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BSAC’s first This Girl Can Dive ambassador makes the headlines




bsac 2BSAC is getting its ‘This Girl Can’ message out in the Press with the introduction of their This Girl Can Dive Ambassadors. Over the coming weeks BSAC female divers from around the UK will be telling their own inspiring scuba stories to their local media and encouraging even more women to take the plunge. The campaign has got off to a fantastic start with BSAC’s very first This Girl Can ambassador, 17-year-old Megan Judd from Bradford SAC. You can read her story in the Yorkshire Post here.

As an official partner of Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign, BSAC is looking to encourage more women to get active by taking up scuba.

Following on from the success earlier this year of the BSAC This Girl Can Dive Facebook campaign, the BSAC This Girl Can Dive ambassadors are intended to show that scuba is accessible to all women – and that it is easy and fun to get involved.

According to Sport England 75% of women would like to exercise more but are put off by issues ranging from body confidence to motherhood. Their campaign aims to encourage more women to give sport a go.

BSAC Chief Executive Mary Tetley said: “The This Girl Can campaign is sending such a positive message to women and girls, that as governing body for scuba diving in Britain, we felt we just had to get behind it.

“Megan was ideal to become BSAC’s first This Girl Can Dive Ambassador, as she is already a role model for scuba, with precisely the kind of fresh and energetic outlook we hope will encourage other women and girls to get involved.

“Scuba is such a rewarding activity, and through our network of local clubs it is becoming more and more accessible, even for people who don’t own their own kit. We hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to get in touch and come along to a try dive session.”

Find your local BSAC Club or call 0151 350 6201 for more information on a try dive with BSAC.



Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados



In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.

Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)



Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.

Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.

For more information about the CCMI click here.

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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