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Project AWARE suggests 4 ways divers can celebrate Discovery’s first-ever Shweekend



This July, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week returned bigger than ever before, making a splash as the highest-rated Shark Week in the event’s 28 year history.

And because viewers can’t get enough of all things shark, for the first time ever, Discovery is introducing “Shweekend“, a special weekend of all-new Shark Week programming on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30.

Shweekend will feature four all-new Shark Week programs throughout the weekend, delivering even more compelling and jaw-dropping shark stories and never-before-seen shark technology.

Project AWARE logoFor scuba divers and passionate shark advocates, Shweekend offers another opportunity to make a splash for sharks and show that divers are serious about shark and ray protection.

Sharks are suffering from a bad image – one that Project AWARE battles not only during Shark Week but throughout the year. This bad image often hinders shark conservation efforts.

Raising funds, dispelling myths and misconceptions about sharks, and rallying public support to secure meaningful conservation measures is critical.

4 Ways to Celebrate #Shweekend, August 29-30:

While mass education and media programming about these mysterious and magnificent creatures is a critical component to shark survival, it can be a double-edge sword when it comes to conservation.

An important step toward gaining improved protection for sharks is to raise the public’s awareness of the plight of sharks and engage people in shark conservation activities. Activities such as a Finathon or the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty have the power to turn divers into shark ambassadors and real shark fans during Shark Week, Shweekend and every week!

Celebrate Discovery Channel’s first-ever Shweekend by taking actions that will help Project AWARE continue the fight to save sharks and rays in peril. Together, we can protect sharks and rays!

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Paul Rose



Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Paul Rose. A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced divers, field science and polar experts, Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

He is an experienced television presenter and radio broadcaster. With a proven track record in business engagements, Paul is a sought-after speaker, chairman, host and moderator for industry, government and NGO events.

Former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society(link is external) and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division, Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions.

He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica, for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal. For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica, he received the US Polar Medal.

Paul is a mountain and polar guide leading Greenland Icecap crossing and mountaineering expeditions and polar science support logistics. He worked for four years as a Mountain Safety consultant to the oil industry in the Middle East.

On his 2012 Greenland expedition, Paul led the first expedition to successfully traverse a new 275km icecap route of Knud Rasmussen Land and repeated his first ascent of the north face of Gunnsbjørnfjeld, the highest mountain in the Arctic.

His professional diving work includes science support diving in Antarctica as the British Antarctic Survey’s Institute Diving Officer. He ran the US Navy diver training programme at Great Lakes Naval Training Centre and trained many emergency response dive teams including the Police, Fire Department and Underwater Recovery Teams. He remains a current and active PADI Dive Instructor.

Find out more about Paul Rose at

Find more podcast episodes and information at and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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Jeff chats to… TV Presenter Andy Torbet – Part 2: Andy talks about Marine Conservation (Watch Video)



In this exclusive two-part Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Andy Torbet. In part two, Andy and Jeff talk about Marine Conservation.

Missed Part one? Watch it HERE.

Andy is an Underwater Explorer, Cave Diver, Freediver, Skydiver, Climber and Outdoorsman. He is also a TV Presenter on award-winning series for BBC, CBBC, Discovery, History Channel and Fully Charged Show’s Youtube Channel. Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and The Explorers Club, and is also a Stunt Performer for TV and Films.

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

For more information, visit

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