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Divetech’s Nancy Easterbrook to be inducted into Cayman’s Scuba Diving Hall of Fame

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Hall of Fame Cayman Islands

untitledCayman dive pioneer Nancy Easterbrook, owner of DiveTech, will be honored for her contributions to the dive industry at the 2015 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) induction ceremony in Grand Cayman October 2.

A long-time core member of local dive leadership, Easterbrook is one of three local and five international honorees to be recognized at the ceremony, the highlight of Cayman’s 2nd annual Legends and Lions scuba diving festival.

“I am humbled to be included with so many icons in the industry that I look up to, and many of whom have guided me,” said Easterbrook.

Easterbrook began diving in 1973, and bitten by the diving bug, moved to Grand Cayman with her kids in 1994 and started Divetech. Over the past 21 years, Nancy has developed Divetech into a leading dive training facility and topnotch dive operation. She pioneered technical diving, Rebreathers and free diving, and she has made conservation and ocean education a priority. Easterbrook spearheaded an 8-year project to bring the USS Kittiwake to Cayman as an artificial reef.

To celebrate Divetech’s 20th anniversary in 2014, Nancy and her husband Jay sank the Guardian of the Reef statue just off their dive shop at Lighthouse Point in Northwest Grand Cayman. A portion of each fee for diving the site goes to ocean conservation efforts and education. Divetech sponsors the West Bay Eco Warriors, an after school program for local kids to learn to swim, snorkel and dive.

“Our children’s diving programs are all about the next generation of divers. It’s the coolest sport in the world for young and old,” says Easterbrook.

A dedicated environmentalist, Nancy has been a pillar of support for enforcing conservation guidelines and organizing local beach and underwater cleanups as well as other programs and events. In 2014 she received the Governor’s Conservation Award for the Cayman Islands. Easterbrook is also a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Gladys Howard and the late Dr. James “Jimmie” Poulson will also be recognized at the induction ceremony, which caps off a month of dive specials and events hosted by various dive operators and hotels including: Red Sail Sports, Sunset House and Divetech. Package prices vary and include:

  • Seven nights accommodation
  • Six two-tank dives
  • Photo Clinic with the option to submit photos for the final week competition
  • Scuba social – e.g. catamaran to Rum Point Club for a beach barbeque
  • Lionfish seminar with Lionfish dive
  • Treasure hunt or similar activity
  • Equipment manufacturer’s demo

Divers who book the package for the final week will also attend the induction ceremony on October 2. For more information visit www.caymanislands.ky/divecayman/consumer.aspx.

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Jeff chats to… Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Veronica’s film – Worse things Happen at Sea – can be seen here:

Sixth and final in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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Peli proud to support COVID-19 vaccine distribution

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We know Peli from its popular camera cases, but from discovery to distribution, Peli’s temperature-controlled packaging is now delivering COVID-19 vaccines all over Europe and the Middle East

With the pandemic recovery just underway, COVID-19 vaccines and therapies are rapidly becoming available for use and they must be safely distributed worldwide, within their required temperature range. Peli’s BioThermal™ division is providing temperature-controlled packaging to meet this critical moment, protecting these crucial payloads.

Peli’s innovative cold chain packaging has been trusted for nearly 20 years by pharmaceutical manufacturers to safely ship their life-saving products around the world. To meet the current challenge, they have adapted their existing products to provide deep frozen temperatures when required for the newly developed life sciences materials. Current and new offerings will ensure the cold chain is maintained throughout the vaccine or therapy’s journey, maximising efficacy and patient health.

“We know that pharmaceutical companies are in all phases of the development process for vaccines and therapeutics and working tirelessly to bring safe and effective drug products to market quickly,” said Greg Wheatley, Vice President of Worldwide New Product Development and Engineering at Peli BioThermal. “Our engineering team matched this urgency to ensure they have the correct temperature-controlled packaging to meet them where they’re at in drug development for the pandemic recovery, from discovery to distribution.”

Peli BioThermal’s deep frozen products use phase change material (PCM) and dry ice systems to provide frozen payload protection with durations from 72 hours to 144+ hours. Payload capacities range from 1 to 96 litres for parcel shippers and 140 to 1,686 litres for pallet shippers.

New deep-frozen solutions are ideal for short-term vaccine storage, redirect courier transport of vaccines from freezer farm hubs to immunisation locations and daily vaccine replenishment to remote and rural areas.

Peli BioThermal temperature-controlled packaging is currently being used to distribute COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, either directly or through global transportation providers, in Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the UK as well as in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, with more countries set to join the list as the pandemic recovery process rolls out.

To learn more about the wide range of deep frozen Peli BioThermal shippers, visit Peli.com and PeliBioThermal.com for more information.

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