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Don’t miss next weekend’s DIVE 2018!

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The UK’s biggest meet-up for divers, the annual Birmingham Dive Show at the NEC next weekend – 27 & 28 October – is fast approaching…

Don’t miss the chance to:

  • Enter the FREE Grand Prize Draw to win a luxury PNG dive holiday worth £10,000 in association with Dive Worldwide
  • Hear top speakers talking about their latest diving experiences
  • Check out the latest dive gear in the New Products Showcase
  • Find out more about technical diving in the TekDeck theatre and TekPool
  • WIN a Suunto Eon Steel dive computer worth £849 in the FREE daily draw
  • Brush up on your underwater photo skills in the PhotoZone
  • Admire the free-dive skills of the NoTanx mermaids
  • Visit the Try-Dive pool and enjoy a FREE session under the expert guidance of the Dive School at Stoney Cove.

PLUS:

BRITISH ISLES EXPERIENCE … CARIBBEAN VILLAGE … ASIA-PACIFIC SHOWCASE … 190 EXHIBITORS … PADI, SSI ZONE, BSAC, SDI, SAA, IANTD… AND MORE…

Tickets cost just £14.50. Children under 14 go free. Book DIVE 2018 tickets here!

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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