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Diving With…. Cipooz Guadez, Atlantis Azores Liveaboard

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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?

Cipooz Guadez

What is the name of your business?

Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboards

What is your role within the business?

Cruise Director at Atlantis Azores. I am responsible for all onboard hospitality and dive activities.

How long has the business operated for?

The Azores started life with Atlantis in January 2010, so we are ten years old.

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

I first went diving in 1999 and really loved it. I then became an Instructor in 2014.

What is your favorite type of diving?

Muck Diving is my top pick, but drift diving and night diving are also my favorites.

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

The People, the authentic Filipino hospitality and service, where guests go first before we do. Our experienced staff have been with us for decades and that makes you feel like a homecoming on your return. And, not to mention the diversity of reefs and Island culture; it’s an authentic tropical island paradise experience.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

Our locations offer a variety of diverse underwater seascapes. From dynamic drop offs, flat reefs or slopes, and each place offers a different experience from great muck dives, schools of fish, to big stuff like whale shark and mantas. They are all my favorites.

What types of diving are available in your location?

I am lucky as we dive three separate itineraries through the year – so I get to dive most of the Philippines! Almost all types of diving are available, from reef dive, wreck, drift, night dive, from shore to boat dive, we love doing it…

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

The best reward is getting paid to do what you love, meeting different people and connecting with them and sharing the passion of diving and lifestyle.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

I love the encounter of gentle giants like Mantas and Whalesharks but I always enjoy the small critters too, especially nudibranches.

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

There is always a rainbow after the rain. I have always believed that every trial and tribulation that has come has a purpose. Coping and overcoming all of this makes us more driven and motivated to move forward. I am excited for the next chapter after this and will embrace it strongly.

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

As our world is facing this health crisis, all are affected; normal life and businesses are interrupted.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Our center works with researchers and ocean advocates and is involved in helping and protecting our environment, especially our ocean.

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

I hope not much changes except being aware that this pandemic taught us a lot and we should better protect ourselves and others.

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

Our mother Earth is healing, and let’s heal together with it. The ocean is our sanctuary, diving is one of our therapies.

We are ready and prepared to welcome you back with us.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

Website: www.atlantishotel.com/dumaguete-resort/

Facebook: @atlantisdiveresorts


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Breaking News: Garmin Descent Mk2 & Mk2i Launch & Review (Watch Video)

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After over 12 months of rumours and speculation, the team at Garmin have finally launched the Garmin Descent Mk2 and Mk2i.

Garmin has gone all out with these, and with the Mk2i having the latest technology in air integration it looks to absolutely be the one to beat!
Why I hear you ask?? Well, they’ve incorporated their Sonar technology into the equation and called it ‘SUBWAVE’ – this will deliver an incredible transmission range of 5-8m..!
How does it work? Well, you’ll need to watch the video to find out!
The dive features are based on the Descent Mk1, while the fitness and life management aspects are based on the incredible Garmin Fenix 6.

With a larger viewable screen, bigger internal memory, and all the latest features including Garmin Pay this promises to be an absolute game changer!

Find out more at www.garmin.com


For more from Richard and Hayley visit www.blackmantaphotography.com.

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Northern Diver give you the deals you’d be getting at the Dive Show!

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Northern Diver know how much their customers look forward to the Dive Show every year and the great offers that can be found there, so they have decided to run some of their favourites until the end of October so that people can still experience that Dive Show bargain feeling!

Key Special Offers

Heated Vest – was £89 now £79 with free rash vest

Provide heat to give complete warmth to the body when working in cold conditions.The Northern Diver ‘Electracore’ heated vest has been designed and manufactured with your comfort and warmth in mind. The three heat settings allow you to pick a temperature that suits you and if it happens that you want to raise or lower the temperature, the switch has been positioned in an easy to reach position to the left of your midriff – ensuring that even when you’re wearing your suit, the button remains easy to access.

Varilux LD Max – was £169 now £149

This sleek new addition to the Varilux range is a great choice for a primary dive light. The anodised aluminium body provides a tough exterior and the matt black finish makes the Varilux LD Max stand out from the rest of the range.

Guardian BCD – was £320 now £269

The latest Guardian has an incredible 1680/1000 denier nylon build. There’s thirteen D rings on the BCD, nine of which are stainless steel. There’s also two clips either side of the jacket, two generous zipped pockets and four air dumping methods. The jacket’s two integrated quick-release weight pockets and two rear trim weight pockets give a wide range of weight options.

The Guardian has all-new features and extras: our ergonomically designed power inflator system, Moulded Protection Plate, sliders for vertical adjustment of the chest strap, a removable reflective pocket for our Flexi-Light (light stick not included), and a removable bungee cord with a split ring attachment point.

For more great offers visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.
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