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Book a liveaboard dive adventure with Dive Worldwide and save £100 per person

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Dive Worldwide

DIVE WWThe Dive Worldwide special offer of £100 per person saving on all their liveaboard trips is available on over 70 awesome liveaboard adventures – the widest range available through a UK tour operator. From the Maldives, Truk Lagoon and Palau to Raja Ampat, Komodo and The Galapagos, the choice is vast. But hurry, the trip must be booked before 31st March 2016 to qualify for the saving.

For those looking for a totally new adventure, head to Sri Lanka later this year and step aboard the first liveaboard to operate there. The Sri Lanka Aggressor launches in September 2016 offering three unique 7-night itineraries encompassing a mix of whales, dolphins, wrecks and reefs. There are trips focused on snorkelling with whales and dolphins; recreational diving trips combining wreck diving and drift dives; and technical wreck weeks which look at the world-class wrecks there.

With a rich culture and great natural beauty, Sri Lanka captures the best of all worlds. The underwater focus is primarily on the 200+ wrecks found around the island. In addition, wildlife enthusiasts can expect to encounter several species of whale and dolphin in its rich waters, and recreational diving weeks offer the best of everything.

Built for power, comfort and stability, the purpose-built Sri Lanka Aggressor is spacious at 44 metres in length and cruises at 10-12 knots. She features 13 spacious air-conditioned staterooms for up to 26 passengers, a partially covered sun deck, lounge, wet-bar, BBQ grill area and swim deck. The boat is accompanied by two skiffs, from which some dives and all snorkelling activities operate.

The inaugural whale and dolphin snorkelling trip begins from Trincomalee on the east coast and offers guests the opportunity to encounter up to 13 species of whale and 8 species of dolphin in the water. World renowned naturalist Howard Martenstyn will be on board offering expert advice and information on behaviour patterns. Expect blue, sperm, humpback, beaked, melon head, pilot and false killer whales.

The recreational diving trips depart from Colombo and time is split between exploring local wrecks and enjoying drift dives along the lush coral reefs, teeming with marine life. The wreck dives include the Thermopylae Sierra, Chief Dragon, Taprobane and Trug (Nilgiri) all of which have their own history, can be easily dived and are home to a prolific array of marine life.

On Tech wreck weeks, wreck enthusiasts will enjoy a week of discovery and exploration on world-class wrecks such as the HMS Hermes, the first ever British built aircraft carrier, now lying at a depth of 54 metres off the Batticaloa coast on the eastern side of Sri Lanka. These are technical diving weeks and the boat is fully equipped for trimix and rebreather diving.

Price: from £2,585pp (saving £100pp) sharing, including 7 nights’ full board liveaboard accommodation on the Sri Lanka Aggressor, international flights, transfers and diving with Dive Worldwide.

For more information, visit www.diveworldwide.com or call +44 (0)1962 302 087.

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Jeff chats to… Sean Webb, Director of O’Three, about diving in the UK and the O’Three brand

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Sean Webb, Director of O’Three, the well-known UK-based manufacturer of custom drysuits and wetsuits.

After a bath time quarrel with his sister, Sean’s Mum taught him a lesson.

She held his head underwater for what she thought was long enough for that lesson to sink in (We are talking the mid 60’s here), but the lesson learned wasn’t the one that was intended. It was then that Sean realized he was comfortable, in or under the water. He was six.

The coasts of Devon and Dorset became his playground. 17 years later, with a trip around the world and some incredible diving under his belt, Sean Webb founded O’Three.

Now in its 32nd  year, O’Three has evolved from a business with roots that are unashamedly rooted in UK diving, to a niche brand being enjoyed all over the world by discerning recreational, technical and commercial divers alike.

Find out more at www.othree.co.uk


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

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In the mood for a snowy holiday when you can get back into the water? Why not get back to your favourite underwater sport instead of hitting the slopes like everyone else? Check these incredible dive sites and explore a new underwater world in your drysuit!

Rummu Quarry, Estonia

The quirkiest and spookiest ice diving site in Europe is only 45 minutes driving from the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Rummu Quarry used to be a limestone mining site and a prison. When the excavation labour ceased in the 1990s, pumps that kept the quarry dry were shut down. Soon water started flooding the entire site. After the prison closed in 2012, Rummu became an adventure centre where you can practice different outdoor sports including diving in the crystal-clear waters of the quarry and explore the sunken ruins of the prison. Diving in Rummu Quarry is also available in the winter, making it a one-of-a-kind ice diving spot. Will you dare to do it?

Who to Dive With:

Adventurecenter Rummu

PADI 5 Star Center

Sireli Tanav 11, Harju Maakond, Rummu Quarry, Estonia 76102

+372 588 733 78

info@barrakuuda.ee

White Sea, Russia

Image by Viktor Lyagushkin

If diving in frozen lakes, which have almost no aquatic life, is not exciting enough for you, Russia is the place to go to practice marine ice diving. At the level of the Arctic Circle, the White Sea is the only sea that freezes in winter as all other places are warmed up by the Gulf Stream. Leaving from the shores of the region of Karelia, between St Petersburg and the border of Finland, you can go ice diving from December to April. In addition to impressive ice formations, you can also enjoy on the rocky sea-bed a surprise abundant marine fauna with soft coral, starfish, crabs, shrimps, sea urchins and sea anemones. An important point to remember, salt-water freezes at -1.8°C!

Who to Dive With:

Arctic Circle

PADI Dive Center

Nilmaguba, Loukhski Region, Republic of Karelia, Russia

(7) 495 105 7799

sever@dive.ru

Switzerland

You won’t find salty seas in Switzerland, but alpine lakes and rivers make for unique and mystical scuba diving.

Lake Geneva has a variety of dives to discover. Wall dives and freshwater scenery can be perused beneath the surface. There is even a wreck dive – a stellar spot for more advanced divers to take the plunge.

Another is Lake Zurich, where you can head to excellent scuba spots right from the shore. The lake is serene, with lofty mountains cascading upward from the lakeshore. Glacially fed, the lake has sublime visibility.

River divers will be blown away by the Verzasca, an impossibly clear river found just south of the Alps near the border of Italy.

Who to Dive with at Lake Geneva:

Scuba-Shop Villeneuve

PADI 5 Star Center and Instructor Development Center

Route D’Arvel 106, Villeneuve, Switzerland 1844

+41 21 9601535

phil@scubashop.ch

Austria

Salzburg Lake Image by Manfred Steidl

Landlocked Austria wouldn’t seem a good place for diving, but you can’t judge a book by its cover.

The Salzkammergut region of Austria has almost 170 lakes. A favourite is lake Attersee, where there are dive sites galore to check out, in this, the largest of the area’s lakes. Nazi treasures were once held in Wolfgangsee, and though you can’t take them with you, you can still see them on a dive.

During a trip here you can swim in the cold, gin clear water, checking out park benches, trees, and trails, all on a carpet of green grass. It’s unreal!

Who to Dive with at Salzburg Lakes:

Joe’s Wassersportcenter

PADI 5 Star Center

Innsbrucker Bundesstrasse 53, Salzburg, Austria 5020

+43 662 890259

info@wassersportcenter.at

Inspired to start your own ice diving adventure? Find out more about the PADI Ice Diver specialty and head to PADI Travel to look for amazing destinations.

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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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