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Go to DIVE 2013 in the UK this November and be in with a chance to win a 10-night all inclusive liveaboard dive safari experience for two to the Philippines worth £8,000!

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Around 300 exhibiting companies are expected to welcome visitors to this Autumn’s big diving showcase in the UK, DIVE 2013 at the NEC on 26/27 October. Among them will be many leading dive gear manufacturers and distributors, retailers, training agencies, holiday destinations and dive centres.

In themed areas such as the Asia-Pacific Showcase, Caribbean Village, British Isles Experience, Photozone and New Products Showcase, visitors will have the perfect opportunity to take their diving to a whole new level.

And they will also be able to interact with a stellar line-up of speakers on the main DIVER Stage, the Centre Stage and, in a rolling programme of seminars, the two Ocean Theatres.

Qualified Divers are invited to hit the rebreather pool to test the latest in the ever-growing array of CE-marked CCRs, while the non-qualified of all ages can make a splash with scuba in the SCUBA Pursuits try-dive pool. There are likely to be breath-holding freedivers in the mix, too.

ImageProxy (1)Monty Halls has spent much of this year in prime international locations for his new TV series Dive Mysteries. As this has involved some serious diving, he assembled a team of top divers to accompany him. Members of the team will join him on the main DIVER Stage for a joint presentation, so stand by for great footage and to hear not only from Monty but from three other popular speakers, Andy Torbet,  Rich Stevenson andKevin Gurr. You’ll also get the chance to put your questions to this heavyweight line-up.

What’s more, Monty hopes to have at the Show on a stand celebrating “the adventure of British diving” his new pride and joy – a Land Rover modified by the manufacturer to make it ideal for diving expeditions.

Among the many other speakers taking the stage at DIVE 2013 will be TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer Mark Powell, who plans to address some of the most widely believed myths about diving.

British cave-diver Chris Jewell recently led an expedition to Mexico’s Huautla system that established the cave as the deepest in the Western hemisphere. He’ll be astounding the DIVE 2013 audience with descriptions of this incredible seven-week adventure. Find out how Chris and his team assembled their diving gear on a perilous platform suspended over a deep swirling pool, towed camping supplies through a 600m underwater tunnel, and slept underground for up to 10 days at a time!

ImageProxy (3)Photozone Host Saeed Rashid has big plans up his sleeve for speakers on all matters photo – and videographic appearing on the Centre Stage.

Top of the bill will be a dynamic duo reunited. Alex Mustard and Martin Edge are the godfathers of the UK underwater photography scene, and their theme will be what to shoot and what to ignore while diving to produce the best shots, whatever camera system you use.

Look out too for international photo-guru Michael AW, and videographer Fergus Kennedy whose subject is “Underwater Video: New Perspectives, New Challenges”. You can inspect, discuss and buy cameras and accessories in the PhotoZone, and British Society Of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) experts will be offering one-to-one advice. You’ll also be able to pick the underwater images that really float your boat by browsing the BSoUP/DIVER Magazine Prints Competition Gallery and voting for your favourites.

One Lucky DIVE 2013 ticket-holder will be able to take a companion on a 10-night all inclusive luxury liveaboard dive safari experience in the Philippines, if his or her name is pulled out in the Grand Prize Draw.

Round-trip air tickets from the UK are provided courtesy of Malaysia Airlines, and domestic flights, inland transfers and overnight stays in Manila and Cebu courtesy of TRIPS Travel.

The prize offered by Worldwide Dive and Sail is a trip on Philippine Siren, with a choice of two seasonal itineraries (to be taken between November 2013 and October 2014).

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ImageProxy (4)Buying a ticket for DIVE 2013 doesn’t only get you into the greatest scuba show on earth, this year there’s a big bonus. For you’ll be entitled to Free Entry to an exciting new ski show – InTheSnow Live – simply by walking across the NEC Concourse to the nearby exhibition hall.

A totally new kind of ski show, InTheSnow Live aims to bring the fun, atmosphere and excitement of an alpine resort live to the NEC.
Based around a unique two-storey apres ski bar topped by a giant LED cube, it will include a live screening of the opening World Cup Giant Slalom race from Solden, Austria, with commentary from BBC Ski Sunday’s presenters.

And the screens will also pick up live action from around the show hall including an Alpine Kitchen, Chamonix Talk Theatre, Fashion Theatre and areas focussing on ski-fitness and optimum boot-fitting for comfort and performance.

Buy tickets giving access to TWO shows for the price of one here

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Get a FREE undersuit when you buy a trilaminate drysuit from Scubapro

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IT’S TRILAMINATE TIME!

SCUBAPRO is launching its 2024 drysuit promotion:

With the purchase of a trilaminate drysuit EVERTECH DRY BREATHABLE or DEFINITION DRY, SCUBAPRO gives you the matching K2 EXTREME undersuit (GBP 345) for free.

If that’s not a reason to start drysuit diving, because in our climate it’s drysuit season all year round! So don’t miss out – the promotion is valid until May 31, 2024 at participating SCUBAPRO retailers and in participating regions.

All information at https://scubapro.johnsonoutdoors.com/eu/en-gb/free-k2.

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Diving with Frogfish in Costa Rica: A Hidden Gem Underwater

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In the vast and vibrant underwater world of Costa Rica, there’s a peculiar creature that often goes unnoticed but holds a special place in the hearts of divers: the frogfish. This enigmatic and somewhat odd-looking species is a master of camouflage and a marvel of marine life. Diving with frogfish in Costa Rica is not just a dive; it’s an adventurous treasure hunt that rewards the patient and observant with unforgettable encounters. Let’s dive into the world of frogfish and discover what makes these creatures so fascinating and where you can find them in Costa Rica.

The Mystique of Frogfish

Frogfish belong to the family Antennariidae, a group of marine fish known for their incredible ability to blend into their surroundings. They can be found in a variety of colors, including yellow, pink, red, green, black, and white, and they often have unique spots and textures that mimic the coral and sponges around them. This camouflage isn’t just for show; it’s a critical survival tactic that helps them ambush prey and avoid predators.

One of the most remarkable features of the frogfish is its modified dorsal fin, which has evolved into a luring appendage called an esca. The frogfish uses this esca to mimic prey, such as small fish or crustaceans, enticing unsuspecting victims close enough to be engulfed by its surprisingly large mouth in a fraction of a second. This method of hunting is a fascinating spectacle that few divers forget once witnessed.

Where to Find Frogfish in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is dotted with dive sites that offer the chance to encounter these intriguing creatures. Bat Islands (Islas Murciélagos), Catalina Islands (Islas Catalinas), and the area around the Gulf of Papagayo are renowned for their rich marine life, including frogfish. These sites vary in depth and conditions, catering to both novice and experienced divers.

The key to spotting frogfish is to dive with a knowledgeable guide who can point out these master camouflagers hiding in plain sight. They’re often found perched on rocky outcroppings, nestled within coral, or even hiding among debris, perfectly mimicking their surroundings.

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Diving Tips for Spotting Frogfish

Go Slow: The secret to spotting frogfish is to move slowly and scan carefully. Their camouflage is so effective that they can be right in front of you without being noticed.

Look for Details: Pay attention to the small details. A slightly different texture or an out-of-place color can be the clue you need.

Dive with Local Experts: Local dive guides have an eagle eye for spotting wildlife, including frogfish. Their expertise can significantly increase your chances of an encounter.

Practice Buoyancy Control: Good buoyancy control is essential not just for safety and coral preservation but also for getting a closer look without disturbing these delicate creatures.

Be Patient: Patience is key. Frogfish aren’t known for their speed, and sometimes staying in one spot and observing can yield the best sightings.

Conservation and Respect

While the excitement of spotting a frogfish can be thrilling, it’s crucial to approach all marine life with respect and care. Maintain a safe distance, resist the urge to touch or provoke, and take only photos, leaving behind nothing but bubbles. Remember, the health of the reef and its inhabitants ensures future divers can enjoy these incredible encounters as much as you do.

Join the Adventure

Diving with frogfish in Costa Rica is just one of the many underwater adventures that await in this biodiverse paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or taking your first plunge, the waters here offer an unparalleled experience filled with wonders at every turn. Beyond the thrill of the hunt for frogfish, you’ll be treated to a world teeming with incredible marine life, majestic rays, playful dolphins, and so much more.

So, gear up, dive in, and let the mysteries of Costa Rica’s underwater realm unfold before your eyes. With every dive, you’re not just exploring the ocean; you’re embarking on an adventure that highlights the beauty, complexity, and fragility of our marine ecosystems. And who knows? Your next dive might just be the one where you come face-to-face with the elusive and captivating frogfish. Join us at Rocket Frog Divers for the dive of a lifetime, where the marvels of the ocean are waiting to be discovered.

About the Author: Jonathan Rowe

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