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NAUI: Message to Dive Community about COVID-19

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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 marketing@naui.org.

Warm regards,

Michael Feld

Chairman, NAUI Worldwide

www.naui.org

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WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported that the Philippines have been recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards. In the article it states how many islands make up the Philippines… how many are there?

Is there:

  • A) 7,209
  • B) 7,532
  • C) 7,641

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag December 2020

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  • Enter the country you live in
  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to www.scubaverse.com except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to www.scubaverse.com. When prizes are supplied by third parties, www.scubaverse.com is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. This competition closes on 13/01/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

  • The following fields are optional, however if you fill them in it will help us to determine what prizes to source in the future.

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Quick Scuba Tips #1: How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving (Watch Video)

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How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving. Can’t I just take my new mask diving straight out of the box? Well, actually, no. It needs a little work to make it dive ready.

In this, the first in our new scuba diving quick hints and tips series, I’m going to show you how to prepare a new mask for scuba diving with three quick techniques, all aimed at stopping your scuba mask from fogging.

Yes, this link is an affiliate link. Purchases made through these links may earn me a small commission at no extra charge to you.

Dive safe, dive often!

James


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