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To reward loyal SSI divers for continuing to dive in 2021, SSI is increasing your chances to win a FREE DIVE VACATION.  There are now THREE CHANCES TO WIN!  

“The 2021 Master Diver Challenge has shaped up to be the best ever” states Jeff Saenger, SSI Director of Sales. “Not only do we have great prizes, but we’ve expanded the opportunities for more SSI divers to win. Despite the COVID epidemic, last year we saw almost no reduction in the number of Master Divers we certified over 2019! In fact, we only missed surpassing our record 2019 Master Diver certifications by 8%! This showed us that despite the challenges, divers got out and went diving!

“The top producing stores that used the Master Diver Challenge to engage with their customers in 2020 said they focused on local diving or extended weekend trips. This kept people engaged taking classes and buying equipment. This helped them make it through one of the toughest years in the history of our sport.”

Becoming an SSI Master Diver in 2021 not only allows you to join the growing ranks of this prestigious dive rating but enters you for a chance to win an exotic dive vacation. Since 2011, the SSI Master Diver Challenge is an exclusive SSI promotion encouraging divers to keep diving and achieve their Master Diver rating. Enjoy your passion for diving and make incredible memories, all while becoming a better diver and possibly winning the dive trip of a lifetime. Take the Master Diver Challenge today!

SSI will draw winners for THREE dive vacations based on your level of achievement. One at the Master Diver level, one at the Advanced Open Water Diver level, and one at the Specialty Diver level. SSI will automatically enter all divers certified at each of these levels in 2021 for a chance to WIN! This program is just one of the many tools SSI provides for their Training Centers. If you are not participating in this free-to-you marketing opportunity, it’s not too late. You can start today. 2021 is here and the opportunity is better than ever for divers to participate.  


Enter the Master Diver Challenge by earning your SSI Master Diver rating in 2021 by logging 24 dives and earning five SSI specialty courses (one being SSI Diver Stress and Rescue). Divers who achieve their SSI Master Diver rating in 2021 will be automatically registered to win the Master Diver grand prize – an AGGRESSOR LIVEABOARD DIVE VACATION!  


Enter the Advanced Diver Challenge by earning your SSI Advanced Diver certification in 2021 by logging 24 dives and earning four SSI specialty courses. Divers who achieve their SSI Advanced Open Water Diver rating in 2021 will be automatically registered to win the Advanced Diver Challenge prize – a COZUMEL DIVE VACATION!


Enter the Specialty Diver Challenge by earning your SSI Specialty Diver certification in 2021 by logging 12 dives and earning two SSI specialty courses. Divers who achieve their SSI Specialty Diver rating in 2021 will be automatically registered to win the Specialty Diver Challenge prize – a FLORIDA KEYS DIVE VACATION!


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Introducing the Cinebags Dome Port Case CB74



The CB74 Port Case is a heavy duty case to protect and carry your compact sized dome port. Designed to protect and transport 6″-8″ ports from Nauticam, Zen, Sea&Sea and similar sized ports.

The CB74 is made of a heavy duty tarpaulin fabric with padded sidewalls to protect your dome port in your dive luggage. The oversized zippers allow for quick easy access to the port pouch.

A mesh pouch is attached to flap can be used to store your spare port cover.

A small velcro pouch is located in the back compartment of the CB74 for small parts like spare o-rings, or o-ring grease.

The front of the CB74 has a neoprene carry handle to make transporting the port case a breeze. The opposite side has an area you can write your name and also label the pouch so it can be easily identified.


  • heavy duty tarpaulin fabric
  • padded sidewalls
  • oversized zippers
  • mesh pouch for accessories
  • mesh pouch to store port cover
  • neoperene carry handle

The CB74 Dome Port and other CineBags Underwater Products are available through the dedicated underwater dealer network. 

For more information visit the Cinebags website by clicking here.

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When is it a good day to dive?



By Rick Peck

The standard answer is “It’s always a good day to dive.” The real question is: When is it a day we should not dive?

There are several factors that go into a decision for a dive day.

  • Weather
  • Waves
  • Tides (if applicable)
  • Physical condition
  • Mental condition
  • Water visibility


We would all like to dive in bright sunny conditions. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. It is always a good idea to check the forecast before a dive day. The weather directly before a dive might be bright and sunny, but in some areas, thunderstorms roll in quickly. While it may be an interesting experience to see a lightning storm underwater with the strobe effect, we do have to come up sometime. A 30+ pound lightning rod strapped to your back makes for a very dangerous exit.

Wind is also a concern. Storms that roll in quickly can bring gust fronts that make for dangerous conditions. It could be flat and calm when you enter, and you may ascend after the dive into 5-6 foot chop with a dangerous exit onto the boat. Having a boat drop on your head or getting tangled in the ladder is not fun.

Waves and Tides

Shore diving in a coastal area makes waves a concern. Waves are generated by wind speed, duration and fetch. If there is a storm offshore you could be seeing big waves with very little wind in your area. Linked to the wave action is the tide. At some sites, waves tend to fizzle out at extreme high tide, making for easier entry and exits.

Tides can also affect your dive in an inlet. There is a popular dive site in my area that normally dives from a half-hour before high tide to a half-hour after high tide because of the current generated by the tidal change. The tidal currents can become so strong that an average diver can’t overcome them. The question is: does the tide change match the time you have available to dive? Your local dive shop should have recommendations on where and when is the best time to shore dive. As we learned in our Open Water class, local knowledge is the best.

Physical Condition

Are you healthy enough to dive? Do you have the physical conditioning to safely do the dive you are planning? Pushing your physical limits directly after a cold or allergy attack could lead to an ear injury or worse. If you have been sick, maybe you don’t have the energy reserves to rescue yourself or a buddy if required. The typical “Oh, I’ll be alright” could put not only you but your dive buddy at risk as well. Don’t let your ego write checks that your body can’t fulfill.

Mental Condition

You could compare diving to driving a car. We have all heard of distracted driving. If you are mentally upset or dealing with a great deal of stress, it might be prudent to evaluate whether it’s a good day to dive. Frustration and an urgency to get into the water to “relax” could mean you are skipping items on your buddy checks and self-checks. Unless you have the mental discipline to set these worries aside, it is probably better to dive another day.

Water Visibility

While there is a segment of the diving population that likes to “Muck Dive,” in general we prefer to see what is around us. One type of diving where visibility is important is drift diving. It is a two-fold problem, if you stay shallow enough to avoid obstructions, you can’t see anything. If you go deep enough to see the bottom, depending on the speed of the current, there is a possibility of being driven into a coral head or some other obstruction that you don’t see approaching. It is also much easier to become separated from your buddy. Remember to discuss and set a lost buddy protocol before the dive.


While it seems like all the stars and moon must align in order to safely dive, it’s really simple. Check the weather, check the tides (If applicable), do a self-assessment, and don’t be reluctant to cancel a dive if the conditions warrant it when you arrive at the dive site. A little planning and forethought will lead to a safe enjoyable dive. Always remember to dive within the limits of your training, conditioning, and skill set.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

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