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blue o two introduce brand new dive guides to the Maldives

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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 www.blueotwo.com. Alternatively, speak to the blue o two team by emailing divingholidays@blueotwo.com or by calling +44 (0)1752 480808.

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WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!

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beuchat-logo-1-300x58.jpgFor 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 Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported that Mexico is to host the first annual Cancun International Boat Show and Marine Expo this year. But when is the event due to take place?

Is it:

  • A) 9th – 11th July
  • B) 16th – 18th July
  • C) 23rd – 25th July

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

Beuchat Air Light Bag February 2021

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  • Enter the country you live in
  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to www.scubaverse.com except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families or employees of Suunto Diving UK 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 www.scubaverse.com. When prizes are supplied by third parties, www.scubaverse.com 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 07/04/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Jeff chats to… Jill Heinerth – underwater explorer, author and presenter (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jill Heinerth.

Jill is one of the world’s premier underwater explorers, and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. According to filmmaker James Cameron, “More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has gone right here on earth.”

An acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate, Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and Canada’s Polar Medal.

Jill leads expeditions into extreme environments to advance scientific and geographic knowledge. Her projects have been broadcast on the CBC, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and television networks worldwide. Jill was announced as the recipient of the William Beebe Award from the Explorer’s Club and was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame in fall 2020.

Her bestselling book INTO THE PLANET – My Life as a Cave Diver  has drawn acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and O Magazine. Heinerth details her journey into the extreme world of underwater cave exploration, where she has had to overcome fear in order to go where no one has gone before.

Find out more about Jill and her work at: www.intotheplanet.com


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

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

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.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

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

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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