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.
Save the Manatee Club launches brand new webcams at Silver Springs State Park, Florida
Save the Manatee® Club has launched a brand-new set of underwater and above-water webcams at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, FL. These new cameras add to our existing cameras at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida, and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in Homosassa, Florida, which are viewed by millions of people worldwide. The cameras are a collaboration between Save the Manatee Club, Explore.org, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, who made the new live streaming collaboration possible via support of their interpretative program.
The above-water camera is a stationary pan/tilt/zoom camera that will show manatees and other wildlife from above water, while the new underwater camera provides the viewer with a brand new, exciting 180-degree viewing experience. Viewers can move the cameras around, trying to spot various fish and manatees.
The Silver River, which originates at Silver Springs, provides important habitat for manatees and many other species of wildlife. Over recent years, more manatees have been seen utilizing the Silver and Ocklawaha rivers. “The webcams provide a wonderful entertainment and educational tool to the general public, but they also help us with the manatee research,” says Patrick Rose, Executive Director of Save the Manatee Club. “We have learned so much through observing manatees on our existing webcams, and the new cameras at Silver Spring can add to the existing manatee photo-ID research conducted in this area, as well as highlighting Silver Springs and the Silver River as an important natural habitat for manatees.”
The webcams are streaming live during the daytime, with highlights playing at night, and can be viewed on Explore.org and on Save the Manatee Club’s website at ManaTV.org.
Save the Manatee Club, established in 1981 by the late renowned singer-songwriter, author, and entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett, along with former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, is dedicated to safeguarding manatees and preserving their aquatic habitat. For more information about manatees and the Club’s efforts, visit savethemanatee.org or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).
Dive Worldwide introduces three new resorts ahead of Go Diving Show
Ahead of Go Diving (2-3 March, Stoneleigh Park), the leading scuba diving exhibition that marks the start of the dive season, Dive Worldwide has introduced three new resorts, each one set in a world class diving location. Among them is Coral Eye Resort in Indonesia, an eco-friendly island retreat with a welcoming community vibe where like-minded people get excited about the marine world and all its wonders.
Dive Worldwide has the largest programme in the UK of tailor-made and small group liveaboard and resort-based diving holidays to over 200 destinations worldwide, catering for beginners and experienced divers alike.
Founded as an outpost for marine studies, Coral Eye is a boutique resort on Bangka Island, east of Sumatra, which has been transformed into a diver’s paradise. Today Coral Eye, set in the heart of the Coral Triangle, attracts a community of visitors who share a passion for the sea. Its eco-friendly villas are designed to blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings.
From Coral Eye and the Coral Eye Dive Centre, it is possible to discover more than 30 world-class dive sites– each within 40 minutes of the beachfront dive centre – along with the fascinating volcanic topography and varied marine life around Bangka Island in North Sulawesi. From the beautiful house reef to steep coral-covered pinnacles, charming critters, turtles, and abundant reef fish, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Dives, up to four per day, are guided in groups of four by local guides with a wealth of experience and keen eyes.
Price: 9 nights at Coral Eye Resort from £2,775pp based on 2 sharing including Full board, transfer, 10 dives, tanks and weights
This resort is an oceanfront haven where luxury meets adventure. Against a backdrop of lush greenery and a white sand coast in Playa del Carmen, The Fives Beach Hotel’s location in Riviera Maya provides access to a plethora of renowned dive sites, including the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and the world-famous Cenotes. Within the resort is The Fives Dive Centre with its range of SSI courses, from beginner to advanced. Guests can dive with eagle rays and look for a splendid toadfish in Cozumel. Puerto Morelos has such a cool vibe above the water, but below the surface the National Park is also the best the Caribbean has to offer.
With a diverse range of accommodation, choose from stylish rooms with balconies to vibrant suites and oceanfront residences providing more privacy and a panorama of the Caribbean Sea. Beyond diving, guests can indulge in the hotel’s array of restaurants, relax with a cocktail by one of the hotel’s seven outdoor pools, explore the vibrant local culture at the nearby Mayan ruins or enjoy the hotel’s numerous cultural offerings.
Price: 7 nights at The Fives Beach Hotel and Residences costs from £3,145pp based on 2 sharing, all inclusive, including 8 ocean dives and 2 cenotes dives, tanks, weights and transfers
Located in Puerto Aventuras, these stylish marina and lagoon view apartments, each with tasteful Caribbean interiors, are the perfect location for an ocean and Cenotes diving adventure. The 19 marina apartments offer views over the marina, while eight luxury lagoon apartments overlook a private bay in the lagoon and benefit from a small private beach and a swimming pool.
Diving the magical caves and passages of the world-famous Cenotes in Mexico is conducted with Maya Blue Dive Centre while ocean dives are provided through a local dive centre. The Mesoamerican reef system along the Riviera Maya is home to colourful coral gardens and marine life aplenty, providing an exciting and varied week of diving experiences including plenty of hawksbill turtle encounters. Travel between June and September and add in a snorkelling trip to see the incredible gathering of whale sharks around Holbox Island or Isla Mujeres.
For further information visit Dive Worldwide (diveworldwide.com, 01962 302087).
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