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Top 10 Reasons to use Reef Safe SunCare



Reef Safe SuncCare

Sunscreen Scientifically Proven Safe for Both the Environment and Skin

Beach season is quickly approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about using sunscreen. “Think blue – it’s the new green” this Spring Break and summer by choosing Reef Safe SunCare, a sunscreen that not only protects skin from the sun, but has been scientifically proven harmless to the ocean environment.

“There are so many reasons why people should wear sunscreen, but too many of us are applying sunscreens to our bodies that could be dangerous to our oceans and marine life,” commented Dan Knorr, CEO/President of Tropical Seas. “This is why Reef Safe’s main mission is to produce environmentally friendly products that will keep the oceans clean, thereby creating a safe haven for their inhabitants. Reef Safe has been scientifically proven to biodegrade in oceans, lakes and rivers; thus protecting fragile ecosystems while protecting your skin. Whether spending the day scuba diving, snorkeling, boating or relaxing at the beach, Reef Safe SunCare is the best sunscreen to use while having fun in the sun.”

Here are 10 reasons why Reef Safe SunCare should be every outdoor enthusiast’s choice of sunscreen:

  1. Proven Non-Toxic to Tested Corals: Reef Safe engaged the world renowned Mote Marine Tropical Research Laboratory to test the toxicity of Reef Safe’s formulations, containing varying levels of sunscreen actives, including oxybenzone, on corals representative of both inshore and offshore habitats. Research findings concluded that Reef Safe formulas caused no visual signs of stress, bleaching or mortality to tested corals at any level of sunscreen treatments over periods of 24 hours, 96 hours and 20 days.
  2. Biodegrades in oceans, lakes and rivers: Research has shown that Reef Safe SunCare products biodegrade, on average, in less than 90 days in seawater and freshwater. Tests have also found that Reef Safe’s water resistant 80 minute formula allows less than three percent of the product to come off in the water.
  3. Lightweight protection: There’s nothing worse than applying sunscreen that leaves skin feeling greasy and ghostly white. Reef Safe SunCare applies sheer and smooth, absorbs quickly leaving an invisible, breathable film on skin.
  4. Water Resistant: Those concerned about getting sunburned while spending most of the day in the water need not worry! Reef Safe SunCare is water resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it the perfect choice for people participating in outdoor and water sports activities. Take a Reef Safe “time out” to reapply every two hours to ensure proper sun protection.
  5. Sensitive Skin Sunscreen: Reef Safe SunCare is a great solution for sunscreen users who have sensitive skin. Reef Safe’s products are unscented and specifically formulated with a custom botanical blend that contains Aloe Vera & Algae Extract to help soothe and rehydrate sensitive skin.
  6. Fish-friendly: Reef Safe’s sunscreens have shown no evidence of toxicity to microorganisms or other marine life, so both endangered and common sea creatures alike remain unharmed by these products. Furthermore, Reef Safe will not contaminate or kill fishermen’s bait.
  7. Stain-free: While many sunscreens rub off on clothing, linens and furniture causing discoloration and unsightly stains, Reef Safe products are specially formulated to keep clothing, linens and furniture just as safe and protected as skin.
  8. Effective and affordable: Whether buying one bottle or purchasing in bulk, Reef Safe protects the wallet along with the skin and environment. Reef Safe SunCare products typically retail from $5.00 / 4 oz to $13.00/ 8 oz pending the SPF value.
  9. Eco-friendly packaging: Reef Safe sunscreen formulas are not only safe for oceans, their packaging is also eco-friendly. All products are packaged in 100% plant derived bio-resin bottles, which use 90% less energy, thereby leaving a negative carbon footprint.
  10. Exceeds all FDA standards: All ingredients used in Reef Safe products are FDA approved for use in sunscreens and are manufactured in their FDA-registered factory. After products are manufactured, they are sent out for testing to ensure that they conform to all FDA standards.

About Reef Safe™ SunCare

Reef Safe SunCare was introduced in 1996 by Tropical Seas of Ormond Beach, FL, as a sunscreen scientifically proven to biodegrade in oceans, lakes and rivers, thus protecting fragile ecosystems while protecting skin. Reef Safe sunscreen formulas were subjected to a comprehensive series of independent laboratory tests to support and authenticate safe for coral, non-toxic to sea life as well as the biodegradability of the lotions. Research found that Reef Safe SunCare products biodegrade, on average, in less than 90 days in seawater and freshwater. No evidence of toxicity to microorganisms or other sea life was detected. Research also found that Reef Safe’s water resistant formula allows less than three percent of the product to come off after 80 minutes of activity in water. At Reef Safe it’s not just about the ingredients, it’s about how those ingredients are processed.

Reef Safe SunCare is also available through dive distributors Trident Dive, Marine Sports Manufacturing and A-Plus Marine.
For more information on Reef Safe SunCare visit, or Follow Reef Safe SunCare on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


Mares & SSI launch new promotion



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



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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