Expanding into new waters, the Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet adds an incredible itinerary in the Red Sea, and a new yacht in the Maldives. Known for excellence in service, Explorer Venture’s latest liveaboards Grand Sea Explorer and Emperor Explorer are specifically designed for luxury. These contemporary vessels will provide tranquil cruising throughout two of the world’s most exotic diving destinations. Red Sea departures are already available for 2019, and departures in the Maldives launch this August. Explorer Venture’s growing fleet is now comprised of 8 liveaboards in 7 destinations worldwide.
The Grand Sea Explorer joined the fleet this January. At 134 feet (41 meters) in length, she is the epitome of luxury. Intended for pampering guests, she provides a level of service found nowhere else in the Red Sea. The Grand Sea Explorer’s 7-night itinerary takes guests through the Brother’s Islands, Deadelus Reef, and Elphinstone Reef Marine Park sites. Divers can expect a technicolor reefscapes and sightings of thresher sharks, whale sharks, mantas, oceanic whitetips, and hammerheads. Rounding out this new Red Sea itinerary is a must-do land extension to sightsee the pyramids in Cairo.
This August, Explorer Ventures, in partnership with Emperor Maldives, will launch the brand-new Emperor Explorer in the Maldives. Offering modern and spacious accommodation, the 138-foot (42 meters) yacht accommodates 26 guests in 13 contemporary cabins. On Emperor Explorer, guests will not only dive on the abundant coral reefs of the central atolls, but also have the opportunity to observe the world’s largest known population of reef manta rays. Whale sharks are seen year-round, and special itineraries allow you the chance to see elusive thresher sharks. 7 & 10 night trips are available for individual & full charter bookings.
Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse’s November 2022 Underwater Photo & Video Contests
Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.
If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. December’s photo and video contests are now open.
Tips for… Refreshing Skills
A hugely important subject, and one that should be considered by any diver regardless of your training level. Just like anything, sometimes life gets in the way, we get sidetracked and before you know it, it’s been 2 months out of the water. It may not seem like a lot, but we naturally start to forget things when they are not used. We slow down our actions as we are out of practise and have to think a little more in order to retrieve the information to help make decisions.
There’s nothing wrong with this of course, we cannot always be diving! But it is important that we refresh before getting straight back into it. We obviously conduct a lot of refresher courses here at the dive centre, but we are also realistic, knowing that not everyone will want to pay to refresh their skills with an instructor. That’s also fine too, just be sensible.
Our tips for this would be the following; some will likely seem a little common sense… but it’s always good to have a reminder right?!
First off, when getting back to diving, choose a buddy that you usually dive with or someone that has a higher level of competency in diving. This will give you the reassurance in the water and not have to be worrying about the others person whilst getting back into it yourself.
Secondly, choose a site that you know. Don’t be jumping straight in having seen an amazing new site that you want to try out… that can wait for another time. You have already had a break in your actual diving, without having to then also consider navigating and a new dive plan.
Next, try to leave out the brand new equipment. It’s great that getting back into diving you have decided to buy yourself a new drysuit, fins and BCD, but it all might be a little bit much. Let’s concentrate on just getting back into the water and then move onto those new additions. This kind of change can make even the best of divers anxious.
Last but not least, there’s nothing wrong with staying shallow. Our first dive to get back into it, does not need to break our dive depth record. Stay shallow, enjoy the marine life at this depth, and keep the dive nice and easy. Practise those skills if you would like to, make sure you know where all your equipment is positioned and get comfortable. The ocean isn’t going anywhere… there’s always tomorrow to get in for another!
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