Regaldive is pleased to welcome Fiji to its portfolio. The diving holiday specialist is offering two liveaboard itineraries on the new S/Y Fiji Siren – one of seven nights’ and the other of 10 nights’ duration. Both itineraries allow divers to sample some of the best diving on offer in Fiji, and see why it is renowned as the soft coral capital of the world. To celebrate, Regaldive is offering a launch discount of up to £450 per person for those booking selected departures* before 30th April, 2014.
With over 4,000 square miles of coral reef, including the Great Astrolabe Barrier Reef, Fiji offers unparalleled marine biodiversity and a unique dive experience. Offering the ideal destination for underwater photographers, Fiji’s soft corals and techno-coloured tunnels make for fantastic shots, while manta rays; teeming anthias; hammerhead, blacktip, whitetip, silvertip, grey reef, lemon, bull and tiger sharks; blue ribbon eels and black and white banded sea snakes bring the experience alive.
Regaldive’s seven night Beyond the Bligh itinerary, on board the S/Y Fiji Siren allows up to 22 dives including three night dives. Itinerary highlights include Bligh Waters where stunning coral pinnacles can be explored; the Vatu-I-Ra Passage and Namena Marine Reserve, home to beautiful coral gardens, steep walls, macro species and large palegics, and the Lomaiviti Island Group where divers can enjoy drift dives, explore coral gardens and admire manta rays, hammerheads, ribbon eels, leaf fish and numerous other smaller creatures.
The 10 night version of the itinerary allows up to 34 dives including five night dives. In addition to the sites visited on the seven night itinerary, the 10 night version also visits Taveuni Island, Savusavu, Koro Island and Naigani Island. The sites allow divers to admire many more fascinating corals, spot reef sharks, barracuda, whale sharks and eagle rays, and enjoy fast fish-filled drift dives.
The S/Y Fiji Siren offers spacious accommodation for 16 divers. The boat benefits from an indoor air-conditioned lounge, cocktail bar, outdoor dining area, spacious dive deck, an upper-level unshaded sun deck and air-conditioned en-suite cabins. For those looking to stay active when not in the water, divers can take advantage of kayaks available for customer use, the yacht boutique and massage service.
With discounts of up to £450 per person, the seven night Beyond the Bligh itinerary now costs from £1,765 per person, while the 10 night version currently costs from £2,431 per person. Both liveaboards include full board accommodation and refreshments, three to four boat dives per day, equipment, air/nitrox tanks and weights, based on two people sharing. Flights are not included but can be arranged through Regaldive.
Andreas Elia, Managing Director for Regaldive, commented: “We are very excited to be adding Fiji to our liveaboard collection. Fiji is well known for its beautiful corals and world-class drift diving, which is always a popular offering with our customers. Fiji offers drift dives for all levels of experience, with as much to see in the shallows as the deeper waters.”
For further information or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk or call +44 (0)1353 659999.
* Strictly limited availability. Valid for selected departures on S/Y Fiji Siren until 31 July 2014. Book by 30 April 2014.
How Scuba Diving can help you overcome physical and mental challenges
This International Disabilities Day (December 3 2022) PADI is reminding the world of the healing aspects that the ocean (or any body of water) can provide us all and how important of a modality it is for helping those with physical or mental challenges improve their wellbeing. From simply being within close proximity of it or diving beneath the salty surface for an underwater adventure, the ocean is also healing.
Regardless of your age, ability, or even limitations, the ocean can benefit us physically, emotionally and even spiritually. This is why PADI is on a mission to make those benefits accessible to all, launching their Adaptive Techniques Diving Course in the hopes that all of humanity can experience the full transformational power the ocean offers us.
While many are more familiar with traditional therapies, whether it be diving, mermaiding or freediving, people around the world have been forever changed by connecting with the water – conquering mental or physical perceived limitations.
There are an estimated one billion people on the planet that have a physical and/or mental disability – imagine the power that diving and immersion can have on this population if awarded the opportunity.
PADI’s history is replete with people whose lives have been transformed by connecting with the water because they were able to experience and explore the underwater world through PADI programme and certifications. PADI’s approach to diver education has always been inclusive and is a key pillar to their Pillars of Change. Everyone who meets prerequisites is welcome to join the global community of 29 million+ certified PADI Divers.
PADI created two courses that focus on increasing awareness of varying diver abilities and exploring adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training and diving with physically and mentally challenged divers: the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver course.
These courses further expand Instructors’ and Divemasters’ abilities to be student-centered and prescriptive in approach when adapting techniques to meet diver needs. Here are the various ways PADI helps those with disabilities overcome all their challenges by connecting them with water:
1. Improved Muscular Movement, Light Sensitivity and PTSD Symptoms
A 2011 study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found, “veterans with spinal cord injuries who underwent a four-day scuba diving certification saw significant improvement in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to light touch and pinprick on the legs, and large reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.”
2. Lifts Your Mental State and Mood
Did you know that the ocean air can literally lift your mood? “The sound and vision of the ocean lift our mood,” says consultant psychiatrist Dr Arghya Sarkhel. “The touch of sand and the smell of a seaside breeze leads to relaxation. On a biological level, this audio-visual stimulus incites our parasympathetic nervous system—that activates ‘rest and digest’, as opposed to ‘fight or flight’,” he says. Now scientists are quantifying the positive cognitive and physical effects of water and the improved sense of physical health and well-being.
Equally diving into the therapeutic benefits that diving can provide is Jeffery Puncher, Director for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottowa. He is currently developing a virtual reality diving programme to help his patients find relief from stress and anxiety–using calming scenes of coral reefs and the swaying seas along with the soothing sounds of bubbles beneath the surface. This programme is currently being used with medical students, residents and faculty, with the goal of growing it to be adopted nationwide to help also support the psychological health of first responders.
3. Provides You with a Sense of Peace
Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, has done extensive research on the ocean’s unique ability to induce a state of what he calls the “Blue Mind” in human beings. Blue Mind is a mildly meditative state characterized by calmness, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment. Nichols states that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and heal us on a deep level.
4. Enhanced Physical Movement
Being in the water allows you the opportunity to experience a feeling of flexibility and freedom that those with disabilities would rarely get to experience on land. This is because on land the muscles become restricted by the force of gravity. But in the water, that sensation drifts away and is replaced by the freedom to feel the freedom of movement.
5. Confidence and Control
The freedom of enhanced physical movement in the water also provides a sense of increased confidence and control. They can explore beneath the surface just like able-bodied people can do, which equally increases their own self-belief and feelings of empowerment.
6. Anxiety Relief
Those with disabilities who equally suffer from anxiety can find tranquility beneath the surface. By having to focus on your breath and being in the moment, all of the mental stress that can come with having a disability is no longer top of mind and instead allows for an escape in which you can truly enjoy the moment.
Find out more at www.padi.com
Scubapro Winter Promo: free gift!
Divers can look forward to the cold-water season this winter, as SCUBAPRO is offering a free K2 Light undersuit set (top & pants) to all scuba enthusiasts who purchase an EVERDRY 4.0 neoprene dry suit by 15 January.
The EVERDRY 4.0 is a high-quality dry suit made from compressed neoprene. It combines the slim fit, comfort and flexibility of a wetsuit with the warmth and tightness of a dry suit.
The K2 Light Set is the ideal undergarment for neoprene dry suits. Its light grid plush material reliably holds the warmth where you need it in cold waters. The Everdry’s elastic wrist loops and heel strap suspenders keep sleeves and pants in place under the suit. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.
A combination that turns your cold-water lake into a hotspot!
For more information visit the Scubapro website.
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