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Check out the Grand Opening of DiveLife this Saturday 2nd September in Manchester

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DiveLife in Manchester, UK will be holding its Grand Opening on Saturday 2nd September from 10am until 4pm. Staff will be on hand to answer all your questions about equipment, servicing, air fills, trips and club events. Training staff will be there to talk about the courses available and there will even be some special offers for those that sign up on the day.

Diving manufacturers, including Mares, Cressi, Fourth Element and Northern Diver are coming to answer questions and show off their latest equipment. There will be short talks by experts from the diving world on photography, travel, training and tech diving. There will also be something to keep the kids entertained with a bouncy castle and bungee run, along with refreshments for all the family.

At around 10:30am, the official opening will be marked by the cutting of the ribbon by Mandy Smith, widow of Graham Smith. To the uninitiated the old DiveLife store was held together by Brett, Adam, Chris, Ryan and the others that helped serve in the shop, to the rest of us we know that it was the community that built up around these people that made it what it was. A key figure for many of us was Graham Smith; he was the heart and soul of DiveLife always there with a story about his diving exploits, friend to everyone and so keen to dive he would stand in the rain wearing fins. Sadly, Graham was lost to illness in 2014, but the new DiveLife is about everything that Graham represented – fun, enjoyment of the sport, community and support of new divers. In his name, DiveLife will be dedicating a new award to the best new diver each year.

For underwater photographers, Nick and Caroline – the DiveLife and Scubaverse Photo Pros – will be on hand to talk to you about equipment, as well as giving tips and advice throughout the day. Garry Dallas will be there to discuss sidemount diving, Ian France will give a talk on cave diving in France. Ed Bulmer from SSI will be talking about diver training. Nick Robertson-Brown will give a talk on his top tips for underwater photography and Caroline Robertson-Brown will discuss the best diving destinations around the world.

It will be a fun-packed day for divers of all abilities; a chance to come and meet up with, and swap diving stories with like-minded people; plus, an opportunity to see some of the latest diving gear. The DiveLife team look forward to seeing you there!

For more information email DiveLife or visit their website at www.divelife.co.uk.

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Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap

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The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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