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Introducing Divesangha: Surface Gear For Divers

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A new range of leisurewear aimed at Divers has come onto the market called Divesangha.

Here is the official press release:

Divesangha is an exciting and bold new fashion, lifestyle and leisurewear clothing brand aimed at divers and dive enthusiasts around the globe.

Divesangha has been created to fulfil a gap in the sports lifestyle market. It provides comfortable, practical and fashionable surface wear for divers and dive enthusiasts to wear between dives, on holiday, at home or wherever you want to express your love for diving. Divesangha clothing provides comfort and practicality with a bold lifestyle statement.

Divesangha Female black wave tshirt white shorts Male Physics tshirt grey shortDivesangha designers founded the company to solve the lack of leisurewear and lifestyle wear options for divers & dive enthusiasts when they are out of the water. Surfers, cyclists, runners, skaters and even people who practise yoga, all have their own leisurewear brands catering to their comfort needs and allowing them to express their lifestyle to others. We all like to tell the world around us that we belong to a special group, and what’s more special than being a diver!

Divers are highly social creatures. Anyone who has witnessed a chance meeting between two people who discover their shared love for diving knows what we’re talking about. There might be a dive watch on show or a beach t-shirt but other than that, a diver has no visible style or identity.

This is precisely the challenge that the Divesangha’s designers decided to take on when they set out to design “surface gear” for divers. Divesangha apparel will give these people a way to recognise one another. It will give them an identity.

On their journey the first question our designers set out to answer was: “what kind of clothes would divers like to wear”, to which the answer was as simple as “let’s start with the basics, the black, the greys and the whites.” Dive wear should be practical and functional but also smart and fashionable.

It should be individualistic (every t-shirt is individually numbered), tekkie, timeless, it should also be grown-up casual wear, fun but not ridiculous.

Dive wear is aimed at individuals who like to travel and dive in style, young-ish and upwardly mobile individuals or slightly older, established professionals.

The second question was “what do divers need”. The answer was “something practical and cool” because we want to be ready for any adventure, from walking out to the dive centre in the morning to going out for a drink after a long day at sea. Our designers wanted to make a connection between the equipment worn by divers and the Divesangha lifestyle clothes – so they came up with black, matt, rubbery textures together with quick dry and water repellent material focusing on quality. Divers expect high quality when they buy their dive gear, so we should expect divers to demand quality when they buy their clothes too.

Divesangha Female White Skirt Male Grey Shorts  Black TshirtDivesangha also wanted to create clothing that appealed to men and women. Women, in particular, are not well catered for in the masculine world of diving. Divesangha is committed to filling that gap and make girl divers stand out and feel great. Although the attitude is slowly changing, it’s time to change the idea that there aren’t enough female divers for manufacturers to cater specifically to them.

Finally, our designers assessed the question “what would divers want to express” through their dive wear? Divesangha share the notion that divers are special people, united by their love for nature and adventure. The experience of diving can be profoundly life changing. It not only brings divers together, it turns them into great ambassadors. That’s how the name “Divesangha” came about.

The word “sangha” means “association” or “community” in Pali and Sanskrit, two of the most ancient languages on the planet. A sangha hints at something deeper than just a group of people having something in common, it expresses something of the unique and uniting harmony divers experience with nature in the marine environment.

The individuals that are part of the sangha of diving are kind of enlightened and with that enlightenment comes a sense of responsibility. The sea and its creatures are under constant threat every day and divers have the opportunity to stand up and raise awareness. And they often do.

Divesangha is more than just a cool lifestyle statement, it’s about an ethos, being part of a community and we hope it will raise the profile of scuba diving globally, making it even more accessible. Maybe that’s a bit too ambitious but at Divesangha we look at the bigger picture.

We are very proud to say that Divesangha products are exclusively designed and manufactured in the United Kingdom. We focus on producing limited edition, quality, unique garments. That comes at a higher price, but we think when you wear our products you can see it’s worth the little bit extra to stand out from the crowd.

As a company Divesangha is committed to ethical manufacturing, ethical trading and to raising awareness of environmental issues relating to the sea and its creatures. It is also the company’s intention to sponsor and endorse projects related to such issues in the immediate future.

Divesangha clothes feature the unique “Hung Dry™” system, which is currently being patented. Hung Dry™ is a simple system that allows clothes to be hung to dry or air on a rail or a line without the need for pegs and more importantly with no risk that the wind will blow them away. This is a problem faced by divers at sea, where it’s a struggle to keep clothes from becoming wet and damp.

Our aim is to unite divers into a community of like-minded people, expressing their lifestyle through clothing and sharing the same love for the sea and its creatures.

You don’t need to be a diver to wear Divesangha clothing, but we think many people will want to wear our products to aspire to the same lifestyle and beliefs… and most importantly, look great in our clothes.

At the moment the Divesangha range is exclusively available online: www.divesangha.com. Prices range from £50.00 for a t-shirt to £120.00 for a sporty dress. All orders come with a free dry bag and delivery within the UK is free.

For more information and photographs, please contact:

Lucia Keen

Mob – 07973 267 693

Email – lucia.keen@divesangha.com

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Book Review: Plankton

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Plankton: A Worldwide Guide by Tom Jackson and Jennifer Parker

This is a book that jumps off the shelf at you. The striking front cover demands that you pick it up and delve further, even if you may not have known you wanted to learn more about the most diminutive life in our ocean, plankton!

Small it might be. Much of the imagery in the book has been taken under huge magnification. Revealing stunning beauty and diversity in each scoop of “soup”. There is lots to learn. Initial chapters include interesting facts about the different vertical zones they inhabit, from sunlight to midnight (the darkest and deepest areas). I loved finding out more about the stunning show that divers oft encounter on night dives – bioluminescence.

The black water images are wonderful. So this is a book you can have as a coffee table book to dip in and our of. But, these tiny organisms are also vital to our very survival and that of all the marine life we love. They provide half the oxygen produced on our planet. They are also responsible for regulating the planets climate. And for a shark lover like me – they are food for charismatic sharks and rays like the Basking Shark and Manta Ray, along with a huge number of other species. This book contains great insight into their biology, life cycles, migration, and how the changes in currents and sea temperatures affects them.

This is a book that is both beautiful and packed with information about possibly the most important group of organisms on our planet. Anyone interested in the ocean should have it one their shelves.

What the publisher says:

Plankton are the unsung heroes of planet Earth. Passive drifters through the world’s seas, oceans, and freshwater environments, most are invisible or very small, but some are longer than a whale. They are the global ocean’s foundation food, supporting almost all oceanic life, and they are also vitally important for land-based plants, animals, and other organisms. Plankton provides an incomparable look at these remarkable creatures, opening a window on the elegance and grace of microscopic marine life.

This engaging book reveals the amazing diversity of plankton, how they belong to a wide range of living groups, and how their ecology, lifestyles, and adaptations have evolved to suit an enormous range of conditions. It looks at plankton life cycles, the different ways plankton feed and grow, and the vast range of strategies they use for reproduction. It tracks where, how, and why plankton drift through the water; shares perspectives on migrations and population explosions or “blooms” and why they happen; and discusses the life-sustaining role of plankton in numerous intertwined food webs throughout the world.

Beautifully illustrated, Plankton sheds critical light on how global warming, pollution, diminishing resources, and overexploitation will adversely impact planktonic life, and how these effects will reverberate to every corner of our planet.

About the Authors:

Tom Jackson is a science writer whose many popular books include Strange Animals and Genetics in MinutesJennifer Parker is a zoology and conservation writer and the author of several books. Andrew Hirst is a leading expert on plankton whose research has taken him around the world, from the Antarctic to Greenland and the Great Barrier Reef.

Book Details

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Hardcover

Price: £25

ISBN: 9780691255996

Published: 9th April, 2024

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Marine Life & Conservation

Dive with a Purpose: Shark Guardian’s Expedition Galapagos

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Shark Guardian has just unveiled their largest and most exciting expedition yet: a seven-night, eight-day adventure in August 2026 aboard the Galaxy Diver II, a state-of-the-art
vessel specifically designed for divers exploring the enchanting waters of the Galapagos
Islands. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage deeply with marine
conservation in one of the world’s most revered diving destinations.

Shark Guardian is a UK registered charity dedicated to protecting sharks and marine
ecosystems worldwide. Founded by marine biologists and conservationists, Brendon
Sing and Liz Ward-Sing, Shark Guardian leads educational programs, research projects,
campaigns and expeditions aimed at fostering a better understanding and respect for
marine life. Their work spans several continents and focuses on direct action,
education, and advocacy.

Shark Guardian’s ethos revolves around the concept of “diving with a purpose.” This
philosophy underscores the importance of not just experiencing the wonders of the
underwater world but actively learning and contributing to its preservation. Participants
in Shark Guardian expeditions engage in citizen science projects, which involve
collecting data that supports ongoing research and conservation efforts. These
activities empower divers to make a tangible difference, turning each dive into an act of
conservation.

One of the newer additions to the Galapagos diving scene, the Galaxy Diver II, is
specifically tailored for divers. Its design prioritises comfort, safety, and environmental
responsibility. The vessel boasts modern amenities, spacious dive decks, and the latest
navigational technology, ensuring that every dive is not only memorable but also has
minimal environmental impact.

A highlight of this expedition is the opportunity to dive at Wolf and Darwin islands,
renowned for their vibrant, untouched marine ecosystems and as a haven for large
pelagic species. These islands are famous for their schools of hammerhead sharks,
whale sharks, and manta rays, offering spectacular diving that attracts enthusiasts from
around the globe.

Shark Guardian have developed this trip to ensure a hassle-free experience. The
expedition package also includes internal flights from Quito, Ecuador, to the Galapagos,
plus accommodation in Quito before and after the trip. This allows divers to relax and
enjoy the experience without worrying about logistics.

Participants will join a diverse group of passionate divers and conservationists. This trip
offers a unique opportunity to network with like-minded individuals who are eager to
learn about and contribute to marine conservation. It’s a chance to share experiences,
knowledge, and a commitment to protecting the marine world.

sharks

Shark Guardian is offering an early bird price available until May 31st 2024. This special
rate provides a fantastic opportunity to secure a spot on this exclusive expedition at a
reduced cost. Availability is limited, so interested divers are encouraged to act quickly
to ensure they don’t miss out. All the details can be found on their WeTravel page, where
bookings can be made easily and payment instalments are available.

Expedition Galapagos, aboard the Galaxy Diver II offers more than just a diving
holiday—it is an investment in both personal and planetary well-being. By participating,
divers not only witness the majesty of one of the world’s premier diving locales but also
contribute to its preservation for future generations.

Find out more about Shark Guardian at www.sharkguardian.org.

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