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Haven’t booked your dive holiday for 2015 yet? It’s OK – UK-based tour operator Oonasdivers have got your back. They’ve got plenty of options for you at some amazing prices – check it out:

Oonasdivers | Red Sea | Sharm from £515

Sharks Bay Umbi Village

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights B&B and 10 boat dives.

25 Apr – 2 May only £525

2-9 May only £600

9-16 May only £575

16-23 May only £575

30 May – 6 Jun only £600

6-13 Jun only £550

13-20 Jun only £550

20-27 Jun only £550

27 Jun – 4 Jul only £575

4-11 Jul only £655

11-18 Jul only £705

7-14 Nov only £585

14-21 Nov only £565

21-28 Nov only £575

28 Nov – 5 Dec only £515

For further details click here.

Oonasdivers | Red Sea | Marsa Alam from £695

Marsa Shagra

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights full board and 5 days unlimited diving.

29 Apr – 6 May only £840

13-20 May only £895

15-22 Jul only £835

22-29 Jul only £835

5-12 Aug only £835

2-9 Sep only £895

21-28 Oct only £895

28 Oct – 4 Nov only £895

6-13 Jan only £765

13-20 Jan only £765

20-27 Jan only £765

27 Jan – 3 Feb only £765

Marsa Nakari

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights full board and 5 days unlimited diving.

29 Apr – 6 May only £695

13-20 May only £855

24 Jun – 1 Jul only £810

15-22 Jul only £810

5-12 Aug only £810

2-9 Sep only £855

21-28 Oct only £905

28 Oct – 4 Nov only £855

For further details click here.

Oonasdivers | Red Sea | Hamata from £795

Wadi Lahami

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights full board and 5 days offshore RIB diving (up to 4 dives per day).

29 Apr – 6 May only £795

13-20 May only £970

17-24 Jun only £980

15-22 Jul only £920

5-12 Aug only £920

2-9 Sep only £970

21-28 Oct only £1020

28 Oct – 4 Nov only £970

For further details click here.

Oonasdivers | Red Sea | Liveaboards from £815

Juliet | Freedom III | Blue Planet 1| Emperor Asmaa | Emperor Elite | Blue Seas | Blue Pearl

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights full board and 6 days diving.

Emperor Asmaa – FREE Nitrox

22-29 Apr only £815 (Fury & St Johns)

6-13 May only £945 (South & St Johns)

22-29 May only £1155 (Safaga & Elphinstone)

29 May – 5 Jun only £965 (North & Wrecks)

4-11 Sep only £1070 (South & St Johns)

Emperor Elite – FREE Nitrox

24 Apr – 1 May only £935 (Brothers & Elphinstone)

29 May – 5 Jun only £1105 (South & St Johns)

Freedom III – FREE Nitrox

19-26 Sep only £995 (Northern Standard)

21-28 Nov only £880 (Northern Standard)

Blue Pearl

29 Apr – 6 May only £985 (St Johns)

24 Jun – 1 Jul only £1195 (Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone)

5-12 Aug only £1045 (St Johns)

28 Oct – 4 Nov only £1220 (Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone)

Blue Seas

29 Apr – 6 May only £1130 (Daedalus, Zabargad & Rocky)

15-22 Jul only £1095 (Fury & Elphinstone)

26 Aug – 2 Sep only £1240 (Daedalus, Zabargad & Rocky)

2-9 Sep only £1095 (St Johns)

Blue Planet 1

8-15 May only £995 (North & Wrecks)

Juliet

16-23 May only £895 (North & Wrecks)

4-11 July only £1080 (North & Wrecks)

5-12 Sep only £1095 (North & Wrecks)

14-21 Nov only £1075 (North & Wrecks)

For further details click here.

Oonasdivers | Red Sea | Sea & Shore from £870

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, a 2 night mini liveaboard safari with 3 days liveaboard diving, 5 nights B&B at Sharks Bay Umbi Diving and 4 boat dives. FREE Nitrox.

Freedom VIII & Sharks Bay Umbi Village – FREE Nitrox

6-13 Jun only £870 (Mini Tiran)

5-12 Sep only £920 (Mini Ras Mohammed and Tiran)

For further details click here.

Oonasdivers | South Africa from £1390

Shark Diving South Africa – Scuba Addicts Lodge

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 6 nights B&B and 10 Shark Dives.

25 Apr – 2 May only £1390

2-9 May only £1420

23-30 May only £1420

30 May – 6 Jun only £1390

10-17 Oct only £1390

ScubaAddicts Sardine Run

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights B&B, 5 days Sardine Run Diving and 2 dives Aliwal Shoal.

21-29 Jun only £2200

2-10 Jul only £2275

For further details click here.

Oonasdivers | Caribbean | Tobago from £940

Toucan Inn, Pigeon Point

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights B&B and 10 dives with weights and cylinders.

21-28 Apr only £940

Blue Waters Inn, Speyside

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights B&B and 10 dives inclusive of equipment.

21-28 Apr only £1365

For further details click here.

Oonasdivers | Sudan from £2745

Royal Evolution

Prices are per person and include 14 nights full board (13 nights onboard and 1 night hotel either before or after your trip), 12 days liveaboard diving with weights and cylinders and the Egyptian Visa. Sudanese visas and taxes are payable locally in Euro.

20 May – 3 Jun only £2785 (Deep South Sudan)

3-17 Jun only £2770 (Deep South Sudan)

25 Nov – 9 Dec only £2745 (Abington Reef, Shaab Rumi & Umbria Wreck)

For further details click here.

Oonasdivers | Malta & Gozo from £610

Dive Malta with Maltaqua

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights self catering at the Sands Apartments and 10 dives.

7-14 Jun only £695

6-13 Sep only £740

3-10 Oct only £665

Discover Gozo with Calypso Divers

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights B&B at the Calypso Hotel and 10 dives.

9-16 May only £745

7-14 Jun only £750

19-26 Sep only £770

10-17 Oct only £690

For further details click here.

Oonasdivers | Canary Islands | El Hierro from £635

Dive El Hierro with Shane Gray

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights self catering and 10 dives.

9-16 Nov only £675

23-30 Nov only £635

For further details click here.

Oonasdivers | Maldives | Liveaboards from £1560

Emperor Atoll

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights full board and 17 dives.

24 Apr – 2 May only £1720 (Pelagic Magic)

1-9 May only £1585 (Pelagic Magic)

26 Jun – 4 Jul only £1560 (Pelagic Magic)

3-10 Jul only £1635 (Pelagic Magic)

24 Jul – 1 Aug only £1810 (The Best of the Maldives)

31 Jul – 8 Aug only £2020 (Manta, Whaleshark & Wrecks)

7-15 Aug only £1990 (Manta, Whaleshark & Reefs)

14-22 Aug only £1765 (The Best of the Maldives)

21-29 Aug only £1925 (Manta, Whaleshark & Wrecks)

28 Aug – 5 Sep only £1865 (Manta, Whaleshark & Reefs)

4-12 Dec only £1855 (The Best of the Maldives)

11-19 Dec only £1915 (The Best of the Maldives)

18-26 Dec only £2265 (The Best of the Maldives)

25 Dec – 2 Jan only £2230 (The Best of the Maldives)

Emperor Voyager

Prices are per person and include flights, transfers, 7 nights full board and 17 dives

3-11 Jul only £1700 (The Best of the Maldives)

10-18 July only £1720 (The Best of the Maldives)

17-25 Jul only £1995 (The Best of the Maldives)

24 Jul – 1 Aug only £1840 (The Best of the Maldives)

7-15 Aug only £1970 (The Best of the Maldives)

14-22 Aug only £1685 (The Best of the Maldives)

21 -29 Aug only £1900 (The Best of the Maldives)

28 Aug – 5 Sep only £1845 (The Best of the Maldives)

4-12 Dec only £1940 (The Best of the Maldives)

11-19 Dec only £1995 (The Best of the Maldives)

18-26 Dec only £2355 (The Best of the Maldives)

25 Dec – 2 Jan only £2315 (The Best of the Maldives)

For further details click here.

To find out more or to book, contact the Oonasdivers team now by calling +44 (0)1323 648924, email info@oonasdivers.com or visit www.oonasdivers.com.

Dive Training Blogs

Deptherapy returns to its Roots – Part 5

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Join Richard Cullen from Deptherapy for part 5 of his Blog about the charity’s recent expedition to Roots Red Sea, El Quseir, Egypt.

After an evening of chilling out by the pool and in the bar, we are back to the Roots House Reef this morning, with Keiron continuing his RAID Master Rescue Diver Course and enjoying Moudi’s vast experience as he learns more about advanced buoyancy skills.

Not sure where the week has gone; it’s Wednesday already.  A few different things happening today… Oatsie who has just started at Hull University on a Marine Biology Degree Course wants to complete his sidemount course and this afternoon he is out with Guy Henderson to start his learning.  Swars also wants to do the course, as he wants to get into cavern and cave diving.  Swars will start his course tomorrow afternoon and both will spend a day being taught be Steve Rattle on Friday. Hopefully they will both be certified as RAID Sidmount Divers at the end of their training.

Tom putting his sidemount rig together under Guy’s watchful eye

The morning sees Swars and I working with Corey again and taking him through the remainder of skills and OW dives.  He is improving massively but we still have to work on trim and propulsion.

Keiron, unfortunately for him, has Oatsie and Michael for his diver recovery exercises; I am told there may well be an entanglement to deal with!

Conditions are perfect again as we all look forward to three great dives during the day.

90% of those we work with have mental health issues, mainly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of serving in various theatres of war.  If you read some adaptive teaching manuals, they have a task to ‘teach a student with PTSD a skill.’ Hmmmmm how is Oatsie, Swars, Michael or Keiron any different than a student who is free from any mental illness?  The answer is they are not, they are exactly the same. Do you talk to them differently, do you demonstrate skills differently?  The answer is no.

If they have a flashback or a panic attack, then you need to step back and provide whatever assistance is necessary but only if there is a risk of them hurting themselves.  All our team have to undertake and pass the two-day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course so we can intervene appropriately where the circumstances require it.

Do you know what a panic attack looks like?  Do you know how to respond to a panic attack?

Flashbacks most frequently occur at night time but some do experience day time flashbacks.  Flashbacks can lead to the individual feeling physically and mentally drained and can be triggered by anything that reminds them of the traumatic incident(s) they experienced.  Sometimes there might be a need for one of our medical team to be involved. Often a period of quietness, rest and possibly sleep is required.

Keiron and Corey on the House Reef

We have seen lots of our beneficiaries learn to manage their PTSD. As Chris Middleton said on a BBC programme:

“You can’t beat PTSD but you can learn to manage it.”

In addition to the scuba diving, Deptherapy also provides 24/7 support for our beneficiaries.  Beneficiaries are encouraged to attend the MHFA course with their partner, parent, relative or friend.

Many will have read comments from our beneficiaries, that once they put their heads under the water their demons disappear.  There are several factors to this: the peace, the quiet and the tranquillity that occurs underwater, the beauty of the corals and the amazing aquatic life.

Roots is very much like a retreat for us, we are miles away from any towns, there are no distractions, the nearest town is El Quseir, which is orthodox Muslim so there is no alcohol on sale.  The recent bypass of the main Safaga to El Quesir/Marsa Alam road means that at night time there is no noise, just a brilliant star lit sky.

Roots at night from the beach

Beneficiaries are encouraged to talk openly with the team and their fellow beneficiaries about their injuries/illnesses and provide overwhelming support for each other as Corey found on this trip.

Our aim is to create a family atmosphere and Roots very much contributes to the sense of family and wellbeing.

Sadly, we live in a world where those with mental illnesses are largely discriminated against.  Because few understand mental health, they are fearful of it and try to ignore it.  Please look at the Mind website or even better sign up to a Mental Health First Aid Course.  If you run a business then run the course for your staff, the benefits will be massive.

Back to the diving, Michael and Tom under Moudi’s close supervision gave Keiron some very challenging diver recovery exercises.  Poor Keiron, but he responded tremendously.

Swars, is working well with Corey, ensuring horizontal trim and making sure he uses effective arm strokes for his swimming. We are organising an SMB session, so he can work with different types of SMBs.

Although we haven’t told him, he has finished all his skills but we still have work to do on his trim and propulsion.  We want him to go beyond standards, we want him to be a very competent diver, who despite his devastating injuries, can self-rescue and support a buddy if in need.

The afternoon dive sees Michael joining myself and Swars with Corey.  This dive is about buoyancy, trim and propulsion.  Keiron is doing some more advanced buoyancy work with Moudi.

All roads lead to Roots, is this the future of Google maps?

Oatsie had a great dive with Guy using sidemounts and is looking forward to completing the sidemount course with Swars and Steve Rattle on Friday.

In the evening, and before dinner, Moudi runs the RAID O2 Administrator Course for all five beneficiaries. It is a qualifying part of Keiron’s RAID Master Rescue Diver course but we decided it would benefit all of the guys.

Tomorrow we have decided to take Corey to 30 metres and for him to complete a narcosis test. Join us back here tomorrow to find out how we get on…


Find out more about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education at www.deptherapy.co.uk

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Reef-World announces 2020 Green Fins Award Winners

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The Green Fins Award recognises the world’s most environmentally friendly dive centres

The Reef-World Foundation – the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative – is delighted to announce the winners of the coveted 2020 Green Fins Award are:

  • Bubbles Dive Centre, Pulau Perhentian, Malaysia
  • Flora Bay Divers, Pulau Perhentian, Malaysia
  • And Tioman Dive Centre, Pulau Tioman, Malaysia

The prestigious annual award recognises the Green Fins member with the lowest environmental impact. This year, competition was so tight there was not one, but three winners all tied in first place. What’s more, all three of the winners and seven of the global top 10 centres are based in Malaysia!

Rosie Cotton, Tioman Dive Centre

The winning dive operators were chosen from the 600-strong network of Green Fins members by a rigorous assessment of business practices. To be eligible for the award, the operator must have had its latest assessment conducted within the last 18 months. In 2019, the proud winner was Tioman Dive Centre: a PADI dive centre which has been a Green Fins member since 2009 and had managed to hold onto the title again in 2020.

As 2020’s Green Fins Award winners, Bubbles Dive Centre, Flora Bay Divers and Tioman Dive Centre are recognised as the world’s most sustainable dive or snorkel operator, as verified by the globally-recognised Green Fins environmental assessment. Their steps to improve sustainability practices, which have resulted in this recognition as the most environmentally friendly Green Fins dive centres in the world, have included:

  • Switching to eco-friendly products and improving waste management practices: Kelvin Lim, Flora Bay Divers, said: “We switched from normal detergents to eco-friendly detergents, we are encouraging divers to bring their own water bottles to reduce plastic and came up with a general waste bin and a bin for plastic bottles in front of our dive centre. This helps tourists and locals to place thrash that’s been found on the beach easily and conveniently since there are no proper bins along the beach.”
  • Training staff in why environmental practices are important: Peisee Hwang, Bubbles Dive Centre, said: “Green Fins has helped my crew understand more about the importance of looking after the environment. Less educated members of staff would throw cigarette butts in the sea without thinking but they are now keeping their trash to dispose in the bin when they are back.”
  • Upgrading boat engines: Rosie Cotton, Tioman Dive Centre, said: “At the beginning of 2020, we upgraded our last remaining boat engine and now we run 100% with 4-stroke models. The benefits are not only to the environment but also a huge reduction in petrol usage. It’s a Win Win situation!”

Alvin Chelliah, Green Fins Assessor Trainer from Reef Check Malaysia, said: ”Most dive centre managers and owners that I have come across in Malaysia care and want to do what they can to help protect coral reefs. I think Green Fins has been the right tool to guide them towards practical actions they can take. Over the years, we have seen these dive centres put in a lot of effort and work hard at following the guidelines and they have improved steadily as a result. We hope others will follow their example.”

Peisee Hwang, Bubbles Dive Centre, said: “We are thrilled to know that we have won and we are glad that our effort is being recognised. We hope that more operators aspire to join us in pledging for the environment.”

Kelvin Lim, Flora Bay Divers, said: “We are proud to be acknowledged for our efforts to inspire sustainable diving. Our focus remains on cultivating informed and conscious divers with good diving skills and habits..”

Rosie Cotton, Tioman Dive Centre, said: “Receiving the news that we have made the top spot of Green Fins members is a fantastic feeling. Thank you so much to the Green Fins team for your ongoing support! This year has obviously been slightly different to previous years. I hope that something we can all take away from this year is that changes in our daily habits can create shockwaves of positive change around the world in a relatively short period of time. From TDC, we hope you are all safe and well at this time and are able to find some positives despite these difficult circumstances.”

Chloe Harvey, Director at The Reef-World Foundation, said: “We’re thrilled to recognise Bubbles Dive Centre, Flora Bay Divers and Tioman Dive Centre as joint winners of the 2020 Green Fins Award. Competition between the Top 10 is always tight but the fact that there are three winners this year, when usually one centre takes the title, shows how much sustainability is being put at the forefront of the agenda across the dive industry. So, we’d like to say a big well done to Bubbles Dive Centre, Flora Bay Divers and Tioman Dive Centre. This win is testament to their hard work and ongoing sustainability efforts and they should be very proud. It’s an incredibly tight race to be named the best of the best!”

The Green Fins Top 10 list is comprised of the world’s most sustainable dive operators, as determined by the Green Fins assessment process. In 2020 they are:

  • Tioman Dive Centre, Flora Bay
  • Divers and Bubbles Dive Centre (all in Malaysia)
  • Ceningan Divers (Indonesia)
  • Scuba Junkie Mabul (Malaysia)
  • Sea Voice Divers (Malaysia)
  • Evolution (Philippines)
  • Orca Nation Rawa (Malaysia)
  • Equation (Philippines)
  • The Barat Perhentian Beach Resort (Malaysia)

In Malaysia, Green Fins is run by Reef Check Malaysia in partnership with the Department of Marine Parks Malaysia (DMPM) on the Peninsula and Sabah Parks in Sabah. Membership is not yet available in Sarawak.

For more information, please visit www.reef-world.org and www.greenfins.net.

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