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Scubaverse Christmas Gift Guide

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Struggling to find the perfect gift for that special scuba diver in your life? Look no further, Team Scubaverse have searched far and wide to bring you this season’s must have Christmas gifts!

blue-orb-logoBlue Orb Ammonite System Torches

£100 – £200

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Ammonite System torches are revered the world over. Every part of their design is carefully thought through from the tactile feel of the body to the ’no-switch’ functionality of turning each torch on and off.

The heads are finely machined aluminium with a multiple o-ring sealing system and the machined delrin body fits with the smoothest of actions. A simple twist on/twist off action means that, regardless of depth, the action remains consistently smooth and easy to operate.

The Ammonite System handheld torches give outputs ranging from 260 lumens to 1000 lumens and and give the perfect burn time for the function they are designed for, either as a backup torch, primary torch or a handheld travel torch, operating for up to 7 hours without the need to charge or replace the batteries. With a 200m depth rating, the  torches are designed to support the most experienced of divers or allow new divers the opportunity to purchase a piece of equipment that will remain in your dive bag for years to come, regardless of where you decide to take your diving.

The old adage of ‘buy right, buy once’ has never been more appropriate than it is in the case of these high quality torches. Spoil yourself, or someone you love this Christmas and give them something that will last forever.

Email: info@blue-orb.uk

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blue-o-two-logoBlue O Two Gift Voucher

£20, £50, £100 and £250

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This Christmas, why not treat a very lucky someone to a blue o two gift voucher?

Inspire a scuba diving enthusiast to explore beneath the crystal blue surface and dive amongst a variety of marine life worldwide with blue o two! Available to purchase in the following denominations: £20, £50, £100 and £250.

To avoid disappointment and to receive your voucher before Christmas, place your order by emailing divingholidays@blueotwo.com before Friday 16th December 2016.

Blue o two gift vouchers can be redeemed against any direct blue o two booking and on board any of our Egyptian Red Sea vessels. In the event of the value of the voucher exceeding the value of the purchase, you will be credited with the balance to the nearest £10. Any balance less than £10 will be forfeited.

Email: divingholidays@blueotwo.com

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exposure-logoExposure Marine: Exposure Capture

£119.95

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The Perfect Christmas if you film on the go on terra firma or underwater.

The Capture is the World’s first LED light to integrate the amazing properties of Graphene, an ultra-light, immensely strong material, which enables the traditional aluminium housing to be replaced with the lighter moulded compound. The Capture weighs just 69 grams including the battery whilst blasting a powerful 600 lumens for 35 minutes on max output.

Designed to mount perfectly beside a GoPro, with a light weight, high strength Aluminium bracket, you can continue to use your GoPro at night with barely any increase in size or weight. By utilising the Hero 4 batteries, the Capture can continue running indefinitely alongside your filming.

The Captures versatility is enhanced user adjustable wide and spot beams suitable for all filming and extreme sports. Simply clip on and click through the lighting modes.

Email: info@expmarine.co.uk

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divesangha-logoDivesangha 

Calypso Sun & Water Rash Guard, Men’s & Women’s

£48.00

Calypso Water Shorts, Men’s & Women’s

£40.00 (M) £27.00 (W) 

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Divesangha decided to re-invent the classic rash guard, now featuring the most eco-friendly swimwear material made out of ECONYL®, 100% regenerated nylon yarn.

It’s soft and stretchy, tested for sea and pool water, with 50+ UV protection, quick dry and equipped with the original HungDry hanging system.

The ECONYL® nylon yarn comes from recycled fishing nets and other waste products, making the perfect choice for ocean lovers. This rash guard is easy to get in and get out of thanks to a full length zip, it features thumb holes built into the cuffs to protect your hands and a hood to protect your neck and head/hair.

Wear it in and out of the water, on its own or under your wetsuit, whenever you need protection. Wear it with Divesangha’s Calypso Water shorts to create an ideal combination for all water sports.

https://divesangha.com/collections/men-divewear/products/calypso-rash-guard-m
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Email: contact@divesangha.com

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enjay-logoEnjay Marine Logbook

£6.95 and £13.95

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Enjay Marine Blue Logbooks are back again – and Better than Before…

Thanks to our thousands of diving supporters over the years – with an apology for recent shortages of our 200-page Logbooks.

We now have a new printing company, we’ve revised (slightly), your favourite logbook layout and – most importantly – we now sell direct to divers, online.

We were proud to receive an overwhelmingly positive response at our return to the NEC and look forward to seeing old and new customers at LIDS 2017.

For those of you who prefer the standard 3-ring Binder format, we still have our 100-page, 3-hole punched, A5 Page-Packs, at only £6.95 Inc. p&p.

Our popular 200-page Softback Diving Logbooks make Perfect Presents for the diver in Your life – at only £13.95 including p&p…

…And for divers hoping to see our Hardback Logbooks on sale again, we plan to print these in 2017 – if we can keep the price under £20…

For more news and Online Purchases, go to www.enjaymarine.com

Email: sales@enjaymarine.com

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othree-logoO’Three Hoodie

£44.95

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Great for keeping warm on the boat or down the pub our stylish heavyweight hoodie is the perfect addition to your kit. Would make a great present for that Diver in your life, even if that Diver is you.

Grey or Navy Blue.
Drysuit design rear screen print with quality embroidered O’Three logo on chest.
80% ringspun combed cotton/20% polyester.

– Drop shoulder style.
– Soft cotton faced fabric.
– Double fabric hood with heather grey waffle fabric inner.
– Chunky white flat lace drawcord.
– Side pocket with small hidden opening for ear phone cord feed.
– Hidden ear phone loops.
– Deep ribbed cuffs and hem.
– Overlock stitching detail.

Email: info@othree.co.uk

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othree-logoO’Three Beanie

£12.95

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Keep in the heat with style. Ideal to wear on the boat before and after your dive, stylish enough to keep your head warm anytime.

– Quality embroidered O’Three Logo in Orange and White
– Mottled Grey colour
– One size fits all
– 100% Acrylic

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFER

Buy an O’Three Hoodie and get this this Beanie for FREE

Thinking about a fun Christmas present for that Diver in your life or just fancy some warm gear that tells everyone you’ve ‘Come in from the Cold’.

We have you covered with our great new O’Three Hoodies, and as a special Christmas treat we are giving you one of our cosy Beanies for FREE with every Hoodie order before the end of December this year.

Just add a Hoodie to your basket in our online shop and use the coupon code FREEHAT when you checkout – we will automatically add your FREE O’Three Beanie.

Email: info@othree.co.uk

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truli-logoTruli Wetsuits

299 CAD (Approx £177.00)

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Treat yourself or your favourite female dive buddy on Christmas to this Truli special 3.5mm sleeveless wetsuit shorty that is lined with fleece to keep your core warm.  

The Truli-Mi wetsuit, designed for scuba diving, is built to endure salt water, wind, and even chlorine with high quality craftmanship featuring blindstitched waterproof seams, slight v-neck and front zipper.  The super stretchy Ultraspan neoprene forms to your figure the more you wear it and the Glideskin over the chest and back protect you from the elements on your surface interval.  At about a kilogram this is an easy addition to your dive kit.

Never before has a wetsuit been more true to the divers who wear them.  Truli. Sexy. You.  Truli Wetsuits for women.
Available in Pot of Gold Yellow, Fireball Orange, and Into the Blue Blue XS, S, M, L, XL

Keep your eyes out for the Truli-Mi in Pashy Passion Pink and the Truli-Capri in Harmony as well as size XXL in Spring 2017.

299 CAD (currency converter available at www.TruliWetsuits.com)

Email: info@truliwetsuits.com

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exposure-logoExposure Marine: Exposure XS100

£64.95

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The XS100 is a great little stocking filler, blasting out 150 lumens from a compact aluminium body. 

Designed with tough features for easy grip when wet and engineered to survive in the toughest environments on land, water or below the water.

The XS100 is easy to transport so you can ensure it goes with you everywhere from your key ring to your next cave dive. Compatible with mounts for easy attachment onto wrist, existing lights, BCD or mask. You can also add it to head band to make a powerful light weight head torch, suitable for off road running.

Supplied with a USB charger and 2 x rechargeable batteries means no more running costs or being left with no battery after 1 dive.

Email: info@expmarine.co.uk

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Have a very Merry Christmas everybody!

Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Mares EOS LRZ Torch Range

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What does LRZ stand for I hear you ask? The answer is: LED lights, Rechargeable, Zoomable. Mares have created a versatile set of seven underwater lights in the new range to suit all needs and budgets.

I tested the most powerful of them – the EOS 32LRZ at Capernwray on a cold but bright spring day. I was diving with Alex Mustard, and so all the underwater images are by him, showing me trying out the torch in both the shallows and in some of the wrecks at this site.

All the torches in the new line have an LED visual battery charge indicator that allows you to keep the battery level under control.

Want to use it out of the water? No problem! The new EOS LRZ torches feature an innovative temperature control system that allows you to use them both underwater and on land. I can see myself using this on gloomy dog walks later in the year!

As you can see from the video I filmed just after getting back from a dive, the torch is easy to use, even with thick gloves in cold water. The zoomable light beam means that you can highlight a particular spot, or have a wide beam, which is great for both modeling for a photographer, and exploring different underwater environments.

The EOS 32LRZ has a powerful beam with 3200 lumens of power and 135 minutes of burn time. Perfect for some of the darker dives you can experience in the UK, but also for exploring overhead or enclosed environments. I easily got 2 long dives out of a single charge, and then was able to recharge it in my car using a USB cable on the way home, ready for the next day of diving.

The look and feel of these torches are great. In your hand you can feel the quality of the torches. They are solid and well built. They also look great. Each torch in the range comes with a padded case to keep them safe during transport.

For more, visit the Mares website by clicking here.

All underwater images by Alex Mustard

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Reef-World launches Green Fins Japan!

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The Reef-World Foundation, the Onna Village Diving Association, the local government, and Oceana are delighted to announce that Japan is now the 14th country globally to implement the Green Fins initiative – a UN Environment Programme initiative. Onna Village in Okinawa is the first Japanese tourist destination to adopt Green Fins environmental standards to reduce the threats associated with diving and snorkelling on the marine environment.

Green Fins is piloted in Onna Village, Okinawa prefecture, an area renowned for its marine sports and has been working to protect its reefs for many years. Green Fins is implemented as part of the national Sustainable Development Goals project, which aims to manage and illustrate to the local industry how sustainable tourism can play a role in reef conservation. The economic benefits of the reefs benefit not only the fisheries industry but also the tourism industry as it has rocketed in recent decades.

If the project is successful – proving the value of sustainable tourism – the model has the potential to be escalated to a national level. A wide rollout would allow Reef-World to focus on uptake and expansion into other marine tourism and biodiversity hotspots across Japan. Green Fins implementation in Japan would provide practical solutions to many of the common problems faced in the area. It would also help to promote high standards for diving in the country. Improving the quality of the diving industry through Green Fins would demonstrate the added value of Onna Village’s tourism product. This, in turn, will encourage tourists to spend more time and money diving in the region.

Following a week of training by Reef-World (23 to 28 May 2022), Japan now has a national Green Fins team comprised of four fully certified Green Fins Assessors and two Green Fins Coordinators from Oceana and the local government. They will be responsible for recruiting, assessing, training and certifying dive and snorkel operators to become Green Fins members in the country. This involves providing training about the ecology and threats to coral reefs, simple and local everyday solutions to these threats and Green Fins’ environmental standards to dive and snorkel operators. Green Fins membership will help marine tourism operators improve their sustainability and prove they are working hard to follow environmental best practices as a way of attracting eco-minded tourists.

James Harvey, Director at The Reef-World Foundation, said: “We are really excited to finally introduce Green Fins in Japan. We have been planning this for almost three years, but the travel restrictions related to the pandemic hindered progress. The diving industry in Okinawa and the marine life upon which it has been built is so unique, it must be preserved for generations to come. The Okinawa diving community is very passionate about protecting their marine environment, and Green Fins has given them an opportunity to collectively work to reduce their environmental impact and pursue exemplary environmental standards.”

Diving and snorkelling related damage to sensitive marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, is becoming an increasingly significant issue. This damage makes them less likely to survive other local and wider stressors, such as overfishing or plastic debris and the effects of climate change. Based on robust individual assessments, the Green Fins initiative helps identify and mitigate these risks by providing environmental consultation and support to dive and snorkel operators. Through Green Fins implementation in Japan, Reef-World aims to reduce negative environmental impacts in the region by reaching 10 marine tourism operators, training 50 dive guides and raising awareness of sustainability best practices among 10,000 tourists in the first year.

Yuta Kawamoto, CEO of Oceana, said: “Green Fins will help to unify all the conservation efforts in Okinawa by applying the guidelines in many areas and raising tourists awareness. We hope this will increase the sustainable value in the diving industry and in turn increase the diving standards in the country.”

Green Fins is a UN Environment Programme initiative, internationally coordinated by The Reef-World Foundation, which aims to protect and conserve coral reefs through environmentally friendly guidelines to promote a sustainable diving and snorkelling tourism industry. Green Fins provides the only internationally recognised environmental standards for the diving and snorkelling industry and has a robust assessment system to measure compliance.

To date, four dive operators in Onna Village have joined the global network of 600+ trained and assessed Green Fins members. These are: Benthos Divers, Okinawa Diving Center, Arch Angel and Pink Marlin Club. There has also been significant interest from other operators, even those that are not located in Onna Village, for Green Fins training and assessment.

Suika Tsumita from Oceana said: “Green Fins serve as an important tool for local diving communities to move towards a more sustainable use of their dive sites; so that they can maintain their scenic beauty and biological richness to provide livelihoods for many generations to come.”

For more information, please visit www.reef-world.org or  www.greenfins.net/countries/japan. Dive and snorkel operators interested in signing up for Green Fins can find the membership application form at: www.greenfins.net/how-to-join.

Dive and snorkel operators in Japan interested in signing up to be Green Fins members can contact the Green Fins Japan team at japan@greenfins.net.

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