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This month in the scuba bulletin:
During the winter we were quite silent. Our newsletter didn't come out to you because our team was working on big changes and improvements on GoodDive.com which are now being launched progressively. You can see some of the changes that have been launched since our last newsletter and many more are on the way! They will be unveiled in the coming months.
:: Novelties in the scuba resource
UK Dive Guide
Lots of new high quality photos in the photo gallery
Forum
New Advertisers
:: Breaking news 
Bahamas Diving Association and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Announce Dive Symposium Exclusively for Dive Travel Pros
:: Travel news
Vandenberg Sink Date Postponed
Buddy Dive Bonaire Annouces Last Minute Program
:: Equipment news
Oceanic Launches New EOS High Performance Regulator
New Sherwood SR1 Regulator Now Available
Mares introduce Vizeer Mask
:: Education news
PADI e-learning
:: Marine Conservation 
Warming trends rise in large ocean areas
:: New offers from the last minute board
Three offers from the last minute board
:: From the Forum
Three interesting topics from the forum...make friends, upload photos
:: Diving business owner and webmaster corner
Every month we present a few tips to help you increase your sales using the scuba diving portal.
Novelties in the Scuba Diving Portal:
Dive Guide, UK
New, the UK diving guide is now complete. The dive guide counts more than 300 information filled pages. The UK has been sorted by region and each region has it's own diving guide which includes dive site descriptions per region with highlights about what to see underwater in each region. 
For every region a map showing the situation and depths has been included making it easy to see the area with the best potential for diving. 
The photo gallery shows the type of fauna and flora to be seen while diving in the UK. All the photos are shot by professional or semi-professional photographers which gives a choice of superb photos. The gallery is constantly growing and being updated regularly with new photos.
Also incorporated is a list of the diving centers of each region including equipment importers etc...
It's also got its own forum in the regional forum for discussions about diving in the UK or trips starting from the UK.
This is a great tool for the UK diving society and for people coming from abroad to plan their vacation and for dive professionals to find the best locations and diving centers on place. Dive professionals located in the UK can also find useful contacts and information here.
Take a tour of  the guide: http://gooddive.com/uk-diving

Lots of new high quality photos in the photo gallery
The underwater photo gallery has grown a lot with many new photos added to  the various categories. Thanks to new contributions from professional photographers around the world.
To visit the gallery: http://www.gooddive.com/diving-photos/index.php?tab=p&cat=a

Forum
GoodDive has now launched a scuba diving forum. You have the possibility to interact with other scuba divers and exchange views. There is an instructor online who will answer questions you will ask him directly. Visit the forum at:
http://www.gooddive.com/forum-scuba-diving

New advertisers
Pro Dive Mexico Scuba Academy is a Multilingual PADI IDC Scuba Instructor Training center. We offer you - the future PADI instructor - to start your new career with the finest PADI IDC education at one of the worlds most famous dive destinations - Mexico. With Pro Dive Mexico you will begin your new PADI scuba instructor career with expert training while diving amongst such famous reefs as Tortugas, Palancar or The Devils Throat; and maybe you will discover the serenity of the Mexican Cenotes. If you have a great attitude and like to work in a professional team, then the Pro Dive Mexico divemaster and scuba instructor courses are for you. 
To know more about us visit: http://www.idcmexico.com
 Breaking news

Bahamas Diving Association and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Announce Dive Symposium Exclusively for Dive Travel Pros

The Bahamas Diving Association and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism announces first ever dive symposium scheduled for June 10th and 11th, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas. This two day event will showcase the best in diving the Islands of The Bahamas has to offer. Cost is $199, but includes a $350/pp airfare allocation, meals, hotel and diving.

Neal Watson, President of the Bahamas Diving Association comments “This new symposium is a great way for dive travel sellers, dive retailers, or dive media to learn more about the Bahamas dive product.” Mr. Watson continues “Part of our strength as a destination is that we encompass 700 islands, making the destination very diverse in terms of types of diving available. The two-day symposium is a hands-on opportunity to learn more about and experience the dive product within the Islands of The Bahamas.”

The two-day event takes place at The Our Lucaya Resort and Pelican Bay Resorts on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas. Attendees can visit the website and request an invitation, to the event: www.BahamasDiveSymposium.com This event is geared towards travel sellers, dive travel retailers, dive wholesalers and dive media worldwide.

This event is supported by The Bahamas Diving Association, and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Press Contact:
William Cline
Cline Group for the BDA/BMOT
www.bahamasdivesymposium.com
william@williamcline.com
Travel news

Vandenberg Sink Date Has Been Postponed

The new date will be announced shortly.

KEY WEST, Florida Keys -- Artificial reef project organizers coordinating the cleanup and sinking of a former United States Air Force missile tracking ship off Key West, Fla., announced a postponement of the scheduled scuttling date Tuesday.
 
The 524-foot Hoyt S. Vandenberg will not sink May 15 as originally hoped for, said Joe Weatherby of Reefmakers. A new date will be announced in the future, he said.
 
Many people are planning to travel to Key West for the sinking," Weatherby said. "We want to ensure they understand the ship will not sink May 15."

The ship is destined to be sunk about six miles south of Key West, in 140 feet of water in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Buddy Dive Bonaire Annouces Last Minute Program MINUTE PROGRAM

A great last minute deal on Bonaire with which you will save as you enjoy  the exciting options offered. This deal is valid for traveling in the period May 24 – June 6 2008 and from 14 June – 20 June 2008.

On booking a 1 bedroom apartment you will pay the price of a studio, savings 15%! This deal is also valid for our Drive and Dive packages! Pay only $852 per person* for a package including: 7 nights accommodation, 6 days unlimited air/nitrox, 7 days car rental, daily American Breakfast, transfer from and back to the airport and all taxes. Come with 4 and get two 1-bedroom apartment for the price of one 2-bedroom apartment, savings 25%!! Price per person* $733 for our Drive and Dive package

* For new bookings only, can not be combined with other specials. Prices are based on 2 persons in a 1-bedroom apartment.

For more information on this Last Minute Superdeal  please contact our reservations department at 1-866-GO-BUDDY or e-mail to reservations@buddydive.com or visit our website www.buddydive.com

Equipment news
New Sherwood SR1 Regulator Now Available

The SR¹ high performance regulator from Sherwood Scuba that all have been eagerly waiting for is now available. It has superior breathing performance of less than 0.5 joules/liter, W.O.B. at 165 fsw, 62.5 RMV and the SR¹ is the most technologically advanced regulator Sherwood Scuba has produced in its storied 50 year history. 

The SR¹ uses a second stage that's  pneumatically balanced, with a two-piece flow-through first stage piston for precise optimum balance and intermediate pressure control. The first stage is environmentally sealed featuring a dry-sealed spring chamber, two high pressure ports, five low pressure ports on a 360 degree swivel and is compatible with a yoke or DIN attachment. The second stage contains a SMART demand lever and floating crown which reacts to depressurization and relieves the load on the seat, extending seat life while promoting consistent performance. 

To learn more about the new Sherwood SR1 Regulator visit the Sherwood Scuba website at www.SherwoodScuba.com 

Oceanic Launches New EOS High Performance Regulator

Previewed late last year at the DEMA Industry Trade Show, the EOS is now available to Oceanic dealers worldwide. Some of the product highlights include:

  • Pneumatically balanced second stage with virtually no breathing effort
  • Diver adjustable inhalation effort
  • Patented Dynamic Adjustment automatically maintains inhalation effort throughout the dive
  • Adjustable Venturi Switch (A.V.S.) for Dive/Pre-Dive Adjustment
  • Stainless steel inline ball swivel reduces jaw fatigue
  • Orthodontic mouthpiece with high-density bite tabs
  • Paired with the high-performance FDX-10 Forged Over-Balanced Diaphragm
  •  First Stage featuring DVT (Dry Valve Technology) and Enviro Kit  

For more details on the Oceanic EOS, visit the Oceanic website at www.OceanicWorldwide.com

 

New Vizeer Mask 
Streamlined design, transparent frame. Pure and light
• Great new attractive look
• Easy to fit
• Buckles on the skirt

Vizeer is the new entry in Mares mask family. Its design is modern and functional. Over the frame, 5
soft plastic spots are overmolded. This will make it easier and faster to adjust the mask even when
wearing thick gloves. Available in a wide range of colors. All benefits and a reasonable price.
To read more: http://www.mares.com/product_detail.php?id=414&region=ALL

Education news
It's probably not new for most of you that PADI launched an e-learning program as this happened after our last newsletter. This will give a lot of new diver friends on the diving boats if we can start a course anytime anywhere!
Marine Conservation 
Warming trends in a third of the world's large ocean regions are two to four times greater than previously reported averages, increasing the risk to marine life and fisheries, a U.N.-backed environmental study said.

Over fishing, coastal pollution and degradation of water quality were common in all 64 large marine ecosystems studied by scientists who contributed to the U.N. Environmental Program report presented at an international conference on oceans, coasts and islands in Vietnam this week.

Read more on this topic here:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUKHAN29074220080409
New offers from the last minute board
Here are a few of the ads featuring in the last minute board:

Italy
Price: 315 EUR 
A PADI 5 star dive resort in Lampedusa Island, (south east of Italy) is offering a dive package including 6 dives and 7 nights in a fully furnished residence. Don't hesitate to contact us so we can organise your dive holiday in Lampedusa.
Validity: May 2008
http://www.gooddive.com/board/classifieds.php?a=2&b=357

Thailand
Price: 216 EUR
Get your PADI Open Water Course with the best 5 Star IDC and CDC Dive Center on Koh Tao.Ban's Diving Resort.One of the best Dive Resort in the world.It's only 216 
Euro for the course with 5 nights accommodation by swimming pool.
Validity: Through 2008
http://www.gooddive.com/board/classifieds.php?a=2&b=342 

Egypt
Price 4'500 EUR
Discover the beauty of Red Sea with Liliom Divers! Weekly and Mini diving Safaris to the North (from Sha'ab Ali-Thistlegorm to Safaga-Salam Express ) and South(from Samadai-Dolphine House, Elphinstone to Abu Dabab). Program is flexible and can be changed to suit your particular needs.
Nbr. of available places, min 12 - max 16 persons
Validity: 15 March 2008 - 22 March 2008
http://www.gooddive.com/board/classifieds.php?a=2&b=352



Check the board http://www.gooddive.com/board/classifieds.php regularly for new great deals.
If you have a great offer don't hesitate to post it. This service is free!!

From the forum
Here are three interesting discussions featuring in the forum:

Most replied to thread:
Read here: Most durable regulator

Most viewed thread:
Read here: What's the weirdest object found while diving?

Most popular forum:
Read here: Scuba diving travel

Diving business owner and webmaster corner

Every month we present a few tips to help you increase your sales using the scuba diving portal.

Every month we present a few tips to help you increase your sales using the scuba diving portal.

One month ago GoodDive launched its forum dedicated to scuba diving. It's not just one more forum out there, it has quite some unique features. It's the first forum available on the net where divers can ask an instructor. It's also the first forum giving the opportunity for dive professionals, dive instructors, diving schools, travel agents to use it as a tool in acquiring new customers.
It's a great tool to get and give advice and exchange experiences. Instructors, dive schools, dive centers and anyone having instructors has the possibility of contacting the forum administrator to be able to give advice in the "ask the instructor forum". It's a great opportunity to show your expertise and skills.
A visitor asking a question about a certain diving course or skill will get professional advice. If you give good clear advice he will probably want to do his next course with you. But not only him, this question will be read by thousands of other users.
Same for somebody asking questions about diving in your area. If you give a professional and pleasant reply he will probably come and dive with you. Don't forget, a question is initiated by one person but thousands will read it. This is a great tool for your marketing. The forum has a support area called "professional diving business support". Don't hesitate to ask any questions on how to improve your income using this tool. The professional internet marketer who brought GoodDive to its leading position can give you advice about internet marketing.
 To take advantage of the forum and gain new customers  register in the GoodDive.com scuba diving forum, fill your profile and contact the administrator to become an approved instructor or professional in order to be able to interact in the "ask the instructor forum". 
Visit the GoodDive forum: http://www.gooddive.com/forum-scuba-diving

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