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Take a deep dive into Diving talks – Portugal 2021

European DTA Team

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DIVING talks – Portugal 2021 is an international event for promoting and sharing knowledge on
the underwater environment, which will take place in Portugal, October, 8 to 10, bringing Portugal the
world’s leading divers, showing their best recent achievements.

The event will feature 26 presentations by keynote speakers from Belgium, Canada, England, Finland,
Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland United States and Wales, hosting over 250 attendees from all
over the world. It takes place over three fantastic days at the Tróia Peninsula–a gigantic dune that has been forming over thousands of years, with the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Sado estuary to the east.

The objectives of DIVING talks 2021 are as follows:

  • Build up a diving event with international visibility and attractiveness
  • Host the world’s leading divers, showing their best of the best recent initiatives
  • Allow the diving community to network with the world-leading divers
  • Show and debate technological advancements in diving
  • Establish in Portugal a new hub for all subjects related to diving, both technical and
    scientific.

DIVING talks 2021 will be organized in three main strands:

THE TALKS

The talks are an international opportunity to share the most innovative experiences in diving,
sub-aquatic studies, and technological development. The Talks will feature exciting presentations about cave and wreck diving, underwater cinematography, sub-aquatic archaeological works, scientific investigation, and subaquatic military exercises.

These presentations will show the best, the most innovative content, the latest work and
discoveries. During the event, participants will be encouraged to enlarge their networks and become familiar with excellent examples of putting your diving objectives into practice.

THE EXHIBITION

DIVING talks 2021 will feature an exhibition area – a ‘show and tell’ expo that will host a range of exhibitors from the global diving industry showcasing their latest services, products and technologies. Are you confused about which DPV to dive? Want to update your lighting system? Are you seeking inspiration for your next diving adventure? Or maybe you are thinking of buying your first rebreather? Benefit from valuable facetime with leading companies, users, and get all your questions answered without the usual hard sell. DIVING talks 2021 will bring together up to 200 attendees, all with a genuine interest in diving.

For exhibitors, this represents a fantastic opportunity to present your products to quality and uniquely focused audience.

THE DIVING ACTIVITY

The diving activity is an add on. Portugal is Europe’s latest diving destination; participants may try the feeling – Portugal underwater. Hassle-free, just for fun. Hence you’re here, and the sea is right here too if you feel like getting underwater, you can. There will be a boat, diving equipment and a spot for you.

DIVING talks 2021 will be held in 2021, October 8 to 10. The schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY, October 8 2021

10:00 – 18:00 Arrival, accreditation and set-up of displays
12:30 – 13:30 Welcome lunch
12:00 – 17:00 Diving Activity
15:00 – 15:30 Official opening of the Exhibition

SATURDAY, October 9 2021

All-day: Exhibition and visit to displays

Morning: Keynote Talks 1 to 6

Afternoon: Keynote Talks 7 to 12
Evening: Gala dinner

SUNDAY, October 10 2021

Morning: Exhibition, visit stands and Keynote Talks 13 to 18
13:00: Closing Lunch & awards ceremony
Afternoon: Free site visits

Attendees will benefit from special conditions for accommodation on selected hotels close by the
Congress venue. Attendees wanting to arrive before October 8, or wishing to stay in Portugal after October 10, please reach out to Portugal Dive (www.portugaldive.com | portugaldive@portugaldive.com)

For more information

Website www.divingtalks.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/divingtalks
Instagram www.instagram.com/diving.talks
Twitter www.twitter.com/divingtalks

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Wining and Diving – Gozo

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

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The Wining and Diving series sees Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown embark on a tour to tickle the taste buds as well as to discover amazing dive sites in wine-making regions around the world. Some of the best wines are influenced by sea breezes and a coastal climate, allowing two of Nick and Caroline’s passions to be combined into one epic journey.

**Please note, Nick and Caroline are not encouraging drinking before diving! The two activities are kept well apart on each of these trips.


Gozo is one of the most popular diving destinations for British divers, offering stunning underwater scenic dives along with plenty of wreck diving. Add to this the sunshine, professional dive centres and the relatively short flight and it is a perfect short-haul getaway.

We went for a long weekend dive conference and had heard that there was also an excellent vineyard on the island for us to try out on our non-diving day before flying home – perfect! With only two days of diving on the itinerary we wanted to pack in a much as we could, but the weather and the fact that Caroline had fallen down the stairs the week before and was struggling to walk very far – we needed help and the team at Calypso Divers really went out of their way to accommodate us, so rather that the usual shore diving the island has to offer, we started out visiting some of the most popular dives by boat.

Cathedral Rock and the Blue Hole showed off the dramatic seascape that is a feature of Gozo, with cliffs towering up out of the sea, caves and caverns where the power of the waves has created an underwater playground for divers. We visit Crocodile rock to see the schools of barracuda and to hunt for nudibranchs.

Our final dive saw us visit the wreck of the MV Karwela. This wreck is famous for its staircase that divers can descend and makes for an excellent photo opportunity.

Gozo is also well worth exploring top-side, with beautiful beaches, plenty of history and some lovely places to stop, relax and enjoy the food and drink of the region. We visit the family-owned Tal-Massar winery which hosts twice-weekly tours for groups, taking guests through the winery’s private estate and allowing them to enjoy the spectacular, unspoiled surroundings.

Tours also include a wine tasting featuring at least four different wines, plus traditional Gozo bread and cheese, sundried tomatoes and cold pressed olive oil. It was all delicious!


Links

  • For more information about Frogfish Photography click here.
  • For information about visiting Malta and Gozo click here.
  • For details on the dive centre we dived with click here.
  • For more information about the wine we sampled: Tal-Massar Winery
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Mission Blue announce Azores as new Hope Spot

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

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Rising from the deep seafloor where three continental plates meet, the Azores Archipelago stands as a grand oasis in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Here, underwater volcanoes host highly specialized fauna and rugged seamounts hold vibrant, thriving sponges and coral gardens. Forever loved by the whales, adventurous sailors, and its people, the rich heritage of the Azores Archipelago has become globally renowned and cherished. To flourish into future generations, stakeholders believe that these marine ecosystems need to be preserved by a comprehensive network of marine protected areas (MPAs).

Mission Blue, international ocean conservation nonprofit, recognizes the Azores Archipelago as a Hope Spot in support of a coherent network of MPAs that extend from the surface of the sea all the way down to the deep seafloor.

Dr. Sylvia Earle, Founder of Mission Blue, says, “The Azores Archipelago is a magnet for life. It really is a magical place.”  She continues, “Launching the Azores as Hope Spot is so logical – just ask the whales. They know how special this place is. This used to be a place where whales were killed and now people are making a living by respecting the whales and having people come out and visit them as fellow citizens of the planet.”

Christopher Pham, Azores Hope Spot Champion, adds, “The inclusion of the Azores as a Hope Spot is a significant step in our mission to promote the protection of this unique place.” Pham works as a research associate at the Okeanos research center of the University of the Azores specializing in deep-sea ecosystems and plastic pollution.

In 2019, the Regional Government of the Azores announced the Blue Azores program, in partnership with the Oceano Azul Foundation and the Waitt Institute that will lead to the declaration of 15% of the Azorean Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) as new no-take marine reserves. However, more work is needed in the conservation of the Azores marine territory, namely the implementation of MPA management plans and a strong Marine Spatial Planning policy, both in progress.

Perhaps what makes the Azores Archipelago such a precious gem of the sea is its rare and richly valuable ecological and biological qualities. The Azores contains a key portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge – the most prominent ocean floor feature in the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the ocean is divided into eastern and western deep basins and hosts hydrothermal vent ecosystems. Seamounts in the Azores may act as essential “stepping stones” allowing the faunas from Madeira and Canaries, Africa and the Mediterranean Sea to reach the center of the North Atlantic.

Click here to explore the interactive Hope Spot StoryMap, hosted on ESRI.

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