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Head to the Bahamas and take advantage of a great fly free offer from Dive Worldwide

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DIVE WWDiscover unspoilt reefs in the Bahamas, enjoy topside at a relaxed pace and take advantage of this great Fly Free offer to the Out Islands offer from Dive Worldwide, which is available between now and 31 October 2016.

Anyone booking a flight-inclusive holiday before 30 June 2016 with a minimum stay of four nights at one of three participating resorts receives ONE FREE return internal flight ticket from Nassau. Alternatively stay for seven-nights or longer and receive TWO FREE flight tickets.

Each of the 700 islands in this tropical paradise exhibits its own character, the product of a rich history and a culture unique to the individual islands and their people. Formed mainly of flat coral and protected by the world’s third largest barrier reef, the archipelago has something for everyone.

The free flights offer is available when staying at any of the following three resorts featured by Dive Worldwide:

Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros

The largest Bahamian island, Andros, is home to 140 miles of barrier reef and lies next to the ‘Tongue of the Ocean’, a 2,000 metre deep oceanic trench. Small Hope Bay Lodge an all-inclusive family-run resort with a well-equipped dive centre and a friendly informal atmosphere, is built around a central coral and Andros pine lodge. Guests relax into the low impact lifestyle that comes with no dress code. A 10-minute drive from Andros Town airport, the 21 cottage-style rooms are located directly on the beach.

Stella Maris Resort, Long Island

Hardly touched by tourism, Long Island is quiet and unspoiled, with endless beaches and great diving, a one hour flight south of Nassau. Located off the beaten track, Stella Maris is an elegant resort offering panoramic ocean view rooms and villas in a relaxed Out Island atmosphere. Diving here is renowned as one of the best locations in the Bahamas. The on-site PADI affiliated water sports centre operates daily boat dives to both the calmer Caribbean Sea and the more rugged, unexplored Atlantic coast, where the marine life is larger and the topography more dramatic.

Riding Rock Resort, San Salvador

Located on San Salvador in the south east of the archipelago, this purpose built, friendly resort, with a beautiful white sandy beach on the doorstep and excellent facilities, has been welcoming divers and water sports enthusiasts since the 1960s. Located in the marina complex, the dive centre is SSI and PADI affiliated. The 50 plus dive sites are teeming with marine life from nudibranch, crabs and shrimps to barracudas, stingrays and many shark species including the scalloped hammerhead. There are swim-throughs and caverns to explore, and with visibility at an average of 40 metres, underwater photographers will be in their element.

Sample Price: from £1,895 (saving approx £200pp on free flight offer) based on 2 sharing, including return flights from the UK, domestic flights, 1 night B&B in Nassau, 7 nights’ full board at Riding Rock Resort, 16 dives (tanks & weights) and all transfers.

Offer details

Valid for travel from 01 July 2015 to 31 October 2016.

Book 4 to 6 nights for x1 ‘Fly Free’ ticket.

Book 7 nights+ for x2 ‘Fly Free’ tickets.

Limit of two ‘Fly Free’ offers per booked room. Maximum, of 2 rooms.

Offer valid for participating Out Islands resorts only.

‘Fly Free’ flights are roundtrip from Nassau only. Holiday package must include international flights.

All passengers must be booked on same flights and itinerary.

Book by 30 June 2016.

For more information or to book, contact Dive Worldwide by visiting diveworldwide.com or call 01962 302087.

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Mares & SSI launch new promotion

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SSI expands financial support to SSI Members worldwide. 

2020 has been an unusual and challenging year for the entire world, especially the diving and travel industry!  To weather the crisis, SSI immediately jumped into action to help Training Centers and Professionals around the world.  

In response to COVID-19, SSI launched the No Water, No Problem Campaign, put Final Exams online, and held hundreds of Webinars to train Professionals on how to use distance learning to teach the dry Specialties online. The FREE SCIENCE OF DIVING promotion resulted in SSI Training Centers worldwide register over 50,000 FREE DIGITAL KITS, funding more than $3.5 MILLION IN RETAIL VALUE. Additionally, SSI introduced an aggressive DOUBLE PRO REWARDS incentive to help SSI Professionals compensate 2020 Renewal Fees and reduce those for 2021. Currently, the WE WANT YOU Crossover promotion aims to fill the industry need for instructors and strengthen the entire SSI Professional community.

Now, in conjunction with Mares, SSI is launching the GO DIVING – PROTECT YOURSELF. OWN EQUIPMENT Promotion, which includes a FREE SSI EQUIPMENT TECHNIQUES DIGITAL KIT. This new campaign strives to motivate divers worldwide to go diving and buy equipment. Look for more information on this next retail support campaign within the next few days.

“These are just a few examples of how we have supported and are continuing to support our Training Centers, Professionals, and divers worldwide. To provide even more economic security and help in business recovery, WE WILL NOT INCREASE PRICES FOR 2021. While travel was restricted and some key resort areas completely locked down, SSI mainly focused on supporting domestic markets with retail-driven incentives. Now, in this next re-opening phase, we need to shift gear and assist resort markets that have no local diving community and are 100% dependent on the traveling diver. Therefore, SSI will grant certain special conditions and delayed payment options to specific resort markets which have been locked down for longer than six months or suffered from closed borders,” stated Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO.

Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO, explains further, “To financially support these needed investments which directly benefit SSI Members and to protect the health of our valuable members and staff, we will forego all 2021 Trade Shows over the next 12 months. Despite international uncertainty, every time we experience one of these events, the entire SSI Network emerges stronger and more resilient. Be assured, SSI is your trustful partner within the Diving Industry!”

For more information about SSI visit their website by clicking here.

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Photo Gallery: Shark Diving in The Bahamas

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In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they look at Shark Diving in The Bahamas.


The Bahamas offers some of the very finest shark diving experiences in the world. The islands have protected sharks in their waters creating one of the first Shark Sanctuaries in the world. Several species of shark can be seen and photographed, with each island offering a different type of shark diving, making this destination the perfect place for a multi-island, multi-shark trip of a lifetime.

Great Hammerhead Shark diving in Bimini

Bull Sharks in Bimini

Tiger Shark off Grand Bahama

Oceanic Whitetip Shark off Cat Island

Nurse Shark off Abaco

Caribbean Reef Sharks off New Providence

Lemon Sharks off Grand Bahama

For more images from The Bahamas and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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