vessel in the Maldives M/Y blue Voyager from late July 2016.

Although their careers began in marketing and system engineering, Gabriel and Maria began their diving career 17 years ago when they discovered their passion for scuba diving, taking the huge leap to leave everything behind and follow their dream of beginning their dive careers.

Gabriel says, “Life is too short to have the wrong job, so we have decided to follow our passion in diving. We are very thrilled to be members of the blue o two team and are very eager to share with our colleagues and guests aboard M/Y blue Voyager the fantastic underwater adventures that the Maldives has to offer!”

Becoming PADI Instructors and opening a dive centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maria and Gabriel gained a huge amount of experience and knowledge, diving in some incredible locations such as Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Thailand, Borneo and many many more.

After leaving their dive centre and moving to Egypt in 2006, as their real dream was to work on liveaboards, they began working in the Egyptian and Sudanese Red Sea for eight years.

Whilst working in Sudan, Maria and Gabriel were able to encourage the Sudanese Government to open new protected marine parks, as well as creating a law against shark finning, due to promoting laws against shark fishing and reef awareness.

With a huge amount of experience on liveaboards, they have taken part in more than 300 trips with more than 4000 logged dives, including 1000 decompression dives, and have worked with a variety of well-known Red Sea fleet companies.

Maria says, “Dive guiding is not our job, it is our passion. We will be waiting for everyone in the Maldives to share with them the experience of the amazing underwater world!”

With a rapidly expanding portfolio of destinations, liveaboards, itineraries and staff, blue o two are currently experiencing some very exciting developments. The recent move of M/Y blue Voyager to the Maldives brings with it a fantastic opportunity for customers to enjoy the blue o two experience in one of the most beautiful and action-packed diving locations there is. Also, the launch of the new itinerary ‘TrukTec with Ahmed Fadel’ offers the perfect opportunity for divers to progress their training and share knowledge with fellow divers, while enjoying some of the best diving that Micronesia has to offer.

For more information about blue o two and their scuba diving holidays, visit Alternatively, speak to the blue o two team by emailing or by calling +44 (0)1752 480808.


WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on (which you can read here), we reported that the Philippines have been recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards. In the article it states how many islands make up the Philippines… how many are there?

Is there:

  • A) 7,209
  • B) 7,532
  • C) 7,641

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag December 2020

  • Enter the country you live in
  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to When prizes are supplied by third parties, is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. This competition closes on 13/01/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Quick Scuba Tips #1: How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving (Watch Video)



How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving. Can’t I just take my new mask diving straight out of the box? Well, actually, no. It needs a little work to make it dive ready.

In this, the first in our new scuba diving quick hints and tips series, I’m going to show you how to prepare a new mask for scuba diving with three quick techniques, all aimed at stopping your scuba mask from fogging.

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Dive safe, dive often!


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