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Dive into the Cayman Islands this October with Legends and Lions: a weeklong celebration of Cayman diving

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Long recognized as the birthplace of recreational diving and renowned for its exceptional and diverse diving, the Cayman Islands’ dive industry is inviting all divers to join them in a weeklong celebration of the sport called Legends and Lions.

Taking place from the 4th – 11th October 2014, the inaugural dive festival will showcase Cayman’s superb dive product, honor dive legends being inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, give attendees the chance to join the fight against invasive Lionfish and feature incredible savings in dive packages offered by Cayman’s top dive operators Red Sail Sports, Divetech, Ocean Frontiers and Sunset House.

“It is only logical that one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations should have an annual festival celebrating the sport and highlighting Cayman’s fantastic marine world,” said Red Sail Sports Operations Manager Rod McDowall.

Teaming up with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, the dive industry leaders are bringing together several existing scuba promotions during this traditionally slow time of year to take advantage of excellent off-season rates for this scuba week. Legends and Lions will feature plenty of excellent diving and a number of special topside events. Conservation-minded divers can join the frontline in the battle against the invasive Lionfish – threatening all Caribbean reefs – with a Lionfish culling certification and then removing the pesky predators from local reefs. But that’s not all – the day’s fresh Lionfish catch will be cooked up and enjoyed during a street party hosted by local artist and environmentalist Guy Harvey.

To cap off this scuba week celebration, participants will attend the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, where some of the biggest names in the dive industry will be honored. Cayman is host to the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame and all Legends and Lions participants will be invited to attend. These year’s inductees are Alese and Mort Pechter, Bill Acker, Chuck Nicklin, Dan Orr and Neal Watson.

“Divers from around the world will have the opportunity to dive with a dive legend who helped create the sport we all love, and diving with a legend is something you cannot do anywhere,” said Sunset House General Manager Keith Sahm. “Here in the Cayman Islands each attendee will not only be able to dive with them, but they’ll also get a chance to mingle with these dive pioneers when they attend the Awards Night dinner as part of their Legends and Lions package.”

Also invited to attend the festival on a familiarization trip are the top performers from dive shops and booking agents who have participated in Cayman’s Tanks A Lot Rewards Program.

Taking advantage of shoulder season rates, Legends and Lions dive packages offer an excellent price for a 7-day stay. The packages include six daily 2-tank dives to the island’s top dive sites, a dive on the ex-USS Kittiwake wreck, a Lionfish certification with Lionfish Hunt Dive Competition, Lionfish Dinner with Underwater Photo Competition, International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and assorted on-island discounts.

Cayman’s leading dive operators are pulling out all the stops to ensure everyone enjoys an unforgettable dive vacation. Red Sail Sports is adding a free Sunset Sail aboard a luxury Catamaran and a 20% discount on beach toys at all its beach locations. Divetech’s package offers a full meal plan, unlimited shore diving, a dive on the underwater sculpture ‘Guardian of the Reef’, and a pool rebreather test and demonstration. Sunset House’s perks include a Stingray City dive, an afternoon dive on the USS Kittiwake, unlimited shore diving, DAN insurance for an additional $40, plus a welcome drink and gift. Ocean Frontiers’ package added-value offerings include a car rental for the entire stay, shore diving, a catamaran sail and a bottle of wine.

Leading dive operators hope to grow Legends and Lions into the destination’s signature annual dive event promoting its best natural resources – Cayman’s spectacular underwater world, presented by the best dive operators in the business, topped off with exceptional Caymanian hospitality.

“It should soon be on every divers calendar – fantastic diving and accommodations, great air connections, the chance to meet industry celebrities and greats, help the environment by culling and eating the dreaded Lionfish, party and have fun in the Caribbean – what more would you want?” asked Rod McDowall.

To book a Legends and Lions package visit www.divecayman.ky/scubaweek.

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Join DEMA for “Decoding Congress: How Politics Shape the Dive Industry”

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Join DEMA’s President & CEO, Tom Ingram, for an engaging discussion with Emily Coyle, a seasoned Washington lobbyist with over 25 years of experience in federal policymaking.

Learn how Congress does (and doesn’t) work, how politics influence policy outcomes, and their direct impact on the dive industry. Emily and Tom will also provide an update on the DIVE BOAT Act’s progress and answer attendee questions.

Don’t miss “Decoding Congress: How Politics Shape the Dive Industry” on June 25th at 12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT.

Register in advance here and submit your questions for Emily.

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The Ocean Cleanup & Coldplay announce limited edition LP made using river plastic

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  • Limited ‘Notebook Edition’ LP release of new Coldplay album ‘Moon Music’ made using river plastic removed from the Rio Las Vacas, Guatemala by The Ocean Cleanup

  • First collaborative product the latest step in Coldplay’s support for global non-profit

  • Innovative product partnerships essential for long-term success of The Ocean Cleanup’s mission to rid the oceans of plastic

The Ocean Cleanup and Coldplay have confirmed that a limited ‘Notebook Edition’ LP release of the band’s album ‘Moon Music’ will be manufactured using plastic intercepted by The Ocean Cleanup from the Rio Las Vacas, Guatemala.

The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to rid the oceans of plastic. To achieve this, the non-profit operates a dual strategy: cleaning up legacy plastic in the oceans and deploying Interceptors to capture trash in rivers and stop it entering the oceans.

Today’s announcement with Coldplay of this Notebook Edition LP is an example of the innovative product partnerships The Ocean Cleanup creates to give this plastic a new life in sustainable and durable products, ensuring the plastic never re-enters the marine environment.

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The Ocean Cleanup project deployed Interceptor 006 in the Rio Las Vacas in 2023 to prevent plastic emissions into the Gulf of Honduras. Interceptor 006 made significant impact and captured large quantities of plastic – which has now been sorted, blended, tested and used to manufacture Coldplay’s limited edition physical release. The final product consists of 70% river plastic intercepted by The Ocean Cleanup and 30% recycled waste plastic bottles from other sources.The successful production of the Notebook Edition LP using intercepted river plastic marks an exciting new phase in Coldplay’s broad and long-standing support for The Ocean Cleanup. Coldplay provide financial support for the non-profit’s cleaning operations, sponsor Interceptor 005 in the Klang River, Malaysia (which the band named ‘Neon Moon I’) and share The Ocean Cleanup’s mission with millions of their fans during their record-breaking Music of the Spheres tour.Coldplay and The Ocean Cleanup collaborated closely during the intensive testing and quality control process, alongside processing and manufacturing partners Biosfera GT, Compuestos y Derivados S.A., Morssinkhof and Sonopress.Having proven the potential of their partnership, The Ocean Cleanup and Coldplay will continue to explore new and innovative ways to combine their impact and accelerate progress in the largest cleanup in history.

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“Coldplay is an incredible partner for us and I’m thrilled that our plastic catch has helped bring Moon Music to life.” said Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup. “Ensuring the plastic we catch never re-enters the marine environment is essential to our mission, and I’m excited to see how we’ll continue innovating with Coldplay and our other partners to rid the oceans of plastic – together.”

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About the Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup is an international non-profit that develops and scales technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. They aim to achieve this goal through a dual strategy: intercepting in rivers to stop the flow and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean. For the latter, The Ocean Cleanup develops and deploys large-scale systems to efficiently concentrate the plastic for periodic removal. This plastic is tracked and traced to certify claims of origin when recycling it into new products. To curb the tide via rivers, The Ocean Cleanup has developed Interceptor™ Solutions to halt and extract riverine plastic before it reaches the ocean. As of June 2024, the non-profit has collected over 12 million kilograms (26.4 million pounds) of plastic from aquatic ecosystems around the world. Founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, The Ocean Cleanup now employs a broadly multi-disciplined team of approximately 140. 

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