The Kuwait Mantas Diving Club, which has been active in Kuwait since 1977 proudly held a naming ceremony on the 5th October 2018, for the club’s new custom built boat, the Mantas 4. His Excellency the UK Ambassador to Kuwait, Mr Michael Davenport MBE, very kindly officiated the ceremony culminating with the cutting of the ribbon bringing Mantas 4 into commission. His Excellency and his wife then took a trip across the bay near Souq Sharq, from where the spectacular seafront skyline of Kuwait could be appreciated in full.
The Kuwait Mantas Diving Club is a part of the British Sub- Aqua Club, whose patron is the Duke of Cambridge, and is run entirely by volunteers, on a non-profit basis. It recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, and has trained countless divers who have gone on to pursue a love of the undersea world thanks to their introduction to the sport in the welcoming warm waters of Kuwait.
The boat has been constructed by Qabazard Marine, whose director, Hamid Qabazard, collaborated closely with the club to produce a custom boat suited to local conditions, capable of carrying 12 divers and a coxswain at 55 km/hr to any of the 10 coral reef dive sites in Kuwaiti waters.
The Chairman of the club, Mr Neil Moroney, thanking the Ambassador for his support, said, 'Divers from all over the world are members of the Mantas, and they all enjoy the chance to develop their skills with us. I am sure that our new boat, and His Excellency's support today, will ensure that the club will continue to contribute to cultural life in Kuwait for many years to come.'
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