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World Scuba depth record diver to speak at DIVE 2014

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Ahmed Gabr

Sam Helmy at DIVE 2014Ahmed Gabr has just broken the world scuba depth record with a dive to 332-m, and his dive-planner and deep support diver Sam Helmy is an exciting late addition to the speaker line-up at DIVE 2014, at the NEC Birmingham on the weekend of the 25th and 26th October.

The record dive was carried out in the Red Sea off the Dahab coast, where Gabr hit his maximum depth of 332.35m within 15 minutes. Thereafter, a slow ascent with extensive decompression was required in order to surface without injury.

It took over 14 hours to complete – and Sam Helmy, of h2o Divers Dahab, will be giving Dive Show visitors the inside story of its planning, involving 20 training dives and an on-the-day team including 15 support divers.

 The talk represents a fascinating addition to an already-impressive line-up of top divers set to speak at the show, which includes Jack Ingle, Monty Halls, Andy Torbet, Andrew Fox, Mark Powell, Martin Edge, Saeed Rashid, Nigel Wade and Paul Duxfield.

DIVE 2014 will feature around 250 companies offering diving gear, holidays and services.

There will also be many special attractions. These include two in-hall diving pools, the popular PhotoZone, the British Isles Experience, the Asia-Pacific Showcase and the Caribbean Village.

And for those with training as well as travel in mind, experts from the likes of PADI, BSAC, SSI and SAA will be offering guiding hands throughout the weekend.

There will also be a free-to-enter draw for all Show visitors to win a dream dive trip for two to PNG worth £12,500 provided by UK based tour operator Original Diving.

DIVE 2014 opening times are 9.30am-6.00pm on Saturday 25th October and 9.30am-5.00pm on Sunday 26th October.

Ticket prices start at just £8.50 for groups of 6 or more divers (a saving of £4 per person off the full price of £12.50).

You can book tickets to DIVE 2014 here.

Sam Helmy will be appearing in Ocean Theatre 2 at 4.05pm on both days of the show.

See the full Ocean Theatre speaker programmes here.

 

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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The Philippines wins World’s Top Dive Destination Award!

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Congratulations to the Philippines for being recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards!

The World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

Read more about diving in the Philippines in our latest publication Philippines Dive Adventures.

The magazine is a guide to the best diving in the Philippines. It features: Anilao, Bohol, Cebu, Dauin, Puerto Galera, Tubbataha and much more…

With 7,641 islands, the Philippines has it all! Let the Dive Travel Adventures and Scubaverse Media Team take you on an incredible tour above and below water in the World’s Leading Dive Destination – download your FREE copy here!


To find out more about visiting the Philippines visit the Department of Tourism website by clicking here.

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