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Join Dr. Richard Smith for a Marine Life and UW Photography Workshop at Siladen Resort & Spa



World renowned British underwater photographer, writer and marine biologist Dr. Richard Smith will be leading a Marine Life and Underwater Photography Workshop at Siladen Resort & Spa in Bunaken, Indonesia in June.

Richard began his diving career in 1996 and has since trained up to Divemaster level, logging roughly 3000 dives. Diving has allowed Richard to indulge in his passion for natural history, and his photography skills allows him to share that passion with the rest of the world. In 2002 Richard graduated from the University of Southampton, England, with a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology, before heading to Queensland, Australia, where he got an MSc in Ecology and Evolution. In 2007 Richard began researching the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses for his PhD, and he was awarded his doctorate in 2011.

Over the past decade, Richard’s photographs and marine life focused features have appeared in a wide variety of publications around the world. Richard leads marine life expeditions where the aim is for participants to get more from their diving and photography by learning about the marine environment.

“The diving in north Sulawesi is extremely varied and thanks to its location at the heart of the Coral Triangle, and has a correspondingly high diversity of species. There are reefs with stunning corals as well as muck dives that harbour a whole different host of creatures”

Richard will be at Siladen between the 23rd June 2017 – 3rd July 2017. During his time at the resort, Richard will be giving many presentations. Subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Critter Hunting and Photography
  • Observing and photographing creature behaviors
  • The private life of pygmy seahorses
  • Muck diving and how to get great critter shots

These lectures are aimed to give divers a greater understanding of the local marine life, thus helping them get more from both their diving and their photography. Richard will be on hand to help with creature identification, camera techniques and fish talk.

For more information or to book contact Richard directly here.

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Jeff chats to… Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition.The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Louis’ film – Uncovering Cornwall’s Little Known Oceans – can be seen here:

Third in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

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DAN launches 2021 webinar series



Divers Alert Network (DAN) has launched a new series of live monthly webinars on its YouTube channel, DAN TV.

Throughout 2021, experts from DAN’s Research, Risk Mitigation, and Medical Services teams will give presentations on topics relevant to divers, dive pros and dive business owners as we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and resume diving and traveling.

The 2021 series will begin this Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. EST, with a webinar by DAN Director of Risk Mitigation Francois Burman titled Emergency Planning: Who Is Responsible for Your Safety? The presentation will cover various mishaps that can occur during diving and travel as well as tips for anticipating, preparing for and successfully managing them.

Future webinars in the series will cover topics including fill station safety, ear barotrauma, DAN research updates, the latest information about COVID-19 and diving, and more. Attendees can look forward to lively 30- to 45-minute presentations followed by questions and discussion.

The webinars will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Keep an eye on the Events page of

For more information about upcoming webinars follow DAN on: 

Recorded presentations will remain on DAN’s YouTube Channel.

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This is the perfect start to your 2021 diving season… and at an incredible lead-in price of just £885 per person.

Jump on board the latest addition to the Emperor fleet and enjoy diving the famous sites of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer. This itinerary takes in the wonderful South & St Johns from 26 February – 05 March 2021.  

Subject to availability – limited flight seats at this price so don't delay!

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email to book your spot!

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