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NAUI: Message to Dive Community about COVID-19



We have been asked to share this message from NAUI Worldwide Chairman Michael Feld:

In challenging times like these, it’s ever more important that we communicate with each other to share the collective implications of what we are all going through, and continually build a common sense of purpose and hope. COVID-19 has forced circumstances upon us that we are continuing to absorb. There is no one who isn’t affected in some way, and most have seen major impacts to their businesses, livelihoods, and daily lives.

As a worldwide association, NAUI has a special kinship with its members. We are not a monolithic organization, but an Association of equals, all working together for a common cause, with common needs and goals. Our collective success is dependent on the health and well-being of all our members and the vibrancy of our member businesses. The Board of Directors and the leadership and staff at NAUI Services Group (NSG) think about this all the time and are deeply committed to making sure we come through this situation better and stronger on the other end.

The impact on all of us is being felt in many meaningful ways. Dive trade and consumer shows have been postponed and businesses have been put on pause. In the United States and abroad, gatherings are highly discouraged or outright forbidden, with more draconian measures under consideration or already in place. It is likely that there will be more restrictions of movement as time goes on until this virus is under control and abated. We don’t know all the implications yet, the situation is highly fluid, but we are doing everything we can to be nimble and prepared for anything coming our way.

As a modern educational organization, we have advantages that we can leverage. E-Learning is available in an ever-expanding number of languages and more will be coming online as time passes. In-home activities are necessarily on the rise, and this is a perfect time to consider a marketing strategy that will include not only e-Learning, but virtualized academic sessions and planning for future practical sessions and open water dives. Best of all, we have the most competitive pricing in the industry, which makes doing business as NAUI easier during difficult times.

NAUI members are the best trained, most innovative in the industry. We know how to think outside the box and make the best of difficult circumstances. As NAUI leaders, we are trained to deal with adversity, and we can now use that training to its best advantage.

Remain assured that despite the current crisis, our operations are running at full strength to meet member needs. Staff is being virtualized but still delivering at our normal high level of performance. Member Services staff are here to serve you, and we on the Board of Directors are here to make sure we get through this and are ready for the inevitable brighter chapter to come. Together, we will all get through this. Know that all of us at NAUI are thinking of you and wishing all of you the best.

I especially want to acknowledge the hard work and fortitude of our intrepid staff at headquarters. They are working diligently through these very difficult circumstances and adapting moment by moment to shifting business and personal landscapes. We appreciate everything they do.

We will stay in touch with further communications and will update you with important information as it becomes available. In the meantime, we urge everyone to stay safe and follow the CDC and medical expert advice and guidelines in order to remain healthy, preserve your operations, and be ready for what comes after this crisis has passed. We are going to be living with this virus for some time, and we will need to devise strategies to both be safe and continue to thrive.

Feedback is welcome, and we look forward to working together to serve members through these challenging times. You can email us at

Warm regards,

Michael Feld

Chairman, NAUI Worldwide


The Rescue – available on Disney+ tomorrow (Watch Trailer)



If you missed the recent cinema debut of The Rescue film, you can watch it on streaming channel Disney+ from tomorrow December 3rd.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (Free Solo), The Rescue is the edge-of-your-seat account of the rescue of 12 Thai school boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave system in 2018.

The Rescue chronicles the dramatic rescue of the boys and their coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave. Academy Award®-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin reveal the perilous world of cave diving, the bravery of the rescuers, and the dedication of an entire community that made great sacrifices to save these young boys. An outing to explore a nearby system of caves after soccer practice transformed into a two-week saga of survival and a story that would capture the world’s attention. With exclusive access and never-before-seen footage from the rescue, the film tells the story of the imagination, determination and unprecedented teamwork displayed during this heroic edge-of-your-seat mission with life-or-death stakes.

Check back for our review of The Rescue soon!

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Marine Life & Conservation

Shark Guardian investigation finds endangered sharks for sale in Taiwan



A field investigation into Taiwan’s shark fin industry was conducted by Shark Guardian between December 2020 and March 2021. The investigation obtained documentary evidence of fins from endangered shark species being openly offered for sale by over half of all shark fin traders surveyed in Taiwan’s southern fishing port of Kaohsiung.

Of the 13 shark fin processing and trading companies visited, more than half were found to be trading CITES- listed fins, and seven had shark fins from CITES Appendix II-listed species as part of their product range. One company saidthere was no difference in selling protected or unprotected species. Protected sharks’ products usually create a problem for international shipping only.”

The new report details how seven out of thirteen traders surveyed in Taiwan were found to be selling shark fins from silky sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks, mako sharks, thresher sharks and great white sharks in broad daylight – in contravention of Taiwanese and international law.

Over a three-month period, Shark Guardian investigators witnessed multiple shipments of shark fins from endangered species being unloaded at Donggang fish market which is in Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung.

Alex Hofford, Marine Wildlife Campaigner with Shark Guardian, said “To save sharks and the marine environment, Taiwanese authorities should implement an immediate crackdown on its cruel and unsustainable shark fin trade, and should tighten up local laws to ban the domestic sale of shark fin as well as better enforce its international obligations under CITES. It is also high time that the Taiwanese government should rein in its out-of-control distant water tuna fishing fleet, who are a major supplier shark fin to Chinese markets. Whilst Taiwan is a beacon of democratic and progressive values in Asia, it is allowing its unsustainable and often crime-ridden fisheries sector to rape and pillage our ocean with impunity. This must stop. Taiwan needs to show leadership in environmental protection and must quickly clean up its act as regards its sleazy shark fisheries and trade sectors.”

During our investigation, Shark Guardian also found evidence of Taiwan-based online retailers selling fins of endangered species of shark in contravention of local and international law.

According to WWF, a third of all sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, yet fishing and trading in unsustainable shark fin remains a highly profitable, but environmentally destructive, enterprise for Taiwanese companies operating out of Kaohsiung.

Brendon Sing, Co-Director of Shark Guardian said “Clearly more must be done to protect sharks globally. There are over 500 known shark species with only a handful of them listed under CITES. Even then, CITES listed sharks are still traded illegally where monitoring and enforcement lack any power and expose loopholes in the system. As long as this continues, there is no real protection for any shark species regardless of CITES listing or not. Taiwan must be responsible and take positive action in response to this report.”

Shark Guardian believes that excessively large profit margins are the main reason why Taiwan has never acted to rein in its shark fisheries and trade.

Shark Guardian hopes that Taiwan can apply its progressive values towards preserving the marine environment by imposing a comprehensive ban on the physical and online selling all species of shark fin in Taiwan. Such a ban would go above and beyond what is required under international law, and Taiwan’s domestic laws can be changed with public support.

For more information about Shark Guardian visit their website by clicking here.

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Egypt | Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone | 27 January – 04 February 2022 | Emperor Elite

Jump on board this famous Red Sea liveaboard and enjoy diving the famous wrecks of the Red Sea with this fantastic special offer.  Emperor Elite offers a contemporary living space combined with the best itineraries available in the Red Sea.

Price NOW from just £975 per person based on sharing a twin cabin including:

  • Flights from London Gatwick to Hurghada with 23kgs baggage
  • 7 nights in shared cabin
  • 3 meals a day, soft drinks, red wine with dinner
  • 6 days’ diving, guide, 12ltr tank & weights, Marine Park fees and port departure fees
  • Free Nitrox

Booking deadline: Subject to availability.

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email

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