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Ocean Revival: The Final Ship Goes Down

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The Ocean Revival project, a new underwater reef system and marine habitat for divers visiting the Portuguese Algarve has now been completed with the sinking of the final ship on the sea bed. The sinking marks a very successful conclusion to a seven year project where four ex-navel ships have been scuttled to form a series of artificial reefs. The Hydrographic ship Ex-NRP Almeida de Carvalho A527 sank below the waves on Saturday 21st September amidst great celebrations and applause from the extensive Ocean Revival team as well as excited onlookers.

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vlcsnap-00002Scubaverse’s very own Jeff Goodman, who was at the event, had this to say: “Cameras were working constantly from the small surrounding boats as a helicopter circled above taking aerial images. We had a five minute and then a one minute warning over the radio before the first of the explosive charges went off, shaking us all out of any daydreams we may have been having. The rest of the explosions followed immediately after, blowing debris and smoke into the air. Then silence. To everyone’s relief the bow slowly started to go under with the stern rising exactly according to plan.”

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“As the last part of the stern disappeared in a mass of froth and bubbles we all were excited for the navy divers to do their check and then give us the OK to go down and have a look for ourselves.

“It’s quite strange diving on a ship you were looking at on the surface only a short while ago. It had already taken on quite a different demeanour. In some way it had gained an air of mystery and hidden secrets. The lines had become softer, the colours paler. I look forward to revisiting next year when wildlife begins to take control of the now bare metal.”

This dream of Luís Sá Couto, the project leader and owner of the SUBNAUTA Diving Centre, had finally come true. Luis said that the first of the ships that were sunk are already home to many fish and other reef species. It is a habitat that will only get better each year.

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Video Courses with Ocean Revival in the Algarve

These amazing wreck sites and rich local reef systems are the backdrop to a series of underwater video courses run by Jeff, in association with UK based tour operator Hidden Depths and Subnauta Diving.

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Cameras, lights and editing facilities are all provided for free for those who do not have their own equipment. There are introduction weekend sessions as well as full five day courses. Also on offer are GoPro speciality courses which come into their own when diving the wrecks.

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The Algarve is located in the south of Portugal and is where the Atlantic Ocean mingles with the Mediterranean sea, resulting in water temperatures between 14º to 22º Celsius. It is a place where temperate species mix with sub-tropical, and is a very exciting location for filming underwater wildlife.

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The courses are very flexible and can cater for the complete beginner to the budding professional.

All students for these underwater courses must have a minimum of an Open Water Scuba Dive Qualification.

 

For more details contact:

Web: www.jeffgoodman.co.uk

Email: jeffgoodman@supanet.com

 

Hidden depths

Web: www.hiddendepthsdivetours.com

Email: info@hiddendepthsdivetours.com

 

Ocean Revival

http://www.oceanrevival.org

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Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet Announces Exciting 2024 Pre-DEMA Specials

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Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet has announced the launch of its highly anticipated Pre-DEMA Specials, offering exceptional savings and unbeatable perks on some of the world’s most sought-after diving destinations. Starting June 1st, 2024, diving enthusiasts, dive wholesalers and dive shops can take advantage of these limited time offers and secure their spots for unforgettable underwater adventures.

“This year’s pre-DEMA specials are up and running,” said Sue Hamilton, Sales and Marketing representative at Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet. “These deals provide divers with amazing opportunities to explore premier diving destinations at unbeatable prices. As we gear up for the DEMA Show in November, we want to make sure our dive shops and agents have a head-start and an edge on planning their group dive travel through 2026.”

Fleet-wide Range of Big Savings and Perks:

Caribbean Explorer II/Saba-St. Kitts: Save $600 per person! Extra comps: 5+1, 10+3, 14+4. Valid for travel through 2026. Plus, enjoy free nitrox for travel in 2024.   

Turks & Caicos Explorer II: Save $600 per person! Extra comps: 5+1, 10+3, 16+4. Valid for travel through 2026. Plus, enjoy free nitrox for travel in 2024.

Tiburon Explorer – Galapagos: Save $900 per person (Dec-June through June 2027). Save $600 per person (July-Nov through Nov 2027). Comps: 5+1, 10+2.

Humboldt Explorer – Galapagos: Save $1200 per person (Dec-June through June 2027). Save $900 per person (July-Nov through Nov 2027). Comps: 5+1, 10+2.

Grand Sea Explorer – Red Sea: Extra comps: 5+1, 10+2, 20+3, 24+4. Free nitrox included! Valid for travel through 2026.

Glory Sea Explorer – Red Sea: Extra comps: 5+1, 10+2, 20+3, 23+3. Free nitrox included! Valid for travel through 2026.

Emperor Explorer – Maldives: Comps: 5+1, 10+2, 22+4 (May-Dec) and 7+1, 14+2, 23+3 (Jan-Apr). Free nitrox included!

Black Pearl Explorer – Palau: Comps: 7+1, 14+2, 21+3. Free nitrox included!

Blue Manta Explorer and White Manta Explorer – Indonesia: Comps: 6+1, 12+2, 18+2, 19+3 (depending on itinerary).

Book Your Adventure Now

Take advantage of these incredible Pre-DEMA specials and secure your date today! A low non-refundable deposit of only $600 for groups of 6-11 and $1200 for groups of 12 or more, will secure your reservation until October 15, 2024! Booking your dream diving trip has never been easier. Not applicable in Palau, Maldives and Indonesia.

Don’t miss out on these limited-time offers—terms and conditions apply.

For booking inquiries and information, contact:

info@explorerventures.com  / 1-800-322-3577 / +1 307-235-0683 / www.explorerventures.com

About Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet

Since 1987, Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet has been delivering world-class diving experiences, blending authentic diving experiences, safety, and sustainability. Offering unparalleled adventures in some of the world’s most breathtaking underwater destinations, their fleet of well-appointed vessels ensures every guest enjoys the highest level of comfort and safety.

Explorer Ventures is proud to be the first liveaboard company to collaborate with Green Fins, achieving certifications on four of their vessels: Caribbean Explorer II, Turks & Caicos Explorer II, Tiburon Explorer, and Humboldt Explorer. Notably, the Tiburon Explorer and Humboldt Explorer are the only PADI Eco Centers designated in the Galapagos, emphasizing their commitment to sustainable and responsible diving practices.

With exceptional diving destinations, array of itineraries around the globe, and diver-focused design across their entire fleet, every voyage is tailored for comfort, convenience and adventure on land and sea!

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Diving Redefined: Introducing NovoScuba

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novoscubaAttention all underwater enthusiasts, mermaids, and those who just really enjoy wearing fins! Brace yourselves for the splashiest news in the industry: NovoScuba has burst onto the scuba diving scene like a seal on a beach ball!

Move over, PADI, SSI, SDI, NAUI, RAID, and whoever else is lurking in the depths, because there’s a new fish in town!

But seriously, what gives? Why does NovoScuba think they can swim with the big fish? Are they secretly training dolphins? Are their wetsuits made of magic? Stay tuned as we uncover the mysteries of this underwater revolution!

The team at NovoScuba isn’t just your average squad – we’re a crew of dive store owners, managers, trainers, and pros. We’ve danced with the sharks and wrestled with the currents, so when it comes to the diving industry’s pain points, we’re definitely no strangers. But let’s be real: while existing agencies are stuck in the stone age, we’re here to embrace the 21st century. In a world where even fish have Instagram accounts, the diving industry needs to catch up or sink like a lead weight!

It’s time to challenge a change. Leveraging technology and introducing a breakthrough business model, and digitally native platform, NovoScuba aims to become the most innovative training agency to date.

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Here’s a snapshot of what NovoScuba has up their sleeve for dive pros, managers/owners and students alike.

Owners 

  • Pay as you certify system
  • Fully developed digital course materials in multiple languages
  • No stock required
  • Monthly or annual membership fees
  • Business support and advice FOC
  • 24/7 support. Feedback orientated. Fast response and fast adapting
  • ISO Certified
  • Pain free and low cost transition to NovoScuba
  • Your business, your choice. No exclusivity expected or required
  • Pay in your local currency
  • Our automated system keeps your admin to a minimum. Less time on paperwork cuts costs and gives you more time to focus on your business
  • Co-marketing, advertising and support

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Pros

  • Monthly membership fees
  • Intelligent online log book that automatically updates student records
  • One click certifications
  • Flexible training – student-centric/instructor trusted
  • Easy and inexpensive crossover
  • Pause your membership when you’re not teaching
  • Pro insurance / legal support
  • Job vacancy board

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Students

  • Modern, relevant course materials
  • Fully developed and interactive digital learning
  • Accessible across any digital platform
  • Instant community and support
  • Monthly subscription granting access to all course materials
  • Digital log book for life
  • Streamlined subscription process – minimum admin

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What else symbolises the NovoScuba dedication to excellence?

In an era where every other company boasts about being as green as a broccoli smoothie, it’s easy to tune out the noise of eco-friendly claims. But hold your seahorses! NovoScuba isn’t just another fish in the sea of greenwashing. We’re not just dipping our toes in the sustainability pool – we’ve cannonballed straight into it! B-Corp pending, we’re not just talking the talk; we’re doing the fins-on-the-ground work. With a net zero impact that even Captain Planet would applaud, our conservation efforts aren’t some distant pipe dream. Nope, we’re getting our hands wet right in our own diving communities, because let’s face it, saving the planet is a whole lot easier when you can do it in your own backyard – or in this case, your own coral reef!

It’s time to dive into the 21st century and embrace a new, innovative and intelligent training agency. One that fully understands that your success is needed in order for us to succeed. One that is 100% committed to your needs and will grow and adapt in order to keep meeting the challenges of the industry. Welcome to the new age of training. Welcome to NovoScuba – Diving Redefined.

For more information, email info@novoscuba.com or visit www.novoscuba.com.

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