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Diving With…. Olivier Fayolle, TEC Diving Mauritius, Pereybere, Bain Boeuf, Mauritius

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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?

Olivier Fayolle

What is the name of your business?

Tec Diving Mauritius

What is your role within the business?

Director, Instructor Trainer, Extended Range Instructor Trainer, Extended Range Sidemount Instructor Trainer, Rebreather Instructor

How long has the business operated for?

We are operating since 2019.

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

I’m Olivier, Instructor Trainer and Director at Tec Diving Mauritius diving centre. Born in a diver family, I was fascinated by the underwater world from my youngest age. I was raised on the northern part of Mauritius Island in the village of Pereybere.

The first diver training I got was with NAUI. Later on, I continued with CMAS. At the age of 19, I got my CMAS** Instructor rating.

From there, I continued my Instructor education with other agencies like PADI, SDI and SSI. As I was always fascinated by Technical Diving, I began my Tec training with TDI.

I am Specialised in Pro Training, Dive Professional and Technical Training. Having a passion for underwater Photography, I also propose Underwater Photographer courses.

What is your favorite type of diving?

Sidemount and Rebreather

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

Scuba diving made in Mauritius!

100% Mauritian Diving Centre and Sole structure on the Island capable of offering from Fun Diving to Technical Diving both in Open Circuit and up to Closed Circuit Rebreather.

Being an Official Training Centre, we specialise in training ranging from beginner up to success at the Instructor Examination.

For qualified divers, they will be able to take part in Specialty courses towards the Technical Diver rating for Twin Tank, Sidemount or Rebreathers configurations.

Underwater Photographers are most welcome at our base. We organise specific photography dives where the diver has no time limit and depending on the dive profile to catch the perfect shot.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

Round Island and Snake Island, untouch and wild

Gunners Coin Island, Mauritius

What types of diving are available in your location?

Wrecks, Drop off, Multilevel, Reefs, Square, Cave, Sharks, Fun and Technical diving on Single, Twin, Sidemount or Rebreather configurations

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

Satisfaction of my students or guest

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Eagle rays

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

Liveaboard in Mauritius and St Brandon Archipel

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

Due to the Pandemic of the Covid 19 we are facing a very bad time

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Every year we organise 2 Beach/lagoon Cleaning

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

For our fun or technical dives, we take only 4 divers maximum per dive group, and our dive time depends on our profile and not on a maximum time frame as imposed by other conventional diving centres which means longer bottom time on shallower dives.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business? 

www.tecdivingmauritius.com

Competitions

WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!

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beuchat-logo-1-300x58.jpgFor this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported that Mexico is to host the first annual Cancun International Boat Show and Marine Expo this year. But when is the event due to take place?

Is it:

  • A) 9th – 11th July
  • B) 16th – 18th July
  • C) 23rd – 25th July

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag February 2021

Competition
  • Enter the country you live in
  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to www.scubaverse.com except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families or employees of Suunto Diving UK and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to www.scubaverse.com. When prizes are supplied by third parties, www.scubaverse.com is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. This competition closes on 07/04/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Jeff chats to… Jill Heinerth – underwater explorer, author and presenter (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jill Heinerth.

Jill is one of the world’s premier underwater explorers, and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. According to filmmaker James Cameron, “More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has gone right here on earth.”

An acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate, Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and Canada’s Polar Medal.

Jill leads expeditions into extreme environments to advance scientific and geographic knowledge. Her projects have been broadcast on the CBC, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and television networks worldwide. Jill was announced as the recipient of the William Beebe Award from the Explorer’s Club and was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame in fall 2020.

Her bestselling book INTO THE PLANET – My Life as a Cave Diver  has drawn acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and O Magazine. Heinerth details her journey into the extreme world of underwater cave exploration, where she has had to overcome fear in order to go where no one has gone before.

Find out more about Jill and her work at: www.intotheplanet.com


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Competitions

Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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