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Our World-Underwater competition

The 42nd edition of Our World-Underwater event took place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, U.S., during the weekend of February 17th-19th, 2012. Besides the seminars, film festival and all other activities, the highlight of the dive show was, naturally, the 7th edition of Our World-Underwater contest, which is often referred to as “the super bowl of underwater photography” – competition hosted by Wetpixel and Divephotoguide. Read the rest of this entry »

New PADI course for tech divers

Great news for technical divers: at the end of December 2011 PADI EMEA gave the green light to a new PADI TecRec Technical Rescue Diver and Instructor Course, as announced by Blue Immersion on their webpage. The course is the first of its kind and at this point only Team Blue Immersion can teach it. Read the rest of this entry »

Winning photo raises AWAREness

Norwegian photographer Christian Skauge wins Project AWARE’s (the nonprofit organization founded by PADI) photo contest. Read the rest of this entry »

Dolphin tale

We all remember our teen years when we had a favorite movie or series such as ”Free Willy” or ”Flipper” (or the original) to inspire us. Well, here we go again with a new movie based on a real life drama, which will surely mark us all. Read the rest of this entry »

Egyptian instructor dies in unclear circumstances

On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011, Ismail Marzouk, a 33 years old IANTD technical diving instructor working in Egypt for the UK Blue O Two diving tour operator, was lost underwater in the southern Red Sea, in the Marsa Alam area, announces the Egyptian newspaper Ahram Online. Read the rest of this entry »

Egyptian CDWS in distress

CDWS, the authority handling the water sports authorizations at the Red Sea, is going through significant changes. On June 29th, 2011, a note from the CDWS’ employees was sent out to members via e-mail, announcing them of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism’s (MOT) decision to end the funding of the CDWS. Read the rest of this entry »

Deep Everest: Annelie Pompe, going high and going deep

After setting a new women’s World Record (126 meters, 3 minutes 16 seconds dive time) in Variable Weight (VWT) last year (October 5th, 2010) in Sharm el-Sheikh, the Swedish freediver Annelie Pompe doesn’t stop and continues with a project called Deep Everest. Read the rest of this entry »

Passion and determination: “Moskva”, found after 70 years

The story of the „Moskva” destroyer’s discovery made headlines during the past few days. Leaving aside the technical details, this remains the story of a man who had the energy to search the bottom of the sea for almost two years, with a passion for exploration and the determination to reach his goal. Mircea Popa, who founded Respiro Underwater Research Society, gave us exclusive information about how he discovered the Russian warship in the depths of the Black Sea and what significance this event has. Read the rest of this entry »

Dahab Festival – first edition

It seems freedom has a unifying effect, at least for the Dahab community in South Sinai, Egypt. After this year’s revolution, Dahab locals “combined forces to showcase local activities and events.” Read the rest of this entry »

Green energy from sea-kites

A small Swedish company, Minesto, has developed a new technology named Deep Green, which uses tidal energy to generate power. The technology uses a kite-like assembly which is composed of a wing with a turbine on its back and is tethered to the seabed in a fix point. Read the rest of this entry »

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