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Diving with… Ahmet Durmaz, Sailing Liveaboard Okyanus JD, Turkey

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In this ongoing series, we speak to 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?

Ahmet Durmaz

What is the name of your business?

We are J-Diving and Tourism LLC in Turkey.

What is your role within the business?

I am the owner of my company.

How long has the business operated for?

Since 2006.

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

I have been diving since 2000. I am SSI AOWI and CMAS 1* Instructor.

What is your favorite type of diving?

I like each type of diving as long as it’s away from mass diving tourism. I like diving slowly and enjoy each moment underwater.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

I am the only Sailing Dive Liveaboard in Turkey where I can bring together diving and yoga. Divers may attend our special diving and yoga tours. Divers who would like to be away from mass diving tourism may attend our tours. On the other hand, starting this year I will offer yoga and breathing techniques to divers after each dive briefing to prevent back pains while getting ready and after diving. Divers will overnight in beautiful bays and wake up in amongst wonderful scenery each morning.

Non-Divers are very important for us. They can swim freely since our waters don’t have any dangerous species. Our SUP’s can be used each time cost free. And we like hiking on the hills after diving.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

ATABOL Reef is my favourite dive place.  It is rich with groupers & barracudas and it has incredible underwater topography.

What types of diving are available in your location?

We have reefs and drop-offs.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

I am always with my guests on my boat. I work for my guest’s happiness.  I don’t leave my guests to others’ hands. I practice my yoga almost every day and my guests may join me. I love to take them hiking on the hills. We also snorkel together.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Groupers.

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

We have applied to the Turkish Navy to get old ships for artificial reefs.

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

Over-fishing and spear-fishing.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

We have applied to the Turkish Authorities to prevent over-fishing and spear-fishing in our region. We have also been cleaning underwater when we see any garbage and also doing beach clean up in the coves during our dive season.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

Scuba Diving centres are struggling hard to increase the number of licenced divers. The problem is how to keep divers active. In Turkey most of the daily dive centers are offering equipment for free. They do not rent equipment like us. But they miss the point that the more divers have their own equipment the more they would like to go diving. Seeing dry dive equipment at home encourages divers to go diving. Freediving is attracting more interest recently. I am offering my Sailing Dive Liveaboard to Freediving Instructors so that they can organise their own tours.

In Turkey we need urgent measures to protect our country underwater. Our waters are very clean, visibility is sometimes up to 50 meters and water temperature is good.  We only need protected dive sites.

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

As J-Dive Turkey, we are specialized in Sailing Dive (Scuba and Freediving) Liveaboard in Turkey.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

www.jdiveturkey.com

ahmet@jdiveturkey.com

Phone / Whatsapp +90 533 480 81 45

Social Media : OKYANUS JD

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Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados

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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.

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Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)

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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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