THE MAG­NIF­I­CENT EIGHT

Sport Diver - - Bahama Bash 2016 -

Eight read­ers em­barked on this epic ad­ven­ture with Ed­i­tor Mark Evans and long­time Sport Diver pho­to­jour­nal­ist Stuart Philpott.

CARON WARNER – The Aqua Cat - best live­aboard I have en­coun­tered and the largest so far, from spa­cious dive deck to very comfy beds. Staff were great and I don’t think I have ever seen such an in­volved Cap­tain, if he wasn’t on the dive deck dur­ing dives he was in the wa­ter help­ing peo­ple with their gear (cou­ple of choppy dives). Div­ing was great, the Wash­ing Ma­chine was fun, but the shark dive with Stuart Cove’s has to be my favourite.

BRAD GEHRT – What makes for a per­fect dive trip? Sharks, up close and per­sonal. Awe­some peo­ple. A beau­ti­ful boat. Striv­ing to im­prove on pho­tog­ra­phy. Did I men­tion sharks? Lots of them. 32 dives in eight days. Liv­ing the dream! The Ba­hamas Bash filled ev­ery ex­pec­ta­tion I could have had! Thanks for the me­mories. Are you ready to go again?

MOBINA SALAHUD­DIN – I have con­verted! What an amaz­ing trip which ex­ceeded all of my ex­pec­ta­tions! It was my first live­aboard and I sim­ply could not have ex­pected this amount of fun and magic across all di­men­sions. The crew, the peo­ple, the dives, the sharks (OMG!!!), the food, the fun… and most of all how much I ad­vanced my div­ing skills. Thank you!

ZEYNEP ERSOZ – Zeynep is now off trav­el­ling around the world for a year, and is cur­rently en­joy­ing some sun, sea and sand in Costa Rica. We wish her the best of luck, and we’re not jeal­ous – much!

CHRIS BROWN – It’s not un­til you spend some time with pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts that you re­alise that you are woe­fully un­der­equipped. I’m not a photo nut, but hav­ing got back from one of the best trips I’ve ever been on, and hav­ing seen what can be done with the right kit, I felt I had to in­vest in a proper strobe.

PETER AND AMANDA RAYNER – An awe­some trip or­gan­ised by Mark Evans. A week on the ef­fi­cient Aqua Cat fol­low­ing an itin­er­ary of spec­tac­u­lar dive sites and shark en­coun­ters around the Ex­u­mas and Eleuthera plus two days out of Nas­sau with Stuart Cove’s. A fun­packed week with a great group, sup­ple­mented by Stuart Philpott’s in­for­ma­tive and help­ful un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy course, in­clud­ing tai­lored ses­sions.

LINDA FAUX – I’ve been re­ly­ing on that old tech­nique of ‘but­ton twid­dling’ to take pic­tures, never quite sure whether I’d get a photo or not. Thanks to Stuart’s pa­tience and one-to-one ses­sions I’ve fi­nally nailed it... I’m tak­ing pho­tos! I’m get­ting pretty pleas­ing shots and I re­ally un­der­stand the tech­ni­cal stuff, too. The whole work­shop team gen­er­ously shared their time and knowl­edge, mak­ing me as wel­come as if I were an old friend. No stuffy class­rooms for us.... just be­spoke tu­ition, great pre­sen­ta­tions and lots of won­der­ful dives to prac­tice, prac­tice, prac­tice! Wow, what a dif­fer­ent ap­proach I’ll take now with my un­sus­pect­ing fu­ture buddy ‘mod­els’ - com­po­si­tion from a pro­fes­sional, artis­tic and com­mer­cial per­spec­tive and my cam­era set-up per­fectly for han­dling ev­ery­thing the ocean has to of­fer.

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