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Rebreather summit takes place in Italy

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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.

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White Shark Interest Group Podcast #009 – SURVIVING A SHARK ATTACK with DAVE PEARSON

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Ninth in an exciting podcast series from Ricardo Lacombe of the White Shark Interest Group.

Episode 9 of the White Shark Interest Group Podcast, Facebook’s’ largest White Shark specific group, covering science, conservation, news, photography, video and debate.

This episode features Melissa speaking with shark attack survivor Dave Pearson, about his experience, the aftermath and trauma for all involved, and the social media comments and victim blaming following an incident or attack.

Dave is the founder of Bite Club, a support group for survivors of attacks and bites, as well as for the families and friends of victims following a tragic incident.

He also established Beyond The Bite, a support organisation serving many purposes for anyone involved in shark attacks, from helping to get surfers back in the water, to covering costs of families who need to travel to the site of a loved ones attack.

This is a MUST LISTEN for all shark advocates as Dave and Melissa discuss how advocates can really help in the aftermath and reporting of an incident, and how shark advocates can become human advocates at the right time it is needed most. A real eye-opener of an episode.

Bite Club can be found on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/50136… Beyond The Bite can be found here: https://www.beyondthebite.org/ and would appreciate ANY donations you could make to help survivors and their families

Click the links below to listen to the podcast series on the following audio channels:


Join the group: www.facebook.com/groups/whitesharkinterestgroup/

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Website: www.whitesharkinterestgroup.com

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Ultimate Diving Maldives Offer

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7 nights at the Bandos Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives – From £2555 per person

Bandos Island Resort & Spa has already welcomed its first guests to the Maldives since March, with more divers heading off this December trying to escape the chilly UK weather. The Maldives is a dream destination, it offers a range of blue lagoons, deserted islands, a true sense of romance and tranquillity but above all amazing diving.

This destination should be on every diver’s bucket list, especially those with a non-diving partner because there is enough going on to ensure everyone will have a great time. The Maldives are the ultimate island paradise with each one offering dazzling white sandy beaches topped with coconut palm trees and turquoise blue lagoons.

Bandos Island is fully encircled by pearly white beaches, turquoise waters and a never-ending blue sky blessed with abundant sunshine. The house reef at Bandos is considered one of the best in North Male Atoll and the convenient location of Bandos allows divers to choose from over 40 impressive dive sites.

Book 7 nights from £2555. Price includes flights from London, speedboat transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation on an all-inclusive basis and 10 shore dives per person. Single supplement applies.

To enquire or book, visit www.ultimatediving.co.uk or give the team a call on 0208 655 6458  and they can give you the lowdown on the destination and diving.

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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