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:: Happy and Prosperous 2012
GoodDive wishes you a Happy 2012
:: Photo contest
The Our World Underwater underwater photo competition 2012 announced
:: Novelties in the Scuba Diving Portal
The wreck of Salem Express, Egypt
Scuba diving accessories explained
:: Breaking news 
Dozens of hybrid sharks have been found off Australia
:: Dive show news
The Düsseldorf Boat Show willl open it's doors from 21-29 January
:: Equipment news
New HOLLIS DG05 dive computer launched
Oceanic fitting rooms introduced 
:: Education news
The rebreather forum is scheduled to take place in Orlando in May
:: Marine Conservation 
Dolphin Sanctuary Declared in The Red Sea, Egypt.
:: New offers from the last minute board
Dive with Oonas Dive Club in Sharm El Sheikh at a discounted weekly price
Dive the wrecks of the Subic Bay, Philippines
Take an advanced trimix course in Dahab, Egypt in February 2012
Happy and Posperous 2012
We all from GoodDive take this opportunity to wish you all a great  and successful 2012. We thank you for your support for the past years and we look forward to serving you all and the diving industry in the next year. Wishing you happy bubbles.
Photo contest
The Our World Underwater underwater photography and video competition for 2012 has been announced.
This competition is now in its 7th year and has become one of the biggest and most respected photography competitions in the world. The competition celebrates both the beauty of the ocean and the art of underwater photography. 

The OWU competition, together with the DEEP Indonesia competition, are a unique series with a the prize pool of over $100,000. Winners also achieve the glory of being named one of the world’s best underwater photographers, the respect of their peers, and their images will be exposed to millions of readers of dive, travel and photography magazines and websites worldwide. Esteemed judges will include leading professional underwater photographers, cinematographers and magazine editors from around the world. 

Underwater photographers of all levels, from novice to professionals are eligible ad there are great prizes to be won. The deadline for submissions is Jan 23, 2012.. 
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Novelties in the Scuba Diving Portal

The wreck of Salem Express is now online. This ferry sunk in the night of December  14th/15th 1991. It was n its way to Safaga from Jeddah when the tragedy hit and it is officially stated that there were approximately 690 passengers, mostly pilgrims returning on board of which 180 survived. However there are different counts and there could have been more people on board, over 1500. The circumstances of the tragedy, the massive loss of life, the religious factor, the impossible rescue, all that makes the Salem Express indisputably to be the most controversial wreck dive in the Red Sea. 
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Diving accessories list online. 
We have compiled a scuba diving accessories list dedicated to giving information about  accessories for scuba diving, items designed for safety and convenience of the divers.  Here you will find details and explanations of accesories like signaling devices, slates, reels, bags and more.
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Breaking news
Scientists say that dozens of hybrid sharks have been found off Australia
The world's first hybrid sharks have been discovered in substantial numbers off the coast of Australia, and scientists say it may be an indication the creatures are adapting to climate change.

Australian researchers say they've found 57 animals that are a cross between the Australian blacktip shark and the common blacktip shark, two closely related but genetically distinct species.

"Hybridization could enable the sharks to adapt to environmental change as the smaller Australian black tip currently favors tropical waters in the north while the larger common black tip is more abundant in sub-tropical and temperate waters along the south-eastern Australian coastline," researcher Jennifer Ovenden of the University of Queensland said in a press release.

Ovenden said the discovery is a first for sharks, and it could indicate that other shark and ray species may interbreed in reaction to climate change.

The findings were confirmed using DNA testing and measurements. Scientists from the University of Queensland, James Cook University's Fishing and Fisheries Research Center, the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and 
Innovation, and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries will conduct further studies to determine the fitness of the new hybrids, according to the press release.

The hybrids were found along a 2,000-kilometer (1,243-mile) stretch of the eastern Australian coast from Queensland to New South Wales. The breadth of their distribution and their numbers impressed researchers.

"Wild hybrids are usually hard to find, so detecting hybrids and their offspring is extraordinary. To find 57 hybrids along 2,000 kilometers of coastline is unprecedented.
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Dive show news
The Düsseldorf Boat Show will take place from the 21st to the 29th of January at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Germany. 

The stands will be open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Every year the Düsseldorf boat show introduces beginner divers to diving in a unique way while at the same time enthusing the professionals. For example, with the try-dive pool, the diving tower,the latest equipment, the best offers and information on underwater photography and attractive diving holidays, as well as the chance for fans and enthousiasts to chat.

For boot Düsseldorf 2012, some 320 exhibitors are expected at the world’s biggest consumer show for diving in Halls 3 and 4. At the glass diving tower, the Diving Center  will be providing a colourful programme.

So plan now for the boat show which brings together diving enthousiasts and professionals.
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Equipment news
New HOLLIS DG05 dive computer is now available 
Innovative new dive computer great for recreational AND technical divers.

DG05 is a technical dive computer for the growing technical diver. Whether you are advanced nitrox looking towards Trimix or an avid CCR diver, the DG05 will provide you the platform to modify based on your diving needs. Benefit from a vibrant OLED display, wireless monitoring of up to 4 different gases and the freedom of a variable decompression model VGM all encased in a rugged mil-spec aluminum case.

Features and Details:
•Ready for anything, from air to trimix, OC,SCR and CCR capable
•Simple to use menu system with easy to read Icons and auto detect functions 
•Optocon (IR transmission of PO2/PC link) No more wet connectors
•VGM algorithm allows you to customize your parameters or mimic other commercial algorithms on your own
•Automatically switch to large graphics mode - menu bar disappears after a few seconds and the primary dive information fills the screen
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Oceanic Introducing Dry Suit Fitting Room
Buying your first drysuit is a bit like buying your first car. You may have some idea of what you want but you will need to rely on the experience of those around you to help you choose the model best for you.
Over the years there have been many divers who have had poor advice when buying their first drysuit. Some have an ill fitting suit, some have missed out on additions that could easily have given them the suit of thier dreams.
In response to this Oceanic has worked with its Authorised Dealers to set up Oceanic Fitting Rooms.
Shops with Oceanic Fitting Rooms have extra training in Oceanic's drysuits. They can give you advice on the styles available and help you find the right suit to fit your kind of diving and your budget. They have suits for you to try on and are trained to know which alterations will make your suit the best possible fit.
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Education news
The Rebreather Forum 3 will take place in Orlando Florida from 18-20 May 2012.
For anyone with an interest in rebreather technology and science, Rebreather Forum 3 
(RF3) is an unmissable occasion. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get up to 
speed with current thinking in rebreather technology from the industry's foremost minds.

This unique conference will address the major issues surrounding rebreather technology, 
and its application in sport diving. RF3 has two key objectives; an emphasis on safety 
and the much needed peer review of the state of the art. As a RF3 delegate you will be 
part of this important process.

Attending Rebreather Forum 3 gives you unrivalled access to the very latest in 
rebreather training, technology and ethos, delivered by some of the world's significant 
figures in the field. You also get to meet and talk to these cutting edge leading 
professionals who shape and influence this industry. Regardless of your experience 
level, Rebreather Forum 3 is not to be missed. 

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Marine Conservation
Dolphin Sanctuary Declared in Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt.
The Governor of the Red Sea decided to protect the Indo-pacific dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) population in the Hurghada area. Over the past years the amount of stress exerted upon this population by the tourism industry has been phenomenal, with unregulated and unsustainable dolphin watching and swimming-with activities happening on daily basis. The first step for the protection of this species has just been taken: the Red Sea Governor’s Decree 379/2011 has established the south western area of Fanous Reef as a “safe zone” where all vessels, large and small, are banned from entering at this sensitive ecological hotspot. Diving and snorkeling activities can take place within the “safe zone” as long as best practices for dolphin watching are abided by (you can find the general guidelines for dolphin watching on HEPCA’s website).

This much needed decision was taken after the harassment of dolphins in the wild in the past had become far too prevalent at Fanous Reef; vessels posed a serious threat to dolphins as well as snorkels and divers at the site. The new safe zone decreed by the governor will provide a sanctuary for the dolphin population and allow visitors to interact with them in a healthy and safe manner –with no associated fees-, at a location that is considered to be a critical habitat as it is regularly used by Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins for socializing and resting.
Source: HEPCA
New offers from the last minute board 
Here are a few of the ads featuring in the last minute board:

Price: 349 Euros
Fancy some winter sunshine and superb diving? Come and spend a week with us here at Oonas Dive Club for only 349 euros you will get: - 7 Nights en-suite room (based on 2 sharing a twin room) - 6 days boat diving (2 dives/ day, tank & weights included) - Meet and greet airport service - Airport transfers - FreeNitrox (2 x 12l tanks per day, if qualified) - All taxes and service charges included Conditions 1.Holiday must commence and end between 1 January and 29 February 2012 2. Price is per person, based on two sharing a twin room - single supplement is 58 euros per week 3. Equipment hire is not included - 25 euros a day for full equipment 4. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offers
Month of trip: February 
Precise date of beginning 01 01 2012 
Precise date of ending 29 02 2012

Price: 515 US$ 
5 day get away. Take a break from the Usual and dive the wrecks of Subic Bay Philippines. Prices based on leaving from Hong Kong SAR International Airport and start from $515 USD. Upgrades and single supplements 
Month of trip: January 
Precise date of beginning 20th Jan 2012 
Precise date of ending 25th Jan 2012 
Number of available places 8

Price: 800 Euros 
We are offering an advanced trimix course in Dahab, Egypt during the 10-15th of February 2012. We are diving sites like Lighthouse for the shallow part and blue hole and the canyons for the deeper dives (100M). The trimix course is conducted by PADI Platinum Course Director and Tec IT Jonas Samuelsson based in Dahab with Team Blue Immersion and Planet Divers. 
Month of trip: February 
Precise date of beginning 10th of February 
Precise date of ending 18th of February 
Number of available places 4

Check the board regularly for new great deals.
If you have a great offer don't hesitate to post it. This service is free!!


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