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Scuba Cartoon – Thanksgiving Scuba

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

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The Cayman Islands Announces 2016 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Inductees

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

 

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, November 5, 2015 – On Thursday, November 5, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) announced the addition of five new inductees into the 2016 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) at the annual Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) trade show in Orlando, Florida. This year’s inductees include Bob Barth, Dr. Joe MacInnis, Ramón Bravo, Stuart Cove and Philippe Cousteau, Sr. Additionally, ISDHF is recognizing Riichi Watanabe, Kanezo Ohgushi and Kyuhachi Kataoka as Early Pioneers for their early and remarkable technological contributions to sport diving. Established by the Cayman Islands Ministry of Tourism in 2000, ISDHF celebrates those who have contributed to the success and growth of recreational scuba diving through advancements in dive travel, equipment design and innovation, education and more. The new honorees will be officially inducted into the esteemed Hall of Fame during a special awards ceremony and dinner to be held in Grand Cayman on September 30, 2016.

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Photo Caption: (From left to right) Mr. Leslie Leaney, Executive Director of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) and Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism, announce the Cayman Islands’ 2016 ISDHF inductees at the 2015 DEMA Show in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, November 5, 2015 – On Thursday, November 5, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) announced the addition of five new inductees into the 2016 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) at the annual Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) trade show in Orlando, Florida. This year’s inductees include Bob Barth, Dr. Joe MacInnis, Ramón Bravo, Stuart Cove and Philippe Cousteau, Sr. Additionally, ISDHF is recognizing Riichi Watanabe, Kanezo Ohgushi and Kyuhachi Kataoka as Early Pioneers for their early and remarkable technological contributions to sport diving. Established by the Cayman Islands Ministry of Tourism in 2000, ISDHF celebrates those who have contributed to the success and growth of recreational scuba diving through advancements in dive travel, equipment design and innovation, education and more. The new honorees will be officially inducted into the esteemed Hall of Fame during a special awards ceremony and dinner to be held in Grand Cayman on September 30, 2016.

The complete list of 2016 inductees, along with each of their noted achievements earning them the prestigious ISDHF accolade, is outlined below:

Bob Barth (USA)

Often regarded as the most famous living U.S. Navy diver, Bob Barth has been an integral part of several important U.S. Navy dive programs. Bob is a pioneer in saturation diving, a unique dive technique that helps reduce the risk of decompression sickness while exploring great depths of the ocean. He also aided in the creation of the U.S. Navy Decompression Tables associated with the U.S. Navy’s Genesis and SEALAB projects, being the only diver to serve in every one of these habitat programs. Bob trained NASA astronauts on sonar equipment used for detecting objects underwater, and in recognition of his unique contributions to diving, the U.S. Navy named their Panama City diver training facility after him, calling it the CWO Robert A. Barth Aquatic Training Facility.

Ramón Bravo (Mexico, honored posthumously)

Recognized for his extensive contributions to the diving film and photography industry, and as a prominent Spanish-language diving author, Ramón Bravo is one of Mexico’s most famous divers. An early diving oceanographer and environmentalist, he maintained a successful television career promoting his environmental messages. Most notably, Bravo is recognized for his photography and study of “sleeping” Tiger Sharks off  Isla Mujeres in the Caribbean, where he theorized that the sharks were not asleep, but in fact, cleansing their bodies with fresh water from the Yucatan river. Among his many projects, Bravo also photographed and directed the underwater scenes of the 1989 James Bond movie “Licensed To Kill.”

Philippe Cousteau, Sr. (France, honored posthumously)

Esteemed scuba diver, photographer, filmmaker, author, pilot, and son of famed adventurer Jacques Cousteau, Philippe Cousteau, Sr., is best-known for his work on numerous diving documentaries which have aired worldwide. He also hosted his own environmental PBS series, “Oasis in Space,” in 1976.  A dedicated world traveler, Cousteau Sr., made several contributions to the field of diving, the U.S. Navy, National Geographic and more. He tragically passed in a 1979 plane crash; however, his legacy lives on.

Stuart Cove (USA)

Stuart Cove has been instrumental to the preservation of sharks and has made numerous appearances on the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” series, helping others to understand the importance of this apex predator. He founded “Children on a Reef,” an organization that provides underprivileged children in the Bahamas a chance to experience the underwater world. Highly influential in Hollywood, Calif., Stuart Cove helped to create publicity and generate exposure for recreational diving among actors — teaching stars worldwide to dive as well as members of Britain’s royal family. He was on Hollywood’s “100 Most Influential People” list twice for his work in television and films, including “For Your Eyes Only,” “Never Say Never Again,” “The World Is Not Enough,” “Flipper,” and “Into the Blue.”

Dr. Joe MacInnis (Canada)

Renowned for his medical contributions towards the advancement of diving, Dr. Joe MacInnis is recognized as one of the most distinguished divers in Canada. He began his diving career in 1954 and has since led ten research expeditions alongside marine scientists. He served as the primary medical officer on many international diving projects ranging from diving under the Arctic ice with Canadian Premier Pierre Trudeau to early saturation diving with Ed Link, Jon Lindberg and Robert Sténuit. MacInnis has also worked alongside director James Cameron on underwater film expeditions and has authored ten books in his lifetime.

Early Pioneers Riichi Watanabe, Kanezo Ohgushi and Kyuhachi Kataoka (Japan)

In the early 20th century, Riichi Watanabe, a pearl merchant in Japan was seeking better equipment for divers. Determined to find a solution, he worked with Kanezo Ohgushi to design a self-contained diving system in 1916, which was later patented in the United States, England, France and other countries. Kyuhachi Kataoka carried out both of their work and founded a company that manufactured Ogushi’s Peerless Respirator. The Peerless Respirator was used by several operators during the 1920s for salvage operations, including one in Russia.

To learn more about the 2016 ISDHF inductees, please visit the following link: www.caymanislands.ky/eventsoffers/scubadivinghalloffame.aspx.

Recognized as the birthplace of recreational diving in the Caribbean, the three Cayman Islands feature some of the world’s best diving excursions with each island offering different diving adventures for all skill levels. Having received countless awards for Best Overall Dive Destination in the Caribbean and Atlantic, the Cayman Islands is also home to the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, recognizing dive industry pioneers since its inception in 2000. The islands are also renowned for its calm clear waters, which offer superb visibility for snorkeling and other underwater experiences. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, visit www.caymanislands.ky or www.divecayman.ky or call your local travel agent.

Located 480 miles south of Miami in the vibrant tranquility of western Caribbean, this trio of tiny islands is a premier destination for discriminating travelers, divers, honeymooners and families. World renowned for its idyllic beaches and recognized as a sophisticated, diverse and memorable tourist destination, the Cayman Islands offer spectacular recreational opportunities along with warm, impeccable service. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, visit www.caymanislands.ky or www.divecayman.ky or call your local travel agent.

 

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Shipwreck Anniversaries

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

With more than 365 fascinating dive sites situated across its three unique islands – that’s one for every day of the calendar year! – it’s no wonder why the Cayman Islands is hailed as one of the world’s leading dive destinations. Adding to its cool factor even further is that it is one of the few places where divers can explore historic shipwrecks up-close-and-personal at nearly 100 feet below sea level! With the upcoming anniversaries of two of the destination’s most celebrated wrecks, the USS Kittiwake (Kittiwake) and the MV Captain Keith Tibbetts, the time is now to book your next diving adventure to the Cayman Islands. Both sites present unmatched visibility and access to plentiful marine life, found only in the spectacular underwater world of the Cayman Islands.

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USS KITTIWAKE (GRAND CAYMAN)

Nestled along Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach and providing exceptional snorkeling and dive conditions for everyone of all skill sets, the USS Kittiwake is celebrating its fifth anniversary in January of 2016. The ship served as a former submarine rescue ship from 1945 to 1994 journeying between the US, Caribbean and Mediterranean. Most notably, Kittiwake played an integral role in the recovery of the black box from the Challenger space shuttle disaster. Today, the ship has found its final resting place 60-feet beneath the sea and just off the shores of West Bay, Grand Cayman.

The former submarine provides visitors with ample opportunities for snorkeling, free diving, scuba diving and wreck diving. Snorkelers can explore the main decks and the ship’s topography from the sea’s surface, while divers can discover the various rooms within the submarine, which also provide ideal conditions for an abundance of marine life. The wreck’s favorable environment is especially conducive to swimming alongside thriving Goliath groupers and energetic schools of squirrelfish, which play amongst the decks. Kittiwake’s unique location is also protected under Caymanian law and requires an entrance fee for all visitors, which helps ensure the ongoing maintenance and protection of the wreck.

MV CAPTAIN KEITH TIBBETTS (CAYMAN BRAC)

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in September of 2016, the 330-foot MV Captain Keith Tibbetts is the only diveable Russian warship in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most impressive wrecks in the world off the shores of Cayman Brac.  A remnant of the Cold War, the ship was built in Russia, but was designed to serve as a Cuban warship in 1984. The warship was scuttled in 1996 and after almost two decades of being bombarded by hurricanes and storms, the wreck has split into two halves. Today, the wreck serves as an excellent spot for snorkelers and divers and is home to over 100 species of marine life.

The multi-level wreck lies 50 to 100-feet beneath the sea (at various points) and its propellers are almost half buried under 56-feet of sand which can often be spotted teeming with colorful schools of fish. With its varying structural depths, the wreck is a favorite for all levels of divers. MV Captain Keith Tibbetts supports an array of marine life from thousands of colorful Grouper and Grunts to over 100 species of fish, coral and sponges.

Both these remarkable pieces of fully-intact architecture are a spectacular site to be seen and experienced. For more information on exploring the Cayman Islands beneath the sea and these historic wrecks, please visit divecayman.ky.

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Slider Test

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
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SeaLife Unveils New Micro 2.0 Underwater Camera

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

SeaLife announced their latest addition to the Micro camera series, the Micro 2.0 underwater camera at the DEMA (Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association) trade show. The successor to the Micro HD, the compact Micro 2.0 is also fully sealed and flood-proof down to 200ft/60m. With no O-rings or doors to maintain the Micro 2.0 camera comes fully equipped with powerful 3+ hour internal rechargeable battery and 32GB or 64GB of internal memory.

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The Micro 2.0 features a 16MP SONY® CMOS image sensor providing stunningly vibrant stills as well as sharp full HD videos with 1080p HD @ 60 frames per second or 1296 HD @ 30fps. The 130° wide angle fisheye lens allows you to get close and fit everything into the scene.  Color correction filters are not necessary.  Choose between four Land and Sea™ scene modes with three built-in underwater color corrections for diving or snorkeling, and by depth or lighting being used.  You’ll never miss the shot with the fast shutter response time and one-touch video recording.  The camera’s lens focuses as close as one foot (12 inches/30cm), that distance can be cut in half with an optional Macro close-up lens.

Ergonomic and compact at around 4 inches wide with a large 2.4” color LCD screen, the Micro 2.0 has three “Piano Key” controls that control all the cameras essential functions, the large keys make it easy to operate with or without dive gloves.

The Micro 2.0 includes two shooting modes: time lapse shooting and upside-down shooting. Time lapse shooting mode saves the footage as a video file or a series of still images based on the set time interval. The upside-down shooting mode corrects pictures and videos to an upright position when mounted upside down.

The SeaLife Micro 2.0 is available with 32 GB or 64GB of internal memory, the 64GB model is  capable of storing up to 25,000+ 16MP still images or 12+ hours full 1080P HD video while the Micro 2.0’s large internal 3.7V 2350 mAh battery will easily last for a full day of active use.

The Micro 2.0’s built-in WiFi feature wirelessly connects the camera to any iOS and Android smart phone or tablet using the free SeaLife Micro Cam app, eliminating the need to travel with a laptop computer.  You can preview and download pictures/videos from the camera to your smart device and instantly share your diving adventure with friends and family.  Additionally, the app allows for remote control of the Micro 2.0 camera, providing a live view of the display and the ability to capture and review photos and videos all on your smartphone or tablet.

Charging the battery or downloading images and video is an easy process simply done by attaching the USB cable into the camera’s waterproof USB port, the camera will trickle charge while connected to a computer and fast charge when plugged in directly to an AC power source with its included global charging kit.

The Micro 2.0 is expandable with SeaLife’s powerful Sea Dragon underwater LED lights and Flex-Connect™ arms, grips, trays and accessories. Flex-Connect trays, grips and accessories mount together in seconds for easy set-up and disassemble equally as fast for compact traveling.

The new Micro 2.0 underwater camera will be available at SeaLife retailers in early December 2015.

Models:

Item SL510              Micro 2.0 (32GB)                                                                                             $499.95 (MSRP)

Item SL512              Micro 2.0 (64GB)                                                                                             $549.95 (MSRP)

Camera Sets with lights, grip, tray and case included:

Item SL514              Micro 2.0 (32GB Camera with Sea Dragon 1500 Lumen light)        $799.95 (MSRP)

Item SL516              Micro 2.0 (64GB Camera with Sea Dragon 2500 Lumen light)        $999.95 (MSRP)

About SeaLife Cameras:

SeaLife Underwater Cameras are made by Pioneer Research in Moorestown, NJ and were first introduced in 1993. In 2000, SeaLife developed the world’s first digital underwater camera. In 2007, SeaLife developed the first non-housed digital underwater camera, and in 2013 SeaLife introduced the powerful Sea Dragon Lighting system and its innovative Flex-Connect tray, grip, arm and accessory system. In 2014, SeaLife introduced the Micro HD, the world’s first permanently sealed underwater camera. SeaLife Cameras and Lighting Systems are sold and serviced in 64 countries around the world. For more information visit www.SeaLife-Cameras.com.

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