Archive for July 2012 | Monthly archive page
From the excitement about sidemount diving over the past 18 months – and judging by the smiles on your faces during the Aquasport Hollis Open Night there is some excitement – you can be forgiven for thinking it is the latest fad in scuba diving.
Surprisingly, the practice of dangling twin cylinders from your sides has been around since the late sixties when it was first developed by pioneering British cave explorers.
Now the sidemount concept is coming out of the dark again as a new breed of divers look to the configuration to enhance their own recreational and technical diving.
And to help you get to grips with the set-up Aquasport is launching the new PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty.
The summer holiday season has arrived, and you are probably already thinking of the things you need to pack for your well-earned escape from the UK; sun cream, shades, swim shorts, PADI Open Water Diver certification card.
PADI Open Water Diver certification card?
Yep, with the British weather living up to its reputation for being wet, wet and…wet – sadly the weathermen say this baking hot spell is just temporary – many of you will be quitting these shores to head to the sun in places like Egypt, the Caribbean, Cyprus or Spain. Wherever there is sea there’s the chance to go scuba diving and discover the hidden underwater gems just beneath the surface that most holidaymakers miss.
And it’s not too late to travel as a scuba diver by completing your training at Aquasport International. → Read more
SEALS, shipwrecks, sharks, the UK’s most exotic reefs…and a hell of a lot more seals. Yep, the Aquasport trips for the second half of 2012 promise to come up trumps with some of the best diving of the season.
We have boats heading back to the marine reserve at Lundy, the season’s first trip to the Farne Islands and divers heading to explore the unrivalled wrecks of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow. And, if that is not enough, we will also be returning to visit more of the historic shipwrecks off the coasts of Plymouth and Portland.
The Lundy trip scheduled for the first week of August is now fully booked, but we still have a few places left for our first trip of the year to the Farne Islands, on the weekend of August 18th and 19th.
For those of you have not visited the Farnes or know little about them, diving here will give you arguably the best underwater interaction with marine life that you will have as a diver this – or any – year. → Read more
AS the wreck of the historic 80-year-old submarine M2 comes into view beneath the waves of the south coast of England, your excitement and curiosity as a PADI Wreck Diver begins to rise.
Descending to the submarine’s deck, some 30 metres down, you explore the aircraft launching mechanism – yes that’s right, a plane on a sub –then head along the hull through the shoal of Pollock towards the giant rudders touching the seabed before turning back to examine the conning tower and periscopes.
For the father of modern scuba diving, Jacques Cousteau, shipwrecks represented an eerie ‘world of shadows’; for the rest of us these ghostly memorials to history are a fascinating playground to be researched and explored.
The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty starting on August 3rd is designed to give you a better understanding of how to examine and explore sunken ships in safety, unlocking their mysteries and seeing the things that others overlook.