Maldives mantas and whalesharks love Emperor Maldives liveaboards

Posted by - 19th May 2017

So far this year, Emperor Maldives has reported a large number of sightings of whalesharks making their casual, gentle, relaxed way to the back of the boats as they moor for night-time. Not unusual, but certainly gratifying for the guests aboard these spacious liveaboards. And the manta have been around in abundance for both divers

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Author Eric Douglas releases latest Mike Scott thriller

Posted by - 17th May 2017

  Take a thrill ride to the Florida Keys in the latest adventure from thriller author Eric Douglas, The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water. This full-length novel includes ancient history, modern intrigue, treasure hunters and mysterious religious orders set against the backdrop of Key Largo, in the Florida Keys, both above and below water. “Mike Scott

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Plastic debris devastates remote Pacific island

Posted by - 17th May 2017

A small, uninhabited island in the southern Pacific Ocean has the dubious honour of boasting the highest density of plastic waste anywhere on the planet, according to an in-depth study by the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Centre for Conservation Science at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

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Scuba diving joins the 2017 National Watersports Festival line up

Posted by - 16th May 2017

The National Watersports Festival (NWF) is the Glastonbury of the aqua hobbies world. For the last ten years, watersports enthusiasts around the country have descended on Hayling Island on the South Coast to celebrate their love for the water, even when the Great British weather made getting in a tad tricky. But 2017 is a

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MARK EVANS: Clare Dutton on track to Course Director

Posted by - 16th May 2017

  Vivian Dive Centre in Llanberis, North Wales, is the main ‘test centre’ for the Scuba Diver test team, and recently it was taken over by Duttons Divers. Clare Dutton is one of the main founders of the company, and this keen PADI Master Instructor has now been accepted on to a forthcoming Course Director

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Dive cylinder testing – risk-based approach for inspection accepted

Posted by - 15th May 2017

  The International Standards Organisation (ISO) has recognised BSAC’s proposal for a risk-based approach to dive cylinder testing, meaning that for recreational divers, the current visual examination period is likely to remain at two-and-a-half years. This positive outcome for dive cylinder testing has come following months of lobbying by the UK recreational diving sector against

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New winter flights tourism boost for beleaguered Egypt

Posted by - 15th May 2017

 After seemingly endless months of bad news for the Red Sea tourism industry, things have finally taken a turn for the better with the announcement of various new flights into Marsa Alam, Egypt, this coming winter from Thomas Cook and Thomson. Both Regaldive and Emperor Divers have been quick to capitalise on these new Egypt

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Diverse Travel expands team and moves offices

Posted by - 11th May 2017

  UK tour operator Diverse Travel has expanded the team and moved to new offices in Ipswich. Kirsty Scopes recently joined Diverse Travel as administrator and now works alongside Jim and Cary Yanny, Holly Gibson and Bridget van der Horst in new offices in Ipswich. Kirsty is responsible for ticking the boxes for their guest’s dream

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Huish Outdoors acquires Hollis/Oceanic

Posted by - 2nd May 2017

  Huish Outdoors seemingly inexorable expansion throughout the dive industry has continued, with the news that the company has acquired long-established US brands Oceanic and Hollis from AUP (American Underwater Products), which also owns the Lavacore and Oceanpro brands.   The acquisition of Oceanic and Hollis represents the sixth and seventh such move by Huish

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Meet LiveAboard.com – For divers by divers!

Posted by - 1st May 2017

  When was LiveAboard.com established and what was the motivation behind its creation? LiveAboard.com was launched in 2013 with an aim to make booking a liveaboard holiday easier. The problem was people could not find all the trips available worldwide, so we wanted to fix that. Since then we have helped thousands of divers save

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