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Enjoy Caribbean and Atlantic diving in Tobago

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Tick off two key dive locations with one diving holiday to Tobago which has 60 dive sites split between the Caribbean and the Atlantic.

UK-based Tour Operator Regaldive (www.regal-diving.co.uk, tel: 01353 659999) offers 7 nights at the Grafton Beach Resort from £1219 per person, based on two adults sharing on a bed and breakfast basis, including return flights and airport transfers.  Diving packages start from £225 per person for three days with two dives per day.

Black Rock Divers has an on-site dive shop at Grafton Beach Resort meaning divers can head out to many of the Caribbean sites directly from Stonehaven Beach.

Photo: Mike Brennan – Tobago Dive Experience

A unique natural phenomenon that sees nutrients from the Orinoco River flow into the waters around Tobago means that the waters around the island are particularly rich in healthy corals, including the world’s largest brain coral, as well as tropical fish, turtles, stingrays, moray eels and seahorses.  Dive sites range from rock reefs encrusted with sponges and corals to wrecks and pinnacles.

Experienced divers will enjoy sites such as London Bridge, a distinctive arch that rises out of the water where divers have to make their way through a deep and narrow passageway, the Japanese Gardens and the wrecks of the Maverick or the SS Kioto. These sites are abundant in tube sponges, brain corals, lobsters, moray eels and schools of fish.

Sites such as the Coral Gardens, Mount Irvine Wall and Culloden Sunks with their mix of fringed and bank reefs and rocks are ideal for novice divers.

Photo: Francesca Mariani – BellaMar Media

With water temperatures ranging from 24C to 28C the island is a year-round dive destination and with diving to suit all abilities.

Aside from the diving, the island has many other attractions.  Between April and October Stonehaven Beach is a popular nesting site for leatherback and hawksbill turtles.  Or why not try night time paddleboading to see glowing plankton.

Photo: Francesca Mariani – BellaMar Media

Grafton Beach Resort is set in 5 acres overlooking Stonehaven Beach with restaurants, bars and two swimming pools – one is for children.  Guests also have use of the tennis courts, fitness centre and spa at Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort, which is just next door.

For more information visit www.graftontobago.com.

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Jeff chats to… Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition.The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Louis’ film – Uncovering Cornwall’s Little Known Oceans – can be seen here:

Third in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.


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DAN launches 2021 webinar series

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Divers Alert Network (DAN) has launched a new series of live monthly webinars on its YouTube channel, DAN TV.

Throughout 2021, experts from DAN’s Research, Risk Mitigation, and Medical Services teams will give presentations on topics relevant to divers, dive pros and dive business owners as we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and resume diving and traveling.

The 2021 series will begin this Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. EST, with a webinar by DAN Director of Risk Mitigation Francois Burman titled Emergency Planning: Who Is Responsible for Your Safety? The presentation will cover various mishaps that can occur during diving and travel as well as tips for anticipating, preparing for and successfully managing them.

Future webinars in the series will cover topics including fill station safety, ear barotrauma, DAN research updates, the latest information about COVID-19 and diving, and more. Attendees can look forward to lively 30- to 45-minute presentations followed by questions and discussion.

The webinars will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Keep an eye on the Events page of DAN.org

For more information about upcoming webinars follow DAN on: 

Recorded presentations will remain on DAN’s YouTube Channel.

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