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Book early and save £100 on Dive Worldwide’s Four Kings Expedition

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DIVE WWNew to Dive Worldwide’s collection of expert-led small group adventures for 2017 is a Four Kings Expedition in Raja Ampat, a group of four remote islands sitting just off West Papua in Indonesia. Known as the Four Kings these islands are at the very heart of the coral triangle region and are a diver’s dream.

Join photographer and marine biologist Dr Richard Smith on a 10-night liveaboard adventure on the luxury S/Y Indo Siren to explore the finest dive sites of Raja Ampat, considered by many to offer the most spectacular and varied diving on earth.  An expert in this region, Dr Smith will guide divers through the mind-boggling array of marine life to be seen here, with informal evening talks and expert advice on how to find, identify and photograph species.

Each day will consist of four dives, made up of three day dives and a sunset or night dive. Divers can expect to encounter enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, manta rays and turtles in addition to countless macro species and exceptional coral reefs. The region boasts over 500 species of coral, 1500 species of fish and 700 species of mollusc, ensuring its place as the epicentre of marine biodiversity.

Highlights of the week’s diving may include: Batanta Island, known for its exceptional muck diving; the dramatic underwater scenery and vibrant coral gardens of Misool; and exciting big fish encounters at the Dampier Strait.

Price:  from £3,185 per person sharing, including 10 nights liveaboard accommodation on S/Y Indo Siren, all meals, up to four dives daily, complimentary Nitrox for certified divers, complimentary equipment rental (if required), the services of expert tour leader Dr Richard Smith and Sarong airport transfers. International flights are extra.

Offer details: Book by 25 November 2015 and save £100 per person

Date: 2 March 2017

Group Size: Max 15

For more information visit diveworldwide.com or call 01962 302087.

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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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