There’s never been a better incentive to escape the spring showers thanks to UK based diving holiday specialist Regaldive. For a limited time only*, the dive operator is offering a minimum of £100 and maximum of £225 saving per person on all Tobago departures between May and September 2014. The offer applies to all hotels including the new five-acre Grafton Beach Resort which was added to Regaldive’s portfolio just this week. With seven night Tobago holidays now costing from just £648 per person including flights, there’s never been a better time to GoGoGo Tobago.
Offering something for all divers, Tobago has a well-deserved reputation for some of the most spectacular drift diving in the Caribbean. Its proximity to South America places the island in the path of the Guyana current, which feeds the area with nutrients from Venezuela’s Orinoco River. This attracts an explosion of marine life and results in outstanding hard coral formations, including what is purportedly the world’s largest brain coral at Kelleston Drain, off Speyside, and immense barrel sponges. Divers exploring the Caribbean coast are in for a treat with more sheltered reefs, huge plate coral colonies and the wreck of the Maverick.
All departures between 1st May and 30th September 2014 are discounted by £100 per person. Divers can save an additional £75 on 9th July departures, or an additional £125 on 16th July departures.
For those on a budget, seven night stays at the Toucan Inn cost from just £648 per person for a limited time only. The Toucan Inn is one of Tobago’s most popular hotels and is located just a short walk away from the bars, restaurants and water sports facilities. The price includes return flights, transfers and B&B accommodation.
Alternatively, for those looking to sample the new Grafton Beach Resort, seven night stays currently cost from just £701 per person including discount, to include return flights, transfers and B&B accommodation. The resort is located above the palm-fringed stretch of beach known as Stonehaven Bay on the Caribbean coast and benefits from an onsite dive centre, freshwater swimming pool, games room, shopping arcade, various bars and restaurants and the use of the sports and spa facilities at the neighbouring Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort.
Over in Speyside on the Atlantic coast, seven nights’ at Nabucco’s Resort currently cost from £845 per person, to include return flights, transfers and B&B accommodation. The resort is located on the edge of Speyside village and commands fabulous views over the bay towards the Goat Island, former residence of Ian Fleming, and the island of Little Tobago.
Also located in the Speyside area is the Blue Waters Inn. For a limited time only, seven night stays currently cost from £794 per person, to include return flights, transfers and B&B accommodation.
A five day dive pack at any of the above resorts costs from £237 per person when diving with Extra Divers, to include two boat dives per day, air tanks and weights. The contrast between the two Atlantic and Caribbean coasts makes Tobago an ideal twin centre destination and Regaldive can arrange for dive packs to be split between both sides of the island for the best all-round diving experience.
For further information, or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk or call +44 (0)1353 659 999.
* The offer is valid until 31st May 2014, so get in there quick to take advantage.
How Scuba Diving can help you overcome physical and mental challenges
This International Disabilities Day (December 3 2022) PADI is reminding the world of the healing aspects that the ocean (or any body of water) can provide us all and how important of a modality it is for helping those with physical or mental challenges improve their wellbeing. From simply being within close proximity of it or diving beneath the salty surface for an underwater adventure, the ocean is also healing.
Regardless of your age, ability, or even limitations, the ocean can benefit us physically, emotionally and even spiritually. This is why PADI is on a mission to make those benefits accessible to all, launching their Adaptive Techniques Diving Course in the hopes that all of humanity can experience the full transformational power the ocean offers us.
While many are more familiar with traditional therapies, whether it be diving, mermaiding or freediving, people around the world have been forever changed by connecting with the water – conquering mental or physical perceived limitations.
There are an estimated one billion people on the planet that have a physical and/or mental disability – imagine the power that diving and immersion can have on this population if awarded the opportunity.
PADI’s history is replete with people whose lives have been transformed by connecting with the water because they were able to experience and explore the underwater world through PADI programme and certifications. PADI’s approach to diver education has always been inclusive and is a key pillar to their Pillars of Change. Everyone who meets prerequisites is welcome to join the global community of 29 million+ certified PADI Divers.
PADI created two courses that focus on increasing awareness of varying diver abilities and exploring adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers: the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver course.
These courses further expand Instructors’ and Divemasters’ abilities to be student-centered and prescriptive in approach when adapting techniques to meet diver needs. Here are the various ways PADI helps those with disabilities overcome all their challenges by connecting them with water:
1. Improved Muscular Movement, Light Sensitivity and PTSD Symptoms
A 2011 study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found, “veterans with spinal cord injuries who underwent a four-day scuba diving certification saw significant improvement in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to light touch and pinprick on the legs, and large reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.”
2. Lifts Your Mental State and Mood
Did you know that the ocean air can literally lift your mood? “The sound and vision of the ocean lift our mood,” says consultant psychiatrist Dr Arghya Sarkhel. “The touch of sand and the smell of a seaside breeze leads to relaxation. On a biological level, this audio-visual stimulus incites our parasympathetic nervous system—that activates ‘rest and digest’, as opposed to ‘fight or flight’,” he says. Now scientists are quantifying the positive cognitive and physical effects of water and the improved sense of physical health and well-being.
Equally diving into the therapeutic benefits that diving can provide is Jeffery Puncher, Director for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottowa. He is currently developing a virtual reality diving programme to help his patients find relief from stress and anxiety–using calming scenes of coral reefs and the swaying seas along with the soothing sounds of bubbles beneath the surface. This programme is currently being used with medical students, residents and faculty, with the goal of growing it to be adopted nationwide to help also support the psychological health of first responders.
3. Provides You with a Sense of Peace
Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, has done extensive research on the ocean’s unique ability to induce a state of what he calls the “Blue Mind” in human beings. Blue Mind is a mildly meditative state characterized by calmness, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment. Nichols states that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and heal us on a deep level.
4. Enhanced Physical Movement
Being in the water allows you the opportunity to experience a feeling of flexibility and freedom that those with disabilities would rarely get to experience on land. This is because on land the muscles become restricted by the force of gravity. But in the water, that sensation drifts away and is replaced by the freedom to feel the freedom of movement.
5. Confidence and Control
The freedom of enhanced physical movement in the water also provides a sense of increased confidence and control. They can explore beneath the surface just like able-bodied people can do, which equally increases their own self-belief and feelings of empowerment.
6. Anxiety Relief
Those with disabilities who equally suffer from anxiety can find tranquility beneath the surface. By having to focus on your breath and being in the moment, all of the mental stress that can come with having a disability is no longer top of mind and instead allows for an escape in which you can truly enjoy the moment.
Find out more at www.padi.com
Scubapro Winter Promo: free gift!
Divers can look forward to the cold-water season this winter, as SCUBAPRO is offering a free K2 Light undersuit set (top & pants) to all scuba enthusiasts who purchase an EVERDRY 4.0 neoprene dry suit by 15 January.
The EVERDRY 4.0 is a high-quality dry suit made from compressed neoprene. It combines the slim fit, comfort and flexibility of a wetsuit with the warmth and tightness of a dry suit.
The K2 Light Set is the ideal undergarment for neoprene dry suits. Its light grid plush material reliably holds the warmth where you need it in cold waters. The Everdry’s elastic wrist loops and heel strap suspenders keep sleeves and pants in place under the suit. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.
A combination that turns your cold-water lake into a hotspot!
For more information visit the Scubapro website.
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