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Becoming a scuba diver simplified with BSAC’s digital tools

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Qualifying as a scuba diver continues to become easier thanks to investment in digital training tools by the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC).

Launched in 2021, the MyBSAC app for Android and iOS gives BSAC members all their essential membership and training details right at their fingertips. The app has been developed to directly support members’ diving and training.

As the National Governing Body for scuba diving and snorkelling in the UK, BSAC has been recruiting bumper numbers of scuba diving trainees into its community since the pandemic.

Thanks to the app, these new trainees will have instant access to their membership / qualification cards – meaning they can prove their BSAC membership, diving or snorkelling qualification as well as medical status anytime, anywhere in the world. They’re also able to check membership information, get the latest news, or book onto their next training event via the app.

Plus, in the latest app release, qualified BSAC instructors can now use the MyBSAC app to look up students, leave comments, and sign off lessons at the touch of a button – no paperwork required.

Following this update, qualified dive professionals can also upload an HSE medical certificate to BSAC directly through the app.

BSAC Head of Diving and Training, Dom Robinson, said:

“The updated app demonstrates BSAC’s commitment to digital processes, as well as improving the training experience for students and instructors. And there’s more to come! The latest MyBSAC app release is just one step on the journey of constant improvements, following member feedback.”

Get the MyBSAC app

The MyBSAC app can be downloaded now on the Apple Store and Google Play. Non-members can download and use the app to access scuba diving news and safety information, search training events and/or find a local BSAC club or centre.

Join BSAC today!

Membership of BSAC starts from just £33 per year, and comes with a range of benefits including access to the an extensive programme of training events, partner discounts on dive equipment and travel, third party insurance, SCUBA magazine and more.

For more on benefits see www.bsac.com/benefits

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TRAVEL BLOG: Jeff Goodman Dives SOMABAY, Part 3

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Today we are diving one of the outer reefs from an inflatable. As we reach the bottom, a reef octopus eases its way into the cover of a small crack in the coral while displaying it’s incredible ability to change colour. They are arguably one of the most charismatic of reef dwellers and it is always exciting for me to simply hover and watch. I would have spent longer and waited for it to come and investigate me, but as dive time is limited we wanted to move on and find a turtle.

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The waters around Somabay are well protected and hold a rich variety of marine life. The reef edges are thriving colonies of coral and shoaling fish, while nearer the sea bed plenty of wildlife is still to be found.

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Then we located the turtles. They are very used to divers and so show little concern when slowly approached. In fact occasionally one will come over to see what you are doing. There is always huge excitement when diving with a turtle. The shear thrill of sharing a moment with another species.

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What a fantastic way to finish a wonderful few days diving and I would like to thank SOMABAY, ORCA DIVING and THE BREAKERS for making my stay such a good one.

I had a great time, with diving everyday either on the house reef or on one of the offshore reefs by inflatable or larger day boat. Orca diving provided high quality equipment and facilities while the staff were all very friendly and welcoming. The Breakers was right on the coast with nice rooms, good food and once again friendly staff making the whole trip a real pleasure.

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Soma Bay covers an entire peninsula and is home to several resorts as well as residential  compounds.

As well as scuba diving, Somabay caters for many other sports and activities, and so is perfect for families as well as individuals and/or groups. And of course there is always time to lay peacefully on the beach under the Egyptian sun.

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Book your next Red Sea dive adventure with SOMABAY! For more information, visit www.somabay.com.

Stay at the Breakers Diving & Surfing Lodge when you visit! For more information, visit  www.thebreakers-somabay.com.

Find out more about ORCA Dive Clubs at SOMABAY at www.orca-diveclubs.com/en/soma-bay-en.

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TRAVEL BLOG: Jeff Goodman Dives SOMABAY, Part 2

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Day three of my trip to Somabay and we were spending the day on the Lady Christina and diving on the wreck of the Salem Express.

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Diving wrecks for me is always one of mixed emotions. The excitement of diving a wreck is more than often tempered by the thought of loss of life when she sank. The Salem Express was a passenger ship and a roll-on/roll-off ferry travelling from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Safaga, Egypt. Most passengers were of poor class travelling home from their holidays while around 150 people were returning home from their pilgrimage to Mecca.

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The ship struck a reef and sank within 20 minutes. Passengers were trapped below deck and the ship was filled with fear and panic.

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The wreck area is strewn with personal belongings from the crew and passengers such as a transistor radio and a flat iron for clothes. A diver at sometime has put them in a prominent place to be seen.

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Tragically only one life boat was launched while the others went down with the ship. More than 600 men, women and children lost their lives here.

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It’s a stark reminder that the sea can be unforgiving and so when we dive on such wrecks we should do so with humble regard.

Returning to the surface, shoals of fish are gathered under our boat and seem to be welcoming us back into the light.

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Back at the Breakers I sat in the dining area with a beer and a very good meal while my thoughts still remained with the day’s dive on the Salem Express.

Check in for part 3 tomorrow for Jeff’s last day of diving with Somabay on the off-shore reefs looking for turtles.

Book your next Red Sea dive adventure with SOMABAY! For more information, visit www.somabay.com.

Stay at the Breakers Diving & Surfing Lodge when you visit! For more information, visit  www.thebreakers-somabay.com.

Find out more about ORCA Dive Clubs at SOMABAY at www.orca-diveclubs.com/en/soma-bay-en.

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