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New Leadership at Divetech, Same Commitment to Customer Service and Tech Diving

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New Divetech owner and managing partner Jo Mikutowicz has been at the helm of one of Cayman’s leading dive operators for more than a year, and she is making her mark. Mikutowicz has big fins to fill; Cayman dive pioneer Nancy Easterbrook, a mentor and friend, founded Divetech on the shores of northwest Cayman in 1994 and built it into an operation committed to conservation, education and training.

“Jo has a sincere passion for diving, and after working at Divetech for several years, she decided it was for her, which I gladly supported,” said Nancy Easterbrook.  “She is growing the business in the marketplace, in with the new and out with the old, which is always good for any business.”

Because of its location near the island’s deep walls, Divetech introduced nitrox and technical diving in the Cayman Islands.

“There is so much potential in tech diving for growth,” said Mikutowicz. “I want to expand our technical diving program to help generate more tech divers, especially among women.”

Because she was on the Divetech staff for years before becoming the owner and managing partner, Jo is familiar with the company’s tech culture.  Although she’s been a tank and regulator diver for most of her dive career, she recently got certified to use a rebreather.

“It was underwater silence like I’ve never heard before,” said Mikutowicz. “I could hear a fish munching on coral — and I knew it was a massive parrotfish, but I couldn’t see it. It took me a while to find the fish.”

Rebreathers have traditionally been used by hardcore technical divers, but there are now rebreathers for recreational divers that are lightweight and comfortable. Jo Mikutowicz says customized rebreathers can be a great way to make a statement.

“Mike Young, owner of KISS Rebreathers, certified me a few months ago, and he built a customized pink rebreather for me – pink is my favorite color,” she said with a smile.

The experience has energized Divetech’s new owner to reach out and increase the operation’s tech diving program; she plans to keep the operation on the leading edge. Innerspace, Divetech’s annual rebreather event, is scheduled May 20th – 27th. She’s also actively promoting freediving on the island with regular trips and activities.

Jo Mikutowicz is leading Divetech forward with the same commitment to customer service, training and community, that its founder did. And Jo is making her mark visibly by adding her signature pink to the logo and one of the dive boats — a clear beacon to women in search of diving adventures.

“I am sure that many great things are in store for the future,” says Nancy Easterbrook with confidence.

About Divetech

Divetech is a full-service dive operation with facilities at Lighthouse Point on Northwest Point Road in West Bay and the Holiday Inn Resort & Suites in the Seven Mile Beach area. Considered one of Grand Cayman’s leading dive operations, Divetech has been providing quality dive services since 1994 and has earned a reputation as the place to go for quality training – from kids to trimix – with 18 Instructors on staff. Divetech is an IANTD Platinum Facility / TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer Facility / PADI 5-Star Resort / PADI TecRec Facility / PADI Project Aware Center / SSI Resort / IANTD & SSI Free Diving Center / BSAC Resort / National Geographic Center / Scuba Rangers Club / Universal Training Facility / PADI Swim School / DAN Technical Field Research Station.

Great dive and room packages are available with resort partner, the Holiday Inn Resort & Suites.

For more information call toll-free (877) 946-5658, in Grand Cayman (345) 946-5658 or visit www.divetech.com.

Source: www.divenewswire.com

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Book Release: Diving the Thistlegorm – The Ultimate Guide to a World War II Shipwreck

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Diving the Thistlegorm is a unique in-depth look at one of the world’s best-loved shipwrecks. In this highly visual guide, cutting edge photographic methods enable views of the wreck and its fascinating cargo which were previously impossible.

This book is the culmination of decades of experience, archaeological and photographic expertise, many hours underwater, months of computer processing time, and days spent researching and verifying the history of the ship and its cargo. For the first time, Diving the Thistlegorm brings the rich and complex contents of the wreck together, identifying individual items and illustrating where they can be found. As the expert team behind the underwater photography, reconstructions and explanations take you through the wreck in incredible detail, you will discover not only what has been learned but also what mysteries are still to be solved.

Find out more about:

  • One of the world’s greatest dives.
  • Incredible ‘photogrammetry’ shows the wreck and cargo in a whole new light.
  • Meticulous detail presented in a readable style by experts in their respective fields.

About the authors:

Simon Brown is an underwater photographer and photogrammetry/3D expert who has documented underwater subjects for a wide range of clients including Historic England, Wessex Archaeology and television companies such as National Geographic Channel and Discovery Canada. Jon Henderson is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh where he is the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre. With specific research interests in submerged prehistoric settlements and developing underwater survey techniques, he has directed underwater projects in the UK, Poland, Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jamaica and Malaysia. Alex Mustard is a former marine biologist and award-winning underwater photographer. In 2018 he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “Services to underwater photography”. Mike Postons pioneered the use of digital 3D modelling to visualise shipwrecks, as well as the processes of reconstructing original ships from historic plans. He has worked with a number of organisations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Historic England and the Nautical Archaeological Society.


About the book:

  • Release date 25 November 2020
  • Limited run of Hardbacks
  • RRP £35
  • ISBN 978-1-909455-37-5
  • 240 photo-packed pages
  • 240 x 160 mm

Available to pre-order now from Divedup.com, Amazon, online, and from retailers.

Check back on Scubaverse.com for a review of the book coming soon!

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Deptherapy’s Dr Richard Cullen becomes a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

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Dr Richard Cullen, Chairman of Scuba Diving Rehabilitation Charity Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education, has been recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society is a prestigious Fellowship that is open to those who demonstrate a sufficient involvement in geography or an allied subject through publications, research or professional experience.

Paul Rose, Deptherapy’s Vice Chair, and a world renowned explorer, author, broadcaster, who is a former Vice Chair of the RGS said: 

“This is a huge achievement by Richard. His Fellowship is richly deserved, and a direct result of his steadfast commitment to preserving our oceans through Deptherapy’s very powerful ‘Protecting Our Oceans’ Programme.  I know the top team at the RGS are looking forward to welcoming Richard into the Society.”

The RGS was founded in 1830 to advance geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions, as well as by advocating on behalf of the discipline and promoting geography to public audiences.

Paul Toomer, President of RAID, said:

“I have been close friends with Richard for many years and his passion for our seas, even at 70 years of age, is undiminished.  Deptherapy are the world leaders in adaptive scuba diving teaching and are our much valued partners.  Taking UK Armed Forces Veterans who have suffered life changing mental and/or physical challenges and engaging them in major marine biology expeditions, is to most of us beyond the realms of possibility.  The skills these guys have to develop is just awesome.  This is a great honour for Richard, a great honour for Deptherapy, and also for us as their partners.  The diving world must come together to celebrate and acknowledge Richard’s achievement.”

Richard joins some distinguished Fellows of the RGS.  Former Fellows include Ernest Shackleton and many other notable explorers and geographers.

Richard said:

“I am both honoured and humbled to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. When I was invited to apply for a Fellowship, I was, which is very unusual for me, lost for words.  I hope it will allow me to take our message of Protecting Our Oceans to a larger audience and to further develop our programmes.  The Fellowship is a recognition of the charity’s work to raise awareness of the plight of our oceans.  The credit belongs to a group of individuals who have overcome massive challenges to let alone qualify as divers but now to progress to marine biology expedition diving”.

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

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