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DAN encourages divers to return to diving safely



In the last year, most divers haven’t been able to dive as much as they would like, and many haven’t dived at all. If you’ve been out of the water for a while, it’s essential to take time planning your safe return to diving.

DAN is encouraging all divers to consider a few important factors before they get back in the water and has created a resource to help you prepare. Go to to start getting ready for your next dives.

“The data consistently show higher rates of incidents in the first dives following periods of not diving,” said DAN vice president of research Petar Denoble, M.D., D.Sc. “So as divers gear up to get back to it, we’re asking them to take a look at the issues that are most commonly associated with injuries and emergencies.”

At, you can review important considerations related to your health and fitness, your equipment, your skills and your travel plans — all key elements of dive safety.

“As a community we’re eager to get underwater again as soon as it’s safe to do so,” said DAN medical director Jim Chimiak, M.D. “As divers look ahead to their next opportunity to dive, we want them to be thinking about their entire diving futures. Now is a great time to prepare by refreshing skills, getting in shape, and ensuring gear is in working order.”

“Being available to divers everywhere and reinforcing the keys to safe diving are exactly why DAN exists,” said DAN president and CEO Bill Ziefle. “After a challenging 2020, more time underwater is an exciting prospect for 2021. We hope you’ll read over our recommendations for returning to diving safely and enjoy countless dives for years to come.”

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NEW Video Series… Back2Basics #1: Proper O-Ring Care



Matthias Lebo’s Back2Basics video series will guide you through the basics of underwater videography, equipment and maintenance. Whether you are just starting out or already taking underwater videos, this 12 part series will provide invaluable tips and improve your skills and knowledge

In this first ever episode of the “Back2Basics” Series we talk about the o-rings that keep the water outside of your camera housing and what’s the best way to care for and maintain them, doing all you can to avoid water leaking into your housing, potentially damaging your camera.

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Diving below the waves of the Western Cape, South Africa – Windmill Beach (Watch Video)



Head under the waves of False Bay and explore the incredible diversity that is found along the Western Cape. The bay has popular dive spots from diving amongst the biodiverse underwater kelp forests to jumping in with the playful and friendly cape fur sealions (Arctocephalus pusillus). The bay along with the rest of the South Africa coast is known for the range of shark species that are found from the shallow coastal shores out into the open oceans. The coast is also home to numerous endemic shark species such as puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) and Pyjama shark.

Situated a short drive out of Simonstown is the shore dive at Windmill beach. A short swim over the sand and through the large boulders you enter the incredibly diverse and colourful kelp forests (Ecklonia maxima), a species that can grow up to 12m tall. Life is found in abundance from the base of the kelp where many sea urchins and species such as abalone can be seen then heading into the canopy many shoaling fish species can be observed.

Diving with the local dive club – Cape Town Dive Centre.

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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

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