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One month to go… till DIVE 2018



Have you got your tickets yet? It’s just over a month to go until DIVE 2018 – the UK’s biggest event for scuba divers, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on 27 and 28 October 2018.

What a line-up of guests the DIVER Group is assembling for DIVE 2018! Highlights include:

On the DIVER Stage

  • David Jones (& DIVE 2018 Panel, Sunday)

    Long before Blue Planet 2 hit our screens, A Plastic Ocean was described by Sir David Attenborough as “the most important film of our time”. David Jones, the man behind the camera, has been advocating for action on plastics since 2009. What does he have to say now that we’re all listening? Hear him on Saturday, or attend his forum on this hot topic on Sunday.
  • Monty Halls

    If you enjoyed Monty Halls’ recent Channel 4 three-parter My Family and the Galapagos, with its impressive underwater content, here’s your chance to get the deep background from the man himself. President of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, Monty took his wife Tam and daughters Isla and Molly along to spend three months in what he describes as his “favourite place on Earth”, getting involved tagging whale sharks and bullhead sharks along the way.

Dive Show favourite Monty Halls will be talking about his hit Galapagos TV series

  • Paul Rose
    Paul is one of the Dive Show’s regular star turns, because his talks are always entertaining and he dives the parts of the underwater world most of us can only dream about. This year he received the Royal Geographical Society’s Founder’s Medal, one of the highest honours of its kind in the world, for his scientific expeditions and enhancing public understanding – which he will continue to do at DIVE 2018.
  • THE DIVER AWARDS (Saturday)
    Don’t miss the 21st DIVER Magazine Awards in which the prized 2018 trophies will be presented to scuba diving’s favourite suppliers and operators, as voted on by UK divers.

Paul Rose is one of the Dive Show’s regular star turns

On the CENTRE Stage

  • Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown
    Described by great white shark specialist Rodney Fox as “fellow adventurists”, Scubaverse’s Nick & Caroline have spent the year looking for wild dives to include a book due out early next year. Defining “wild dive” proved a challenge, they say, but their adventures included many shark dives, a search for an elusive nudibranch and a submarine ride (on top – not inside!).
  • Ellen Cuylaerts
    The Belgian photographer based in the Cayman Islands says her objective is to “bridge a deeper connection” between humanity and nature, and to capture how it feels to be behind the camera at special moments. “I try to shoot from the heart”, she says. She travels the world recording animals and the challenges they’re facing. Find out more about her special brand of photography at DIVE 2018.
  • Photographer and documentary film-maker Doug Allan

    Doug Allan (Sunday)
    Described by Sir David Attenborough as “the toughest in the business”, multi-BAFTA and Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman Doug worked as a pearl-diver, diving instructor, commercial diver and biologist before becoming diving officer on an Antarctic research station in 1976. Ten years later he became a photographer and documentary film-maker, specialising in polar wildlife. Now he invites us to dive beneath the surface of conservation images and short films, critiquing their styles, considering their uses and their impacts. How can one image make all the difference while another leaves us indifferent? And can an image ever be too shocking?

  • Richard Smith
    Richard, underwater photographer, marine biologist and part of the team that recently identified Japapigu, the seventh-known pygmy seahorse, knows that macro enthusiasts and photographers lean heavily on local dive-guides to track down their tiny quarry. In the world of the critter the sharp-eyed are king, but should we all be able to spot our own critters? Are these the short-cuts to success?

Plus, The TekDeck, coordinated by Mark Powell, who is assisted by nine other well-known technical divers. Closed-circuit rebreathers loom large, of course, with presentations on four individual models as well as a panel discussion on Saturday afternoon – which might help if you’re not sure which direction to take.

Admission to DIVE 2018 costs £14.50 on the day – but just £9.50 if you book online in advance. Children under 14 with an adult go free, and there are special offers for recently-qualified BSAC divers and BSAC Instructors.

Don’t delay – order your DIVE 2018 tickets here today!


Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap



The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)



It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

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