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Ever notice that there are some players whose performance in practice is fantastic, but they are not contributors at game time? There are also players who do not seem motivated at practice, but are extremely effective during the game. Why is this?

I think it has to do with psychology. Some players are very comfortable with the practice environment, because they know the players around them. There is an element of security and familiarity that is not present on game day. Some players also suffer from performance anxiety, so they think too much about the outcome and not enough about the task at hand.

It is also common for players to have mental blocks, so they associate failure with certain scenarios. These players typically stress after a mistake and it takes them very long to recover. Some never do and their performance deteriorates as the game progresses.

Then we have the player that coasts through practice and is your best player on Saturday. This is also a psychological issue. This player loves a challenge and rises to the occasion on game day. He/she is confident and wants to prove to himself/herself as well as to the opponents that they can play. This player is not motivated at training because they have the incorrect interpretation of its purpose. To them it is just practice and they do not see the need to go all out against their teammates.

There are pitfall with both players. The player that works at practice, but can’t translate this to game time has to overcome their personal fears. This takes time and experience. Some coaches do not have the patience and these players are left out. Especially at the higher levels. I know you are thinking how does a player with the ability, not translate it to the game? Well here is a possible reason. This player may have played for a coach when he was very young that stressed results…a screamer. This coach probably took players off every time they made a mistake and never offered a solution.

The game player is really no better off in the long run because they never get to full fitness. The training habits begin to catch up with them as their talent alone will not see them through at the next level. Training habits and discipline are key to success, so unless this player gains an appreciation for the intangibles, then they too will be left out eventually.

How is this type of player created? Here is another possibility. He/she was always physically gifted and the team relied heavily upon them for success when they were younger. He/she never had to push themselves at training because they were way ahead of the rest, so it was acceptable to the coach. This player played the entire game and was the focus of the team. They got the ball to him/her at all times regardless of outcome.

Obviously this player gained tremendous confidence, because of the treatment received from the coaching staff. The sad thing is that when these players become part of team where everyone is treated the same and is expected to work at all times, they sometimes fail. They now have to perform a function clarified at practice (an environment they have never taken seriously) and the game no longer revolves around them.

The purpose of this article is to give you five ways to evaluate your teams’ fitness levels. All these test may be done either on an outdoor or indoor soccer field. These tests let you know their fitness levels and which area of fitness they need to focus in the preseason. As a coach you know how important soccer fitness is in developing players and taking them to the next level.

Today soccer is more of a speed and power game and by doing these tests you will discover your soccer players’ strengths and weaknesses. No longer are you sending your players out for a thirty to forty minute “conditioning” run /jog.

Regardless if you coach high school, rep or provincial/state soccer these are basic tests you may apply to your players.

Here are the five tests for your soccer players:

1) Standing Long Jump: This simple test is a good indicator of power. All you need to do is mark a line on a field or go to the sideline of a soccer field and use the marking their. Your players simply try to jump as far as they can. Give them each 2-3 attempts

2) 10 Metre Sprint: This test evaluates your soccer players’ acceleration and quickness.

3) 40 Metre Sprint: This test gives you an idea of your players speed potential. Most soccer players reach full speed between 40 -60 metres.

4) T – Agility Run: This test gives an idea how well your soccer players are can stop and change direction.

You need four cones for this drill. Put one cone down then measure 5 metres from that cone. Put the next cone down at the 10 meter mark. Now place a cone on each side of the second cone 5 metres apart.

The Drill: Sprint forwards five metres. Once you reach that cone put one cone hand on it then shuffle five yards to the right and touch that cone. Then side shuffle left 10 metres to the furthest cone and touch it as well. Then shuffle ten metres to the right and touch the cone in the middle. Finally sprint backwards for five metres.

5a) Beep Test: The beep test is an overall good fitness test for your player.

To perform this test you will need either the CD or Tape for the timed intervals of the test and cones outlining a twenty meter distance

How it Works: Players start on a beep and run/jog twenty meters and wait until the next beep. The time between beeps is less as the test progresses.

Players continue until they no longer reach the twenty meter mark before the beep.

“Apparently” David Beckham in his prime could complete the entire beep test for all 23 levels. Best conditioned athletes on average reach above the 14th level and below the 16th level. I have personally observed a 19 old year old male soccer player reach level 14.

5b) Timed 300 Metre Shuttle: This a good test to include or use in place of the beep test.

Mark a distance of either 25 0r 50 meters. If the distance is 25 metres the players need to shuttle back and forth six times or three times if the distance is 50 metres. This is a very demanding test. I suggest that you leave this test to the very end and only test it once.

Generally when you do any testing you do your power and speed tests before conditioning tests. For example on one day you could do the standing long jump, 10M, 40 and beep test and two days later do the T-agility test followed by the 300meter shuttle run.

In coaching soccer I believe it is important to know what your players fitness levels are to help you with playing time, off season conditioning and in season training.

Good luck with your soccer team.

Technology has certainly made its mark on the modern times. With the help of the newest technological innovations, everything has been made more convenient and accessible. One technological innovation in particular is the computer. Computers have been beneficial for research work and even for entertainment. Not only this, books can now be read and downloaded online. Looking for a job is made easier through the internet. Communication is enhanced through the help of electronic mail (popularly known as e-mail) and instant messaging as well. Plus, computer is also a source of income for some people. One popular use of the computer is gaming. There are those games played by the young ones who have nothing to do but to play. And there are also those played online. Plus, the internet offers different websites for people to visit and take part of. People who are into gambling, particularly those who are sports betting, usually visit different online sports betting sites which they think would be best for their bets.

Sports betting is simply a form of gambling wherein a person would bet on a team in any kind of sport and put money on that team. If the team of choice is victorious, he would get his money back plus profits. But if he loses, he would lose his money to the one who placed a bet on the winning team. This is very simple and has no complications. Usually, people betting on sports go to a betting house where all bets are placed. Fortunately, with the help of the computer, there are now those considered to be the “best” and most reputable online sports betting sites available to you. These sites can be found everywhere in the World Wide Web. With these sites, you can place bets without having to waste energy and effort. How do you know if these online sports betting sites are the best and can be trusted with your money? You can always ask other betters what site they prefer and if this site is credible. Also, they should have a good reputation. There are lots of online sports betting sites which have gained the trust of those sports betting enthusiasts and are now counted as one of the best.

There are numerous online sites which can help you bet on your sports team. One example is the VIP sports. VIP Sports is known to give the quality online betting all over the world. They give the finest selections of sports betting lines, ranging from the NBA, Formula 1, NFL, NASCAR, horse racing and of course the MLB or Major League Baseball, America’s #1 sport. Other sites like BetGameDay, BetCom and MyBookie are one of the best online sports betting sites in the whole world.

These sites are helpful for making betting easier for you, but they would not help you win. To win constantly on your bets on any sport of your choice, you would need to endow on a proven system that makes use of angles, trends and experiences to produce consistent wins and gives you profit.

Jimmy Raney was born on August 20, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky. His father was a popular sportswriter for a Louisville newspaper while his mom played the guitar. It was she who motivated an early start on the instrument for her son at the age of ten. She provided Jimmy his first lessons and after that at school he studied the classical guitar with A.J. Giancola. At the age of thirteen he started to study with regional jazz guitarist Hayden Causey. He encouraged Raney to listen to the recordings of the leading jazz guitarists of the day consisting of Charlie Christian and Barney Kessel.

By the time he was fifteen years of age Jimmy Raney was playing for money in regional bands and was determined to make a career playing jazz on the guitar. In 1944 he signed up with The Jerry Wald Band in New York. Raney established a close friendship with the pianist in the Wald band whose name was Al Haig. Raney then relocated to Chicago in 1945 to reside with his uncle and grandmother. From 1945 – 1948 he played with various groups including those of Max Miller, Lou Levy, Cy Touff, and Sandy Mosse.

After a recommendation from drummer “Tiny” Kahn, Jimmy Raney was invited to sign up with The Wendy Herman Band. At that time the band consisted of Stan Getz and Serge Chaloff. In 1949 Raney left the Herman band and started living in New York with guitarists Tal Farlow and Sal Salvador in addition to vibraphonist Teddy Charles. While in New York Jimmy had many chances to hear the leading musicians of the be-bop music scene consisting of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Parker became his main jazz influence at that point in time.

For the next year or so Jimmy Raney played generally with groups led by Artie Shaw and Terry Gibbs. Saxophonist Stan Getz had a fantastic regard for Jimmy’s jazz artistry and together they played and recorded exceptional mainstream jazz from 1951 – 1952.

In 1953 Jimmy Raney took over from Tal Farlow in The Red Norvo Trio, touring throughout the USA and Europe. In the following year he backed jazz singer Billie Holiday. In 1954 and 1955 several jazz critics voted him “Best Jazz Guitarist” in various publication surveys. Although Raney in the early years of his career had traveled widely, he slowly established a terrific dislike for travel – especially for aircraft. He decided to invest the majority of his time at his house with his spouse and youngsters.

He also made numerous excellent jazz recordings under his own name and with other artists consisting of Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, and guitar player Jim Hall. It was at that point in time that Jimmy Raney made a decision that he could not sustain a successful profession in jazz!

In 1959 Jimmy took up a major in-depth study of the cello as well as studying composition with pianist Hal Overton. He continued working in music accompanying leading vocalists including Tony Bennet, Andy Williams, and Anita O’Day. Raney was also involved in making numerous valuable training record/music sets for the Music Minus One business in New York city.

Between 1964 and 1972 little was heard of Jimmy Raney as he went back to his home in Louisville and essentially retired from the music scene. During the mid 1970s his son Doug emerged as a formidable jazz guitarist in his own right. Jimmy started to play in jazz clubs and record with his son. Their success encouraged him to start touring on the world jazz circuit again, both as leader of his own groups and with his son. He preserved an active career in jazz from that time until an issue with his hearing hurt his capacity to perform.

Jimmy Raney, although never a strong chord melody soloist on the guitar, was one of the all-time jazz guitar greats. His impressive single-note playing brought him international praise for being among the most musically creative and dazzling jazz improvisers. His playing style directly influenced lots of other leading jazz guitarists consisting of Rene Thomas, Jimmy Courley, and Joe Puma. Jimmy passed away where he was born in Louisville, Kentucky on May 10, 1995.

Music does and always has played an important part in people’s lives. People have always used something to create music, as a means of entertainment. Music is not only an entertainment but also a way for people to relax and motivate and even worship.

Some think music and other forms of art are made for nothing but participating in it, whatever the motivation. Music can help you relax and concentrate and loud music can help raise the energy level when you are tired or to help set a particular state of mind such as meditation or worship..

Gospel music is set apart from other Christian music because of its message. Other music may simply be praising God, but this music praises God while telling about what he’s done.

Gospel music is certainly music with a purpose. It praises God and preaches the Gospel. Psalms 150 lists every major type of musical instrument and ends with, “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.” Gospel music gives every instrument and every voice the medium to obey that command. – “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord

Gospels are songs that talk about what the Lord has done in a person’s life. It may be about being saved, or how the Lord has blessed them, or about their trials and how the Lord helped them through it all. Gospel songs usually are very upbeat and/or are associated with the southern sounds of music.

The bottom line is that the purpose of this music is, at least tri-fold. It is to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ; preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music with the hope of bringing salvation to non-believers; and entertain all people with positive messages and values.

The Cricket World Cup is a prime one-day International (ODI) cricket tournament, which is organized by cricket's governing body – the International Cricket Council (ICC). This tournament is held once in every four years and the ICC decides the venue for the tournament. ICC Cricket World Cup is the most watched after World Cricket Cup tournament and it is an event watched by millions of viewers across the globe

The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup is taking place in the West Indies. This is the first time in the history of the Cricket World Cup, that the tournament is being held in the West Indies. The choice to conduct the World Cup in the West Indies was the outcome of the International Cricket Council's rotational policy.

A total of sixteen nations are vying with one another for the World Cup this year. All contesting cricket teams from around the world were divided into four groups – Group A (Australia, South Africa, Netherlands, Scotland), Group B (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Bermuda), Group C (New Zealand, Kenya, Canada) Group D (West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan, Zimbabwe). In total, there will be 51 matches played them before they reach the final world cup match.

As of now the teams which have entered into the Super 8 stage include Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa, England, Ireland and Bangladesh.

There have been some interesting highlights in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. Ireland's cricket team is in the highlight, first for its tie with Zimbabwe (this is the third time a tie has happened in Cricket World Cup) and second, for it's defeat of Pakistan, the result of made the team to qualify to the Super 8 stage. Australian Batsmen Mathew Hayden scored the fastest World Cup hundred from a total of 66 balls in the match between Australia and New Zealand. For the first time in World Cricket Cup, Bangladesh made it into the Super 8 stage, by defeating the Indian and Bermuda cricket teams.

Looking into each of the team making up the Super 8, we find all of them showing a lot of promise, which means exciting matches.

o Australia – This team is the World Cricket Cup's defending champions. They have undergone a few setbacks with key players Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden facing injury problems and fast bowler Brett Lee out of the game because of injuries. However, their strong victory over opponents Scotland, Netherlands and South Africa, indicate that they are not about to let go their grip over cup victory.

o Bangladesh – This is a team that's came up to the Super 8 stage much to everyone's surprise. Their coach Dav Whatmore (he was the one who led Sri Lanka to a astounding victory in 1996), has brought out the best in the team members. Lot's expected from their matches in the tournament.

o England – Their strong points are their key players Kevin Pietersen (world 'number one-ranked batsman) and Flintoff (all-rounder).

o However, in the world cup, the team faced defeat against New Zealand and they had to fight off Canada. Andrew Flintoff faced clinical action on account of late night drinking. They have to show all their capabilities to win over the team in the Super 8.

o Ireland – They are showing great strength and have much going their way, after the astounding defeat of Pakistan. They include points include strong team players and excellent strategy from coat Adrian Birrell.

o New Zealand – This is a team's that's much expected to get into the semi-finals stage with strong players, Daniel Vettori's left-arm spin, and good batting.

o South Africa – They have simply won over teams in Group A and have sent out one clear message – they are clearly strong contenders of the cup. Good batting is their strong-hold; however, they still need a good spinner in their team.

o Sri Lanka – They were World Cricket Cup champions in 1996 and are putting up a strong fight in every match and winning. They have a skilled team with batsmen Kumar Sangakkara, skipper Mahela Jayawardene, openers Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya, bowler Muttiah Muralitharan

o West Indies – Their opening wins against Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland have put them in lead position. As hosts they are doing a lot to ensure that the tournament goes well and they have a host of match-winning players like Chris Gayle, Lara, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo. In this form they seem very likely to head for the semi-finals.

The Super 8 stage of the World Cup, will begin on Tuesday night between Australia and West Indies in Antigua and its results will decide on the four teams who will play the semi-finals.

However, all the fun and excitement on the cricket ground, the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup is overshadowed by the death of the Pakistan Cricket team's coach Bob Woolmer. He was found dead in his hotel room, the next day after the team lost out to Ireland and there is some investigation going into this matter.

At the end of the entire showdown, there will be only one winner! With the players of the Super 8 stage, all geared up to fight till the finish, the world audience waits with baited breath to find the winner of the World Cricket Cup match.

Soccer is one of the most popular sports, if not the most popular sport or hobby in the world. The soccer World Cup, which is the world soccer tournament that goes occurs every four years, gets more viewers than any other sporting event in the world. Soccer is such a big deal in some countries that it has caused political tensions between nations when their teams have played against each other in the World Cup. So why is soccer such a great hobby for everyone? For one thing, it does not require much equipment to play soccer, you just need a soccer ball to kick around and a couple friends, and some sort of goal that you can use to kick the ball into. The rules are rather simple and obvious, you just kick the soccer ball around and try to kick it into the other team’s goal to score, and you can’t touch the soccer ball with your hands.

Kicking a soccer ball around is something that can be addicting and you can spend hours and hours doing it without getting bored. You can do different tricks with your like dribbling and or seeing how many times you can kick the soccer ball without letting it hit the ground. You can practice tricks like the bicycle where you jump and kick it sideways or kick it in the air while falling onto your back. You can do that one trick where you roll the ball with one foot onto the back of your other leg and then use that other leg to kick it forward, from behind, over your head; that’s one of my favorites. It makes people think I am a good soccer player when I do that one, even though I am not.

One nice thing about soccer or a soccer hobby is that it definitely keeps you in shape with all of that running you have to do, and you have to be in pretty good shape to do well at soccer. Playing soccer is not like a light jog where you can just take it easy the whole time. You are at a full, dead sprint over and over. It’s fun too, so it doesn’t feel like you are just working out, you are playing a game instead. The last soccer team I played on was an indoor soccer team. I thought I was in shape, but then I could only last for a couple minutes before I had to take a breather, each time I went in.

One of my earliest memories of playing soccer was when I was on a little league soccer team as a kid. I was playing defense and all I did was kick the ball as hard as I could to the other end of the field every time it came to me. I also remember afterwards, I ate a piece of chocolate candy with the wrapper still on it. I didn’t swallow it, but it made me sick and had to quit dribbling my soccer ball on the way home from the soccer game, while I puked because the feeling in my mouth was so disgusting. I think my body was worked up from the sprinting in the soccer game as well and my stomach was tight. It still makes me sick to think about that experience all of these years later. But I sure had fun as a kid playing on my soccer team and had a lot of good experiences. I also still have a lot of good memories from my soccer days as a kid. It was fun being the center of attention as I kicked the ball around each time it came to me. I wasn’t that good though, and I played defense, so I usually just gave the soccer ball a nice boot to the other side of the field each time it came to me.

There are a lot of drills you can do with a soccer balls, just on your own to become a better soccer player. You can just practice dribbling, as mentioned above, where you just kick the soccer ball back and forth between your legs as you run. Once you get good at dribbling the soccer ball, you can show it off when you play games, but dribbling the soccer ball and cutting past people. Or, you can practice kicking and aiming the soccer ball at a certain point on a wall or practice kicking it into the goal or passing with the side of you foot, so you can get your aim better and score more goals when you play. You can dribble the soccer ball with your feet while weaving through cones. You can practice heading the soccer ball and aiming with your head. For some reason soccer player’s favorite thing to do is hit the soccer ball with their heads.

Football fans are extremely passionate and are obsessed with the beautiful game. For any true football fan, wearing their club or countries latest soccer jerseys are a popular trend. However the price of replica kits is now extremely high so football fans search online in the home that they can find great bargains to buy cheap soccer jerseys.

There are many stores who sell soccer jerseys for cheap towards the end of the season, but this is normally because they are soon to be replaced by a brand new football shirt for the following season. Another good way to get discounts on your football kits is to become a member of a soccer fan club or team, so you can get a discounted price enjoyed by their members. Often you can find cheaper prices on soccer kits by following this method.

Or you can search online for stores who sell cheap football shirts at lower prices. Here, you can save up to 50% on the price of replica soccer shirts by buying wholesale soccer items and factory second items. Here, you can find the newest released football shirts with great service, including custom soccer jerseys for both kids and adults.

These stores will ship the item direct to your door so you don’t have to spend time searching in shops. You can find kits for all the best teams including Barcelona, Roma, Sampdoria, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur.

If you are expecting to learn about sailing charters off the coast of Australia, you are going to be disappointed. Rather, this is all about exploring the splendors of the deep as you scuba dive in the dramatic seascape of the Caribbean. With its warm, crystal clear waters, the Caribbean is an ideal spot to dive. It is a superb playground for any level of diver thanks to the sheer abundance of marine life and the fact that many islands have protected the highly complex reef ecosystem by designating the coastal waters around their shores as marine parks. Pinnacles, slopes, wall dives, coral gardens, drift dives, wreck dives, and under mountain dives all await the scuba diver. Hundreds of well-equipped dive shops are available through the islands. Many people chose to dive while on Caribbean sailing charters. Rendezvous diving options are available on most sailing charters; and on some crewed sailing charters, not only is scuba equipment available, but you can become PADI certified with a resort course for an additional charge. Imagine doing your check-out dive in the turquoise blue warm waters of the Caribbean rather than in some cold, dark pool or low-visibility lake. Check about diving options with your charter broker when arranging your sailing charter. So, strap on your tank, adjust your buoyancy compensator, clear your mask, and let's take it down under!

The British Virgin Islands

There are more than 100 dive sites in the BVI, and the underwater vistas are among the world's most breathtaking. Dives off the Sir Frances Drake Channel include ledges, caves, canyons, wrecks and sponge-encrusted walls. Some of the more popular dives include the following:

1) The Chikuzen – Lying at a depth of 75 'six miles north of Beef Island, the ship was sunk in 1981. The full 246ft. length of this once-refrigerated vessel is teeming with fish of every description, including big rays, horse-eye jacks, barracudas and more.

2) Painted Walls – A shallow dive (20-30 ft) off the southern point of Dead Chest. Divers can delight in the kaleidoscope of colors created by encrusting corals and sponges on the walls of four long gullies.

3) Alice in Wonderland – Experienced divers looking for a deep dive will enjoy this one at South Bay on Ginger Island. The wall here slopes gently down from 15-100ft. Huge mushroom shaped corals give the site its name.

4) The Indians – Off of Norman Island, 4 large, jagged pinnacles protrude from the surface after rising 50 'from the ocean floor. The formations feature a series of canyons and grottoes with both soft and had corals that are overwhelmingly colorful as the sun's rays shine down on them. Myriads of reef fish swim along the canyons.

5) Wreck of the RMS Rhone – A royal mail steam packet that sunk off of Salt Island during a hurricane lies well-preserved in two halves on a sandy bottom. Her steel wreckage is home to many species of fish and encrusting corals. The bow section, laying in about 80 'of water, reveals the coral encrusted cargo hold and other interior chambers. The wreckage field reveals the ships foremast complete with crow's nest and the bow spirit lying in the sand. The stern section contains the ship's engine, prop shaft and massive propellers. Part of the BVI National Parks Trust, this is the perfect two tank dive.

6) Blonde Rock – A pinnacle between Dead Chest and Salt Island which raises from a depth of 60 'to just 15' below the surface. Its rock ledges, tunnels, caves and overhangs are home to crabs, lobsters, hordes of reef fish and beautiful fan corals.

St. Martin

Diving on the island is good, but compared to the rest of the Caribbean, not in the top league. Visibility in the waters around St. Louis Martin typically extends for about 100 'and sometimes can even reach up to 200'. The diving is generally fairly shallow, typically in 60 'of water or less. There are approximately 55 dive sites that are a mixture of wrecks, old coral reefs and encrusted rocks. Some of the more popular dives include:

1) Proselyte Reef – This is the top dive site in St. Louis Martin. In 1801, the HMS Proselyte sank in 60 'of water. The reef surrounding the frigate increases to within 15 'of the surface. Divers can see fish, coral and occasionally turtles and rays.

2) Split Rock – This is a large boulder divers can swim through. Nearby is Cabie Reef, where large fish such as pompanos can often be seen. Both sites are at 55feet.

3) Old Simpson Bay Bridge – The remains of the old bridge was submerged in the 1980's and now serves as an artificial reef. Schools of reef fish now congregate at the site which is 55 'at its deepest. Nearby, there are a number of wrecks, including an aircraft.


Anguilla's turquoise blue waters boast seven marine parks: Dog Island, Prickly Pear, Seal Island Reef System, Little Boy, Sandy Island, Shoal Bay Harbor Reef System and Stoney Bay Marine Park. Dive sites include wreck dives, shore dives, wall dives, night dives, and heritage dives. Expect to see stingrays and garden eels in the sand that surrounds the dive sites. Anguilla is particularly known for its intentionally sunk shipwrecks.

1) El Buen Consejo – A truly unique attraction, the 960 ton Spanish galleon rests quietly on the ocean floor with her cannons and cargo serving as a silent testament to the Caribbean's turbulent past.

2) Prickly Pear Cays – For the best diving on Anguilla, head out to this underwater cavern, where nurse sharks and barracudas swim through rock formations not far from several sunken shipwrecks.

3) The Steps at Little Scrub – This dive site is at a depth of 20-90feet. A ledge dive takes you between and under huge boulders to a dramatic five foot arch. Angel fish, blue tang, nurse shark, great barracuda, rays and tiger grouper are among the marine life that can be seen. A great site for photography.

4) Dog Island – At a depth of 90 ', there are two sites: West Cay and Devil's Wall. Weather permitting, this is a drift dive for experienced divers along a spectacular wall face with lots of marine life.

5) Stoney Ground Marine Park – Anguilla 's first underwater heritage site with a fully guided tour. The underwater collection includes a display of anchors, bronze devotional medals and other historically significant artifacts.

St. Barts

Most people do not think of St. Barts as a dive destination, and yet there are approximately 26 dive sites. The dive sites fall into two separate areas. The main dive area extends from the main town of Gustavia, with several others sites no more than five minutes from the entrance to Gustavia Harbor. Many sites have structures that divers can swim through and in, including some large caves. There are also two wrecks. The most spectacular dives are around Pain de Sucre, an islet off Gustavia Harbor or around a small cape, l'Ane Rouge off Colombier Bay. Since being protected in 1991, marine turtles are all around Colombier, Fourchue and the rest of the island. Anemones, urchins, sea cucumbers and eels are typically present on all the sites.


Saba 's beauty extends below the waterline into an exciting marine environment rich in corals and active in fish life. Superb diving is the main reason most sailing charters make it to this island. Divers will encounter huge populations of colorful tropical fish as well as larger fish and pelagics (large open ocean fish, like spotted eagle rays and sharks). There are almost 30 different dive sites around Saba, most of which require a boat to reach, however, since the island is so small, dive boats can reach all sites within minutes. Lava tunnels and hot springs remind divers of the dramatic volcanic beginnings of the island.

Although Saba's underwater attractions include shallow and yet spectacular reefs and walls, it is for her pinnacles that the island has earned a reputation as a must go destination among experienced divers. The pinnacles are actually summits of underwater mountains, beginning at around 85 'and extending into the abyss. The best of these is the Eye-of-the-Needle. Another great spot is the Labyrinth – a series of channels around 50 'deep created by old lava flows on which star and brain corals have formed. Expect to see brightly tube tubes sponges and lots of fish gathering in this area.

Another impressive area is Tent Reef Wall. This is a steep and extended ledge that plunges into the depths with tons of interesting marine creatures seeking shelter on its walls. Three things are particularly unique to diving in Saba. First, the reefs are in pristine condition because the entire waters surrounding the island were designated as a Marine Park in 1987 and dive operations are carefully controlled. Second, Saba is one of only a few islands in the Eastern Caribbean where you can dive using nitrox. Because of the depths of the dives, various mixes of oxygen are used to extend bottom times on the pinnacles by about 50%. Finally, Saba has a hyperbaric chamber, which is the official sport diving chamber for a territory ranging from Puerto Rico to Barbados.


Statia has diving like no other destination in the Caribbean. The warm water and underwater volcanic fissures and canyons have given this area a diverse selection selection. It is one of the few locations in the world that offers walls, coral reefs, archeological and wreck dives in such close proximity. During the Golden Age, Statia was the main trading post between America and Europe. Divers can still find glass shards from old plates, wine bottles, old Dutch clay pipes and the blue beads that were used as currency. Over 200 shipwrecks are thought to litter the water off the west coast of the island, but only a handful of these are accessible to divers. The western shore is where the majority of Statia's 30 dive sites are located. The sites range in depth from 20-220 'with visibility over 100 feet. To help reserve Statia's pristine marine life, the St. Eustatius Marine Park was established in 1998. One of the highlights for many divers to Statia is to dive with the flying gurnards. Statia has several dive areas where divers can see dozens of these spectacular fish. They are considered uncommon through the Caribbean, however, in Statia's water, one can see them everyday. Some of the many fascinating dive sites include:

1) Charlie Brown (a 330 'fiber optic cable laying ship) and Chin Tong (a Taiwanese fishing vessel) are two artificial reefs created by the Marine Park. Both are reliably modern "wrecks" – sunk in 2003 and 2004 respectively – and make for interesting dives.

2) Anchor Reef – Located in the southwest, this reef is covered with an extensive array of sponges, corals and sea fans. Lobsters, sea turtles and a myriad of reef fish hide in the many shelves and crevices.

3) Crack in the Wall (aka Grand Canyon) – This is a large pinnacle of coral reaching up from the ocean floor. There is an abundance of life here, including large fish such as barracuda and black-tip sharks.

4) Triple Wreck – This site is actually two coral-encrusted shipwrecks lying just 150 feet apart at a depth of 60 '.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua has approximately 42 dive sites, of which many are close to shore. Both Antigua and Barbuda are almost completely surrounded by well-preserved coral. Although there is no wall diving, and most dives are fairly shallow (depths generally range from 25-80 '), there are some good cliffs and canyons, and a handful of wrecks. Expect to see colorful reef fish, including an incidental sea turtle, dolphin, and nurse shark. The best diving is on the southern and eastern coasts of Antigua. The Ledge of Sunken Rock on the south coast is a popular dive site. One of the best-known offshore sites, Cades Reef, is now partly contained in a designated underwater park. Another popular destination is the wreck of the Andes, a 3-masted merchant ship that sank in 1905 and now rests in less than 30 'of water in Deep Bay.

Barbuda's diving is at least as good as Antigua's, with countless wrecks dotted around the near reefs. Many of these wrecks have yet to be explored. Unfortunately, there are no established dive operators on the island of Barbuda. To live off Barbuda, it is best to make arrangements with a dive shop on Antigua to have the necessary equipment taken over by air or boat.

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis are not major dive destinations in part because the islands have never really been promoted in that way. With the new emphasis by St. John Kitts' government to make the island a tourist destination, that may change. More than 400 ships sank near the islands between 1493 and 1825, but only a dozen or so have been identified to date. Most of the dive sites spread between the eastern coast of Nevis and the western end of St. Louis. Kitts. Visibility is usually in the 60-100 'range. Dive sites include shallow inshore sites, offshore shoals, and a large coral reef in the channel between. Kitts and Nevis. There is a good range of marine life. There is a good chance of seeing turtles on many sites, and areas with overhangs often house nurse sharks. Some of the more popular diving locations include:

1) Black Coral Reef – This dive is for people searching for rare black coral. The reef begins at 40 'and descends to 70'.

2) The Caves – Lying 40 'under the west coast of Nevis, just north of Charlestown, the Caves are a series of coral grottos. These grottos, a well-kept secret, allow divers to swim through holes in living reef without ever being more than a breath away from open water. Excellent visibility and the shallow depth allow divers to explore the Caves until the tanks are almost dry. Thousand of fish are found here varying from the squirrel fish to lobsters to barracuda.

3) Nags Head – Due to the strong current where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meet, this is for experienced divers only. The reef is colorful, plunging dramatically down to 80 feet. You will find stingrays, turtles, squirrel fish and sea urchins, along with assorted large reef fish.

4) River Taw Wreck – This site is a large wrecked freighter measuring 144 'x 70'. The wreck is in excellent condition and only 50 feet deep. Encrusting coral and large numbers of reef fish can be observed.

5) Grid Iron – This undersea shelf is found in the channel between. Kitts and Nevis. It rises to within 25 'of the surface. It contains a multitude of shallow water corals, sea fans, sponges and large numbers of angelfish.


There are a number of dive sites around the island. The coral reefs on Montserrat 's coast offer a variety of tropical fish and other exotic undersea life, such as spotted rays, sea turtles and sponges. The dive-able area finds from Old Road Bluff in the west to the North West Bluff, around the northern shoreline, toward Hell's Gate in the northeast corner of the island and then along the eastern shore towards the border of the Volcanic Maritime Exclusion Zone – more than 13 miles of coastline. The 1995 eruption of Montserrat 's volcano had an unexpected positive effect on the coral reefs, and the underwater world is healthier than ever. The lava flows, which flowed into the sea in the south, have brought huge rocky boulders into the sea and new substrates for the reefs. Coral, fish, sponges, and other creatures have had time to recover and the dive spots are teeming with more life than ever. Some sites not to miss include:

1) Carr's Bay – In the north of the island, this area offers several shore dives. Towards the south of the beach, one can get into the reef system. There are several huge boulders rising from the sea floor. Colorful sponges and corals cover these boulders. Tons of reef fish dart around. This is truly an el dorado for underwater photographers.

2) Rendezvous Bay – This area is one of the best for diving. One highlight of diving at Rendezvous Bluff is the bat cave dive where you are greeted by the chirps of 1000's of fruit bats hanging from the ceiling. The northernmost dive region on Montserrat's west coast is the reef system between Rendezvous Beach and the North West Bluff. This area consist of mostly boulders and ledges between the shore and about 60 'of water which supports a rich reef community. At the North West Bluff, submerged cliffs form a wild background for schools of reef fish and pelagics. The cliffs drop steeply from the surface to about 60 'into a sandy bottom.

3) The Northern and Eastern shores of Montserrat offer exciting diving as well. Little Redonda is a rock that reaches the surface from a depth of 80 feet. It is a spectacular dive. The Pinnacles on the northeastern corner of Montserrat offer fantastic submerged rock formations. In Yellow Hole, south of the Pinnacles, is the wreck of a 19th century steel schooner, which sank in 1886. Her remnants are scattered across a wide area in 25 'of water.


The diving in Guadeloupe is "average" according to the Undercurrent Insider Report. The majority of the island's 27 dive sites are off Basse Terre. Expect to see several species of corals and classes of sponges. Guadeloupe has strict diving regulations. Unless you are a dive master yourself, you must dive with a guide, and not all operators speak English – so plan ahead. Some sites to check out include:

1) Islets Piedgeon – These are cone-shaped, coral-covered islands that fall to the bottom at 160 feet. This is the site of the Cousteau Marine Park. Despite its popularity with day-trippers and glass bottom boats, the marine life is in good condition. There are two wrecks near the Pigeon Island.

2) Grand Cul de Sac Marin – Several miles of reef have developed in the sheltered waters in the north between the two sides of Guadeloupe. Much of the area has been declared a marine park and access is restricted.

3) Le Sac Pate – Located north of Iles des Saintes is a group of large boulders rising to about 40 'below the surface. Some interesting coral and fish.


Dominica 's volcanic origins are evident all over the island, including underwater. Jets of hot water and bubbles spurt from fissures, lave plugs form underwater pinnacles and ferocious blasts have driven arches through the rim of ancient crater walls. There are approximately 26 dive sites. Some of the many spectacular sites include:

1) Toucari Bay – This is a secluded area with coral covered rocks reaching from the beach out to the main reef at about 40 '. Excellent for day or night dives, this site boasts a wide variety of sea life, including octopus, moray eels, rays, squid, lobster and puffer fish. Toucari Bay is a honeycomb of tunnels. A couple of tunnels 25-45 'long provide excellent swim-throughs. The reef then drops to 110 'and is home to large school of mahogany snapper, big crabs and frogfish.

2) Champagne Reef – One of Dominica's best known and requested dive sites. The dive itself consist of a circuit around the reef, just a bit offshore, followed by a safety stop exploring the hot springs and bubbles. Expect to see seahorses and flying gurnards.

3) Rodney's Rock – A Shallow (maximum depth 50 ') dive offering one of the best critter dives. The site offers mini caves and overhangs for spiny and slipper lobsters, crabs and morays. The walls of Rodney's Rock are carpeted with corals and sponges, providing homes to octopus, seahorses, grunts and snapper.

4) Scott's Head Drop Off – A world class dive site from 10-100 '. Huge splotches of encrusting sponges cover the wall with blues, reds, oranges, whites and purples. Yellow tube sponges dominate. Creatures live in every crevasse.

5) The Cabrits – This is, in fact, several dive sites. Cabrits South and West are both beautiful reefs dropping off sharply to a sandy bottom at 155 'and 110' respectably, and a third site further south drops off to below 185 '. These sites often have currents and offer spectacular drift dives over barrel sponges and schools of Creole fish.


The catastrophic eruption of Mount Pelee in 1902 cave Martinique 12 ancient wrecks to supplement a coastline of fringing reefs and dramatic offshore rocks. You will need to speak French to get the best out of most dive operators. Of the many sites, be sure to see the following:

1) Epaves de St. Pierre (St. Peter Wrecks) – When Mt. Pelee erupted, she sunk many ships around St. Louis Pierre. The nicest one is Roraima located at 150 '. You can almost discover the wreck.

2) Les Canyons de Babodi – Less than 300 'from shore, these are impressive canyons going down to 150' filled with many fish.

3) Rocher de la Perle – This site is located two miles away from shore at a depth of 75-100 '. The water is incredibly clear, allowing you to see many corals, fish and marine animal life.

4) Les Grandes Jorasses – This is a series of coral platforms located away from the shore. The remarkable scenery also includes big ocean fish.

5) Cap Solomon – This site consist of massive rocks all around the cape. This is a coral platform with luxuriant and colorful flora and coral fish all around.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia has some of the most colorful reefs anywhere in the Caribbean, making it a diving paradise. The island is at the tip of an underwater volcano where divers of all levels will enjoy the stunning variety of coral, sponge and marine life. Artificial reefs have developed around a number of sunken ships which have become home to huge gorgonians, black coral trees, gigantic barrel sponges, purple vase sponges, and black lace corals. Divers will see an amazing cross section of Caribbean marine life, including turtles, nurse sharks, seahorses, angel fish and golden spotted eels. Some of the more intriguing underwater dive sites include:

1) Anse La Raye – Found below a shallow wall, this is one of the finest wall and drift dives in St. Louis. Lucia.

2) Anse Chastanet – One of the most dramatic spaces for diving, this reef is in the southwest of the island. The shallows, with depths to 25 'can be entered directly from the beach. The reefs fall away from 20-140 'in a unique coral wall that continues from Anse Chastanet Bay around the headland of Grand Caille and in toward the harbor of Soufriere, providing some of the best diving in St. Louis. Lucia.

3) Coral Gardens – Located at the base of the Gros Piton, this site offers breathtaking scenery where five finger coral trees range in a depth of between 15-50 feet.

4) Fairy Land – At the point of Anse Chastanet, this plateau slopes nicely from 40-60 '. Strong currents keep the coral and sponges clean. This site is ideal for underwater photography.

5) The Key Hole Pinnacles – Voted one of the "10 Best Dive Sites" by Caribbean Travel and Life, these are four coral and gorgonian encrusted seamounts that rise up from the depths.

6) Lesleen M Shipwreck – A 165 'freighter that sunk in 1986. It lies upright in 60' of water near Anse Cochon in the west coast, just south of Marigot Bay. Divers can tour the entire ship.


With over twenty miles of barrier reefs reaching to within 40-60 'of the surface, as well as 9 frequently dived wrecks, Barbados is beginning to take dive tourism seriously. The fringes and reefs found off Barbados are full of healthy sponges, coral and plant life. There are several types of reefs – each one unique. The barrier reefs, located -2 ​​-2 miles from shore contain large coral heads which form the habitat for 1000's of beautiful fish. Larger organisms are also found on these reefs, feeding on smaller fish. The Hawksbill turtle can also be found on these reefs. Fringes and patching reefs are found closer to shore and have smaller coral formations and more abundant plant life than the barrier reefs. These reefs are home to seahorses, frog fish, giant sand eels and many other marine creatures. Barbados has several excellent sites for wreck diving. Carlisle Bay, with over 200 reported wrecks, is one of the most popular sites. There are four wrecks which are particularly popular: The Berwyn, Eilon, C-trek, and Fox. Divers can look for tropical fish, eels, frog fish and more.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Each island in this tropical archipelago promises divers something different. St. Vincent's dramatic volcanic cliffs continue underwater with steep black coral walls. Bequia has a variety of pristine dive sites from calm colorful reefs in shallow water to steep walls that drop away into the deep blue where you will see monster schools of fish. The southern Grenadines offer the largest variety of fish and corals. Most of the area is a marine park, and that offers unspoiled underwater beauty. Mayreau has the most dives site in the southern Grenadines. Be sure not to miss:

1) Puruni Wreck – A 1918 English gun ship approximately 140 'in length and found in only 40' of water. This is a great wreck dive for all levels.

2) Hot Springs – An underwater volcano with continuous bubbles. The water temperature changes dramatically, becoming very warm. See an abundance of outstanding corals.

The Tobago Cays area is made up of five uninhabited keys and is a National Park protected by the government. Check out the following dive sites:

1) Horseshoe Reef – At 60 ', you will find numerous soft and hard corals. There are sand and nurse sharks sleeping under ledges.

2) Ends Reef – At 70 ', you will find schools of spotted eagle rays swimming in formation, as sting rays sleep in the sand.

3) Sail Rock – This is a pinnacle dive complete with a cave which has three separate exits, schools of fish, stingrays, and an old cannon. With a depth of 70 'and a very strong current, this is for advanced divers only.


Grenada's underwater terrain is as beautiful as the dramatic landscape rising above it. Although shallow reef, wall and drift dives are all available, the most popular site is the wreck of the Bianca C – known locally as the "Titantic of the Caribbean." This 600 'long Italian ocean liner was anchored in St. Louis. George, when on October 22, 1961, an explosion occurred in its engine room. Although all but 1 person was saved, the ship sank in 165 'of water 1 miles miles offshore as it was being towed out of the harbor. It is now considered to be one of the top ten wreck dives in the Caribbean. Keep your eye out for spotted eagle rays, reef and nurse sharks, and large barracudas making the wreck home. In addition, because of its position in the ocean, the pelagics swimming around the ship are fantastic. Due to its depth, this dive is limited to advanced divers. Other popular dive sites include:

1) Molinere Reef – Running a depth of 60-130 ', this reef is part of the Grenada National Park. The northern part of this bay is the site of where English sculptor Jason Taylor has developed the first underwater sculpture park in the Caribbean. Located at a depth of 15-25 ', these fantastic and unique pieces of work depict Grenada's colorful history and folklore.

2) Flamingo Bay -This area is also part of the northern part of Grenada's National Marine Park. At a depth of 20-90 ', it is one of the top three dive sites in Grenada. The reef is truly a treasure trove of all coral species (including elkhorn coral) and sponges. The prevalence of seahorses is a particular draw to this site. Flamingo Bay is as close as you will get to diving in an aquarium with its plentiful and diverse marine life.

The Caribbean is known worldwide for its calm blue waters with high visibility. No wonder it is one of the premier vacation destinations for those on sailing charters. Yet, if you do not tank up, you are missing an amazing and extraordinary natural wonder that you can only experience by getting in over your head. Whether you are enjoying a leisurely inner reef dive, an exhilarating drift dive along spectacular drop-offs, or thrilling night dives, you will discover a silent world teeming with life. There is no doubt that sailing charters to the islands offer you a bit of paradise onshore, but there is also a spectacular paradise awaiting you offshore and benefit the surface with a vast, unspoiled playground filled with exotic sea creatures and breathtaking vistas. There are canyons and caves, sheer mountain walls plunging to the ocean floor, coral formations of all shapes and colors, and wrecks of hundreds of ships – all teeming with an incredible diversity of sea plants and marine life from sponges to sharks – just waiting to be explored!

Both these teams know where they stand in respect of the tournament, regardless of the result of this match, scheduled for Thursday.

Holland have already qualified for the round of 16, and Cameroon have already knocked out of the World Cup. Cameron will always be anxious to leave on a high note, and are likely to play their heart out. After their loss to Denmark in their last match, Cameroon put up a good show, and they will be keen to continue the good work against Holland.

The two previous meetings of these two teams were friendlies in 1998 and 2006, with Holland winning the second by a lone goal, and the earlier one a goalless draw.

Pre-tournament predictions had greater expectations from Cameroon, as they have the most World Cup experience among African teams, and Thursday's match will be their 20th.

The induction of seniors, Achille Emana and Geremi, and Alexandre Song, of Arsenal, made a positive difference for Cameroon in the Denmark match.

Samuel Eto'o did a much better job in the middle. The team will have to improve their finishing quality, if they want to impress against the Holland defense. Also, their own defense was less than adequate against Denmark.

Denmark's win over Cameroon's has ensured Holland's transition to the round of 16. Coach Bert Van Marwijk will be able to try out bench players while protecting his regulars from injury and resting them ahead of the big battles in the knock out stages. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Eljero Elia can expect to play and work up some form ahead of the knockout matches.

After their outstanding showing in the qualifiers, Holland's performance in their first two group E matches was disappointing, although they won both. The good news for Holland is that their defending was solid, while midfielders Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong also lived up to expectations. This enabled Wesley Sneijder freedom up front.

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben are likely to miss this match, though Robben who is nursing an injury might get some practice as a substitute.

Gregory Van Der Wiel and De Jong both of what were awarded yellow cards in the group matches, are also likely to sit this match out.

Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o was the most impressive Cameroon player against Denmark, and his team the lead. Eto'o was wasted on the right wing against Japan, and coach Paul Le Gluenave has a central role in the Denmark game, with immediate results.

Winger Eljero Elia's speed made an impression for Holland against Denmark, and Dirk Kuyt was able to score off the rebound after Elia's shot hit the post. Cameroon's defense will be sorely tested by Elia.

Cameroon is likely to go with a large unchanged team from the one that played in the Denmark match. Bennoit Assou-Ekotto may adopt a more defensive mould.

Affelay and Elia are likely to give flank support to Huntelaar while Demy De Zeeuw could play as a defensive midfielder, replacing Nigel De Jong.

Veterans Mark Van Bommel and Rafael Van Der Vaart are likely to play influential hands and combined with the pace of Elia and Affelay could make life difficult for Cameroon.