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Are your friends & family tired of hearing about your AMAZING diving and wanting to try it themselves? How about a FREE SCUBA DIVE at A PADI & AQUASPORT POOL PARTY?
Are you going to SCUBAFEST? Do you know how to put up a DSMB safely and quickly? DSMB usage is a must for anyone diving in the worlds seas and oceans so if you don’t know how to deploy yours then this is the Club Aquasport workshop for you!
Believe it or not Aquasport International has an online store!We have been running the store for some time but as we never stop with our teaching and certain staff being so insistent on not working a full year, ever! We just haven’t dedicated as much time as we’d have liked to it. Well that’s all about to change. Rob is back from his trip (that’s enough said about that) and has been tasked with getting the site up to date and fully stocked.
So, make sure you have a look at WWW.SCUBASHOPUK.CO.UK. You will find all the great products we have in store and even a few we don’t so if you are after something different and we don’t have it on the shelves check out the online shop, we may have just what you are after.
The webpage update will take a few weeks and will be on going after that so make sure you don’t just look once and forget about it (trust me, we won’t let you!). We will be adding products, updating prices and detailing offers every week so keep an eye on the site and your favorite products, you never know what might appear and how much it might be priced at! I can already here your brains in overdrive thinking about possible bargains and shiny new kit!
Enjoy the store and of there is anything we don’t have (yet!) that you’d like to see be sure to let us know and we’ll do our best to add it.
I know what you are thinking. “We haven’t even opened our Christmas presents or bid farewell to 2012 and Vini is already talking about next year.”
But time waits for no man as they say, and at Aquasport we’re looking forward to an exciting start to 2013. We’re already planning our trips, an exciting range of new courses and some new club initiatives, more on that will come later this month.
To kick start the year we have a great offer for Club Aquasport members: The new Night Diver Try Dive in our heated training pool. It’s designed for those interested in the PADI Night Diver Specialty training programme but who want to know what it will be like diving in the dark.
Meanwhile, for those who want to learn to dive but don’t want to brave the cold waters of the UK this winter, our PADI Open Water referral programme is just the ticket. It allows you to get ready without having to venture from our classroom or 31C heated pool. An ideal winter warmer, the referral programme starts every weekend.
We also have a PADI Rescue Diver programme starting on January 19th. The skills will help you prevent and prepare for diving emergencies. With this qualification you could easily find yourself the most popular buddy on the boat with people wanting to take the plunge with a Rescue Diver. In a recent survey of Aquasport divers’ favourite cert card it proved a popular choice.
For more information on all of these initiatives read on. → Read more
WHEN two troop carriers were sunk off the coast of Devon with the loss of more than 700 American soldiers during a hush-hush D-Day training exercise details of the tragedy were buried in the archives in a file marked Top Secret.
But an ongoing diving project aimed at documenting the wreck sites is now helping to provide further clues to the World War II tragedy and the preparations for the biggest – and most pivotal – land invasion of the war.
Rich Walker, Director of Technical Training at GUE and the man behind Project Tiger, will be at Aquasport on Monday December 10th at 7pm to chat about the wreck diving research they are doing, its planning, logistics and findings, and reveal the history of disaster that the military tried to hide.
The talk is a real eye-opener and was one of the most popular at the Eurotek diving conference in Brum last month. I expect this to be equally popular among Aquasport club members as it gives a real insight into the hidden history of the wrecks that we can dive off the English coast.
The country may be gearing up for Christmas but we know there’s is still a lot of diving to be had between now and December 25th and that’s why we have a feature packed month for you.
That said, we do kick off the month with the annual Aquasport Christmas Party. The invites have already gone out via e-mail but in case you haven’t seen them the details are as follow.
The party will be held at the Loundon and Pavilion Suite at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens on Saturday 1st of December starting at 7pm. Tickets cost £37 for Aquasport Club members and £42 for non-club members. For that you get an welcome drink, three course festive dinner with a late bar and a disco.
The dress code is smart (no jeans) but considering we have seen what you look like when you get of the water, this is the chance for you to impress with what you look like with your glad-rags on.
Hot on the heels of the Christmas do we have an intriguing talk from passionate UK wreck explorer Rich Walker on a D-Day disaster that the military tried to hide and a research project that is throwing up new information about two shipwrecks off the coast of Devon. → Read more
Sharks. We love ’em. That’s certainly the feeling we got from Aquasport club members who attended the two AWARE Shark Conservation presentations held at the centre.
We discovered that sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems. They maintain a balance in populations of prey species and keep the ocean healthy by removing ill or diseased animals. And we want to go and dive with them.
We also learned the shocking statistics of the unseen shark slaughter going on around the globe. Millions are snatched from the oceans each year to feed different industries, whether it’s for their fins for tasteless soup, their liver oil for cosmetics or their jaws for some gruesome trinket.
It would have been easy for you to walk away from the presentations feeling nothing but doom and gloom. But, typical of Aquasport divers you resolved to step up to become a champion of shark protection and take action to help them. The future of sharks hinges on holding shark fishing and trade to sustainable levels.
Read on to find out how you can help and check out a heart-breaking campaign video.
The clocks have gone back and the dark nights are well and truly here – but you don’t have to let the sun set on your diving just yet. That’s because Aquasport can light the way with a catalogue of new night diving torches.
The latest to hit the shelves in the past few weeks is a range of torches from Intova. Promising a flashlight for every need, the Hawaii-based company offers everything from a low cost compact to a high-powered mega torch.
With compact ergonomic designs and rugged construction, the torches utilise modern LED technology which means there are no costly bulbs to break and replace. And with 100,000 hours of operational time, these LEDS are good for a lifetime!
The new range perfectly complements the sought-after Hollis torches that are proving such a hit with Aquasport divers and staff alike. And with the new range of Hollis technical canister torches coming soon it promises to be a very, very bright night diving season. → Read more
YOU know the picture, you’ve got back from a weekend of diving, amazed your work colleagues with tales of your underwater exploits and one or two of them say: “I’d love to try that.”
Well, now you can give them a chance to see for themselves what gets you excited with Aquasport International’s Discover Scuba Diving group sessions.
Just bring them down to our training pool and let our dedicated dive team do the rest by introducing them to the wonders of the weightless underwater world in a safe environment.
As try dives go, it has to be the ultimate experience. And here at Aquasport, we are offering you chance to try one of our rebreathers on for size as we host the second Hollis open night next Thursday, 11th October, from 3pm to 9pm.
The latest range of tec diving gear, including wings, twinsets, sidemounts, stage cylinders and deco bottles, will be on show and you will get the chance to dive with it yourself in our heated training pool.
But if you want to see what it is like diving ‘bubble free’ in one of our Inspiration closed circuit rebreathers or ‘almost bubble free’ with one of our Draeger semi-closed rebreathers then you best get a move on because we only have seven spots left.
The sessions will last for about 30 minutes. As expected, they are proving popular so you will need to call the centre and book one if you don’t want to miss out.
Outside of the Dive Show, we can’t think of anywhere else you that will offer you this opportunity. Unfortunately, due to time constraints only paid up club members can book for these.