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Operation CCR – THE CCR event on Bonaire




Every year in May, Buddy Dive Resort turns into CCR heaven! Also, coming up in 2023, Your Buddies on Bonaire are back with a new edition of Operation CCR. During this weeklong event, Buddy Dive Resort offers a program filled with try-outs, demos, presentations, and of course lots of CCR dives, including several dives on the Windjammer wreck!

There is no doubt that closed-circuit rebreathers are not only the present but also the future of diving exploration. Buddy Dive TeK is a leading technical diver support facility, and we recognize our guests’ ambition to explore and conquer new frontiers. Therefore, we are proud to be able to provide 100% support to all types of CCR units in the market.

Our facility stocks a large assortment of different sizes of rebreather cylinders, has available different types of CO2 absorbent, and provides a state-of-the-art filling station with two booster pumps capable of reaching high pressure fills of oxygen and TRIMIX. Our 100% rebreather-friendly facility also comes with staff trained in different CCR units, including the JJ CCR, the X-CCR, and the O2ptima CCR.

Dive Rite’s Jared Hires sporting a CHO2ptima rebreather.

There is no doubt that we are ready to welcome CCR divers from all around the world. Buddy Dive Tek on Bonaire is the CCR place to provide unlimited hours of freedom, fun, and exploration for technical divers. So, CCR divers, bring your rebreather and join us from May 27 until June 3, for Operation CCR 2023!

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About Buddy Dive Resort
Buddy Dive Resort, Bonaire’s leading dive hotel is known for its personable staff, spacious accommodations, and a dive operation that has something for every diver. The full-service resort houses spacious studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, a full-service dive center, activity desk, two swimming pools, two restaurants, a pool bar, vehicle rentals, and the famous drive-thru air and Nitrox fill station. Built with active people in mind, Buddy Dive Resort knows exactly what is needed to make guests comfortable during their busy day of diving, exploring, and relaxing at the resort. Over the last few years, Buddy Dive Resort was recognized as one of the World’s Best Dive Resorts & Operations in Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards: Top 100 Gold List.
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Bringing Shipwrecks to Life




Text and images by Becky Kagan Schott

Exhibition Opening Date: March 18, 2023 
Presentation & Event with Becky at Museum :  April 29th 2023

After 13 years diving and documenting shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, Becky Kagan Schott is proud to announce she’ll have an exhibit called “Bringing Shipwrecks to Life” at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum opening March 18 2023. Becky will be at the museum in Manitowoc on April 29th for a VIP even and April 30th for a public event from 1-4pm to introduce the exhibit to the public. 

The exhibit features fifty of Becky’s shipwreck images from around the lakes. They feature types of wrecks from wooden schooners and steamers to steel freighters, showcasing some of the most intact and haunting wrecks in the world. The exhibit will also provide screens, so the public can explore her shipwreck photogrammetry of several wrecks, along with display cases containing artifacts and 3D prints from the photogrammetry by David Schott. To Becky, it’s exciting to bring together history, technology, art, and exploration that will hopefully inspire others and highlight the powerful stories and the beauty of the Great Lakes. 

The Great Lakes is one of the best shipwreck diving locations in the world. These inland seas have claimed thousands of ships over the centuries, and each wreck has a story to tell. I travel and dive all around the world photographing some of the best locations, but the Great Lakes draws me back every summer since 2010. These magnificent wrecks continue to inspire me and ignite my imagination like no other. The cold fresh water preserves them remarkably well, so diving them is like plunging back in time and visiting another era. I’ve never felt closer to history than when diving here. 

These shipwrecks have become my biggest passion. I love learning their histories, and there is no feeling like diving a newly discovered find. There are challenges: It’s taken me decades to perfect advanced diving skills, develop my lighting techniques, and the photographic style to be able to capture images that express what I experience. I want to convey what I feel through my photography; sometimes that is eerie, sometimes intrigued, and sometimes how otherworldly the experience is in these places. Shooting in the Great Lakes is cold, dark, and challenging, but those kinds of challenges excite me. I’m working to capture both still imagery and video in a way no one has ever seen before and always pushing myself to be more creative and to experiment with different technology like photogrammetry, striving to bring shipwrecks to life and showcase them to the public. 

There are thousands of ships to explore, from wooden schooners to steel freighters. Many foundered in collisions with other ships, or succumbed to fire, ice, or violent storms. I cannot help but feel a human connection when I hear the powerful tales of tragedy, courage, mystery, and survival. When I see artifacts left behind, especially personal items, it reminds me that people once walked these very decks. When I see a ship’s name painted clearly on the stern, or cargo holds containing antique automobiles, shoes, train cars, or even a 95-year-old box of Life Savers candies, all frozen in time, history comes alive in those moments.

I’m attracted to the wooden schooners that have masts standing 90 feet tall with rigging still attached. They almost appear as if they are still sailing on the lakebed. Sometimes I have to lower my camera and look up at the shipwreck with my own eyes because it’s hard to believe it’s real. To peer inside a wheelhouse and see a wheel still in place, to see tool benches, telegraphs, and gauges inside engine rooms, to see dishes stacked up in a galley cabinet, shoes abandoned on the floor, light bulbs in lamps or a bell still in place, these are the experiences that leave me speechless. 

Each year a few new wrecks are discovered. These finds fuel my appetite to explore even more, to keep capturing and sharing the powerful stories through powerful images.  My hope is to inspire others to learn and to discover a past that is hidden just beneath the surface of the Great Lakes.

If you’re in Wisconsin from March 18- November, stop by the museum and check it out! 

Wisconsin Maritime Museum: Up & Coming Exhibits

Beckys website : Liquid Productions

Instagram: @becky_kagan_schott 

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