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Equator Diving Offering Tubbataha Reef ‘Big Fish’ Trips For 2015 And Beyond

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Tubbataha Reef

UK based tour operator Equator Diving have limited space left on the two trips to the Philippines’ Tubbataha Reef they have planned for 2015 and are already taking bookings for a 2016 holiday to the awe-inspiring destination.

Tubbataha Reef, which is 181km off the coast of Palawan, is extremely remote and can only be accessed by liveaboard. Equator Diving will be using the SY Philippine Siren for their trips.

Here are the details:

20-26 March 2015 – £2,150 – 1 space left (male sharing)

19-25 April 2015 – £2,150 – 1 space left (male sharing)

FULL TRIP DETAILS

20-26 April 2016 – £2,150 (early bird price)

Space available for singles, couples & groups

FULL TRIP DETAILS

You can check out a trip report from Equator Diving’s 2014 trip to Tubbataha Reef here.

For more information or to book, call the Equator Diving team on +44 (0)161 442 7703, email info@equatordiving.com or visit www.equatordiving.com.

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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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