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Why Skopelos should be your next summer dive destination!

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Earlier this year we were given a fantastic opportunity to visit Skopelos in the Sporades Islands in the northern Aegean Sea.  This green, mountainous island sits at the edge of the largest marine park in Europe, the National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades. We were to focus primarily on scuba diving, but during our short stay we were especially impressed with the equally diverting topside options in Skopelos.

 

 

Our short stay meant we just got a glimpse of the great diving on offer, however our hosts at Skopelos Dive Center in Panormos treated us to some brilliant sites just a few minutes from shore.  From nudibranchs, shoals of damselfish, large groupers and shy octopus to caverns and swimthroughs featuring rainbows of light.  The variety of marine life and topography we encountered was outstanding.  

 

 

One of the most incredible experiences was the chance to dive the wreck of the Christophoros, an 83m long cargo ship sitting upright on the seabed, with the deck at 32-35m.  The large, well preserved and stunning wreck is a joy to dive.  It is also located just a 2 minute boat ride from shore in a sheltered and current free location with great visibility, creating the conditions for a great dive.  We had a few days of truly wonderful diving and we could certainly spend much longer in this fabulous holiday destination!

 

 

 

What makes Skopelos special?

This island is one of the less visited Greek islands with a very relaxed and friendly feel, even though it is really easy to get there – many airports in the UK offer flight connections directly to Skiathos (the hub of the Sporades) May through October.  The diving is excellent and there are many dive sites to enjoy.  Lastly, the variety of non-diving activities makes for a full vacation experience.  Boat trips into the National Marine Park take you to visit secluded beaches and give you a chance to see some amazing wildlife, the Mamma Mia! tours are excellent fun, and numerous small, beautiful seaside villages with great tavernas and beaches are a delight to visit.

 

 

 

As a destination, Skopelos really has everything you could ask for both for a diving holiday and a fun summer vacation.  Look for our full print article in an upcoming issue of Scubaverse’s own Dive Travel Adventures magazine!

 

Thanks to:

Municipality of Skopelos (https://skopelos.com/

Skopelos Dive Center  (https://sporadesdiving.gr/)

Ionia Hotel (https://www.ioniahotel.gr/en)

Dolphin of Skopelos (https://dolphinofskopelos.com/)

Ta Kymata restaurant (@takymata)

The Muses restaurant (https://www.facebook.com/TheMussesMousses/)

Aktaiov resturant (https://skopelos.com/listings/aktaion-taverna/)

CJ and Mike are dive instructors who have travelled all over the world pursuing their passion for the underwater world. CJ is a PADI MI and DSAT Trimix instructor with a degree in Conservation biology and ecology, who has been diving for 15 years. She loves looking for critters and pointing them out for Mike to photograph. Mike is a PADI MSDT who got back into diving in 2010. He enjoys practicing underwater photography and exploring new and exciting dive locales, occasionally with more than one tank. Follow more of their diving adventures at www.facebook.com/bimbleintheblue.

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Dive into Egypt in 2024 with Sea to Sky

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Is Egypt part of your travel plans for 2024 and beyond, with scuba diving, Liveaboard adventures, Freediving trips, or Diving courses in mind?

Look no further, as we have some fantastic packages and handpicked destinations that we believe are the best. We’re passionate about what we do, and we’re confident you’ll love our destinations, as well as our trusted suppliers who are dedicated to ensuring you have the perfect experience.

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All our suppliers are listed on our website, but keep an eye on our social media pages for updates.

The Sea to Sky team are fluent in Italian, English, and French, and we’re available most of the time to answer any questions you may have (unless we’re underwater, of course!).

Learn to dive with Jeremy: We offer PADI and SSI courses up to professional levels in Egypt. Jeremy has a wealth of experience and a deep passion for teaching.

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Liveaboard diving in the Red Sea: Our partner is one of the most reputable operators in the Red Sea, and we have numerous dates available for 2024.

Red Sea Diving Safari: Experience scuba diving and freediving with unlimited house reef diving, providing the ultimate eco-diving experience. With three resort options, you’re spoiled for choice.

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Aziab Seafaris: Ever dreamed of freediving with hundreds of dolphins at Sataya Reef or disconnecting from daily life for a few days? Now’s your chance to sail and freedive the Red Sea and experience the incredible.

Dive Dahab: Explore Dahab with various accommodation options to suit your budget. Dive sites include the famous Blue Hole, Gabr El Bint, and numerous shore dives. Alternatively, simply unwind and relax in Dahab style with our amazing package.

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Camel Dive in Sharm El Sheikh: Camel Dive has a reputation for affordability and professionalism, choose from on of our Dive and Stay Packages and experience Ras Mohamed and the captivating Coral life

These are just a few of our incredible experiences. Don’t hesitate to send us a direct message or call us anytime. We love to chat about anything and everything.

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Email: hello@mysetaosky.co.uk

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BSAC launches Divesoft Liberty rebreather course

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The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) is bolstering access to technical dive training with the new BSAC Divesoft Liberty CCR course.

This course is a first step (MOD 1) into the silent bubble-free world of rebreather diving, and opens up a new world of diving experiences and possibilities for members.

Benefits of the Divesoft Liberty rebreather

Founded in 2013 in the Czech Republic, Divesoft developed its closed circuit rebreather (CCR) primarily with the guidance of cave divers. The Divesoft Liberty was the first fault-tolerant electronically controlled rebreather released into the recreational diving market. The Liberty is designed where all vital electronic elements have redundancy so that no single failure can disable the system.

Even if a critical systems error occured, the diver can safely return to the surface on the Liberty, maximising safety and efficiency. The design follows the same approach utilised in many safety-critical applications in the aerospace industry.

The Liberty’s modularity and ease of maintenance allow the diver to maintain the unit in all environments, including the harsh conditions of an expedition.

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BSAC Divesoft Liberty CCR Diver course

The brand new BSAC Liberty CCR course will teach a suitably qualified open-circuit diver to safely dive their rebreather to a maximum depth of 45m. This highly versatile unit offers a wide range of adjustability and settings, making it great for beginners and expert CCR divers alike.

Students get a thorough grounding in rebreather technology, and in-depth Liberty-specific training. The course includes decompression diving, and trimix gas planning, and teaches all the skills and drills required to dive the Liberty and address all possible situations.

The course is open to BSAC Sports Divers or above, who have completed a 35m depth certification. Trainees must also hold the Accelerated Decompression Procedures qualification or be an Advanced Nitrox diver (or equivalent.)

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The BSAC Liberty course covers decompression diving and trimix gas planning, with skills and drills required to dive the Liberty and address all  possible situations. Trainees can choose to dive with air as a diluent, but will have been trained using 20/35 trimix as a diluent,  so when they use 20/35 are allowed to dive to a  maximum depth of 45m, at the MOD 1 level of training.

The dry practical sessions will cover assembly, preparing and maintaining the Liberty, including updating the control firmware and downloading dives from the unit, using the Divesoft PC and phone applications.

All the new skills will be introduced during the sheltered water training dives, including applying the student’s current rescue skills to CCR diving: the sheltered water training is followed by seven open-water dives.

Nick Jewson, BSAC Technical Liberty Instructor said:

“The introduction of the Liberty CCR MOD 1 course demonstrates that BSAC continues to evolve its technical dive offering for members. We plan to have a minimum of four BSAC Liberty instructors in place early in the 2024 season, and with potential students waiting to do the course we can’t wait to see BSAC-qualified Liberty divers using this impressive rebreather in exciting expeditions very soon.”

Divesoft Liberty rebreather

The BSAC Liberty CCR MOD 1 course will be officially launched at the Go Diving Show near Kenilworth, Warwickshire on the weekend of 2nd-3rd March 2024, where Divesoft will have units on display.

Nick continued: “Visitors should head to stand N4 to get a hands-on look at the Divesoft Liberty and talk to the BSAC Liberty course team. Come and have a look, book your place on a regional Liberty try dive event, or sign up for the BSAC MOD 1 Liberty CCR Diver training course. We’ll ready to show you how the Liberty CCR can transform your diving!”

To learn more about the BSAC diving community, visit www.bsac.com

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