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Divetech’s FOCUS GRAND CAYMAN event offers over $15K in prizes

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Divetech is hosting the 6th annual FOCUS GRAND CAYMAN, an annual event that brings together underwater photographers, ocean conservationists and rebreather enthusiasts, at Cobalt Coast Dive Resort in Grand Cayman between the 30th August and the 6th Sepember 2014.

Participating divers will enjoy world class diving on the North Wall and Northwest Point while sharing their passion for the sea with professionals from the rebreather diving world and the underwater imaging industry who are there to share what they know. Attending FOCUS GRAND CAYMAN are well-known dive industry personalities Ryan Canon from Reef Photo & Video, Chris Parsons from Nauticam, Tanya Burnett from Island ExposurePeter DenHaan of Silent Diving, Doug Ebersole from KISS Rebreathers, Eric Keibler from Oceanic Ventures and Peter Sotis from Add Helium.

Divetech owner Nancy Easterbrook says this combination of pros with knowledge and divers who want to know more, thrown into the diving mix for a week, is an exciting opportunity for everyone to learn.  “There’s a tremendous amount of talent at FOCUS GRAND CAYMAN so no matter where people are, they can learn so much,” she says. “This event is open to recreational and technical OC and CCR divers – new photo buffs and experienced shooters are all welcome.” 

Divers who sign up for the event will have the chance to try out the latest in underwater housings, strobes, lights, and cameras from Reef Photo & Video, including brands like Nauticam, Keldan, FIX and the latest cameras from Sony, Canon, Nikon and Olympus. In addition to diving with the professionals, there are workshops and clinics to learn about new products and technologies, or test the latest in rebreathers. FOCUS GRAND CAYMAN includes six days of open-deck boat trips, unlimited shore diving with incredible macros opportunities, unlimited air, O2, nitrox, trimix and scrubber, including Cayman’s famous Kittiwake Wreck and Stingray City, plus the new blue light NightSea® Flouro Discovery dive. The photo contest includes categories for Cayman Small, Underwater Scene, Spirit of Cayman, Spirit of Cayman Video and Local talent with awesome prizes valued at over $15,000 awarded and 100% of the entry fees donated to ocean and marine life conservation. Everyone wins a prize! 

“We’ll keep the guests as busy as they want to be. Want to take in the morning dives, then dash to a seminar or two, checkout out some new gear on a shore dive, then dinner, then catch the evening presentations, great! Want to instead catch a nap and then a cocktail by the pool as the sun sinks into the Caribbean Sea, that’s great too!” stated Ryan Canon. Tanya Burnett adds “My first trip to Grand Cayman was in the late 80’s; I was smitten immediately and have been back many, many times for the chance to dive into an ocean the color of Bombay Sapphire. Grand Cayman never ceases to amaze me with all the fun dive and photo opportunities you can find on this tiny Caribbean gem.  I’ve seen her shallow reefs, deep walls, encrusted wrecks, played with the marine life. I look forward to sharing some fun photo ops, brilliant tropical conditions and a whole lot of great diving while we play with the latest gear available.” 

With a full week of diving, clinics, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, test diving rebreathers and other events, Nancy Easterbrook says her favorite part of the event is enjoying the fruits of everyone’s labors. “Of course all the incredible, creative photography and video is such a joy to watch under 10,000 Caribbean stars!” she says. Sessions to choose from include: Intro to Fluorescence Light & Lighting, Wide Angle Techniques, Exposure – Dialing It In, Shooting Wrecks, Lighting Techniques – Strobe Positioning and More, Macro Techniques and Tools, HDR and Pano Images, Macro Video, Video Techniques, Editing and Exporting Images w/Lightroom, Technical Excellence – Eliminating Common Errors in Photography, Telling a Story with Video, Intro to Video Editing, Image Sharing & Collaboration and Silent Shooting.  

“When I think about hovering over the giant sponges at Lighthouse Point, or cruising along with an Eagle Ray in the sand, or sitting by the pool enjoying the great food and beverages at Cobalt Coast, my mind instantly goes into a state of bliss. There are few places on the planet that I’d rather be. Just the thought of a week ‘down there’ goes a long way toward relieving my day-to-day stress. I can’t wait for Focus Grand Cayman 2014.” mused Chris Parsons. 

Easterbrook says FOCUS GRAND CAYMAN is an evolution as rebreathers evolved with more and more recreational rebreather divers and equipment choices in the marketplace, photographers are drawn to rebreather diving to take advantage of all the wonderful features that they offer to photographers. Hence, FOCUS GRAND CAYMAN became the name.  

In addition to diving, the event package includes accommodation at the Cobalt Coast Dive Resort, full meal plan, special cocktail hour, airport transfers, tax and service charges, bus tour to the mangroves, photo contest entrance fee and an event t-shirt. The US price per person is $2,300 for divers, $2,800 for CCR Divers and $2,100 for non-divers, based on double occupancy. For reservations or information call toll free 1 888-946-5656, or in Grand Cayman, 1 345-946-5658.  Information is also available online at www.focusgrandcayman.com, www.divetech.com, or www.cobaltcoast.com. Follow the event at www.facebook.com/focusunderwater.

 

News courtesy of www.divenewswire.com

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DIVE SHOW SPECIAL: Save up to 40% off your next liveaboard with Oyster Diving Holidays

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Scuba Scene, the leading name in luxury liveaboard dive experiences, is excited to announce an incredible limited-time offer on its Red Sea itineraries. Dive enthusiasts can now embark on the ultimate underwater adventure aboard the Scuba Scene Liveaboard at discounts of up to 40%, making it an unbeatable opportunity to explore the wonders of the Red Sea.

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Itineraries for Every Diver:

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Immerse yourself in the thrilling world of sharks with specially curated itineraries focused on these majestic creatures. From the awe-inspiring hammerheads to the elusive oceanic whitetips, Shark Weeks with Scuba Scene promise an unforgettable experience for shark enthusiasts.

‘Brothers, Daedalus, and Elphinstone’:

Explore the iconic dive sites of the Red Sea, including the Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef, and Elphinstone Reef. These itineraries offer a diverse range of marine life, vibrant coral reefs, and the chance to encounter pelagic wonders.

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For the more experienced divers seeking a deeper adventure, the Deep South itineraries take you to the lesser-explored regions of the Red Sea. Discover hidden gems, untouched coral formations, and marine life that thrives in the deeper depths.

Scuba Scene is offering up to 40% off on selected Red Sea Liveaboard itineraries, making this the perfect time to turn your diving dreams into reality.

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced diver, Scuba Scene ensures an inclusive and personalized experience for all levels of expertise.

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Now is the time to secure your spot on the Scuba Scene Liveaboard and explore the Red Sea like never before. These exclusive discounts are available for a limited time, promising an extraordinary underwater experience at an irresistible price.

Horizon 3 Liveaboard, the epitome of luxury and adventure in the Maldives, invites scuba enthusiasts and travellers alike to experience the enchanting underwater world with unprecedented savings. Embark on an unforgettable journey through the crystal-clear waters of the Maldives aboard Horizon 3, and make the most of exclusive discounts on select itineraries.

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These exclusive discounts present an extraordinary opportunity for adventure-seekers to indulge in the luxury and thrill of a Horizon 3 Liveaboard experience at unbeatable prices. Horizon 3 is renowned for its world-class service, top-notch amenities, and expertly curated itineraries that showcase the mesmerizing beauty of the Maldives’ underwater paradise.

To book your adventure and take advantage of the up to 40% off offer, visit Oyster Diving Holidays  or contact their dedicated customer service team at 0800 699 0243.

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Get a FREE undersuit when you buy a trilaminate drysuit from Scubapro

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IT’S TRILAMINATE TIME!

SCUBAPRO is launching its 2024 drysuit promotion:

With the purchase of a trilaminate drysuit EVERTECH DRY BREATHABLE or DEFINITION DRY, SCUBAPRO gives you the matching K2 EXTREME undersuit (GBP 345) for free.

If that’s not a reason to start drysuit diving, because in our climate it’s drysuit season all year round! So don’t miss out – the promotion is valid until May 31, 2024 at participating SCUBAPRO retailers and in participating regions.

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