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Pro Dive International, Dr. Erich Ritter and Wirodive invite you to Sharkschool 2017 in Mexico

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PADI Women's Dive DayPro Dive International, one of the Caribbean’s most renowned PADI 5 Star Dive Resorts and leading Career Development Centers has announced its third Sharkschool Riviera Maya – a Christmas Edition, to be held at the Allegro Playacar/Royal Hideaway’s five star dive training facilities from December 18-24, 2017.

“Christmas among bull sharks! Can you imagine a more exciting festive celebration than diving with friends and like-minded people and encountering up to 20 of those apex predators during one dive? Then this one week of shark interaction, vibrant reef diving, lively exchange and skill boost is perfect for you!

“No matter if you love sharks or feel anxious around them, you will forget all of your fears during this seminar, as you learn about the factors that influence certain behaviors. There is no doubt that you will be impressed by, feel respect for and even fall in love with these majestic animals,” says Maria Lledo, Pro Dive’s Operations Manager. “Enjoy the Mexican winter sun on one of the most beautiful sandy beaches of the Caribbean!”

The Sharkschool™ Riviera Maya package includes the following, and can be booked directly:

  • 5 days of Bull Shark diving with Dr. Erich Ritter incl. 2 dives daily
  • 5 days Sharkschool™ seminar 1.5 hrs daily
  • 6 nights at the newly renovated Allegro Playacar 4*
  • Standard superior double room, All Inclusive meal plan
  • Airport return transfers Cancun – Playacar – Cancun
  • weights, fins, mask, unlimited free Nitrox

EXTENSION OPTIONS

+ Dec 12-18 “CHRISTMAS WARMUP WEEK” incl. 6 nights at Allegro Playacar, 4 days of 2-tank diving incl. 3 days Cenotes, free Nitrox, at US$ 1,099 p.p. only

+ Dec 24-30 “CHRISTMAS EXTENSION WEEK”: incl. 6 nights at Allegro Playacar, Christmas dinner, 4 days of 2-tank diving incl. 3 days Cenotes, free Nitrox, at US$ 1,599 p.p. only

+ Individual stay & dive packages at preferred dates on request

Shark conservation has always been one of Pro Dive’s major concerns. Not only do they support non-profit organizations internationally, like Sharkangels, Shark Trust and Sharks Research Institute, they also actively support organizations right in front of their door, like Saving Our Sharks – a local project focusing on the protection of bull sharks on the Mexican Riviera Maya.

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Renowned for excellent quality in providing first class adventures including diving in the CENOTES, with BULL SHARKS, at WRECKS & FAMOUS WALLS at COZUMEL, SAONA, CATALINA islands and CAYO LEVANTADO, as well as Safaris with WHALE SHARKS, SAILFISH & HUMPBACK WHALES, Pro Dive International, founded in 2003, is the official onsite water sports service provider for several 4-5* RESORTS along the RIVIERA MAYA & COZUMEL/ MEXICO, and in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

Everything under one roof, PRO DIVE INTERNATIONAL´s head office in Playa del Carmen/ Mexico features a multilingual reservations team taking direct bookings for diving, hotel accommodation, the VIP stay & dive concept ULTIMATE DIVE EXPERIENCE at Allegro Cozumel (unique in the Caribbean!), liveaboard options in collaboration with AGGRESSOR FLEET/ SILVER BANK and NAUTILUS EXPLORER/ SOCORRO & GUADALUPE ISLANDS, transfers and cultural tours, and more. They also provide services to international dive travel agencies, an equipment maintenance department, an excursions team and their own competitive transportation system available to provide airport and hotel shuttles.

For more information, visit Pro Dive International’s website www.prodiveinternational.com, or enquire by email at info@prodiveinternational.com.

Pro Dive’s Facebook Pages are located at:

@prodiveinternational

@prodivemexico

@prodivedominicanrepublic

Pro Dive’s Twitter Account is twitter.com/Prodivemexico

For their GoPro programs, contact info@idcmexico.com, visit www.idcmexico.com, or check out their Facebook page @prodivemexicoacademy

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Searching for images to help Save Our Seas

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The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) and organised by the Underwater Photographer of the Year opens for entries on 1st November and closes on 7th January 2023. The conservation contest is free to enter and offers cash prizes for the first, second and third placed photographs.

The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year is open to both above-water and underwater photographs. Photographs must highlight a marine conservation story or theme, with both positive and negative stories encouraged. Freshwater themed conservation images are also accepted.

Chair of the judges, underwater photographer and marine ecologist Dr Alex Mustard MBE said: “Powerful photographs are able to change hearts, minds and attitudes. Conservation imagery is especially important from the oceans, which faces many threats from our activities. However, these issues mostly happen unwitnessed, out of sight of land or beneath the surface. This contest gives these valuable images a huge public platform.”

Dr James Lea, CEO of the Save Our Seas Foundation, said: “Images have a profound capacity to affect how people view the world, and at SOSF we are all about encouraging positive change in how people view and interact with the marine environment. As such we are delighted to partner with the Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year award, which is uniquely placed to highlight issues our oceans are facing and inspire change”.

Previous editions of the contest have attracted entries from photographers around the world, keen to draw attention to conservation issues, campaigns and success stories important to them. The award was most recently won by Thein Nguyen Ngoc from Vietnam, with his aerial photograph “Big Appetite”. The photo shows boats straining the waters for anchovies in the Phu Yen province of his country.

“Salted anchovy is the most important raw material in traditional Vietnamese fish sauce. But these little fish are also a keystone of a natural ecosystem. Despite increased fishing, the catches of anchovies have decreased by 20-30% in the past 10 years. When they are overfished, the whales, tunas, sea birds and other marine predators face starvation and critical population declines.” 

The Marine Conservation Photographer of the Year, part of UPY is an annual competition, that traces its roots back to 1965. The Marine Conservation photographer of the Year is free to enter at www.underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com

The Save Our Seas Foundation has been dedicated to protecting life in our oceans, especially sharks and rays, for 19 years. They have funded around 425 projects in over 85 countries, supporting passionate and innovative researchers, conservationists and educators.

Each project strives for deeper understanding and more innovative solutions in marine research, conservation and education.

Header Image: Thein Nguyen Ngoc

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Scubaverse UWP Winners Gallery: Sofia Tenggrono

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Each month we give the winner of the Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition the opportunity to show off a little more of their work in a gallery. The September winner was Sofia Tenggrono.


What equipment do you use?

I work with Olympus TG-6 camera, Nauticam CMC-1, 2 Inon S-2000, minigear snoot dive torch

Where can our readers see more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/s.tenggrono/


To enter the latest Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition, with a chance to win some great prizes as well as have your own gallery published, head over to the competition page and upload up to 3 images.

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