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Check out the latest May liveaboard dive holiday deals from the Scuba Travel team

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UK-based tour operator Scuba Travel has some great deals coming up on liveaboard dive holidays this May. Save £500 on the Best of the Maldives, combine diving with freediving and yoga in the Red Sea, or take advantage of the last spot on Hurricane’s southern Red Sea trip at a bargain price.

Here are the details:

Last female share space – just £825 – Hurricane – 3rd May

Last space available for this 7 night package with 18-20 fully guided dives and return direct flights to Marsa Alam. Climb aboard Hurricane and find out why she has won the prestigious ‘Liveaboard of the Year Award’ and is so popular with guests.

This trip includes an optional photo workshop with Mario Vitalini: small group of only six people with guaranteed 1:1 sessions for only £75 per person. Join him for sublime reef diving in the southern Red Sea stretching south from Marsa Alam to within a breath of the Sudanese border. Come face to face with the remarkable diversity that makes the deep south so rich and rewarding for divers. Walls, shallow caves, softly draped pinnacles are all on the menu alongside pelagic encounters. Marvel at the beauty and splendour on one of the most special southern Red Sea liveaboard holidays. Click here for more information.

Find out more about this trip here.

Relax and explore the wonders of the Red Sea with Emma Farrell aboard Cyclone – 13th May – only £1250

Package includes return flights with Easyjet to Hurghada, 7 nights full board and fully guided dives. Combine diving, snorkelling, yoga and freediving in a relaxing week aboard Cyclone. Spend a week on a luxury boat exploring the reefs and wrecks of the northern Red Sea at your own pace… and in your own way.

Freediving and yoga guru Emma Farrell will be on board, so there will be yoga in the morning which is suitable for all levels including complete beginners, yoga nidra (sleeping yoga) at night under the stars, and as much freediving and scuba as you like the rest of the time. Divers can also dip their toes into the world of freediving with a FREE Try Freediving Course worth £75. Existing freedivers can freedive recreationally or take a course. There will also be talks and presentations every evening on everything from dolphins to sinus massage.

Cyclone is a true Red Sea classic liveaboard that meets the high standards of Scuba Travel’s modern Red Sea liveaboards. She is a spacious 32m long, all cabins are ensuite with individual aircon and plenty of space to stow your belongings for the week.

Find out more about this trip here.

Save £500 on the Best of the Maldives – 26th May – Carpe Diem – only £1695

Save £500 on this package to the Maldives, which includes return flights, 7 nights full board and an average of 3 fully guided dhoni dives per day.

The Best of the Maldives itinerary is always popular and allows you to dive the classic sites that make the Maldives so famous. The itinerary varies depending on the season, so that you can focus on the hottest sites around Male and Ari Atolls. Dive the many channels, drifts and pinnacles, encountering the manta, whalesharks and reef residents as you go.

Experience all this from the exceptional Carpe Diem liveaboard which combines superb service and on board comfort at affordable prices. All cabins are ensuite and have a TV & DVD and the communal areas are spacious and luxurious.

Find out more about this trip here.

To find out more about Scuba Travel and the dive holidays they offer, call 0800 0728221, email dive@scubatravel.com or visit www.scubatravel.com.

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PADI Recognises EMEA Members with New Professional Development Excellence Award

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PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) has recently launched their new Professional Development Excellence Award in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), celebrating PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers (IDC)  that are championing creating more PADI Professionals, at all levels, during the previous calendar year.

“While becoming a PADI Five Star IDC Center is a prized accreditation amongst members, this exclusive rating comes with the responsibility of training the next generation of divers to become PADI Instructors,” explains Dave Murray, Managing Director for PADI EMEA.

“PADI’s commitment to a continuing education philosophy encourages divers to realise their dreams of a career as a PADI Pro, teaching others to do what they love – to scuba dive. This new recognition award distinguishes productive PADI Five Star IDC stores for the time and effort they dedicate to marketing and conducting the professional training needed to grow the scuba diving industry.”

PADI’s EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award recognises members for reaching specific milestones based on the number of PADI Pro certifications they issue annually. It also provides an extra layer of credentials in their “Pro Development Status” to potential Divemaster and IDC candidates, along with any other prospective Pro-level customers and prospective employees.

The first awards were distributed earlier this year, with 12 PADI Five Star IDC Centers receiving the Platinum Award. This means that they have issued a minimum of 100 PADI Professional certifications from Divemaster to IDC Staff Instructor, which include 30 Core Professional certifications and 70 Continuing Education Instructor level certifications.

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The 2025 PADI EMEA Professional Development Excellence Award is already underway and renewed PADI EMEA Five Star IDC Dive Centers and Resorts are automatically eligible. Stores that reach the recognition levels during 2024 will receive their award in the first quarter of 2025.

For more information about the award and to see the full list of award recipients visit here.

About PADI 

PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the largest purpose-driven diving organization with a global network of 6,600 dive centers and resorts, 128,000 professional members, and more than 30 million certified divers to date. Committed to our blue planet, PADI makes the wonder of the underwater world accessible to all, empowering people around the world to experience, explore and take meaningful action, as Ocean TorchbearersTM, to protect the world beneath the surface. For over 50 years, PADI is undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, setting the standard for the highest quality dive training, underwater safety and conservation initiatives while evolving the sport of diving into a passionate lifestyle. For divers by divers, PADI is obsessed with transforming lives and, with its global foundation, PADI AWARETM, creating positive ocean change. Seek Adventure. Save the Ocean.SM  www.padi.com

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Introduce family to the wonder of the oceans with new family weeks from Regaldive

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Regal Dive, the diving holiday specialist, is offering Learn to Dive and Family Weeks this summer to encourage divers and those new to the sport to spend some time in the water together, learning and developing their diving skills. There are multiple itineraries on offer providing affordable diving certification, including a range of liveaboard trips which are designed to be inclusive – so that even those who would prefer to simply snorkel are still guaranteed a good time.

ITINERARIES IN THE MALDIVES:

MV Keana: Family Week, perfect for snorkellers, beginners and children.

Spend 10 nights in a Maldivian paradise exploring warm turquoise waters for exciting marine life and beautiful corals, all with a highly experienced diving team on hand. The MV Keana takes guests on an adventure around the remote atolls, home to manta rays, sharks, turtles, dolphins and whale sharks. The vessel accommodates up to 18 guests in comfortable upper deck cabins and features an outdoor bar and dining areaThere is a sundeck to soak in the views of the ocean and pristine white beaches of the surrounding islands.

Price: A 10-night trip on MV Keana costs £3,015 per adult, with children under 11 costing £2,735, including flights, departing 8 August 2024.

AMBA: Liveaboard Diving Beginner’s Tour, Family fun between Male and Vaavu Atoll

Take advantage of a variety of courses and family rates on this week-long beginner’s tour. Guests will complete a diving theory course prior to embarking on AMBA, allowing for the possibility to complete up to four courses whilst aboard, including the Open Water certification. Once certified, guests can explore the Vaavu Atoll, which has the thrilling possibility of shark encounters. More experienced divers can hop aboard the Dhoni to access some of the area’s more challenging dive sites.

Price: A 7-night trip on AMBA costs from £2,400 per adult, with children 11 and under costing £2,210. This price includes flights. Departing 13 August 2024.

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DIVING RESORTS IN THE PHILIPPINES:

Atlantis Puerto Galera & Atlantis Dumaguete Family Weeks

The Atlantis Dive Resorts is offering a range of exceptional deals for family groups this summer. The Family Week special offers include free stays, free meals, free diving places for children (one free child per paying adult). Puerto Galera Resort, in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offers accessible diving, diverse coral reefs and exotic marine life. Dumaguete, in the Visayas region, is home to a diverse range of macro species, including ghost pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish, and various seahorses and octopuses. The resort also grants access to the Dauin Marine Sanctuaries and Apo Island – one of the finest diving destinations in the Philippines. Both hotels are situated in stunning beach-front locations with tropical landscaped gardens and thatched-roof bungalows.

Price: A 7-night stay Atlantis Puerto Galera costs £3,593 per adult and £1,375 per teen, including flights. A 7-night stay at Atlantis Dumaguete costs £3,895 per adult and £1,475 per teen, including flights.

Family week deals at the Atlantis Dive Resorts are available on selected dates in July, August, November and December 2024.

For more information visit www.regal-diving.co.uk.

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