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Latest Deals From Ultimate Dive Travel

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In the US? Check out all the latest scuba diving holiday deals from US based tour operator Ultimate Dive Travel:

TURKS AND CAICOS EXPLORER II
$600.00 Off – 7 Nights – Double Occupancy
Package includes:
3 meals daily + between-dive snacks (except Friday evening meal)
Up to 5 dives daily
Use of tanks, weights and belts
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
August 02 -09, 2014 -$600.00 discount
August 09-16, 2014 – $600.00
August 16 – 23, 2014 -$300.00
August 23 – 30, 2014 – $300.00
August 30 – Sept. 06, 2014 – $600.00

NOT INCLUDED – Airport Transfer,Port/Hotel Taxes,Fuel Surcharge, Friday Dinner

From $1595.00 per person
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HOTEL COZUMEL WITH DIVE HOUSE
Dive Special
Package includes:
7 nights accommodations standard poolview room double occupancy
All meals, snacks and beverages including house alcoholic drink
5 days 2 tank boat dives
Government hotel taxes
$916.25 per person thru Aug 17, 2014
$837.50 per person Aug 18 – Nov 15, 2014
From $837.50 per person
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Valid for travel
$916.25 pp thru Aug. 17 2014
$837.50 pp Aug. 18 – November 15 2014
COBALT COAST GRAND CAYMAN
7 Nights Accommodations
Package includes:
7 nights accommodations, 1 bedroom suite double occupancy
Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
6 days 2 tank boat dives and unlimited tanks for shore diving
Round trip airport transfers
Government hotel taxes
From $1395.00 per person
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Valid for travel
$1755.00 per person July 26-Aug 30 2014
$1395.00 per person Sept 13-Dec 20 2014
MALUKU DIVERS INDONESIA
10% OFF Special
Package includes:
Accommodations based on double occupancy
3 meals daily
3 boat dives daily
Round trip airport transfers
Government hotel taxes
7 nights/ 6 days of diving $1527.00 per person
From $1527.00 per person
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Must book by July 15th
PALAU PACIFIC RESORT 
WITH FISH N FINS
$1500 per person/double occupancy
Package includes:
7 nights, breakfast, 5 days 2 tank boat dives
Includes boxed lunch
Free Nitrox.
Round trip airport transfers and
Government taxes

*marine and state park fees not included

From $1500.00 per person
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Valid for travel
May 7-Jul 15 2014,
Oct 1-Dec 20 2014
Must book by June 15 2014
KASAWARI NORTH SULAWESI
7 Nights for the price of 5 Nights
Package includes:
7 nights accommodations deluxe villa double occupancy
3 meals daily
Up to 18 boat dives including 1 night
Round trip airport transfers
Government/hotel taxes
$1599.00 per person
From $1599.00 per person
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Valid for travel
thru April 30, 2015
must be booked by July 8, 2014
TRUE BLUE BAY RESORT GRENADA
BUY 1 GET 1 – 50% off
Package includes:
Package depends on availability and cannot be combined
with any other special.
7 nights double occupancy standard room
5 days of 2 tank boat diving
Continental breakfast buffet
taxes and service charges
From $990.00 per person
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Valid September 1 through October 03, 2014

For more information visit www.ultimatedivetravel.com.

Marine Life & Conservation

The Big Shark Pledge: Shark Trust’s new campaign kicks off with a call for support

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With the ink still drying on last week’s landmark listing of nearly 100 species of sharks on Appendix II of CITES, the Shark Trust insists that this is not the time for shark conservation to take a break. The UK-based NGO this week launches its biggest-ever concerted campaign to tackle the overfishing of oceanic sharks. They are calling on people across the world to join the call for stricter controls on high seas fisheries.

The Big Shark Pledge is at the heart of an ambitious set of campaign actions. Working to secure science-based catch limits on all sharks and rays affected by the international high seas fishing fleet. The pledge will build the largest campaigning community in shark and ray conservation history to support a raft of policy actions over the vital years ahead.

Many of our best known and much-loved sharks make their home on the high seas. In our shared ocean, these oceanic sharks and rays face a very real threat from a huge international fleet of industrial-scale fishing vessels. Research published in early 2021 confirmed that over three-quarters of oceanic sharks and rays are now at risk of extinction due to the destructive impact of overfishing. They have declined by 71% over the last 50 years.

The Shark Trust is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and has a long history of securing positive changes for sharks, skates and rays. The Big Shark Pledge will build on the success of their NoLimits? campaign which underpinned landmark catch limits on Blue Sharks and Shortfin Mako in the North Atlantic.

While the listing of so many species on the CITES trade agreement is certainly a positive step, there remains a huge challenge in ensuring that sustainable practices are embedded in international fisheries.” says Shark Trust Director of conservation, Ali Hood. “Sharks on the high seas face extraordinary pressure from excessive fishing practices. This has to be addressed through international agreements such as those secured for Blues and makos.”

There is hope and a feeling of momentum in the shark conservation community. Just last week, in addition to the new CITES listings, the Shark Trust, working with partners in the Shark League, secured the first-ever international quota for South Atlantic Mako at ICCAT meeting in Portugal. The new campaign from the Shark Trust aims to push forwards from here, engaging a wave of support through the Big Shark Pledge to bolster policy action.

This will be a long-term international and collaborative effort. Forging a pathway to rebuild populations of high-seas sharks and rays. By putting science at the heart of shark conservation and fisheries management. And making the vital changes needed to set populations on the road to recovery.

Shark Trust CEO Paul Cox says of the Big Shark Pledge “It’s designed to give everyone who cares about the future of sharks the chance to add their voice to effective and proven conservation action. By adding their name to the Pledge, supporters will be given opportunities to apply pressure at key moments to influence change.

Click here to sign the Big Shark Pledge

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Jeff chats to… Craig Waller, Underwater Lighting Technician on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Craig Waller, Underwater Lighting Technician on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Craig is a Key Grip and Lighting Director with 10,000s of hours of Set Experience.

In Craig’s own words:

I started my career when I was in my first year of college.  I always had that creative side of the brain that needed to be followed as a career.  I thought that would be in designing engineering pieces but wasn’t happy about the idea of an office cubicle and drafting table.

I accidentally found my way onto a big commercial job for a week and decided “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO”.   I made it my career after that. This is a quick list of recent and big projects in my 35 yrs of TV / Film / Photography.

Most Recently:

  • “Black Panther 2” – UW Lighting Technician / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
  • “Stranger Things” Season 4 – UW Lighting Technician / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
  • “Suicide Squad 2” – UW Gaffer / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
  • NASCAR / FOX Sports 1 – Network TV Lighting Director – 7 years / 700 races of Live BIG track TV shows
  • 10,000s of commercials / music videos / tv shows

I started diving when I was 18 years old with my OW and then AOW with PADI. I was diving with lots of friends in the late 80s and early 90s and then moved onto Kayaking. I got my daughter into diving when she turned 14 and have picked up where I left off.

I have approx 5000 dives now and spend most of my free time diving.

Here are my certs:

  • OW – AOW 1989
  • Adv Nitrox / Deco 2020
  • Cavern – Intro Cave 2021
  • CCR Tech – Fathom – 2021

You can find out more at www.craigwaller.com


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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