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Santi & Halcyon Form Global Alliance

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Dive Equipment manufacturers Halcyon and Santi have formed a new coalition that they state “will bring discerning divers and dive business owners a unique combination of premier dive equipment for those divers seeking the very best.”

Here is the official press release:

Dive to the Future

Owners of Halcyon Dive Systems and Santi Diving Equipment are pleased to announce their new relationship which promises to be a powerful association for two of the dive industry’s most innovative brands. Working together, Santi and Halcyon will bring discerning divers and dive business owners a unique combination of premier dive equipment for those divers seeking the very best. The coalition will provide new, collaborative research and development initiatives that will enable divers to extend their limits even more. Tested in the farthest reaches of our underwater world, Halcyon and Santi products continue to be the first choice of explorers, adventurers and serious divers who need their equipment to be well designed and dependable.

The enterprise, scheduled to launch April 2014 has already sparked creative new marketing strategies. By merging the companies’ sales structure in selected countries, including USA and Russia, customers will enjoy great access to premier brands with the additional benefit of having a local expert capable of supporting all of their needs in a timely and cost effective manner. Excellent customer service and a wide selection of Santi and Halcyon products will soon be available to a greater number of divers than anytime previously…truly a winning combination. Both Jarrod Jablonski and Tomek Stachura – owners of the Companies and world renowneddivers, together with their partners have created highly specialized companies to help them achieve their ambitious underwater objectives and satisfy the requirements of the most demanding divers. Now after years of successfully serving this challenging market segment independently, Halcyon and Santi will join forces to bring even greater value through innovation and service to the dive industry.These are exciting times and the new Santi/Halcyon relationship is on target to make a big impact with this first step in what promises to be a strong partnership for many years.

When asked why Santi and why now, Jarrod said, “The dive industry continues to evolve as does our global passion to explore the far reaches of the underwater world. In order to fulfill our ambitious exploration goals and remain a leader in the innovation of equipment design we decided to build a synergistic relationship with another quality focused dive company. I have known Tomek for many years and was pleased to have him join our team on the now famous Mars Project in Sweden. After just a few conversations it became apparent that Tomek and Santi share my vision for the future of diving and will make ideal partners as we move forward with new products and diving projects around the world.” On the other side of the globe the same question was asked of Tomek, why Halcyon and why now and his answer was quite similar: “Over the last few years, the Santi brand has become a world leader in providing innovative solutions and products to appreciative divers all over the world.We recognize Halcyon equipment as the natural partner on our path towards continued growth and success. Obviously, we also followed all their amazing projects and have enjoyed working with them on recent projects. They are also known to be innovators with excellent quality products so it was only natural that we would be interested to join forces. Santi has achieved great success with the technical diving marketplace and continues to be well respected by many famous divers. Now joining with Halcyon we can expand our brand even further and offer a complete gear setup that we know is the best in the market. We are excited about our new relationship and look forward to working closely together. Look for Halcyon and Santi together at the Beneath the Sea Show in New Jersey, USA and the Dive Resort and Travel show in Shanghai, China over the March 28-30 weekend.

Marine Life & Conservation

The Big Shark Pledge: Shark Trust’s new campaign kicks off with a call for support

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With the ink still drying on last week’s landmark listing of nearly 100 species of sharks on Appendix II of CITES, the Shark Trust insists that this is not the time for shark conservation to take a break. The UK-based NGO this week launches its biggest-ever concerted campaign to tackle the overfishing of oceanic sharks. They are calling on people across the world to join the call for stricter controls on high seas fisheries.

The Big Shark Pledge is at the heart of an ambitious set of campaign actions. Working to secure science-based catch limits on all sharks and rays affected by the international high seas fishing fleet. The pledge will build the largest campaigning community in shark and ray conservation history to support a raft of policy actions over the vital years ahead.

Many of our best known and much-loved sharks make their home on the high seas. In our shared ocean, these oceanic sharks and rays face a very real threat from a huge international fleet of industrial-scale fishing vessels. Research published in early 2021 confirmed that over three-quarters of oceanic sharks and rays are now at risk of extinction due to the destructive impact of overfishing. They have declined by 71% over the last 50 years.

The Shark Trust is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and has a long history of securing positive changes for sharks, skates and rays. The Big Shark Pledge will build on the success of their NoLimits? campaign which underpinned landmark catch limits on Blue Sharks and Shortfin Mako in the North Atlantic.

While the listing of so many species on the CITES trade agreement is certainly a positive step, there remains a huge challenge in ensuring that sustainable practices are embedded in international fisheries.” says Shark Trust Director of conservation, Ali Hood. “Sharks on the high seas face extraordinary pressure from excessive fishing practices. This has to be addressed through international agreements such as those secured for Blues and makos.”

There is hope and a feeling of momentum in the shark conservation community. Just last week, in addition to the new CITES listings, the Shark Trust, working with partners in the Shark League, secured the first-ever international quota for South Atlantic Mako at ICCAT meeting in Portugal. The new campaign from the Shark Trust aims to push forwards from here, engaging a wave of support through the Big Shark Pledge to bolster policy action.

This will be a long-term international and collaborative effort. Forging a pathway to rebuild populations of high-seas sharks and rays. By putting science at the heart of shark conservation and fisheries management. And making the vital changes needed to set populations on the road to recovery.

Shark Trust CEO Paul Cox says of the Big Shark Pledge “It’s designed to give everyone who cares about the future of sharks the chance to add their voice to effective and proven conservation action. By adding their name to the Pledge, supporters will be given opportunities to apply pressure at key moments to influence change.

Click here to sign the Big Shark Pledge

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Jeff chats to… Craig Waller, Underwater Lighting Technician on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Craig Waller, Underwater Lighting Technician on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Craig is a Key Grip and Lighting Director with 10,000s of hours of Set Experience.

In Craig’s own words:

I started my career when I was in my first year of college.  I always had that creative side of the brain that needed to be followed as a career.  I thought that would be in designing engineering pieces but wasn’t happy about the idea of an office cubicle and drafting table.

I accidentally found my way onto a big commercial job for a week and decided “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO”.   I made it my career after that. This is a quick list of recent and big projects in my 35 yrs of TV / Film / Photography.

Most Recently:

  • “Black Panther 2” – UW Lighting Technician / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
  • “Stranger Things” Season 4 – UW Lighting Technician / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
  • “Suicide Squad 2” – UW Gaffer / 2nd Unit Underwater Team
  • NASCAR / FOX Sports 1 – Network TV Lighting Director – 7 years / 700 races of Live BIG track TV shows
  • 10,000s of commercials / music videos / tv shows

I started diving when I was 18 years old with my OW and then AOW with PADI. I was diving with lots of friends in the late 80s and early 90s and then moved onto Kayaking. I got my daughter into diving when she turned 14 and have picked up where I left off.

I have approx 5000 dives now and spend most of my free time diving.

Here are my certs:

  • OW – AOW 1989
  • Adv Nitrox / Deco 2020
  • Cavern – Intro Cave 2021
  • CCR Tech – Fathom – 2021

You can find out more at www.craigwaller.com


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

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