Archive for November 2012 | Monthly archive page
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.
When it comes to what happens to the human body in extreme environments – like scuba diving in cold waters – Dr Neal Pollock knows his stuff. In fact, he probably knows it better than anyone else on the planet.
Which is why we should consider ourselves lucky that he has agreed to present some of his research to Aquasport divers when he is in the UK later this month.
If you want to know his credentials, Dr Pollock is research director at DAN and a research associate in the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology at Duke University Medical Center, he sits on the board of directors of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences and on the editorial board of the journal Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. Among many other things.
So you can see he is smarter than most of us in the room – put together. And here’s why. → Read more
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
IT’S Monday morning. It’s foggy. You’ve had to put your thick winter coat on for that cold journey to work. And you want to be anywhere but here. Learning to scuba dive in this weather is probably the last thing you’re thinking about right now. But wait.
What if we at Aquasport could promise waters warmer than those surrounding the tropical islands of the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean and much, much warmer than Egypt in November?
What if we told you we could properly prepare you for adventure beneath the waves during that holiday you keep dreaming about?
And what if we said you could do it at your own leisure and all under one roof – in our on-site heated pool and multi-media classrooms – where you can forget about that chilly weather outside?
If you like the sound of that, then you need to read on for full details of Aquasport’s PADI Open Water Diver referral programme. It’s the best way of getting you dive-ready for that next holiday you are dreaming about this foggy morning. → Read more
Some might say we are a funny bunch at Aquasport because we have have been waiting all summer for the clocks to go back – and that is so we can take you of your first night diving experience with the PADI Night Diver Specialty.
The underwater world takes on a new dimension at night as your torch sweeps through the water, igniting a spectrum of colour and marine life that likes to hide during the day. Even familiar sites like Dosthill take on a whole new life at night.
So if you are toying with the idea of packing your kit away for the season or if you think Thursday’s club dives at Dosthill are off the menu then think again because Aquasport instructors are ready to show you the dive site in a whole new light with the Night Diver Specialty.
In as little as – and it promises to brighten up your diving at Dosthill.
Diving might not always see you at your most glamorous, what with wet hair stuck to your face and mascara running down your cheeks – and that’s just the blokes – so it’s time to get the glad-rags on for the Aquasport Christmas Party and celebrate 2012.
And what a great year it’s been. Some of you have been introduced to diving, others have explored new destinations and more have discovered new things to do underwater with a growing bunch of friends. Now that’s worth drinking to!
As always, the Christmas Party promises to be another great night of festive food, booze and entertainment. You’ll meet up with your old diving buddies, make new friends who share your passion for diving, enjoy a little festive tipple and discover that while you instructors may be at ease in the pool it’s a different story on the dancefloor.
The Aquasport Christmas Party is on Saturday the 1st of December in the unique surroundings of the prestigious oasis that is the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, B15 3TR. → 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.
Divemaster … Scuba Diving Instructor … The very names have a great ring to them and now you can find out how to become a professional diver with the Go Pro night at Aquasport this November.
I bet we can all remember the instructors and divemasters who took us on our first tentative steps with scuba diving. They gave us the confidence and inspiration to literally ‘dive in’ to the sport.
Now, can you do the same? Have you got what it takes to become a PADI Pro? To find out, come along to Aquasport and join us as we host another of our popular PADI Go Pro events on Tuesday November 13th.
It’s an opportunity not to be missed, whether you are a newly trained diver or an experienced and seasoned veteran looking to climb the educational ladder to the giddy heights of PADI Divemaster and above.
Starting at Aquasport at 7pm there will be a series of short talks on a number of topics giving you a full overview of what it takes to become a PADI Professional. Our staff, including some of those who have certified as Divemasters this year, will be on hand to discuss how they developed as a diver by signing up to Go Pro with Aquasport.
The night is open to all divers regardless of qualification and agency, all you need is an interest in your own progression in diving.
We will also have a few special offers on the night for anyone looking to book on and make the commitment to Go Pro over the coming months.
As always the evening will be held at the best PADI facility in the Midlands – Aquasport’s purpose built National Geographic Scuba Centre based in Olton, Solihull.
To book your spot, pop into the centre or call us on 0121 706 6628.
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