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TekCamp 2018: Day 3 Review

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Day 3 of TekCamp saw a fair few last minute package upgrades, attendees enjoying their experience and learning that much that they upgraded to a 3 or 4 day package, a testament to the quality of learning being enjoyed for sure.

DAN Europe set up shop collecting pre and post dive urine samples and performing post dive doppler tests as part of an ongoing hydration study, most of the attendees willingly participated in their tests.

The in-water sessions built on existing skills and stretched the learning further, from blindfolded navigation sessions to support diver session as well as deco trapeze work.

Of course there was plenty of space for rebreather and sidemount try dives for those that wanted to try out a different modality.

The day was topped by a spectacular photogrammetry and 3D presentation by John Kendall who is arguably becoming one of the leaders in the field this side of the world.

For more information on TekCamp please visit their website by clicking here.

To find out about Vobster Quay, visit their website by clicking here.

Oli started diving in 1998 on holiday in the south of France, where he instantly fell in love with the underwater world. He started his training in Holland with the NOB, then transitioned to BSAC after moving to the UK South coast in 2000, and eventually joined PADI in 2009. After joining RAID in 2014 he started working with, and learning with Paul Toomer directly, and in 2015 joined the first RAID IT program. He’s a Recreational and Technical IT, as well as a Sentinel CCR Instructor. He’s a test diver for various manufacturers, and a technical consultant and course author for dive RAID International. Oli currently co-runs Diving Matrix and provides dive training in the UK, Malta and mainland Europe.

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Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados

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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 reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.


Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

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

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Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)

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Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.


Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.


For more information about the CCMI click here.

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