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.
Aquasport regulars can’t fail to have noticed in the past year we have kick-started our technical diver training programme.
A number of club members have now pushed the limits of their own diving beyond the recreational and Aquasport-badged twinset cylinders have become a common sight at Dosthill.
So whether you want to extend your time underwater, take your diving in a different direction or are interested in taking the first steps on the technical diving path, Aquasport offers the Twin Set Diver Specialty to get you where you want to be. → Read more
Sharing the name of diving pioneer and founder of Oceanic, Bob Hollis, the Hollis range of dive equipment has taken the technical dive gear market by storm in the last 12 months. And the Hollis Dual Bladder BAC (Bungee Air Cell) has become a firm favourite with Aquasport staff and customers alike.
The wing is often the first purchase for a tec diver and it can be one they agonise over the most – dual or single bladder; bungee or no bungee, cam band slots or not.
The Hollis BAC 85lb helps make some of those decisions easier. So visit Aquasport on Tuesday 19th June for the chance to try out one of these systems for yourself. Read on and find out more. → Read more
Aquasport Underwater Photographer Competition 2012
We spend our days here trying to convince people how beautiful it is beneath the waves – well now we’ve decided to showcase it by launching the Aquasport Underwater Photographer 2012.
This is the first time that Aquasport has organised such a competition. But judging by the number of people taking the Digital Underwater Photography Speciality with our resident cameraman/instructor Adam Stokoe, we have a lot of budding underwater image makers in our ranks. → Read more
We are always listening to our divers and what they want, and as a result we are now proud to introduce the BETA version of the Aquasport Blog.
This is being tested as the GO-TO location for all up-to-the-minute information in relation to courses, trips and News.
We hope you find it useful and that you will leave comments here on how we can continue to improve our services to you.
See you on the shot line