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Scubaverse contributor Mark Pearce discovers that the new PADI Basic Archaeology Diver (BAD) Specialty is a hit with the course’s first attendees…

Over the years PADI instructors have developed and written many great courses. These PADI Distinctive Specialties are carefully engineered to further the knowledge and training for divers in specific aspects and areas of diving. Designed to instruct and improve your abilities in any number of different avenues, the list seems almost endless these days.

If you are like me, some will appeal more to you than others. But working toward my PADI MASTER SCUBA DIVING Rating, I am always on the lookout for something interesting. This course ticked many of the boxes for me!

So, when asked if I would like to attend the inaugural class of the new PADI Basic Archaeology Diver (BAD) my first thoughts were a Time Team style event underwater, with a trowel and instructors in brightly coloured stripy woollen jumpers, looking at shards of pottery, and extrapolating the whole history of an artifact from very little information!

Anyway, the course sounded interesting, and in truth, a course in underwater archaeology has been on my overdue list for some while. And when it was suggested, it was one of those courses that you think ‘why hasn’t PADI written this course before?’ as it is a logical and obvious skill that almost any diver would want to learn. No diver would pass up the opportunity to explore and learn about a wreck if they were to discover it for themselves, and to be able to do so using internationally accepted methods, would be by far the best way. Sadly for most of us, discovery of a new wreck is unlikely, but certainly discovery of artifacts from known wrecks is what we can enjoy. Also, by looking closer at the wrecks we dive, it helps to appreciate the rusting metal or timber frames as more than just an obstacle course for intrepid divers: you begin to learn about the people on board, the ship herself, the event that brought them to rest where they did, and a whole host of other clues to follow and keep you busy during winter evenings when diving is just a wishful dream.

The course has been written by MAST, the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust, a not-for-profit organisation who are ‘dedicated to exploring and studying the many thousands of wrecks that surround the UK waters, and to investigate the maritime past to protect it for the future’. A huge task indeed when you remember there are more wrecks surrounding the UK than any other area of the world!

So the course was held at the Plymouth University’s Diving and Marine Centre by Roger ‘Ginge’ Crook and maritime archaeologist Jessica Berry (both from MAST). It is set over two days, and includes an impressive three dives, all of which are made at the New England Quarry near Plymouth. This allows you to hone the skills you have learnt in a well prepared environment, without the unpredictable conditions that you would have to tackle out at sea. The course is well balanced with not too much theory (not my favourite) and plenty of practical instruction. You learn simple yet effective ways to measure and plot items as you find them, so with clear records you, or anyone else can find their way back to them. You also learn about the laws regarding recovery of objects from the sea which have recently been changed, so you will be able to make sure you don’t fall foul of them either!

Along with the practical side of the course, what came through loud and clear was the way they were enthusing you to look closer at what you see, to ‘dig deeper’ as it were. All of us dive areas regularly, perhaps we have a favourite wreck that we return to often. What we have learnt can be applied to any of them, to build a knowledge base, and perhaps make more of a project than just diving the wreck. We left the course with ideas of how we could apply what we have learnt in our own areas of diving, and a greater appreciation of our underwater heritage.

So where to from here? First, a dive at the Coronation wreck (1685) near Plymouth. The course offers a reduced price opportunity to dive the wreck site with a rare guided tour from one of the licensees. She was a 90-gun second rate British naval vessel. This is a rare and exciting prospect, and for those who want to learn more, there are many good courses in archaeology provided out there by various training agencies. This one is a great starting point to an incredibly interesting aspect of undersea exploration.

To find out more about the Underwater Archaeology courses that MAST offer click here

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Join Pharaoh Dive Club for Red Sea Splash Family Summer Camp in August 2024

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3rd AUGUST 2024  – 1 or 2 WEEK PROGRAMMES

Daily water programme with Snorkelling & Scuba Diving.

Beginners or qualified, something for all.

Leave the kids with the Splash Team for days of Excitement, Fun & Adventure!

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BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

There are various options for accommodation with options for 2, 3, 4 or 5 guests.

Eco Huts provide accommodation for families of up to 4. The best option to enhance the adventure and closest to camping with basic facilities. For August we will provide central air cooling for all the Eco Huts.

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Deluxe Chalets are only suitable for 2 guests. Fully air conditioned rooms with private bathroom and other facilities.

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Boutique Rooms are available for families of up to 5.
Individual bespoke rooms fully air conditioned with private bathroom and other facilities.

Eco Huts: £675 per adult / £425 per child / Under 8 FREE of charge
Deluxe Chalet: £830 per adult / £505 per child / Under 8 FREE of charge
Boutique Room: £925 per adult / £550 per child / Under 8 FREE of charge

BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

This is a truly unique opportunity to have a Family Desert Adventure totally away from it all! You will be based at the remote Roots Red Sea on the coast of the Egyptian Eastern Desert, 140km south of Hurghada city.

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Red Sea Splash main focus is Snorkelling & Scuba Diving but that’s not all, we provide a rounded week of activities in support.

Pool& Field Games – Arts & Crafts
Marine Biology Workshops
Cultural Activities – Orienteering Adventures

Roots Red Sea have established strong links with the local communities of Hamerwain  & El Quseir affording our guests to have a true taste of the local culture, SPLASH CAMP embraces this opportunity and bring in the local children to join in the fun with our adventure seekers.

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During the day, families are welcome to take part in all activities together or the kids can be left with the SPLASH CAMP team while the parents enjoy the facilities or go diving themselves!

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At the end of the day, its family time while the SPLASH CAMP team take a break. For those with the energy, there are family evening activities planned a few evenings.

Open Air Movie Night – Desert Star Gazing Walk & Talk
El Quseir Evening City Tour

The second week is very special, we head off on the Big Blue for a liveaboard safari around Fury Shoals.

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BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

U-8 Splash Club

Sadly we can’t offer Scuba Diving to the Splash Club but we can have lots of fun Snorkelling & Free Diving!

Splash Club includes:

Certified Snorkel Course – Marine ID Games – Intro to Free Diving
Arts & Craft Sessions – Adventure trails – Cultural Playtime – Pool Games

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U-12 Explorer Club

In addition to an exciting snorkelling and Free Diving Programme in the Splash Club we can take you under the water on SCUBA to a whole new world of fun and wonder. If you are under 10 your first breath under water will be as a Bubblemaker and continue with daily Seal Team Missions. From 10 we will complete a Discover Scuba Diving experience in the amazing Red Sea. Alternatively we offer a full junior certification programme to become an international qualified Scuba Diver.

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U-16 Adventurer Club

For qualified Scuba Divers regardless of age it’s the Adventurer Club and exploration of the local reefs and marine life. There will be 2 dives every day with the Open Ocean marine field station team who will introduce you to Red Sea marine life and workshops on marine research. Alternatively there are opportunities to continue your scuba diving certifications with our instructional team.

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Parents are welcome to join the club activities and join the courses.

BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

Big Blue might seem like the new kid on the block, but the team behind the highly acclaimed liveaboard is far from that. They have been running Red Sea safaris since the late 1980’s and were in fact part of the early pioneers who ventured out to the unknown on vessels that in today’s world, really shouldn’t have left the harbour! It’s that experience and the years of operating the award-winning Roots Red Sea resort which truly set Big Blue apart from the crowd!

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Large lounge area, spacious sun deck and terrace deck.

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Airy restaurant with five tables with up to six chairs per table, serving a varied and delicious menu with special dietary requirements catered for.

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The spacious cabins have side by side beds and a large walk in wet bathroom.

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Ample dive deck for divers & snorkelers.

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Safety is everyone’s priority, whether you are relaxing on board, swimming, snorkelling  or diving.

On board Big Blue is fitted with smoke alarms, emergency lighting and a fire alarm system. The lower corridor has a full-size door fire exit at the bow and open stairs to the stern. There are evacuation plans in each room along with life jackets, glass breaker tool and a fire extinguisher.

BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

Red Sea Splash at Fury Shoals is a very rare opportunity to get involved with marine biology expedition for children and adults. Open Ocean biologists are on board to provide fascinating and entertaining facts about the marine life you will see. The team will provide workshops on marine life identification and survey methods both of which, should you wish, you will have the chance to put into practice during your safari.

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The week is open to snorkelers, scuba divers and non divers too!

Fury shoals is perfect for first time mariners as it offers plenty of protection from the weather.

We board at Port Ghaleb on Saturday evening and prepare to set sail early on Sunday morning.

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Heading south, our first day will be diving the reefs of Abu Dabbab before sailing overnight to reach our ultimate destination the Fury Shoals.

Here we will spend four days swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving amazing reefs. This includes guaranteed DOLPHIN encounters at Sataya Reef!  After the last dive we haul anchor and head back to Abu Dabbab for our final two dives before disembarking our boat BIG BLUE.

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Camp Extension Cost*
Adult £650 per adult
Under 16 £350 per child

BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

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Meet Pure Dive Resort: Your Gateway to Unforgettable Diving in Bali, Indonesia

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If you’re passionate about the underwater world, listen up! We’ve got an incredible opportunity for you to experience the vibrant reefs and majestic marine life of Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia.

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info@purediveresort.com / +62 811 3999852 / www.purediveresort.com

Pure Dive Resort isn’t just another dive centre; it’s a team of experts dedicated to providing world-class scuba diving and freediving adventures around Nusa Penida, Lembongan, Ceningan, and even Bali.

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Whether you’re a seasoned diver or completely new to the sport, Pure Dive Resort has something for you:

For certified Divers: Discover stunning dive sites, encounter manta rays, seasonal mola-mola (sunfish), and a dazzling array of marine life.

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For beginners: Embark on your scuba journey with beginner programs like Try Scuba and Basic Diver, Open Water and Advanced certifications.

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Freedivers: Explore the depths on a single breath with guided freediving experiences and courses.

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As a valued Scubaverse follower, you get an exclusive 10% discount on any Dive & Stay or Learn & Stay package booked at Pure Dive Resort for 2024. Dive into the crystal-clear waters, explore breath-taking reefs, and create unforgettable memories in this diver’s paradise.

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