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The Cayman Islands “dive-ulges” new inductees for 2019 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame

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Industry Pioneers and Lifelong Divers Recognized for their Achievements and Contributions to the Underwater Sport at Annual Ceremony in Grand Cayman

The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) has announced four new members that will join the prestigious ranks of the 2019 Hall of Fame. As selected by the board of directors, the latest inductees include Jonathan Bird, Lee Selisky, Dr. Adel Mohamed Taher and Hussain ‘Sendi’ Rasheed, joining fellow esteemed dive industry pioneers who are taking the plunge to help cultivate and revolutionize the sport of scuba diving. On October 4, 2019, the new ISDHF members will be officially inducted into the 2019 Hall of Fame during an awards ceremony and dinner held in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

Each year, the Cayman Islands welcomes new inductees as part of its ongoing support of the ISDHF. Established by the Cayman Islands Ministry of Tourism in 2000, the ISDHF celebrates those who have contributed positively to the success of recreational scuba diving worldwide through innovation and advancements made in the areas of dive tourism, equipment design, dive safety, education, exploration, adventure, innovation and more.

After another record breaking 2018 for Cayman Islands tourism overall, our dive operators and partners project 2019 to be another exceptional year for the industry, which can be credited, in part, to the scuba diving pioneers and their historic legacies that have helped maintain our destination’s reputation as the leading spot to practice the sport of recreational diving,” said Hon. Minister of Tourism, Mr. Moses Kirkconnell.

“For nearly twenty years, the Cayman Islands continues to showcase some of the world’s greatest dive leaders through the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, highlighting their achievements and innovation for the industry, while allowing visitors to create long-lasting diving memories.”

The complete list of 2019 Inductees, along with a description of their unique contributions earning them the prestigious ISDHF accolade, is below:

Jonathan Bird (United States of America)

An Emmy Award-winning underwater cinematographer and producer, Jonathan Bird is best known as the founder of Oceanic Research Group, a non-profit environmental organization focused on educating people on the conservation of the world’s oceans. Working from this non-profit, he created “Jonathan Bird’s Blue World,” an educational family-friendly underwater science/adventure series that first aired on PBS in 2008. Now transitioned to YouTube, the series has become the most widely-watched scuba-themed program in the world with more than 109 million views, and 320,000 subscribers.

Along with his digital series, Bird has created and produced over 30 films for broadcast and education, which appeared on networks across the world including National Geographic Channel, PBS, ABC, USA Network, Discovery and the SciFi Channel. His productions, along with numerous books, have promoted ocean conservation efforts and made ocean research accessible and interesting to people across the world.

Lee Selisky (United States of America)

As a pioneer in manufacturing dive retail products, Selisky started his career in his garage building six-pound lead weight molds, which successfully evolved into Sea Pearls, the first company to introduce die-cast and vinyl coated weights into the industry. As a result of his successful business, Selisky gave back to the diving community by serving on many nonprofit boards, including being President of Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA), Founding Director of the ISDHF, multi-term Chairman of the Historical Diving Society (HDS), Director of the Original Ocean Futures Society, Director of the Hans Hass Award and Chairman of Divers Alert Network (DAN).

Using his personal philanthropy to “lead by example,” Selisky donated considerable amounts of money to these organizations as well as regional dive show fundraisers, marine environmental programs, and marine medical programs. In 2017, he also established the Lee Selisky Future Leaders in the Diving Industry Mentorship Program, for which Selisky legacy of service continues to inspire and support the recreational diving industry around the world.

Dr. Adel Mohamed Taher (Egypt)

Considered to be one of the top world experts in hyperbaric medicine, Dr. Adel Mohamed Taher is best known for establishing the most sophisticated diving medical facility in the Red Sea, which continues to provide a foundation of safety for the expanding dive tourism industry in the region and beyond. As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor since 1982, Dr. Taher has played a vital role in promoting diver safety in the Red Sea region by managing diving emergencies, participating in medical research projects and conferences, and acting as an advisor for governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Helping to catapult dive tourism in Egypt, Dr. Taher and his team worked with fellow dive professionals and local authorities to set and enforce diving safety regulations such as having oxygen onboard diving boats and worked closely with Divers Alert Network (DAN) to unify systems and protocols and establish the organization’s Egypt branch. In addition to Dr. Taher opening the first recompression chamber at the Hyperbaric Medical Center in Sharm el-Sheikh, which to this day has never refused a patient, he also served as the chief executive officer of Sharm Medical Group at Sinai Clinic Hospital.

Hussain ‘Sendi’ Rasheed (Republic of Maldives)

Known as “the Godfather of the Maldivian diving industry,” Hussain “Sendi” Rasheed was the first PADI Instructor Trainer in the Republic of Maldives and has since become a key figure in the region’s developing regulations surrounding marine health and diving tourism. Along with his extensive lobbying of all marine protected species and dive sites in the Maldives, Sendi received international media attention for organizing an underwater Cabinet Meeting, chaired by the President of the Republic of Maldives, to bring attention to the threat of global warming.

Sendi’s 37-year career shows his deep love of the ocean that he actively works to protect, as well as the impact of his educational efforts that has produced a continuing stream of savvy Maldivian Ocean Ambassadors. In recognition of his ongoing dedication and many efforts on behalf of diving and the marine environment, Sendi has also received both the Maldive Tourism Award and the Presidential Award.

To learn more about the 2019 ISDHF inductees, please click here

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Looking ahead with Regaldive…

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Regaldive is set to launch three NEW small group dive holidays for 2021.

With the news of Covid-19 vaccines on the horizon there is light at the end of the tunnel, and the team at Regaldive have been busy working on some fantastic new itineraries.

Their new small group dive adventures have been designed on a unique land-based, liveaboard concept. The holidays will appeal to divers who like to travel as part of a small group and those who enjoy a liveaboard experience with an action-packed diving itinerary.

Check out some of the great value packages to Egypt, Indonesia and the Maldives here:

SHARM DIVE EXTRAVAGANZA

On this week-long adventure at the authentic family run Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village in Sharm we have included a special diving itinerary with 15 dives! Explore Ras Mohamed National Park, Tiran, the Dunraven wreck and also enjoy a couple of night dives.

This is an exceptional package with accommodation, diving, meals and transfers all included plus for single divers there is no single supplement.

Dates:

  • 6-13 May 2021
  • 10-17 June 2021
  • Price from only £695pp
  • More on this offer HERE

BUNAKEN BONANZA, INDONESIA

This small group holiday is based at the beautiful Tasik Ria Resort on the shores of Manado, facing the Bunaken National Marine Park in North Sulawesi. The spacious family run resort has excellent facilities and you will enjoy warm hospitality from the friendly team.

Our special diving itinerary includes a total of 17 dives! You can take three dives per day and the package also includes a night dive and a trip over to Lembeh Strait to seek out the weird and wonderful. Accommodation, meals, transfers and Nitrox are also included plus for single divers there is no single supplement.

Dates:

  • 01-08 May 2021
  • 04-11 September 2021
  • From only £1345 per person

More on this offer HERE


DIVE & DETOX MALDIVES

This magical dive resort has been specially selected for our small group trip – with just six rooms it offers the perfect base to rewind, detox and enjoy world-class diving. Boutique Beach is ideally located on a local island at the tip of the South Ari Atoll, an area known for excellent whale shark sightings.

We have included 17 dives in our special package, including two full day safaris, a night dive, and some secret dive spots. Accommodation, meals, transfers and Nitrox are also included.

Dates:

  • 25 April-02 May 2021
  • 02-09 October 2021
  • Price from only £1675pp

More on this offer HERE

All prices are quoted on a land-only basis. Flight prices available on request.

Places are limited to just 6-10 divers so don’t delay!


To find out more about these new small group holidays or to book, visit: www.regaldive.co.uk or call 01353 659999.

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Dates announced for Grenada Dive Fest 2021

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The Grenada Scuba Diving Association, in collaboration with Grenada Tourism Authority, has announced the 5th Annual Pure Grenada Dive Fest from the 9th-15th October 2021.

To celebrate the success of the recent fourth event Pure Grenada Dive Fest – ‘A Virtual Experience’, the Grenada Scuba Diving Association, in partnership with Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association and Grenada Tourism Authority, are giving away an awesome prize. Entrants can win a five-night stay at Grenada’s Seabreeze Hotel in 2021!

Entering the giveaway is easy. Find the post on the Instagram or Facebook page @grenadapurediving and simply follow the rules.

Full terms and details can be found on the website by clicking here

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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