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Want Underwater Photo Tips from Dive Legend Marty Snyderman? Stop by My Bar at Sunset House This Week and Ask Him

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Marty 1Marty Snyderman is on Grand Cayman until the 25th March to outfit his signature room at Sunset House, and will be available to offer friendly, professional photo tips at the resort’s My Bar on several evenings throughout the week. All that you have to do is stop by to say “Hello,” and bring your list of questions. You can also get a free trial download of Vivid-Pix Picture-Fix, a fast and easy photo editing software specifically designed for underwater photos. Company founder Rick Voight will personally show you how to use the software to improve underwater photos, and he will also help you share them online with family and friends back home.

Whether you are a pro or an amateur, if you love underwater photography, this is a perfect time to mingle with two of the best in the business – Marty Snyderman and Cayman’s own Cathy Church, owner of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre, who will also participate. Dive Training Magazine is also a sponsor of the week’s events. To make a night of it, Sunset House offers a daily Happy Hour that runs from 6:00-8:00 so you can party with a purpose. Drawings will be held to give away a series of autographed prints of Marty Snyderman’s marine wildlife photos. The proceeds will be donated to the Cayman Magic Reef Recovery effort.

marty 4From My Bar, Rick Voight will host a virtual community of divers as they share the Cayman experience on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vivid-pix-fix. He and Snyderman invite all local divers and friends to come out, share a drink, and see what is happening in underwater photography.

“Divers are a worldwide community, and more and more people are getting involved in underwater photography because of how easy it has become,” states Voight. “We’re here to be a part of this community, to have fun sharing these pictures and to help worthwhile causes like the Cayman Magic Reef Recovery.”

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Snyderman and Voight arrived with hammers in hand to create the Marty Snyderman Signature Room at Sunset House.  Sunset House General Manager Keith Sahm says it’s a celebratory week with a serious message.  “The idea behind our signature room campaign is to promote the beauty of the ocean as seen through the eyes of professional and passionate underwater photographers to encourage those who see the photos to act to save this fragile marine environment.”

The informal photo sessions have been taking place on several evenings throughout the week from 6 – 8 pm at My Bar.

Tonight (March 23rd): Cathy Church
Wednesday (March 25th): Marty Snyderman

The Sunset House signature room unveiling and photo contest selection will be held on Wednesday.  For information contact Rick Voight at Rick.Voight@Vivid-Pix.com, or call +1 404.664.9897. To visit the Vivid-Pix website, visit www.Vivid-Pix.com.

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Frontline workers honoured with free dive trip to Yap

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The remote island of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia is among the few places in the world that remains free of Covid-19 thanks to its ocean border and a strict travel ban that has kept its residents safe.

Nonetheless, Yap has been affected, too. As one of the world’s premier, award-winning destinations for divers, this paradisiacal location in the western Pacific Ocean has had no outside visitors to its rich shores and reef for nearly a year. But while there may be no virus, the island hasn’t been cut off from the economic impact experienced around the globe.

Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers by A. Tareg

That didn’t stop Bill Acker, CEO and founder of the Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, from doing something, though.

Last March, soon after the island went into lockdown, Bill began to realize the effect of the virus on daily life beyond the island. “Yes, we are closed, have no divers, had to send our employees home and prepare for difficult times,” he said. “But we’re lucky in that we have, for the most part, avoided the human suffering and death this pandemic has caused.”

Thinking about the problems faced by his family business, they paled when he compared them to those endured by the healthcare workers who have been fighting selflessly around the clock for months on end for the well-being and lives of others.

“One evening, while checking the news online, I saw pictures of frontline workers who were tending to desperately ill and dying people when families and friends could not be with their loved ones. It was heartbreaking,” he added.

The next day, a meeting was held with the resort’s staff and Bill invited suggestions for ways they could do something to honor healthcare workers. The result was the idea to award twenty divers who are working on the frontline to save other’s lives during this pandemic while risking their own, with a free week at the resort.

Manta ray, Manta birostris, gliding over a cleaning station in M’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia by David Fleetham

Divers around the world who had been guests at Manta Ray Bay in the past were invited to submit the names of candidates for the award by December 31, 2020. “We received nominations for 126 individuals from as far away as Germany, the U.S., Australia and Canada,” he said. “It was not easy choosing the winners but our committee of staff members took on the job and selected the 20 finalists.”

“While trying to choose the people to reward for their hard work during this Covid-19 crisis,” Bill added, “by reading the nominations we saw that every one of the nominees was doing things above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, we don’t have the finances to offer over 100 free weeks in Yap, but we do want to recognize the contributions all of them are making to our world. So, we are offering the rest of the nominees a free week of diving in Yap which includes room, hotel tax, airport transfers, breakfast, diving and Wi-Fi.  The only requirement is that they travel with at least three other people and stay in two rooms or more.”

“We do not yet know when Yap will open its borders,” said Bill, “but when it does, we will welcome these important guests to Yap to relax and dive with the manta rays and the other beautiful denizens of the ocean surrounding our island home. They are the true heroes of this devastating, historic time and we look forward to honoring them with a well-deserved dive vacation.”

Watch out for our exclusive trip report from a healthcare worker from the UK who is one of the 20 to have been awarded this amazing dive trip!

For more information on Manta Ray Bay and Yap Divers visit their website by clicking here.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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