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Deepblu Leads Dive Agencies into the Digital Age

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Three dive training agencies are now working with social network Deepblu. The International Technical Diving Agency ITDA, the International Diving Association IDA and the Diving Instructor World Association DIWA are adopting Deepblu to extend their reach and complete their e-learning programs.

Keeping up with the times, the three European agencies had already begun offering electronic resources to their instructors and students, allowing part of the learning to take place at the students’ own convenience.

As a free social platform where divers can log their dives and discuss anything diving-related, Deepblu completes the agencies’ digital learning resources. Seeing the value of a global online diving community, the agencies now officially recognize Deepblu digital dive logs for certification training and are encouraging their students to join the Deepblu community.

“The International Diving Association is convinced that the new Deepblu app will hit the mark,” says IDA founder Karsten Reimer. “Many divers are still posting their photos and adventures on Facebook where the majority of users aren’t divers! Deepblu offers a much better audience.”

Wilfried Dickes, DIWA’s president is confident that “integration with Deepblu adds value for our dive instructors and divers. Deepblu combines a modern diver community with an online dive log solution and we are glad to be one of the first training agencies to be on board.”

The Deepblu Cloud: A Place for Digital Dive Logbooks and More

Dive logging is a crucial part of the certification process, but the conventional paper logbook has many drawbacks. Not only is logging your dives by hand a tedious and time-consuming task, the logbooks and instructor stamps are also likely to get soggy, illegible or lost.

Deepblu digital dive logs solve this problem by storing all dive-related information safely in the cloud. Instructors can easily certify the dive log online and students can enrich them with photo and videography to serve as a memory of their dives.

The agencies also recognize the value of staying in touch with their students and instructors, which is facilitated through Deepblu, where every diver can create their own profile, and tag their diving buddies and instructors in dive logs or other posts that concern them. Divers can also easily find instructors and divers based on their agency association.

“Deepblu not only enables certification bodies to digitize their training processes but it also helps new divers to start capturing their adventures from day one,” says James Tsuei, CEO of Deepblu. “Our community welcomes divers of all experience levels to stay immersed in the lifestyle.”

New Organization Profiles Link Businesses and Their Members

As part of the cooperation between Deepblu and the diving agencies, Deepblu is also piloting the organization profile. With full social media functionality, this new, customizable profile allows businesses and organizations to engage with to their members and the larger diving community.

The three dive training agencies IDA, ITDA and DIWA, the non-profit organizations Green Fins and The Watermen Project, as well as a select number of Deepblu COSMIQ Resellers will take part in the pilot program. Later this year, every ocean-related business or organization will be able to sign up for an organization profile.

“We are very excited to connect ITDA Members, Divers and Professionals through this innovative platform,” says Stephen J. Craig-Murray, CEO and Chairman of ITDA. “This is a big step forward and opportunity for our divers to share and be a part of a global community.”

See www.deepblu.com for more information.

 

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Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados

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

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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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