In this ongoing series, we speak with the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…
What is your name?
What is the name of your business?
What is your role within the business?
Dive Centre and Watersports Manager
How long has the business operated for?
How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?
12 years, PADI IDC Staff Instructor and Freediving Instructor
What is your favorite type of diving?
Wreck diving and drift dives
If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?
We are based on a brand new luxury resort in an untouched area of the Maldives. 1 hour away we have the world famous UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Hanifaru Bay where you can find manta rays and whale sharks feeding together, and dive some of the most unexplored reefs in South East Asia.
What is your favorite dive in your location and why?
Kinolhas Reef – because it splits into two sections so is suitable for both experienced and beginner divers depending on which section of the reef you choose you dive. You have a great chance of spotting reef sharks, octopus, eagle rays, napoleons and much more.
What types of diving are available in your location?
Drift dives, channel dives, thila dives, house reef, manta spotting and whale sharks.
What do you find most rewarding about your current role?
Seeing the beginning of a brand new resort and dive centre.
What is your favorite underwater creature?
Any kind of ray or shark.
Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?
Watch this space! We have just opened so every day is exciting!
As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?
Inclement weather during monsoon season!
Is your center involved in any environmental work?
Every day! We are always cleaning up the reef and surrounding area. We will also be taking part in the Dive Against Debris Day in September.
How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?
Full of exciting possibilities. More young people are starting to get involved and with all the new innovations in comfort and luxury, people are continuing diving later in life. I would consider making learning to dive a little less theory-based and more practical, with longer in-water sessions to achieve greater levels of mastery before certification.
What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?
Diving here is a unique opportunity to experience some of the best and most untouched diving the Maldives has to offer. Try fluo night diving or snorkeling, ride at top speed on a diver propulsion vehicle, snorkel with mantas and whale sharks, all on a world class made to measure high speed dive boat.
Where can our visitors find out more about your business?
Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados
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.
Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)
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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