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Rebreather summit takes place in Italy



Rebreather diving instructors from around the world met in Arenzano, Italy recently to share their passion for diving.

The very first event connecting instructors from around the world took place at the Port of Arenzano, 24km from Genoa, Italy. The summit provided a networking opportunity for instructors, a platform for sharing news, and a great location for capturing amazing footage and insights into the history of the Haven Tanker wreck.

An all-star team of divers arrived from all corners of the world to participate in this unique event intended specifically for instructors with rebreathers. Renowned divers such as Becky Kagan Schott, Edoardo Pavia, Edmund Yiu, Nick Jewson and Axel Söhngen were in attendance, sharing their rich experiences and passion for deep diving.

Dives were planned for the summit’s first day but had to be postponed due to bad weather conditions. Instead, participants partook in an all-day meeting packed with fruitful discussions and  an introduction to the new CCR Liberty Light unit.

The following day, the divers’ pleas were heard and the weather permitted a dive to explore the MT Haven wreck. The visibility wasn’t initially favourable, but after a few meters, the Ligurian Sea showed its beauty and glory. All participants agreed it was an amazing experience and as such, repeated the dive the next day testing the light version of the CCR Liberty unit for the first time.

Edmund Yiu, who came all the way to Italy from Hong Kong, said:

“I enjoyed the summit very much because I met and dove with people from around the world, something I don’t usually have the opportunity to do. Moreover, I had never dove the Haven wreck before. Overall, even with the bad weather on the first day, it was an amazing experience.”

You can see a whole video interview with Edmund, who shared safety tips for diving with a rebreather or his opinion where he sees the future of rebreather diving, here.

Following in the success of the first summit, Divesoft is arranging another for all Liberty users (not only instructors). The second rebreather summit will take place in Florida, USA on April 18 2020 (the weekend before TEKDive2020 in Orlando). While the details are in progress, you can save the date now.

Watch for updates on the Facebook event page.

Event Summary

  • Liberty Rebreather Summit 2020
  • April 18-19, 2020
  • Key Largo, Florida, USA
  • Organizer: Divesoft Company, which specializes in the production of hi-tech products designed especially for top-technical and cave divers.


Diving below the waves of the Western Cape, South Africa – Windmill Beach (Watch Video)



Head under the waves of False Bay and explore the incredible diversity that is found along the Western Cape. The bay has popular dive spots from diving amongst the biodiverse underwater kelp forests to jumping in with the playful and friendly cape fur sealions (Arctocephalus pusillus). The bay along with the rest of the South Africa coast is known for the range of shark species that are found from the shallow coastal shores out into the open oceans. The coast is also home to numerous endemic shark species such as puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) and Pyjama shark.

Situated a short drive out of Simonstown is the shore dive at Windmill beach. A short swim over the sand and through the large boulders you enter the incredibly diverse and colourful kelp forests (Ecklonia maxima), a species that can grow up to 12m tall. Life is found in abundance from the base of the kelp where many sea urchins and species such as abalone can be seen then heading into the canopy many shoaling fish species can be observed.

Diving with the local dive club – Cape Town Dive Centre.

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Fourth Element to make diving tools from recycled PPE



Fourth Element has partnered with recycling and repurposing experts, Waterhaul, to retask the mask; turning single-use plastics into the tools we use in pursuit of underwater adventure. Face masks and other items of PPE from hospitals are melted down into blocks, sterilising the material which fourth element purchases, recycle and transforms.

These cave line markers are the first of what fourth element hopes will be many products using this waste material to give it a new life beyond protecting the lives of our frontline healthcare workers. Each marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. Waste is given a new direction.

The end product is completely safe. The PPE is heat treated by the hospital: the plastic is heated to high temperatures multiple times; first to make the blocks within the recycling process, and also whilst injection moulding the parts.

What makes this OceanPositive?

In the UK alone, 58 million single-use plastic face masks are thrown away every day, littering landfills and polluting the environment. Globally, we use 129 billion per month – that’s enough to wrap around the world 550 times! Over the last 12 months, a recorded 1.5 billion have entered the ocean, disrupting our ecosystem and endangering marine life across the globe. And that’s just what has been recorded.

These lines markers are made from recycled PPE, each one saving two masks from entering landfill or our oceans. Part of fourth element’s Zero Waste and Zero Plastic initiatives; to re-purpose as much plastic as possible and find new uses for products at the end of their lives.

We believe that this is the way,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of fourth element. “We are all going to have to tackle the challenges of a post covid world and one of these will be how we deal with the waste we have created as part of keeping ourselves and in particular, our frontline workers protected. We intend to play our part.”

For more information visit the Fourth Element website by clicking here.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

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