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Why I Love UK Diving

admin/ May 1, 2020/ Uncategorized

By Ivan Cunningham Why do I love UK diving, after all, what’s the point, it’s cold, murky, dark and you can’t see anything? Well that’s what I thought when I first came up with the idea, so on the advice of someone who knew nothing about diving and had never done it, I dispensed with the idea and thought no

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Scuba Related Lockdown Fun

admin/ April 15, 2020/ Uncategorized

There are lots of great ideas out there for how to keep scuba connections going while we’re on lockdown. One of the positives to come out of this may be that there is a lasting legacy of remote meeting to engage scuba divers who can’t always make it to club meetings. Your choice of activities will depend on the purpose

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What’s in a name?

admin/ April 13, 2020/ Uncategorized

Who should you train with? PADI? BSAC? SSI? GUE? You may as well buy some alphabet spaghetti and see what comes out first. It’s difficult to choose who you are going to do your first course with. Many people here in the UK might start with that search engine and see what pops out and then head to a website

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Intro to UK Diving

admin/ November 10, 2019/ Uncategorized

The UK has some fabulous diving available. It can be a bit temperamental but there is marine life to enjoy, wrecks to explore and great days and weekends to be had. The UK dive community is small but welcoming. If you’ve trained elsewhere then you might find it a bit different. UK divers tend to have their own kit, and

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A free divemaster course?

admin/ September 22, 2019/ Uncategorized

We offer a “free” divemaster course for our members. But is it really free and what’s the catch? There are many costs to the DM course which include tuition, dive theory, crew pack and your air, kit and dive site entry. We don’t charge for the tuition for our members. It’s simple really. We give the tuition free, and ask

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St Andrews Lakes

admin/ July 19, 2019/ Uncategorized

We visited St Andrews Lake today to check it out for a possible site for Advanced Open Water. Overall, it was a really great experience. On arrival (look for the sign that says “St Andrews Lake” by the roundabout – currently building work taking place), which will be to your left as you approach from the motorway. Head down the

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No enemy is worse than bad advice

admin/ July 11, 2019/ Uncategorized

So said Sophocles. I have had the pleasure of learning much from the experience of others. However, as much as I’ve benefited from this advice, and in turn passed advice onto others, I have increasingly realised how important it is to have reliable sources for learning. The InternetĀ almost deserves several blogs on its own. The difficulties arise in several areas.

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Guide or Divemaster?

admin/ July 11, 2019/ Uncategorized

There’s been a few discussions on social media recently about dive masters, when they were guiding. So what is the role of a guide as opposed to a divemaster? There seemed to be an expectation by a few that the guide has a particular level of responsibility for the divers which includes helping them sort their kit, going through the

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Five Go Deep in Dorset

admin/ October 1, 2018/ UK Dive Trips, Uncategorized

Five go deep in Dorset! Written by Josh Phillips As the saying goes, 2nd time lucky and after the original diving trip to Weymouth earlier in the year was cancelled due to poor weather, last weekend saw our luck change! Friday evening saw us packing all our dive gear into our cars and setting off for the 150 mile drive

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Getting into UK Diving

admin/ March 13, 2018/ Uncategorized

UK Diving has some of the best diving in the world. Add in a vibrant community and it’s a great way to spend a day or a weekend and enjoy diving right through the year. It’s a bit different, however, from jumping in off a boat overseas. You generally need your own kit to dive in the UK (and you

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