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Olivier van Overbeek joins Scubaverse as Technical Editor

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Scubaverse Media is delighted to announce that Olivier van Overbeek has joined the Scubaverse Team as Technical Editor.

Oli started diving in 1998 while on holiday in the south of France. He instantly fell in love with the underwater world, and as soon as he returned home to his native Holland, signed up with famed Dutch wreck explorer Ben Stiefelhagen. A few months later, he moved to the south of England and continued diving and learning with BSAC.

From 2000-2008 he enjoyed the popular diving that was on offer on the south coast of England at the time, and joined as many dives as time and money would allow. After spending several years diving all around the globe, Oli decided to become an instructor and did so in Central America with PADI.

After attending a lecture with Steve Lewis he decided to find a more technically-oriented agency and wanted to help make changes to the industry. It wasn’t long until he met Paul Toomer who at that point had just joined RAID, and decided to jump on board. After joining RAID he started working with and learning from Paul directly, and in 2015 joined the first RAID ITD program.

Oli holds user level Open and Closed circuit tickets from CMAS, BSAC, PADI, NOB, IANTD, TDI, and of course RAID and is qualified to dive on five different CCR’s. He’s also been a factory test diver for various brands. Currently he co-runs Diving Matrix with Paul Toomer, manages DiveLife in Manchester, and is actively involved behind the scenes with DiveRAID.

On joining Scubaverse Oli said:

“I’m very pleased to accept the position of Technical Editor for Scubaverse. After working with Dave and his team for several years now it felt only natural to take the next step and expand Scubaverse’s footprint into the technical realm on a more permanent basis.”

Welcome to the Scubaverse Team Oli!

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Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados

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In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.


Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)

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Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.


Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.


For more information about the CCMI click here.

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