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Women Divers Hall of Fame announces 2023 Grant and Scholarships Program

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Applications are now open for the 2023 Women Divers Hall of Fame scholarships and grants program.

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 31, 2022, at 5:00 pm New York time.

(Exception: Undergraduate Marine Research Internship closes Jan 15, 2023 at 5:00 pm New York time.)

Applicants will be notified by Feb 1, 2023, and awards will be made in March, 2023.

SUMMARY OF SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS

Thirty-eight scholarships and training grants are offered this year. For some of the categories, more than one scholarship/grant is being offered. A summary of the scholarship/grant categories and award amounts is listed below. Full descriptions and sponsorship as well as application instructions can be found on the website at: https://wdhof.webflow.io/scholarships/scholarship-descriptions

SCHOLARSHIPS

Seventeen scholarships/fellowships/internships are offered this year in marine conservation (basic or applied research), marine biology, underwater archaeology, seagrass and coral rehabilitation, sea turtle conservation, extreme environment physiology, and journalism/graphic arts/photography/videography. They are intended to support independent research, field work, and conservation/rehabilitation activities, as specified in the descriptions. Scholarships/Fellowships/Internships are paid directly to the recipient.

Scholarships for women only (12 awards):

  • Marine Conservation Scholarship – Graduate (4 awards – $2,000 each)
  • Marine Conservation Scholarship – Undergraduate (1 award – 1 @ $1,500)
  • Coral and Seagrass Rehabilitation Fellowships (4 awards – $2,500 each)
  • Sea Turtle Conservation Grant (1 award – $2,000)
  • Underwater Archaeology Scholarship – Graduate (1 award – $2,000)
  • Journalism, Graphic Arts, Photography, or Videography Scholarship (1 award – $1,500)

Scholarships for women or men (5 awards):

  • Marine Conservation Scholarship – Graduate (1 award – $2,000 each)
  • Marine Conservation Scholarship – Undergraduate (1 award – 1 @ $1,500)
  • Undergraduate Marine Research Internship (1 award – $1,000)
  • Sea to Space Extreme Environment Physiology Grant (2 awards – $5,000 each)

TRAINING GRANTS

Fifteen training grants are offered this year. Training grants provide funding for diving and diving-related underwater training. WDHOF and our sponsors offer several dive training grants for both beginners to learn to dive and for certified divers to advance their skills.   For training conducted in the U.S., funds are paid directly to the training facility upon WDHOF’s receipt of an invoice; the grant is NOT paid directly to the grantee.  For training that is not conducted in the U.S., the grantee must submit an invoice, and funds will be transferred to the grantee’s bank account.

Training grants for women only (12 awards):

  • Basic dive training (learn to dive) (6 awards – $1,000 each)
  • Advanced dive training (6 awards – $1,000 each)

Training grants for women or men (5 awards):

  • Basic dive training – learn to dive (1 award – $1,000)
  • Advanced dive training (1 award – $1,000)
  • Basic or advanced hard hat dive training (1 award – $1,000)
  • Basic dive training for candidates in ROTC, JROTC, military academy, Sea Scout or Sea Cadet (1 award – $1,000)
  • Disabled diver (beginner or advanced) or instructor to assist disabled to dive (1 award – $1,000)

SPECIALTY GRANTS

Specialty grants for women only (1 award):

  • Instructor advanced education (1 award – $2,000)

Specialty grants for women or men (5 awards):

  • Diving medical education or emergency medical responder grants (5 awards – $500 value each)

Thank you to all of the Scholarship & Training Grant Sponsors.

Find out more information here!

Source: www.divenewswire.com

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Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse’s November 2022 Underwater Photo & Video Contests

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Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s November 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s November 2022 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. December’s photo and video contests are now open.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s December 2022 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s December 2022 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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Tips for… Refreshing Skills

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A hugely important subject, and one that should be considered by any diver regardless of your training level. Just like anything, sometimes life gets in the way, we get sidetracked and before you know it, it’s been 2 months out of the water. It may not seem like a lot, but we naturally start to forget things when they are not used. We slow down our actions as we are out of practise and have to think a little more in order to retrieve the information to help make decisions.

There’s nothing wrong with this of course, we cannot always be diving! But it is important that we refresh before getting straight back into it. We obviously conduct a lot of refresher courses here at the dive centre, but we are also realistic, knowing that not everyone will want to pay to refresh their skills with an instructor. That’s also fine too, just be sensible.

Our tips for this would be the following; some will likely seem a little common sense… but it’s always good to have a reminder right?!

First off, when getting back to diving, choose a buddy that you usually dive with or someone that has a higher level of competency in diving. This will give you the reassurance in the water and not have to be worrying about the others person whilst getting back into it yourself.

Secondly, choose a site that you know. Don’t be jumping straight in having seen an amazing new site that you want to try out… that can wait for another time. You have already had a break in your actual diving, without having to then also consider navigating and a new dive plan.

Next, try to leave out the brand new equipment. It’s great that getting back into diving you have decided to buy yourself a new drysuit, fins and BCD, but it all might be a little bit much. Let’s concentrate on just getting back into the water and then move onto those new additions. This kind of change can make even the best of divers anxious.

Last but not least, there’s nothing wrong with staying shallow. Our first dive to get back into it, does not need to break our dive depth record. Stay shallow, enjoy the marine life at this depth, and keep the dive nice and easy. Practise those skills if you would like to, make sure you know where all your equipment is positioned and get comfortable. The ocean isn’t going anywhere… there’s always tomorrow to get in for another!


Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com

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