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Diving Boats built in Mauritius

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For years Mauritius dive centres have been unable to reach the Northern Islands where the more amazing dive sites lie. The boats available have been small fishing pirogues, unstable, unreliable and cramped. Or adapted cabin cruisers, with no safe stowage for tanks.

On 8 September, at the legendary Grand Bay Yacht Club Anders Heegaard, the PADI Pro Regional Manager for the Indian Ocean revealed the name of the prototype for the series of diving boats to be built in Mauritius in an ISO 9001 registered factory, and ultimately to the ISO 9001:2017 standard.

Chenolia Mydas licensed and ready for diving

Sleek, with a sharp shallow keel the boat is reassuringly stable in the water, which alleviates sea sickness. Standing on the deck is like standing on a rock. The boat planes through the water and waves with panache, and it is roomy and comfortable. Powered by two massive 3 litre Mercury engines, it’s a fast as a fishing boat and as stable as a catamaran.

Bryan Bernard the senior skipper and Ajegan, second skipper at the helm

A strong rigid canopy covers the boat and handholds in the roof allow divers to move around in safety. Comfortable padded seating specially designed for diving allows complete comfort reaching the diving destination.

Tanks are stowed in stainless steel tank racks in the kit-up area at the back, where divers can enter the water by backward roll, by giant stride or by seated entry. This makes it possible for disabled divers to become part of the group with confidence.

Anders Heegaard the PADI guest of honour is gobsmacked at the speed and performance

After the dive re-entry can be up the ladder, or onto the diving platform. Staff love it, because tank management is a breeze, and gear stowage is beneath the seats. You can take you book on board and stow it in the dry storage cubby behind the seat.

With the 12 tank racks at the back and a deep hold holding an additional 18 tanks, Chenolia allows for 3 tank dive safaris to the distant Islands in safety and at speed.

This is the first of many diving boats to be built in Mauritius specifically for the diving industry, and the prototype for the ISO standard for diving boats. With PADI going for an ISO standard for its diving centres, many of the safety concerns and the equipment failure problems that can spoil a great diving holiday have been taken out of the equation.


Words and Pics: Jill Holloway

Copyright: Ocean Spirit

www.osdiving.com

Jill Holloway lives in Mauritius and at Sodwana Bay Isimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa. A PADI qualified Nitrox diver with over 1,500 dives, she is a passionate observer and preserver of the marine environment, and has a database of over 35,000 fish pics and hundreds of Gopro videos on fish behaviour, which she shares with her readers.

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Jeff chats to… Louis Hagger, second place winner of 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 Louis Hagger, second place winner of 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.

Louis’ film – Uncovering Cornwall’s Little Known Oceans – can be seen here:

Third 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 we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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DAN launches 2021 webinar series

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Divers Alert Network (DAN) has launched a new series of live monthly webinars on its YouTube channel, DAN TV.

Throughout 2021, experts from DAN’s Research, Risk Mitigation, and Medical Services teams will give presentations on topics relevant to divers, dive pros and dive business owners as we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and resume diving and traveling.

The 2021 series will begin this Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. EST, with a webinar by DAN Director of Risk Mitigation Francois Burman titled Emergency Planning: Who Is Responsible for Your Safety? The presentation will cover various mishaps that can occur during diving and travel as well as tips for anticipating, preparing for and successfully managing them.

Future webinars in the series will cover topics including fill station safety, ear barotrauma, DAN research updates, the latest information about COVID-19 and diving, and more. Attendees can look forward to lively 30- to 45-minute presentations followed by questions and discussion.

The webinars will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Keep an eye on the Events page of DAN.org

For more information about upcoming webinars follow DAN on: 

Recorded presentations will remain on DAN’s YouTube Channel.

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