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Blue Planet II inspired art will help raise funds for UK seas

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Dunblane artist, Jeremy Wyatt, will support the Marine Conversation Society through artwork sales

An artist, whose latest exhibition has been inspired by the sea, says he’ll be giving half the proceeds from the sale of one of his paintings to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

Originally from Barry, Wales, Jeremy Wyatt grew up with an ocean view. He relocated to Scotland in 2010 and has settled in Dunblane where he lives with his wife, Lucia, who is a Sea Champion volunteer for MCS.

Jeremy is currently showing his exhibition ‘Beneath Sky and Sea’ at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling (until 30th March).  All the work in the collection was inspired by the BBC Blue Planet II series which drew the public’s attention to the massive issue of plastic pollution in our seas.

Jeremy says: “Like so many people, we were inspired to step up our efforts for MCS after watching Blue Planet II and we hope the proceeds of this statement artwork called “sinking feeling….” will boost their campaign funding. If just one more Sea Champion emerges from our contribution, we will be lifted up! One by one we can all make a difference united in our desire to clean up our oceans for the benefit of all creatures on earth.”

Jeremy, who has been selling his art since the 1980’s, works mainly in acrylics and ‘sinking feeling’ is a fabulous example of how his imagination works from realism through to quirky surrealism. The painting depicts a range of different fish, within a porthole frame, floundering at the bottom of a polluted ocean. A puffin swims above the drama almost calling for help for its fellow creatures.

Tara Proud, MCS Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager, Scotland says: “MCS is extremely grateful to Jeremy for kindly donating the proceeds of his wonderful painting to support the vital work we do. The time to save our oceans is now and so we’re grateful for support we receive like this which has been inspired by one of the most iconic programme of recent years. Jeremy’s art is vibrant and colourful – which is how we’d like our oceans to remain – but if we continue to abuse the sea by polluting it and overfishing then it’s future is thrown into doubt.”

Beneath Sky and Sea’ is currently showing at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling until March 30th.

For more information about the Marine Conservation Society visit their website by clicking here.

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Deptherapy returns to its Roots – Part 1

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Over the next seven days, join Richard Cullen from Deptherapy as we publish a Blog about the charity’s recent expedition to Roots Red Sea, El Quseir, Egypt.

Deptherapy made the very brave decision to book an expedition to our home in Egypt as soon as Roots Red Sea received their certificate from the Egyptian Authorities that the camp and dive centre was COVID secure. Roots is one of very few resorts to receive a certificate from the Egyptian Government.

We arrived in Roots the day after they re-opened.

Getting together an expedition was a major task. Very few Approved Medical Examiners’ of Divers or Dive Referees are conducting consultations at the moment. Availability of beneficiaries and the requirement to quarantine on return from Egypt affected the number of beneficiaries available.

There was also a requirement to pass a COVID PCR virus test within 72 hours of travelling.

We had decided on a small expedition and on the day of travel we had six flying to Egypt.  Unfortunately, Chris Middleton had to drop out the day before we travelled after emergency wisdom tooth surgery.

Our group comprised of Richard Cullen, Michael Hawley, Tom Oates, Tom Swarbrick, Keiron Bradbury and Corey Goodson.  Keiron was undertaking his RAID Master Rescue Course and, as it turned out, Corey was undertaking the RAID Open Water 20 course.

A deserted Gatwick Airport at 0900 on 10 October

Our outbound flight was before midday on Saturday 10 October and I must admit we were all shocked at how deserted was.  Checking in with easyJet took minutes and when we boarded the plane, we found it less than half full.

Corey is a paraplegic since a car accident two years ago while he was training prior to joining the Royal Anglian Regiment.  Corey has no sensation below the waist and is unable to use his legs.  The cabin crew on our flight were quite amazed to see the two Toms and Michael lift him from his wheelchair and place him in his seat for the flight.

Mask protocols were strictly observed by the team, the flight was uneventful, and the easyJet Cabin Crew superb. We also took a digital thermometer to check temperatures prior to flying.

Corey having a pre-flight temperature check

Hurghada Airport was very quiet and we moved through Immigration and collected our baggage in very quick time.

Two things to note:  If you are travelling to Hurghada you need to complete a COVID declaration for the Egyptian Authorities. If not, you have to fill out the rather lengthy form when you arrive.  You can undertake a COVID test on arrival at Hurghada Airport but the queues are long.  It costs much less than the tests we had done in the UK – BUT – you are required to be quarantined at your hotel until the test result comes through.  This means two days with no access to resort facilities.  If the test comes back as positive you have at least two weeks being confined to your room.

COVID guidelines

Transport to Roots was, as ever, on hand and we were soon at the camp and being briefed about the COVID arrangements.  A lot of work has been put in place to make Roots COVID compliant – and all at considerable expense.

None of the usual hugs with the Roots team and you have your temperature checked every morning and every time you return from the dive centre.  Your dive kit is sterilised every night ready for the next day’s diving.

Sterilised Dive Kit

We all felt very COVID secure.

Check back for tomorrow’s Blog and our first day diving…


Find out more about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education at www.deptherapy.co.uk

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And the winner of our TUSA Paragon S Mask competition is…

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We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who entered our competition to win a TUSA Paragon S Mask from our good friends at CPS Partnership!

As usual, lots of you entered… but there can, of course, be only one winner!

And that winner is…

  • Lee Evans from the UK.

Congratulations Lee – your prize will be on its way to you soon!

Not a winner this time? Don’t worry – there are plenty of other competitions running on Scubaverse.com right now. To see what other awesome prizes you could be in with a chance of winning, click here!

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