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New App: Scuba Calendar – Available Now on the App Store

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Customize Your Scuba Diving Excursion and Track Wildlife with New App Scuba Calendar – Available Now on the App Store.

Plan the perfect scuba diving vacation with the unique new app Scuba Calendar! This one-of-a-kind iOS app helps users create a custom travel itinerary based on the marine wildlife they want to see at the specific time of year. The app then determines the geographic locations where the chosen marine life is most likely to be spotted. Besides being a powerful tool for trip planning, Scuba Calendar inspires a spirit of conservation by including interesting information and facts about each animal. This includes each animals’ status under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and its classification under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Scuba Calendar is available for download on the App Store.

In addition to creating customized scuba trips, Scuba Calendar serves as a social platform for divers all around the world to contribute as citizen scientists. They can report on their own sightings, share photos and log the environmental situation of the dive site (such as marine debris, corals in distress, etc.) for collective data purposes. The Scuba Calendar app was developed by a husband and wife team who are passionate about scuba diving, traveling and environmental conservation. They want to share that enthusiasm with other divers whether novice or advanced.

Our years of trip planning and first-hand experiences in the scuba world contributed to creating Scuba Calendar,” explains Katarina Grgas Brus, co-developer of Scuba Calendar. “So many people may have their dream vacation in mind but not have the logistical data available to determine just where and when the ideal conditions are.”

Scuba Calendar includes over 400 locations across 70 countries and over 30 popular marine species. Once a country is selected, the Country Page shows types and locations of other marine life likely to be spotted in that country. It also includes valuable information like local diving regulations, environmental sustainability recommendations, hyperbaric chambers and typical weather conditions for specific times of the year.

Plot an exploration of the briny blue or simply fantasize about that dream vacation – download Scuba Calendar from the App Store now!

For more information about Scuba Calendar visit the website by clicking here.

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Fourth Element to make diving tools from recycled PPE

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Fourth Element has partnered with recycling and repurposing experts, Waterhaul, to retask the mask; turning single-use plastics into the tools we use in pursuit of underwater adventure. Face masks and other items of PPE from hospitals are melted down into blocks, sterilising the material which fourth element purchases, recycle and transforms.

These cave line markers are the first of what fourth element hopes will be many products using this waste material to give it a new life beyond protecting the lives of our frontline healthcare workers. Each marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. Waste is given a new direction.

The end product is completely safe. The PPE is heat treated by the hospital: the plastic is heated to high temperatures multiple times; first to make the blocks within the recycling process, and also whilst injection moulding the parts.

What makes this OceanPositive?

In the UK alone, 58 million single-use plastic face masks are thrown away every day, littering landfills and polluting the environment. Globally, we use 129 billion per month – that’s enough to wrap around the world 550 times! Over the last 12 months, a recorded 1.5 billion have entered the ocean, disrupting our ecosystem and endangering marine life across the globe. And that’s just what has been recorded.

These lines markers are made from recycled PPE, each one saving two masks from entering landfill or our oceans. Part of fourth element’s Zero Waste and Zero Plastic initiatives; to re-purpose as much plastic as possible and find new uses for products at the end of their lives.

We believe that this is the way,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of fourth element. “We are all going to have to tackle the challenges of a post covid world and one of these will be how we deal with the waste we have created as part of keeping ourselves and in particular, our frontline workers protected. We intend to play our part.”

For more information visit the Fourth Element website by clicking here.

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Typhoon International’s Storm3 Glove

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Hands will stay super-warm and protected inside Typhoon International’s brand new Storm3 Gloves.

Each Storm3 glove is perfectly constructed so that you can say goodbye to that numb feeling and instead keep active and nimble-fingered while dinghy sailing, windsurfing or enjoying just about any watersport.  A pair of Storm3 gloves is a great versatile accessory, attractively priced for entry level or experienced hands alike. The key to warmth is the Storm3’s 3mm neoprene.  Meanwhile ‘PU’ patterned palm reinforcement add even more protection from the elements while providing extra reinforcement in the areas of the greatest wear.

Storm3 gloves are comfortable and flexible too, so you can wear them in comfort for hours on end. They perfectly complement Typhoon International’s range of Storm wetsuits and wetsuit boots for full body protection.

Like the other products in Typhoon International’s Storm range, the Storm3 gloves have been created according to the company’s commitment to the environment.  Each Storm product is manufactured according to ‘REACH’ regulations, ensuring that chemicals hazardous to the environment are not used in the manufacturing process.

Visit www.typhoon-int.co.uk to see the full range and to find details of your nearest stockist.


Sizes: Adult – S,M,L,XL.  Youth – Y-S,Y-M,Y-L

Prices:

  • Storm3 glove adult £23.95 (inc VAT)
  • Storm3 Glove youth £18.95 (VAT exempt)
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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

www.thescubaplace.co.uk

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