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Diving with…George Gross, Valentines Dive Center, Eleuthera, Bahamas

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In this ongoing series, we speak to 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?

George Gross

What is the name of your business?

Valentine’s Dive Center

What is your role within the business?

Owner

How long has the business operated for?

Over 25 years

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

I have been diving since 1975, I am a PADI Dive Master

What is your favorite type of diving?

Big animal action diving (sharks, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, seals, whales)

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

Top shelf service on a great island with complementary professional underwater images provided to customers of all our dive and snorkeling trips.

What is your favorite dive in your location and why?

Current Cut is a high speed drift dive with high probability of big animal action. We have seen sharks, squadrons of Eagle Rays, turtles and more…

What types of diving are available in your location?

We have wreck dives, shallow and deep reef dives and drift dives.

What do you find most rewarding about your current role?

I get to dive daily with visiting clients and provide them with free underwater images that will keep their memories of diving with us alive.

What is your favorite underwater creature?

Sharks!

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

Yes! We are working with the Perry Institute of The Bahamas and Florida to set up coral nurseries.

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

We see the potential resources of our seas being depleted due to the high demand from customers for seafood.

Is your center involved in any environmental work?

Yes, as I mentioned above we are involved in an exciting project to help our coral reefs by setting up a coral nursery.

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

I would love to see the government policing the marine resources here in The Bahamas. We need Marine Protected Areas, limits on catch sizes and more protection of vulnerable species.

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

We specialize in divers just starting out, as well as those on vacation in The Bahamas.

Where can our visitors find out more about your business?

Website: www.valentinesdive.com

Email: dive@valentinesdive.com

Phone: 242-333-2080

Facebook: @Valentines.Dive.Center

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

Bryan Horne

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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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