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DAN Europe launches tour focused on sustainability

Wed, 24/03/2021 - 17:24

With much of the tourism and sports industries stuck due to lockdowns all around Europe, some may think now it's not the best moment to launch a tour. However, ocean protection has long been overdue, and there's no time to lose.

Plans for the initiative were developed during the pandemic. The tour will have two passionate scuba divers and DAN Europe Ambassadors, Manu Bustelo and Alana Alvarez, travel some 11.500 km across Europe on an electric vehicle.

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The 2021 SDUFEX Underwater Film Festival is Open for Submissions

Wed, 17/03/2021 - 21:36

SDUFEX is the largest film festival in the world dedicated solely to underwater films. In 2020 our virtual festival had over 20,000 views from attendees in over 50 countries. 

No Entry Fees are required for submission but at least 50% of each film's footage must be shot underwater. A distinguished panel of independent judges will review each film.

There are two submission categories, consisting of either a 5 or a 10-minute duration limit and a maximum of two films (total) per filmmaker may be submitted. 

Lionfish, native to the Indo-Pacific, is characterized by conspicuous warning coloration and venomous spiky fin rays.

Stung divers needed for Lionfish Pain Survey

The two Canadian universities are currently collaborating on the world's first large-scale study of lionfish stings. At present, there is no scientific data that has been collected on a broad scale, as to what happens to a human after they have been stung by a lionfish. 

Subject Criteria

Been stung? The scientists would like to collect the pain and symptoms you experienced after you were stung.  

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DAN Introduces Newly Redesigned Website

Wed, 10/03/2021 - 23:22

The completely redesigned DAN.org is your one-stop destination for dive safety information, dive accident insurance, travel insurance and much more. Whether you’re a new diver, an experienced diver, a dive professional or a dive operator you’ll find everything you need to know about safe diving. Take a video tour of the new site.

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Polymeric materials used in face masks can be a potential source of plastic and breakdown into microplastic pollution.

Abandoned face masks found on Philippine reef

The popular dive spot is southeast of the Philippine capital, Manila.

BBC Philippine correspondent Howard Johnson joined dive professionals from Anilao Scuba Dive Centre as they resumed diving, following the national lockdown. The dive centre is affiliated to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Fins, which promotes sustainable marine tourism in South-East Asia.

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Simone Melchior Cousteau onboard the minesweeper 'Calypso'

WDHOF announces new Simone Melchior Cousteau Grant

The North American-based, not-for-profit professional honour society advised that the grant was made possible, thanks to a US$5,000 donation from the Netherlands fashion brand 'Scotch & Soda'. 

Scotch & Soda

Scotch & Soda states "we give the same love and attention to the sustainable production of our garments, as we do to their design."

We strive to make issues surrounding the environment, animal welfare and safe working conditions a priority. Scotch & Soda

Last chance to enter 2021 'Underbathwater Photographer of the Year' competition

Fourth Element - the UK-based thermal protection manufacturer - came up with the idea in April 2020 with the aim of lifting divers' spirits, whilst they remained at home during the first British Government lockdown.

The idea was simple. Take the best photo you can underwater in your bathtub. And if you don't have a bath, just get creative. A sink, bucket, water butt or just about anything that can hold water was perfectly acceptable. 

GUE diver Nico Lurot

TOP 10 Scuba Diving Pioneers - Global Underwater Explorers

Who are the Top 10 Scuba Diving Pioneers? It doesn't matter if you're a cave diver, wreck diver, deep diver, or none of the above. If Scuba Diving is your passion/profession, you owe a debt of gratitude to the pioneers that came before you, those that shaped the industry.

In this video, GUE diver Nico Lurot is going to count down the TOP 10 Scuba Diving Pioneers whom he believes had (some of) the biggest influences on the industry and sport we love.

Divers at Porth Dafarch Beach, Wales

The BDSG advocates divers prepare for a return to UK diving

A BDSG spokesman states "Although we are currently in lockdown, it is time to start preparing to scuba dive UK sites and seas. We are all very keen to get back in the water again.

We understand that everyone is heartily sick of COVID-19 rules, hence this is an appeal for divers to do the right thing, and behave accordingly. Please take into consideration the following guidelines as you get set to scuba."

Medical Fitness

Divers need to comply with relevant medical requirements, and medicals may have lapsed, so check your dates. There is now the added complication of any impact COVID-19 may have created. Your respiratory system can be affected by the Coronavirus and can have long term effects that could impact on your ability to dive safely. If you have any doubts, seek professional medical advice from a diving doctor.

John Kendall getting ready to dive the 'Mars the Magnificent' wreck in July 2018

John Kendall earns top GUE CCR instructor rating

For those unfamiliar with this training agency, the qualification is the highest GUE closed-circuit rebreather (CCR) rating, ie advanced Trimix.

This means that John Kendall is able to teach both GUE's CCR courses: CCR Diver Level 1 and CCR Diver Level 2. John now joins the nine other GUE instructors in the world, capable of teaching this course.

Currently there are only 10 GUE CCR2 instructors in the world. Global Underwater Explorers