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LIDS free ticket offers for BSAC Instructors and new divers



The London International Dive Show is offering some great ticket deals for BSAC members for the two-day event next weekend (15th/16th February).

BSAC instructors can claim two tickets for the price of one while newly qualified Ocean Divers (qualified within the last 12 months) can grab a free ticket.

LIDS 2014 is set to be a bumper show, with over 200 exhibitors and a packed seminar and speaker programme. The show will also be running alongside three other key outdoor events – the Telegraph Adventure and Travel Show, the Triathlon Plus Show and the London Bike Show.

More information on LIDS 2014

FREE LIDS TICKET FOR NEW BSAC DIVERS – applies to single LIDS ticket only

Newly qualified Ocean Divers who qualified on or after 01/03/2013 can claim a free LIDS 2014 ticket.

Ocean Divers will need to show their BSAC Qualification Card and Qualification Record Book at the LIDS 2014 ticket kiosk on the day to qualify for a complimentary ticket. They will be given a complimentary ticket which they will need to fill in their contact information on the back. The complimentary ticket will then be collected on entry to the show.

Alternatively to save time at the show, new divers can download a voucher here.

Please note: this free ticket offer is applicable to the single LIDS ticket only.


BSAC instructors can buy the 2-4-1 offer in advance via an e-ticket and save time at the show. For more details and to book online, click here.

  • Input 2 tickets where it says How Many Tickets?
  • Input BSAC2-4-1 in the Promotional Code box
  • Promotional Code: (applicable id required for entry)

Instructors will be charged only £12.50 for 2 tickets. They will then have to show ID at the entrance to the show.

BSAC Instructors can still get the offer on the door. They will need to show ID at the ticket kiosk to be eligible for the 2-4-1 offer. They will be given one paid ticket and one complimentary ticket which they will need to fill in their contact information on the back. The complimentary ticket will then be collected on entry to the show.

Please note: this offer is based on the full on the day LIDS ticket price of £12.50 and not the online advanced price or the four shows for the price of one ticket offer.


All BSAC members can buy a single ticket just for the London Dive Show or a four-show ticket which also gives you access to the Telegraph Outdoor & Adventure Show, the London Bike Show and the Triathlon Plus Show, all of which are also on at ExCel over the same weekend.


Single show tickets are £9.50 bought in advance or £12.50 on the door. Buy your advanced single show ticket online here.

Under 16s now get in free when accompanied by an adult (Previously under 14s).


£16 in advance (£20 on the door) – entitles ticket holder to access LIDS plus the other three shows at ExCel on day of attendance.

If you have purchased a LIDS day ticket, you can upgrade to the four shows ticket for £15 on the day.

For more information and to buy your multiple show ticket, click here.


Euro-Divers opens to guests at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives



In celebration of Euro-Divers’ 50 Years of Diving with Friends in the Maldives, the team have opened a new PADI 5 Star Dive Center at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives.

Alila Kothaifaru Maldives retreat lies at the northern edge of the Maldives in the tranquil Raa Atoll, reached via a panoramic 45-minute seaplane voyage from Male. The island has 80 all-pool-villas, 36 of which are over water with a private pool for your enjoyment and 44 beachfront villas designed seamlessly to immerse guests in the natural surroundings. In support of sustainable tourism, Alila hotels adopt Earth Check operating standards, integrating their environments’ natural, physical, and cultural elements.

Raa Atoll is well-known for the excellent scuba diving it offers. The underwater landscape of Raa Atoll is characterized by a high number of thilas scattered inside the lagoons. These underwater coral mountains are magnets for marine life including huge schools of tropical reef fish, a generous splash of colour, iconic bucket-list-must-see marine creatures including sharks, mantas (appearing during the entire year), turtles, and uncrowded dive sites—a perfect diver’s heaven for beginners and experienced divers. We offer a full range of PADI courses for different levels. From November till March, the Manta cleaning station is located 15 minutes away by boat.

The team from Alila Kothaifaru Maldives look forward to welcoming you soon.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Blue Marine Foundation launches new partnership with Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance



Ocean charity makes initial grant of $90,000 to marine parks on six Dutch Caribbean islands. Award will fund projects including coral protection, and training youth marine rangers.

Ocean conservation charity Blue Marine Foundation has announced it is awarding $90,000 in funding to support marine conservation in the Dutch Caribbean. A range of projects run by protected area management organisations on six islands will each receive a grant of $15,000. The funding is the first step in a longer-term partnership to support the islands and help secure sustainable financing through the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Trust fund.

To improve ocean governance, Blue Marine uses a combination of top-down intervention and bottom-up project delivery to help local communities at the front line of conservation. It will work together with the DCNA to help marine-park organisations protect the unique and threatened biodiversity of the Dutch Caribbean.

The new partnership is an important development in the successful management of marine conservation parks in the Dutch Caribbean. The UK-based charity has established a small-grants fund to provide rapid access to support for critical conservation projects run by marine parks.

The individual projects and their local partners are:

Unique ecosystems on the islands are vulnerable to threats such as feral livestock causing sedimentation on reefs, and invasive species, including lionfish and coral diseases. They are also at risk from overfishing, climate change, coastal development, erosion and the build-up of harmful algae caused by waste water.

The islands of the Dutch Caribbean are also home to important “blue carbon” habitats – ocean ecosystems such as seagrasses, mangroves and other marine plants that suck up and lock away carbon from the earth’s atmosphere. Seagrass is so efficient at this it can capture and store carbon dioxide up to 35 times faster than tropical rainforests.  The management and protection of these blue carbon habitats is vital in the fight against climate change.

Current marine conservation measures in the islands include a 25,390 square km mammal and shark sanctuary- Yarari sanctuary- across the Exclusive Economic Zone of Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius. All six islands have inshore Marine Protected Areas ranging in size from 10 to 60 sq km.

Blue Marine’s Senior Project Manager Jude Brown commented: “Having recently visited two of the islands, I witnessed first-hand how special this region is. Diving the waters off Saba I saw huge Tarpon swimming amongst shoals of blue tang, and hawksbill turtles feeding on the seagrass beds. I also witnessed the challenges these islands are facing from coral disease to issues with coastal development. It is an exciting opportunity to work in the Dutch Caribbean, bringing expertise and funding from Blue Marine to join with the wealth of knowledge already on the islands, to work together to protect the important marine life arounds these islands.”

Tadzio Bervoets, Director of the DNCA commented: “The Dutch Caribbean consists of the Windward Islands of St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius and the Leeward Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. The nature of the Dutch Caribbean contains the richest biodiversity in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The diverse ecosystems are a magnet for tourism and at the same time the most important source of income for residents of the Dutch Caribbean. Nature on the islands is unique and important but it is also fragile. The coming week we will be in The Netherlands to present a Climate Action Plan for the Dutch Caribbean to emphasize the urgent need for a climate smart future for our islands.”

Photo: Coral reefs in the Dutch Caribbean- Photo credit: Naturepics: Y.+T. Kühnast- all rights reserved

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