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Simon Pridmore releases new book aimed at Scuba Professionals (and those who aspire to become one)

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simon bookScubaverse contributor Simon Pridmore, who over the last three decades has worked in scuba diving as a guide, divemaster, instructor, instructor trainer and instructor trainer-trainer, has released a new book, ‘Scuba Professional: Insights into Sport Diver Training & Operations’.

Scuba Professional is the perfect follow up to Simon Pridmore’s first book, Scuba Confidential – An Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Better Diver. Whereas Scuba Confidential focused on how to scuba dive, Scuba Professional looks at how diving is taught and how dive operations are conducted.

Scuba Professional is an excellent source of out-of-the-box ideas and independent, objective advice for instructors and dive operators. It is also an indispensable guide for those aspiring to become dive professionals with chapters such as “Do You Have What It Takes?” and “Which Training Agency?” In short, this is everything you wanted to know about working in scuba diving but never dared to ask.

Although primarily aimed at those who make a
living from recreational diving, principally instructors, Scuba Professional also offers a fascinating insight into the business side of the sport that all divers will appreciate. Everyone who takes more than a passing interest in scuba diving will be fascinated by the topics addressed and the insights offered. From a dive safety point of view, Simon looks at the bigger picture and sets out something of a framework for developing the safety culture within our sport. He also examines the present state of the industry and analyses recent trends with a view to the future.

Simon was one of the pioneers of technical diving in Asia and has owned a dive centre, run two regional diver training agency franchises and has been international sales manager for a dive computer and rebreather manufacturer. He is the author of Scuba Confidential – An Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Better Diver, has written articles for a host of dive magazines, spoken about diving at conferences on four continents and organised dive tours all over the world. He currently lives in Bali, Indonesia.

Scuba Professional is now available worldwide via Amazon in paperback and e-book versions. Buy it here.

Paperback 304 pages

Kindle Edition File Size: 610 KB

Published by Sandsmedia / Createspace

Sold by: Amazon Worldwide

Language: English

ASIN: B011WTXVD0

ISBN-10: 1507621078 ISBN-13: 978-1507621073

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Mares & SSI launch new promotion

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SSI expands financial support to SSI Members worldwide. 

2020 has been an unusual and challenging year for the entire world, especially the diving and travel industry!  To weather the crisis, SSI immediately jumped into action to help Training Centers and Professionals around the world.  

In response to COVID-19, SSI launched the No Water, No Problem Campaign, put Final Exams online, and held hundreds of Webinars to train Professionals on how to use distance learning to teach the dry Specialties online. The FREE SCIENCE OF DIVING promotion resulted in SSI Training Centers worldwide register over 50,000 FREE DIGITAL KITS, funding more than $3.5 MILLION IN RETAIL VALUE. Additionally, SSI introduced an aggressive DOUBLE PRO REWARDS incentive to help SSI Professionals compensate 2020 Renewal Fees and reduce those for 2021. Currently, the WE WANT YOU Crossover promotion aims to fill the industry need for instructors and strengthen the entire SSI Professional community.

Now, in conjunction with Mares, SSI is launching the GO DIVING – PROTECT YOURSELF. OWN EQUIPMENT Promotion, which includes a FREE SSI EQUIPMENT TECHNIQUES DIGITAL KIT. This new campaign strives to motivate divers worldwide to go diving and buy equipment. Look for more information on this next retail support campaign within the next few days.

“These are just a few examples of how we have supported and are continuing to support our Training Centers, Professionals, and divers worldwide. To provide even more economic security and help in business recovery, WE WILL NOT INCREASE PRICES FOR 2021. While travel was restricted and some key resort areas completely locked down, SSI mainly focused on supporting domestic markets with retail-driven incentives. Now, in this next re-opening phase, we need to shift gear and assist resort markets that have no local diving community and are 100% dependent on the traveling diver. Therefore, SSI will grant certain special conditions and delayed payment options to specific resort markets which have been locked down for longer than six months or suffered from closed borders,” stated Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO.

Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO, explains further, “To financially support these needed investments which directly benefit SSI Members and to protect the health of our valuable members and staff, we will forego all 2021 Trade Shows over the next 12 months. Despite international uncertainty, every time we experience one of these events, the entire SSI Network emerges stronger and more resilient. Be assured, SSI is your trustful partner within the Diving Industry!”

For more information about SSI visit their website by clicking here.

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Photo Gallery: Shark Diving in The Bahamas

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In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they look at Shark Diving in The Bahamas.


The Bahamas offers some of the very finest shark diving experiences in the world. The islands have protected sharks in their waters creating one of the first Shark Sanctuaries in the world. Several species of shark can be seen and photographed, with each island offering a different type of shark diving, making this destination the perfect place for a multi-island, multi-shark trip of a lifetime.

Great Hammerhead Shark diving in Bimini

Bull Sharks in Bimini

Tiger Shark off Grand Bahama

Oceanic Whitetip Shark off Cat Island

Nurse Shark off Abaco

Caribbean Reef Sharks off New Providence

Lemon Sharks off Grand Bahama

For more images from The Bahamas and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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