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Diving with… Aquanauts, Grenada

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In this ongoing series, we speak with the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…


What is your name?

Gerlinde Seupel

What is the name of your business?

Aquanauts Grenada

What is your role within the business?

Owner

How long has the business operated for?

19 years

How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?

25 years, Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Scuba Yoga Instructor.

What is your favorite type of diving?

Easy, relaxing drift diving over a beautiful reef in Grenada.

If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?

Aquanauts Grenada has a great and friendly team of Divemasters taking you to beautiful reefs and exciting wrecks; safety comes first but fun comes second with us! With Aquanauts you can go snorkelling, start or continue your scuba education, explore technical diving up to rebreather diving or become a scuba yoga diver with me.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

My favorite dive site is Kohanee because it is the most colourful reef here with lots of sponges, black corals, schooling fish and always something to encounter – from seahorses to manta rays.

What types of diving are available in your location?

Reef diving, Wreck diving, Drift diving, Deep diving, Scooter diving, Shark diving, Underwater Sculpture Park, Technical diving, Decompression diving, Rebreather diving and Yoga diving.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

Meeting new divers and sharing their adventures.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Manta Ray for its grace and intelligence.

Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?

Scuba Yoga weeks, CCR – Silent Diving weeks, Buddy weeks and Grenada Dive Fest.

As a center what is the biggest problem you face at the moment?

The lack of a budget airline from the UK and declining diver visits from the UK.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Yes, lots of activities: Mangrove Regeneration Project at our dive dock, Mangrove Protection Awareness Campaign, regular underwater cleanups, reducing – reusing and recycling of Plastics, recipient of PADI Green Star the 3rd year in a row, campaigning to ban Styrofoam products on the island and more.

How do you see the SCUBA / Freediving / snorkeling industry overall? What changes would you make?

Less restriction – more fun!

What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?

At Aquanauts and in Grenada : Wrecks become Reefs – Staues become Reefs – Guests become Friends – Experience the Transformation!

Find out more at: www.aquanautsgrenada.com

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Curaçao Dive Site of the Month – Smokeys (Watch Video)

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New Video Release: Smokeys near Eastpoint Curaçao.

Learn about https://bit.ly/Smokeys-Dive-Site-Curacao – a Top 10 Dive Site in Curacao located near Eastpoint and arguably one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. 

It rivals the finest dive sites in Belize, Bonaire and the Cayman Islands.

Video produced and edited for Dive Curacao, by NaturePicsFilms.

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Coral Spawning Predictions for Curacao and the Southern Caribbean

Bryan Horne

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The Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) has released its 2022 annual coral spawning prediction calendar for Curacao and the south Caribbean.  This calendar plays a central role in studying the reproductive biology of Caribbean corals and guiding coral restoration efforts for the southern Dutch Caribbean islands.

Based on these predictions, researchers are able to harvest coral gametes that are reared to larvae that can be used to cultivate future coral colonies.

Coral spawning is a miraculous event where entire coral colonies, prompted by the lunar cycle, sunset time and water temperature, release gametes (eggs and sperm) simultaneously. Gametes of one species fertilize another to become fertilized embryos that settle on the ocean floor after days to weeks.

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As divers, being able to witness a spawning event is a unique opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scene as the entire reef becomes engulfed in a blizzard of future corals.

Each year, the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) releases a calendar to predict when each species of coral is expected to spawn. During these events, researchers from CARMABI, in collaboration with Reef Renewal Bonaire and Reef Renewal Curaçao, also collect gametes to be used to grow new corals in a laboratory setting.

Photo credit = CARMABI

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