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Scubapro_CaresLogoOne of the World’s leading scuba diving equipment manufacturers, Scubapro, have released a statement regarding their commitment to the marine environment:

For over 50 years, SCUBAPRO has been committed to protecting the oceans. From manufacturing processes and materials to reusable packaging to sponsoring conservation efforts, we at SCUBAPRO believe we have a strong responsibility to the very environments we love to explore.

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS

We encourage new and seasoned divers to not just dive in, but to experience, discover and protect the oceans. And we lead by example. SCUBAPRO was first in diving in 2012 to introduce X-Foam blend neoprene as part of our ongoing effort to better protect divers. This year, SCUBAPRO is the first to introduce solvent-free glue. We’ve tested it for over 400 hours – and we know it is better for you – and better for the environment. We’ve got some exciting products launching in upcoming months as well.

BUILDING AN OCEAN ETHOS

For over fifty years, we have a long history of supporting efforts of organisations like Sharkproject, SOS Seaturtles, Yaqu Pacha, Mission Blue, Galapagos National Parks, Shark Angels, Conservation International, WWF, Antinea Foundation, San Diego Oceans Foundation, REEF, and the National Marine Life Center, among others. SCUBAPRO believes in building bridges not walls – and working together to take on the biggest issues facing the oceans, while encouraging every diver to be conservation minded.

REUSABLE PACKAGING

We’re taking a deep dive on how we package things – and moving towards reducing our footprint. We believe the best packaging is not just using recycled materials, but rather, is actually reusable so you’ll keep it for years to come. For years, we’ve delivered a lot of products in reusable bags – which our divers have come to love. Many of our dive computers are also delivered in cases our divers use again and again. We’re continuing the focus on this area, from recycled materials to reusable packaging to reduced printing.

REGIONAL EFFORTS & OUR TEAM

At SCUBAPRO, we are avid divers who don’t just make the best dive equipment – we use it. And we personally recognize our responsibility to preserve and protect the very thing that our products allow divers to explore – the oceans. Many of our team members are involved in local efforts to protect the oceans and threatened species. The list of efforts is long and impressive and that starts at the top. Not only did Sylvia Earle sit on our board for many years, our president is on the advisory board of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Sanctuaries, and our director of marketing founded Shark Angels. The list goes on and on. Our regional offices regularly conduct beach cleanups, donation drives and contribute locally as well. We also want to get as many people in the water as possible, and contribute to many efforts – from underprivileged kids to war-wounded. We believe the more people who experience diving, the more people who want to advocate for the protection of this planet’s largest, and most important, ecosystem.

OUR AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

We are committed to being vigilant and aware of ocean issues now and in the future. Our Deep Elite Ambassadors include such conservation visionaries as Sylvia Earle, WYLAND, Howard and Michele Hall, Stan Waterman, Kurt Amsler and Dr. Erich Ritter. These individuals have supported SCUBAPRO for decades, and in return SCUBAPRO has supported them.

For more information on Scupro’s products, visit www.scubapro.com.

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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