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SSI announces 2020 Master Diver Challenge Winner!

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Each year, the culmination of the SSI Master Diver Challenge is always the Grand Prize drawing. This year’s winner for the 2020 Master Diver Challenge is Jordan Suits from Mermet Springs in Belknap, Illinois. As the Grand Prize winner, Jordan will enjoy a 7-night Liveaboard Dive Vacation for two aboard the Roatan Aggressor! The Roatan Aggressor is known for diving the best sites of the Bay Islands, Honduras.

“Congratulations to Jordan and Mermet Springs” states Jeff Saenger, SSI Director.  “Mermet Springs has been one of the most impressive and top producing SSI Master Diver centers in the country every year.  With the amount of Master Divers they produce each year, Glen and I would wonder if one of his Master Divers would be selected in this random drawing.”

“Are you serious?” stated Glen Faith, owner of Mermet Springs, after being told. “We have waited for years for this and it could not have been a more perfect person to win.  She and her husband learned to dive with us and are the nicest people you could ever meet. We are so excited for Jordan. We love creating Master Divers, and each year here at Mermet Springs, we celebrate our Master Divers by hosting a formal steak dinner in their honor. The steak dinner is served by the Mermet Springs Instructors and staff for a fun-filled evening celebrating this great accomplishment!”

Grand Prize winner Jordan Suits took the fast track to become a Master Diver, having earned her SSI Open Water Diver certification just over a year ago in 2019. Through her open water course, she discovered her love for diving and moved quickly to achieve the Master Diver rating! Mermet Springs loves utilizing the SSI Master Diver program to create life-long divers.

Jordan Suits is a school teacher, mother of three, and is in the process of completing her Master’s Degree; way to go, Jordan! As an avid diver, Jordan spends as much time as she can underwater with her husband Aaron, who just completed his Divemaster certification at Mermet Springs. Jordan and Aaron are the shining example of a happy and active dive family.

THERE IS ONE MORE PART TO THIS STORY!

Winning the Master Diver Challenge has extra meaning for this excited couple. After getting married, Jordan and Aaron never had the chance to go on a honeymoon. This trip will replace the honeymoon they never had! And what honeymoon could ever top doing what they love on one of the most beautiful reefs in the world aboard luxury accommodations? Congratulations, Jordan, and bon voyage!


Source: www.divenewswire.com

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Scubaverse UWP Winners Gallery: Christian Horras

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Each month we give the winner of the Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition the opportunity to show off a little more of their work in a gallery. The March winner was Christian Horras and you can see their winning image at the top of this page.


What do you love about diving & underwater photography?

For me it is all about showing the beauty of our world underwater to people that don’t dive and thus can’t see it for themselves. I want to share my own passion for the amazing ecosystem that is so much older than everything we know living on land. As I am from Germany, there are only a few people in my surroundings that have ever seen a coral reef or a shark with their own eyes. It is a big privilege to be able to go diving all over the world and in return it should be our task to arise awareness of this fragile and endangered ecosystem.

What equipment do you use?

I use a Nikon D810 in a Isotta Housing and various lenses, depending on the subject: a Sigma 15mm F2.8 Fisheye, a Nikon 16-35 mm F4 and two Nikon Macro lenses (60mm and 105mm), as well as a WeeFine +13 Diopter. The Fisheye is my main lens, as it allows me to get really close and still cover a big field of view. For lighting I use two Retra Pro Strobes and a Retra Snoot.

Where can our readers see more of your work?

Website: www.christianhorras.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/christian.horras/


To enter the latest Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition, with a chance to win some great prizes as well as have your own gallery published, head over to the competition page and upload up to 3 images.

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Emperor Divers reaches halfway in Covid Diver Heroes Initiative with fourth award

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Emperor Divers have reached the halfway point with their #coviddiverheroes initiative and are still receiving worthy nominations every day! Here, they recognise their 4th winner, another awesome hero from the diving community with an inspirational story of selflessness through the pandemic. Nominated by David White, Phuong Cao wins a free liveaboard trip in the Maldives when she can finally take some time off, and here is her story:

I, David White, would like to nominate Phuong Cao (36) for her tireless efforts fighting this pandemic. Not satisfied with being a frontline hospitalist in New York she took a second job on the COVID team in Guam to treat patients under even tougher conditions on her weeks off! She continues to commute 7750 miles each way and apply herself to both jobs for three months already and counting. Her energy level has no limits and she’s only happy when those in her care are on the mend. I think she definitely deserves a break! I guess the Maldives would be the best choice for her as I know she has dived with you in the Red Sea already.

Phuong Cao

We have been in touch with Phuong who had this to say: “Wow what a surprise! Thank you for the recognition. Holding my breath until I get back underwater!”

The halfway point is a good chance to remind people that the initiative is still running and the Emperor Divers team would love to hear about more heroes, as there are four more to award in the next 2 months!

Do you know a diver who has been heroic this past year? Emperor know that, worldwide, people have had to step up during this pandemic which has affected so many lives. They want to reward some real heroes with free liveaboard trips in the Red Sea or Maldives.

Luke Atkinson, Emperor’s Red Sea Manager, said: “This initiative is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to all those hundreds of people who have taken a selfless interest in looking after the vulnerable in their community. Examples could include healthworkers, carers or those who have come out of retirement to volunteer locally, but really we know there are many other ways people have been heroic.“

Emperor want to hear from people who know a heroic diver who would love to have a free liveaboard trip to look forward to in the future. People need to nominate a Covid Hero Diver and tell Emperor (in 100 – 200 words) why they deserve a free trip, and whether they would prefer the Red Sea or the Maldives. A multinational panel of Emperor’s most loyal and compassionate staff will judge the entries and pick a winner every 2 weeks for the next 2 months. There are two remaining Red Sea and two more Maldives liveaboards to be earned, so get nominating and give that hero a reward for their amazing work!

Winners will be announced by 14th (Maldives) and 28th (Red Sea) of each month. Final entries for Red Sea by 20th May ‘21 and Maldives 5th June ’21.

Entries, comments and questions should be sent to heroes@emperordivers.com.

Terms & Conditions apply: Please contact heroes@emperordivers.com for details.

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