Avid scuba diver Annet Libeau recently discussed the new Florida reef off the coast of Delray Beach.
Kenny Chesney can be thanked for a new reef off the coast of Delray Beach, FL. On January 24, 2021, it was reported that 13 “reef balls” were placed off the coast of Florida to begin a 32-acre underwater park. Avid scuba diver Annet Libeau recently discussed the project.
“The reef balls are part of an artificial coral reef,” Annet Libeau said. “The project is being spearheaded by Kenny Chesney.”
Annet Libeau explained country singer Kenny Chesney will be working alongside marine organizations to create an artificial reef park spanning 32 acres. The park is located 1/2 mile off the coast of Delray Beach.
Annet Libeau added that Kenny Chesney recently founded No Shoes Reef, a conservation organization with the goal of revitalizing and strengthening underwater ecosystems. Chesney explained in a press release that he hopes to raise awareness for how fragile ocean ecosystems can be and how small steps at a local level can help.
“Reef balls are massive structures measuring 7 feet by 7 feet and weighing 10,000 pounds,” Annet Libeau explained. “They serve the purpose of attracting wildlife and enabling coral growth.”
Annet Libeau explained that we need to preserve our ocean and waterway environments for future generations, and this is one major step in the right direction. Libeau added that the underwater park will be is officially named No Shoes Reef 4 for its four founders.
The reef will serve the local community even further, as Palm Beach County students will be able to have a variety of educational experiences here. The Sandoway Discover Center will guide local students in monitoring how the reef is system is progressing.
“Of course, this will be excellent for all of us divers too,” Annet Libeau said. “This park will offer countless acres of new underwater habitats to explore.”
Other benefits expected to come from the reef system are improved water quality, increased dive tourism, improved fishing, and more. Annet Libeau explained that local economies should see a significant boost from the reef park, as fishermen and divers from around the country will travel to experience Chesney’s reef.
“As an environmentalist, I’m extremely pleased that Kenny Chesney chose to take action right here in Florida,” Annet Libeau said. “As a diver, I’m eager to get in those waters and see a thriving underwater ecosystem right here off the coast of Delray Beach.”
Annet Libeau advised divers and tourists to stay tuned, as the process of creating the reef park has just begun.
Software developer Annet Libeau discusses the probably future of software development.
Software development is an industry that is constantly changing. Software developer Annet Libeau explained that software development has changed drastically in a single decade, and she thinks we can expect such drastic changes in the 10 years to come.
“We are currently experiencing the future of software development, and we will continue to do so in the years to come,” Annet Libeau said. “Almost every major company is now a software company.”
Annet Libeau cited research stating it took 40 years to create the first 500 million apps, and it is expected that the next 500 million will take just four years to create. This is because the cost of beginning a start-up business is now drastically cheaper than ever before, and the number of internet users is expected to double by 2025.
Annet Libeau added that she believes applications will get lighter and drastically smaller. People will no longer worry about extensive download and update times, as well as applications using too much space on their smartphones and other devices.
“I believe we will start to see hardware completely disappear in the coming years,” Annet Libeau said. “We’re already seeing less and less hardware, and its need will be reduced to nothing.”
Annet Libeau explained that she expects software to be drastically more proactive in 2021 and beyond. Artificial intelligence will be used to help software anticipate what the user wants or is trying to do, based on what it already knows about them and their goals. Annet Libeau added that this will create a number of openings for recent graduates who have AI specialties, as AI courses weren’t previously offered at many universities.
“One thing that won’t change is that the user experience will still be the top priority in regards to software development,” Annet Libeau said. “However, AI will make improving the customer experience easier than ever before. Companies will still have to have a software niche to stand out among the rest, but the quality of the user experience will determine how successful the application or other software is.”
Annet Libeau finished by stating that everyone working in the software industry will have to be on their toes in 2021, and the coming years. They will have to be roughly 10 times faster than they currently are. She stated that the best way to prepare for the future of software development is to invest in your future by learning new skills, keeping up with the latest trends, and using all types of software to know what’s currently available in the market.
Annet Libeau Discusses the Physical and Psychological Benefits of Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is an excellent source of exercise and can be performed alone, in groups, professionally, and recreationally. While many people try scuba diving while on vacation, long term-scuba diving can actually be good for both your physical and mental health. “I love to travel,” says Annet Libeau, an avid scuba diver. “And to me, scuba diving feels like a natural extension. Being underwater is like seeing a whole new world.”
Scuba Diving Can Lower Your Blood Pressure Says Annet Libeau
“When you first dive into the water, your heart rate and your blood pressure will spike slightly,” says Annet Libeau. “But this is because of adrenaline and the cold water.” Most of the time, even in tropical waters, the temperature of the water you dive in will be colder than body temperature. When your whole body is immersed in cold water, the blood vessels constrict to conserve heat. This can cause your heart to race.
“But once you warm up throughout the dive by swimming, your heart rate slows and your blood pressure lowers significantly. You have to breathe slowly and deeply when you are diving. It brings oxygen to your body and helps you remain calm underwater. I’ve been diving for years and when I slip into the water, it’s almost like being in a meditative state,” says Annet Libeau.
Scuba Diving Is Excellent Stress Relief Says Annet Libeau
“The slow even breathing you learn as a diver induces a state of calm,” says Annet Libeau. “And while you’re floating and observing the new aquatic world around you, it’s like all of your cares just drift away.”
Because scuba diving requires a lot of concentration and coordination, it pulls your focus from your everyday worries – work, family issues, stress about money, etc. All your problems can be forgotten for a short while. Giving your mind and body a break from these stressors gives your nervous system a chance to reset and return to it’s natural balance. Many studies have proven that a calm, relaxed mind promotes positive thinking and a more balanced reaction to stress.
Annet Libeau Discusses Scuba Diving as Exercise
“A lot of people picture scuba diving as floating around underwater. It doesn’t seem like a very strenuous activity,” says Annet Libeau. “But swimming underwater requires a lot of stamina. You’re swimming against the resistance of the water. It’s low impact, but it’s excellent exercise.”
Swimming is an excellent, low-impact form of cardio that can increase muscle strength and flexibility while strengthening the cardiovascular system.
Annet Libeau is the President and CEO of Sun Day Consulting, a software consulting company. She resides primarily in Florida and scuba dives as often as possible. She also writes and publishes science fiction novels with her father.
Avid diver Annet Libeau discusses the new Underwater Museum of Art on the Great Barrier Reef.
The year 2020 isn’t entirely a bust. Underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor created an underwater museum on the Great Barrier Reef, and it opened on Aug. 2, 2020. Avid diver from Boca Raton, Fla., Annet Libeau, recently discussed the opening of the museum and how it will be one of the highest ranking destinations on her bucket list.
Annet Libeau explained that the underwater museum is one of several created by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. Similar museums already exist in the Bahamas, the Maldives, and Grenada. Taylor’s museum on the Great Barrier Reef has been named the Underwater Museum of Art, and it features partially and fully submerged sculptures. The trail of artwork spreads from Palm Island to the waters off the coast of Townsville, with pieces at Magnetic Island and Palm Island still in development.
“This underwater museum is bound to become the next great dive destination,” Annet Libeau said. “Visiting all of Jason deCaires Taylor’s museums is going to be something we hear divers bragging about in the coming years and rightfully so.”
Annet Libeau stated that the Coral Greenhouse at the famous John Brewer Reef and the Ocean Siren sculpture are now open for visiting. The Coral Greenhouse is actually designed to preserve the underwater ecosystem, as a 40-foot-tall functioning greenhouse containing thousands of coral fragments. Annet Libeau added that 20 of the sculptures at the site are ocean-safe and will serve as artificial reefs. All of Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater museums are designed with conservation at the forefront.
“As divers, we can be proud of Jason deCaires Taylor and visiting his underwater sculptures,” Annet Libeau said. “This new underwater museum was built to help protect the Great Barrier Reef through physical structures as well as through informing the public about the major impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef and the ocean as a whole.”
Annet Libeau explained that the sculptures are drastically more than artwork. Each piece of artwork is designed to evolve and teach the public that the ocean is something that needs to be protected. For instance, the Ocean Siren sculpture stands 15 feet tall and features lights which display temperature readings from the reef. These readings are meant to bring attention to the rising temperatures of the ocean due to climate change.
Annet Libeau added that the most strict conservation guidelines were followed in the constructing and installation of the structures. Taylor worked alongside the Great Barrier Marine Park Authority to guarantee the sculptures minimally impact the reef.
Annet Libeau finished by stating that divers and conservationists are already pleased to see schools of fish, invertebrates, and more moving into the Coral Greenhouse. Even more, a visitor fee of $4.20 per person will be paid by all who come to see the sculptures, directly aiding Great Barrier Marine Park Authority conservation efforts.