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UK-Based dive tour operator Oyster Diving launch new website



UK-based Oyster Diving has gained an excellent reputation for its diving courses and club trips. Launched in 2006 Oyster Diving has now established itself as one of the UK’s premier PADI scuba diving schools, winning SportDiver’s ‘Dive Centre of the Year’ on two occasions and ‘Dive Instructor of the Year’ in 2010. They recently launched their exciting new website to attract even more UK holidaymakers to the thrills of diving and snorkelling. The specialist Travel Centre is aimed at the more discerning customer who wishes to travel to exotic locations and explore life underwater.

Their specialist travel consultants have clocked up many collective years ‘finning’ around the globe, researching the most spectacular marine life and finest accommodation to create the ultimate diving and snorkelling holidays.  Many of these destinations particularly suit non-divers or those who are taking the plunge to learn, as well as providing new challenges to the more experienced diver.

Perhaps you are a newly qualified diver, who has been bitten by the diving bug, and you are looking to experience for yourself some of the great diving adventures that you have heard talked about.  You might be looking for a long weekend break.  Or perhaps you are an experienced diver and need inspiration for your next “hit”.  You might even be a non-diving partner, wanting to have the say in the choice of a holiday that has to offer diving, together with a great location for you and the family.  By a stroke of genius on Mother Nature’s part, many of the best diving destinations offering the most spectacular marine life are also the locations with the nicest hotels and beaches. Oyster has carefully selected each destination to cater for all tastes and abilities, from those who wish to try diving abroad to those who just want to watch from the boat and spend time in beautiful destinations.

Mark Murphy, owner of Oyster Diving says:  “I have long-believed that the opportunity to allow people to experience the thrills of diving needs to be much greater. Not only do we want to attract qualified divers who are already aware of the joys of life underwater, but we are hoping to try and generate awareness amongst people who normally spend their entire holiday with their nose in their Kindle. As fun as though that may be, it’s time they were made aware of this unique and unrivalled experience combining adventure, adrenalin, exercise, exploration, tranquillity and relaxation. Not only that it can also help bring couples, friends and families closer together by sharing unforgettable experiences”.

Oyster Diving has selected destinations that combine exceptional resorts, beaches and attractions with spectacular marine life and reef systems.  Destinations on offer range from the idyllic and family friendly Cayman Islands, home to the world’s most famous shallow dive at Stingray City, to diving with 7m Manta Rays in the romantic Maldives. Hard core divers can choose to dive with Tiger sharks, or head to the Galapagos to dive with schools of Hammerheads and the gentle giants of the ocean, Whale Sharks. Of course no serious diving travel centre would be complete without offering UK favourite destinations such as the Red Sea, Caribbean and Asia.

As well as a continuously growing list of resorts and hotels to suit most budgets, Oyster offer a large selection of luxury liveaboards, allowing divers to explore the world’s finest reefs, ancient wrecks and the most breath-taking marine life.  If you haven’t experienced life on a liveaboard before, there has never been a better time to get fully immersed in this fun, sociable and unforgettable way to explore underwater, offering more dives a day and more remote sites than a resort-based trip.  Oyster offer ‘liveaboards’ in many locations including the Red Sea, Cocos Islands, the Philippines, Maldives and Micronesia.

To make it easier for you to select the right holiday for yourself, offers a ‘filter system’ which allows you to fine tune your holiday around factors such as the types of marine life you’d like to see, hotel amenities, board basis and your certification levels.   But if you would prefer a personal recommendation, Oyster has helpful travel consultants on hand to help with suggestions.

For people who really like to blow the budget then there is a section titled ‘Incredible Adventures’. These offer people the chance to do genuine once-in-a-lifetime holidays such as becoming an Executive Producer and joining a professional film crew, exploring the world’s top wrecks, or even flying ‘around the world in 80 dives’.

Each holiday package will be tailored around you and your needs.  Oyster’s services include booking flights, boats, hotels, villas, diving courses and packages, travel insurance, airport lounge access, car hire, transfers, travel money and additional once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  They pride themselves on their service, flexibility, resourcefulness and imagination allowing them to create diving holidays that really are hand-crafted to your requirements, no matter how demanding they might be.

The holiday department within Oyster Diving is being headed up by Katharine Bichard. Her career has taken her through many pathways including being a professional lawyer and a private chef. Whilst taking voluntary redundancy in 2009, Katharine decided to invest her redundancy package in travelling the globe and searching for the best diving locations on the planet. As a result, she has a wealth of experience and recommendations, and a passion for exploring underwater.

All customers who spend over £1,000 on their diving holiday through Oyster will be entitled to a free PADI Scuba Review at any of their five pool locations in Surrey, London, Berkshire, Oxford and Brighton.

Why not make your next holiday one to remember for a lifetime and visit today, or call one of their travel experts on 0800 699 0243 or 01273 384971.


Indo siren destroyed by fire



Indo Siren

Indo Siren, a vessel from the Master Liveaboards Fleet, has been destroyed by a fire this morning. Thankfully, all guests and crew members are safe.

Master Liveaboards have released the following statement:

During our current cruise in Raja Ampat, on the morning of 30th November, a fire broke
out on Indo Siren. At the current time we are still assessing the events around the incident,
and will be working with authorities, so cannot currently comment further.

All guests and staff departed the boat, without further incident. They are now with our
ground crew who have organised accommodations while we assist with all their other
needs going forwards.

We are currently evaluating the issues created by the fire on upcoming trips. Guests who
are likely to be affected by enforced cancellations or changes will be contacted in due time
when plans are finalised.

We are incredibly grateful that this incident was not more serious and that everyone who
was onboard, both crew and guests, are safe and well.

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The healing powers of adaptive diving



PADI highlights how scuba diving helps enrich and heal lives

This International Disabilities Day (3rd December) PADI is reminding the world of the healing aspects that the ocean (or any body of water) can provide and how important it is for helping those with physical or mental challenges improve their wellbeing. From simply being within close proximity of it or diving beneath the salty surface for an underwater adventure, the ocean has the power to heal.

Regardless of your age, ability, or even limitations, the ocean can benefit us physically, emotionally and even spiritually. This is why PADI is on a mission to make those benefits accessible to all, with their Adaptive Techniques Diving Course in the hope that all of humanity can experience the full transformational power of the ocean.

While many are more familiar with traditional therapies, diving, mermaiding or freediving, has changed the lives of those around the world by connecting with the water and enabled them to conquer mental or physical perceived limitations.

The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course is unique in that it’s a pro-level specialty designed to educate and empower PADI Professionals who wish to make scuba and freediver training more accessible.

Through classroom, confined water and open water workshops, dive professionals further cultivate their ability to be student-centered and prescriptive in approach when adapting techniques to meet diver needs. This hands-on training increases awareness of differing abilities and explores adaptive teaching techniques to apply when training divers with physical and mental challenges. PADI Pros learn to adapt course content to accommodate virtually any student diver.

PADI Members Helping those with Disabilities

This International Disabilities Day PADI highlights a shining example of a member who is championing teaching those with disabilities how to dive.

DiveHeart Empowers Individuals Worldwide Through Adaptive Scuba Programmes

DiveHeart, a PADI Dive Centre founded by PADI Scuba Instructor Jim Elliott in 2001, continues to revolutionise the world of adaptive scuba. Using zero gravity and adaptive scuba, DiveHeart aims to instil confidence, foster independence, and elevate self-esteem among individuals facing physical and cognitive challenges.

DiveHeart has established Adaptive Scuba programmes across North America and the Caribbean and reaches global destinations including Malaysia, Australia, China, Israel, and the UK. Through a combination of donations, grants, and strategic partnerships, DiveHeart ensures inclusivity by providing services to children, veterans, individuals with ALS, autism, and others, irrespective of their abilities or financial means.

A significant milestone in DiveHeart’s journey was the hosting of the inaugural Adaptive Scuba Symposium in 2009, held at the prestigious Our World Underwater event in the Midwest. This pioneering symposium attracted a diverse array of experts, including researchers, physicians, professors, therapists, adaptive dive professionals, and participants from across the globe. The event delved into the current state and the future of adaptive scuba, scuba therapy, the adaptive scuba market, the latest in adaptive scuba training techniques and the latest in scuba therapy research.

At the forefront of adaptive scuba initiatives, DiveHeart offers specialised training courses for certified scuba divers to become adaptive dive buddies. Every diver with a disability is paired with two dive buddies to form a cohesive dive team, ensuring a safe and empowering experience.

DiveHeart further hosts regular pool diving programmes catering to divers of all skill levels nationwide and organises immersive week-long adaptive diving trips to ocean locations like Cozumel, Roatán, and others at least three times annually.

Jim Elliot, the Founder and President of DiveHeart, a scuba diving instructor since 1997, recognised the transformative potential of adaptive diving for individuals with physical disabilities. Witnessing firsthand the holistic benefits encompassing physical fitness, emotional well-being, and mental health, Elliot embarked on a mission to make scuba diving accessible and empowering for all.

DiveHeart remains committed to breaking barriers and creating opportunities for individuals facing challenges, enabling them to explore the vast wonders of the underwater world while unlocking their true potential. For more information on DiveHeart and its impactful initiatives, visit

People Who Have Healed from Diving

For people with disabilities—whether they use a wheelchair, have a sight impairment or a neurological condition like cerebral palsy—scuba diving can be a fun activity that offers freedom and mobility in the weightlessness of the water. PADI’s Adaptive Support Diver specialty is a course designed to teach friends and family adaptive techniques for diving with a buddy who has a disability. Many students take the course to support a particular person in their life, and the instructor can work with them on the specific skills they require.

Ryan Chen: Diving to Heal the Mind, Body and Spirit 

Ryan is a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver who was in a tragic accident as a teenager that left him paralysed. He found healing and clarity through scuba diving with his dive buddy Kent Yoshimura – so much so that during one scuba diving trip he and Kent ended up creating their current company Neuro Gum – a collection of functional gum and mints that help you get energised, calm or focused that has now led him to be named on Forbes 30 under 30.

“Scuba diving was one of the ways I learned that I can do anything, I just have to do it differently,” Chen says, “Scuba diving is one of those things that can change your whole framework. There’s no cooler feeling than taking that first breath underwater. All of a sudden you have this superpower, to breathe underwater and explore.”

Scuba diving continues to be his physical and mental therapy he continually seeks out amidst his busy entrepreneurial life. Now, with Neuro a national success and leading wellness brand in the United States, Chen has kept up his diving, and remained close to PADI as an organisation. Neuro even has a collaboration with PADI’s coral reef restoration project coming up—a special pack of Neuro, with proceeds going to PADI’s non-profit foundation.

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