(Dive Travel Business News - Feb 14, 2012) -- The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system (and it's largest living structure ), comprising nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands off the eastern coast of Australia. One of these thousands of reefs is Heart Reef, so named for its shape. It is located in the Whitsunday Islands and must be viewed from the air as the area is protected and snorkelers and scuba divers are not allowed to enter.
Located in Hardy Reef, Heart Reef is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Many tour companies will combine a scenic helicopter or seaplane flight over Heart Reef with other breathtaking spots in the Whitsundays. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - January 27, 2012) -- The upcoming Boston Sea Rovers Show, to be held at the CoCo Key Hotel & Water Resort in Danvers MA on the weekend of March 10-11, has created many incentives for attendees to bring along non-diving friends and family. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - January 19, 2012) -- The Dive Cooperative, a dive operation and training academy in Cozumel on a mission to bring a higher consciousness to diving, is launching an innovative new retreat entitled "Dive Within". This unique 7-day program brings together the synergies of scuba diving and yoga in an integrated program that allows for exploration of many aspects of day-to-day life.
Meditation, breathing and visualization exercises will help participants achieve a sense of calm, peace and expanded awareness under water, while the physical elements of yoga will help them to prepare and recover from the strenuous diving activity.
(Dive Travel Business News - December 20, 2011) -- The Snorkeling Trap, an informative article from Marine Marketing and Consulting, outlines potential risks in running snorkeling activities. The article is available for free at the Marine Marketing & Consulting website. The Snorkeling Trap is based upon a snorkeling fatality case that recently went to trial. This unexpected accident, and the litigation that surrounded it, reveals possible gaps in how the diving industry approaches snorkeling excursions. The article provides valuable insight for industry professionals who run snorkeling outings. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - December 1, 2011) -- Scuba Schools International (SSI), the premier education and business support company came to DEMA to reinforce and build on its new business model for the recreational sport diving industry – Swim, Snorkel, Scuba. SSI advises the industry on some of its strategies for success here:
Swim, Snorkel, Scuba Model – The idea of a swim, snorkel, scuba model is keeping customers involved for life. Start them out young in swim, brand them to your business and the love of water, graduate them to Snorkel or Scuba Rangers, then to Freediving or Open Water Diver, Specialties and Xtended Range diving. Check into the new standards and exciting changes that Mike Ange has brought to SSI TXR and how this well-rounded range of products can extend the time customers stay in diving. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - Nov 30, 2011) -- Just one sting from the luminous jellyfish can halt on anyone’s snorkeling or dive vacation. Fortunately, most jellyfish stings are harmless, but they have the potential to be very painful. To keep underwater adventures free from pain, Reef Safe™ byTropical Seas® has created the new Sting Cooler™ Jelly Fish Sting Relief.
Available in a spray or gel, the biodegradable Sting Cooler™ Jelly Fish Sting Relief solution provides maximum relief from the discomfort associated with stings from jellyfish, man-o-wars, sand fleas, sea lice, fire coral, and many other stinging marine creatures. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - June 6, 2011) -- In January 2012, Zegrahm Expeditions will operate two diving- and snorkeling-focused voyages to the Seychelles aboard the 110-passenger Clipper Odyssey. Throughout their Ultimate Seychelles and Classic Seychelles journeys, divers and snorkelers will encounter over 150 coral species and some 850 species of rainbow-hued fish, as well as manta rays, spinner dolphins, hawksbill and green turtles, and hundreds of giant clams. Highlights on both itineraries include:
Aldabra Atoll - The world's second largest atoll is a World Heritage Site comprised of four major islands separated by channels. Enjoy an exhilarating drift-snorkel through a narrow pass into a lagoon populated by turtles and eagle rays, plus glimpse the giant Indian Ocean tortoises - estimated at over 100,000 - who roam wild on shore.
Astove Atoll - Along the atoll's vertical reef wall, divers and snorkelers will delight in the crystal clear waters populated by turtles, clouds of tropical fish, and colorful corals. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - May 29, 2011) -- The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) recently released a new in-water game called “DiveCaching.” DiveCaching is an underwater game for snorkelers and certified divers that is designed to keep divers active locally while promoting more diving.
DiveCaching combines basic diving skills with underwater navigation and underwater search techniques to find a hidden DiveCache - a hidden underwater container, or "cache" filled with "goodies." DiveCaches can be hidden in almost any underwater environment, and the visibility, temperature and other diving conditions are part of the challenge of hiding and finding a cache.
DEMA launched the activity to the professional diving community in early May, giving dive centers a “heads-up” to get involved with hiding caches for their local dive sites. DEMA has sent several BeADiver “trackable” tags to DEMA member retail stores to help them start local diving games for their customers. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - March 10, 2011) -- Palau is taking strides to preserve its natural resources, including sharks, whales, jelly fish, dolphins, agriculture, aquaculture and coral reefs. Eco-friendly practices are indigenous to the local culture and traditions and are now becoming a springboard for the island nation as several Palauan entities are enhancing their practices.
Palau’s former president, Tommy E. Remengesau, a key supporter of Shark Sanctuary, signed into law on Sept. 5, 2003, some of the world toughest shark protection legislation with heavy penalty of up to $250,000 per incident for violation. The ground-breaking legislation remains the law in Palau today, despite recent efforts to overturn. In January 2004, Palau received international recognition from Shark Project as a recipient of their first Shark Guardian of the year for passage of such tough shark protection law. read more »
(Dive Travel Business News - December 12, 2010) -- American scientists are making rapid progress in the investigation of an unprecedented string of attacks off a 3-mile stretch of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. The shark experts, flown into the Egyptian resort after 5 shark attacks killed one woman and seriously injured 4 others, have positively identified at least two of the sharks responsible.
The breakthrough came after the team questioned witnesses, studied photographs, examined forensic evidence and pathologist reports, and investigated the waters near each of the incidents. The scientists say they are working on the basis that between two and four individual sharks were involved in the attacks.
The team has concluded from photographic evidence that clearly shows that an oceanic whitetip with a unusual notch in its tail-fin that attacked a Russian man on Nov 30, is the same individual shark that returned six days later to a nearby stretch of water to attack and kill a 70-year-old German woman, the fifth shark attack victim. read more »