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Teenager scoops top BSAC award for her deep dedication to diving

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A 17-year-old from Budehaven SAC has scooped a top BSAC award for the commitment she shows to her sport and club.

Lucy Fanet, of Bude in Cornwall, has already been a qualified snorkel instructor for a year with the Budehaven Sub Aqua Club and leads regular mentoring sessions for its younger members.Lucy fanet

She has also spearheaded a major snorkelling programme teaching scores of children the basics of safe underwater activity.

It is this dedication which has landed her the coveted title of BSAC Young Branch Volunteer of the Year in the Suunto Branch Volunteer of the Year 2013 Awards.

Designed to reward BSAC branch members for their significant contribution to their club, to diving and to BSAC generally, the Branch Volunteer of the Year 2013 awards have extra significance as the club is this year celebrating its diamond jubilee.

Lucy is one of the final six, who each received a fantastic Suunto DX computer, presented to the winners at the recent BSAC Diving Conference at Birmingham’s NEC.

Budehaven SAC vice-chairman Andy Squirrell, who nominated Lucy for the award, said Lucy started her diving with the club at the age of 12.

Lucy fanet“She undertook the complete Ocean Diver course in her first summer of diving, reaching an impressive 100 per cent in the theory exam. Two years and lots of scuba diving later the Sports Diver qualification followed along with attendance at a snorkel instructor event.

“Over the last four years Lucy has mentored a number of younger members who have joined the branch, showing them at first hand the advantages of scuba diving whilst helping the branch’s older members understand the needs of the younger member.

“After taking the snorkel instructor assessment Lucy returned to the branch keen to promote snorkelling in the area.

“Working with the local swimming club and school Lucy ran a snorkelling programme for 100 children in 2012 with a further 56 in 2013.”

Andy added: “Lucy attends the monthly club meetings championing the snorkel options within the area and reminds the branch of the younger members’ needs.Lucy Fanet

“Her recent work experience at the Diving Diseases Research Centre in Plymouth allowed her to understand the wide range of work carried out at the centre, and not just fixing divers with the bends.

“The branch will find out about this work in December when Lucy is planning to give a full presentation on the work to the members.

“Her dedication to snorkelling and the willingness to help others is why I nominated Lucy for the award and I am delighted that she was chosen as the winner.”

Lucy is currently studying for her A Levels at Bude Community School and has ambitions to eventually become a nurse.

She said: “I didn’t even know I had been nominated for the award and it was a very nice surprise to win it.

“I particularly enjoy working with the younger members of the club and I think it is important they have the basic experience of snorkelling before going on to more advanced diving.Next year, I’m hopefully going to do my Dive Leader course.”

For more details on BSAC’s Branch Volunteer of the Year 2013 winners, click here.

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Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet Announces Exciting 2024 Pre-DEMA Specials

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Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet has announced the launch of its highly anticipated Pre-DEMA Specials, offering exceptional savings and unbeatable perks on some of the world’s most sought-after diving destinations. Starting June 1st, 2024, diving enthusiasts, dive wholesalers and dive shops can take advantage of these limited time offers and secure their spots for unforgettable underwater adventures.

“This year’s pre-DEMA specials are up and running,” said Sue Hamilton, Sales and Marketing representative at Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet. “These deals provide divers with amazing opportunities to explore premier diving destinations at unbeatable prices. As we gear up for the DEMA Show in November, we want to make sure our dive shops and agents have a head-start and an edge on planning their group dive travel through 2026.”

Fleet-wide Range of Big Savings and Perks:

Caribbean Explorer II/Saba-St. Kitts: Save $600 per person! Extra comps: 5+1, 10+3, 14+4. Valid for travel through 2026. Plus, enjoy free nitrox for travel in 2024.   

Turks & Caicos Explorer II: Save $600 per person! Extra comps: 5+1, 10+3, 16+4. Valid for travel through 2026. Plus, enjoy free nitrox for travel in 2024.

Tiburon Explorer – Galapagos: Save $900 per person (Dec-June through June 2027). Save $600 per person (July-Nov through Nov 2027). Comps: 5+1, 10+2.

Humboldt Explorer – Galapagos: Save $1200 per person (Dec-June through June 2027). Save $900 per person (July-Nov through Nov 2027). Comps: 5+1, 10+2.

Grand Sea Explorer – Red Sea: Extra comps: 5+1, 10+2, 20+3, 24+4. Free nitrox included! Valid for travel through 2026.

Glory Sea Explorer – Red Sea: Extra comps: 5+1, 10+2, 20+3, 23+3. Free nitrox included! Valid for travel through 2026.

Emperor Explorer – Maldives: Comps: 5+1, 10+2, 22+4 (May-Dec) and 7+1, 14+2, 23+3 (Jan-Apr). Free nitrox included!

Black Pearl Explorer – Palau: Comps: 7+1, 14+2, 21+3. Free nitrox included!

Blue Manta Explorer and White Manta Explorer – Indonesia: Comps: 6+1, 12+2, 18+2, 19+3 (depending on itinerary).

Book Your Adventure Now

Take advantage of these incredible Pre-DEMA specials and secure your date today! A low non-refundable deposit of only $600 for groups of 6-11 and $1200 for groups of 12 or more, will secure your reservation until October 15, 2024! Booking your dream diving trip has never been easier. Not applicable in Palau, Maldives and Indonesia.

Don’t miss out on these limited-time offers—terms and conditions apply.

For booking inquiries and information, contact:

info@explorerventures.com  / 1-800-322-3577 / +1 307-235-0683 / www.explorerventures.com

About Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet

Since 1987, Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet has been delivering world-class diving experiences, blending authentic diving experiences, safety, and sustainability. Offering unparalleled adventures in some of the world’s most breathtaking underwater destinations, their fleet of well-appointed vessels ensures every guest enjoys the highest level of comfort and safety.

Explorer Ventures is proud to be the first liveaboard company to collaborate with Green Fins, achieving certifications on four of their vessels: Caribbean Explorer II, Turks & Caicos Explorer II, Tiburon Explorer, and Humboldt Explorer. Notably, the Tiburon Explorer and Humboldt Explorer are the only PADI Eco Centers designated in the Galapagos, emphasizing their commitment to sustainable and responsible diving practices.

With exceptional diving destinations, array of itineraries around the globe, and diver-focused design across their entire fleet, every voyage is tailored for comfort, convenience and adventure on land and sea!

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Diving Redefined: Introducing NovoScuba

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novoscubaAttention all underwater enthusiasts, mermaids, and those who just really enjoy wearing fins! Brace yourselves for the splashiest news in the industry: NovoScuba has burst onto the scuba diving scene like a seal on a beach ball!

Move over, PADI, SSI, SDI, NAUI, RAID, and whoever else is lurking in the depths, because there’s a new fish in town!

But seriously, what gives? Why does NovoScuba think they can swim with the big fish? Are they secretly training dolphins? Are their wetsuits made of magic? Stay tuned as we uncover the mysteries of this underwater revolution!

The team at NovoScuba isn’t just your average squad – we’re a crew of dive store owners, managers, trainers, and pros. We’ve danced with the sharks and wrestled with the currents, so when it comes to the diving industry’s pain points, we’re definitely no strangers. But let’s be real: while existing agencies are stuck in the stone age, we’re here to embrace the 21st century. In a world where even fish have Instagram accounts, the diving industry needs to catch up or sink like a lead weight!

It’s time to challenge a change. Leveraging technology and introducing a breakthrough business model, and digitally native platform, NovoScuba aims to become the most innovative training agency to date.

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Here’s a snapshot of what NovoScuba has up their sleeve for dive pros, managers/owners and students alike.

Owners 

  • Pay as you certify system
  • Fully developed digital course materials in multiple languages
  • No stock required
  • Monthly or annual membership fees
  • Business support and advice FOC
  • 24/7 support. Feedback orientated. Fast response and fast adapting
  • ISO Certified
  • Pain free and low cost transition to NovoScuba
  • Your business, your choice. No exclusivity expected or required
  • Pay in your local currency
  • Our automated system keeps your admin to a minimum. Less time on paperwork cuts costs and gives you more time to focus on your business
  • Co-marketing, advertising and support

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Pros

  • Monthly membership fees
  • Intelligent online log book that automatically updates student records
  • One click certifications
  • Flexible training – student-centric/instructor trusted
  • Easy and inexpensive crossover
  • Pause your membership when you’re not teaching
  • Pro insurance / legal support
  • Job vacancy board

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Students

  • Modern, relevant course materials
  • Fully developed and interactive digital learning
  • Accessible across any digital platform
  • Instant community and support
  • Monthly subscription granting access to all course materials
  • Digital log book for life
  • Streamlined subscription process – minimum admin

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What else symbolises the NovoScuba dedication to excellence?

In an era where every other company boasts about being as green as a broccoli smoothie, it’s easy to tune out the noise of eco-friendly claims. But hold your seahorses! NovoScuba isn’t just another fish in the sea of greenwashing. We’re not just dipping our toes in the sustainability pool – we’ve cannonballed straight into it! B-Corp pending, we’re not just talking the talk; we’re doing the fins-on-the-ground work. With a net zero impact that even Captain Planet would applaud, our conservation efforts aren’t some distant pipe dream. Nope, we’re getting our hands wet right in our own diving communities, because let’s face it, saving the planet is a whole lot easier when you can do it in your own backyard – or in this case, your own coral reef!

It’s time to dive into the 21st century and embrace a new, innovative and intelligent training agency. One that fully understands that your success is needed in order for us to succeed. One that is 100% committed to your needs and will grow and adapt in order to keep meeting the challenges of the industry. Welcome to the new age of training. Welcome to NovoScuba – Diving Redefined.

For more information, email info@novoscuba.com or visit www.novoscuba.com.

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