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Mission Deep Blue becomes Blue Oceans



SSI, the world’s largest professional dive business-based training agency, continues its mission to raise public awareness on how to protect our oceans with their free conservation-based program, Blue Oceans.

Since its release in November 2018, we have received a lot of positive feedback on our Mission Deep Blue program. The number of students enrolled in the Mission Deep Blue program is increasing daily. We are proud that so many people live the philosophy and help to make a difference in saving the environment we all care for! Thank you for all your support!” states Guido Waetzig, CEO, SSI International GmbH.

Now SSI needs your help even more!

Due to licensing issues, we cannot continue using the name Mission Deep Blue. This is unfortunate, as many SSI Training Centers, SSI Professionals, and students around the world use and share this name and philosophy. But we will not lose sight of our goal and will continue to fight for our ocean and its inhabitants,” says Guido Waetzig.

SSI is excited to announce the new name of their conservation program: BLUE OCEANS. This new name represents SSI’s deep commitment to protecting all of our Blue Oceans around the world.

We cannot allow that in a few short years the ocean …

…will be home to more garbage than marine life.

…will have more bleached coral reefs than colorful ones.

…will have even fewer incredible underwater creatures.

…will still have to deal with ghost nets and overfishing.

…will continue to lose sharks, an apex predator, as their numbers dramatically decline due to finning practices.

Partner with SSI to make the new BLUE OCEANS name well known worldwide so that this program continues to be successful, helping the ocean become a healthy ecosystem once again. Only the name is changing; the idea and concept behind it are staying the same.

What is the Blue Oceans program?

SSI has created a well-researched, holistic program that is available to both divers and non-divers alike. The Blue Oceans program teaches participants about issues facing our oceans and how their individual contributions can help.

The Blue Oceans program encourages SSI Training Centers and their customers to think about environmental challenges, and to take positive actions that benefit the environment.

The program was initially launched with three main topics. More will be introduced on a regular basis to keep customers informed and engaged. These initial topics were:

• Coral Reef Loss

• Ocean Plastic

• Shark Finning

A fourth topic will be released soon highlighting “Marine Protected Areas.” Anyone who has an SSI online account can work through the program for free and receive a free digital recognition card.

More information on this exciting program can be found at and on the Blue Oceans Instagram and Facebook social media channels.


Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados



In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.

Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)



Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.

Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.

For more information about the CCMI click here.

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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