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BSAC Diving Conference early-bird tickets now on sale




Tickets have gone on sale for BSAC’s event of the year, the annual Diving Conference, which will take place on Saturday 21st October 2017 from 08:30 – 16:45 BST.

BSAC Diving Conference 2017Building on the success of last year’s sell-out event, the 2017 conference will have more of what members want – breakout sessions, an impressive external speaker line up and plenty of networking opportunities – all in a great new venue, The Vox. Situated within Resorts World on the NEC complex, Birmingham, The Vox is a short walk to Hall 4 and Dive 2017.

BSAC’s National Diving Officer Sophie Heptonstall who is overseeing the event said: “It’s really encouraging that the conference has grown over the last couple of years. The new venue is fantastic and just what we need to support the event’s ongoing growth and success.”

As previous years, the conference will be open to all members but is most relevant for Diving Officers, Training Officers, Instructors and Branch Officers (or those aspiring to be one or more of those things!).

A few things you can expect from this year’s conference…

Team members from the upcoming BBC Blue Planet II series, Rachel Butler and John Ruthven will share their adventures and experiences as part of arguably the world’s finest underwater production team. World-renowned diving medicine expert Dr Peter Wilmshurst will take to the BSAC stage to talk on the topical subject of immersion pulmonary oedema (IPO). Peter will also be running a breakout session to answer member questions on this topic.

On UK diving the Receiver of Wreck Alison Kentuck will talk on wreck salvage and Head of Biodiversity at MCS (Marine Conservation Society) Dr Peter Richardson will update on safeguarding British marine life including the latest on marine Protected Areas around the UK.

Also at the event:

  • Hear from your National Diving Officer, Sophie Heptonstall
  • Choose from 12 breakout session options from the popular Diving Officer workshop through to new developments in Technical.
  • 2017 Incident Report
  • Post-event beers (or something else) for all, thanks to blue o two
  • Conference dinner at Hilton Metropole – all invited!

New for this year the event will be encouraging more Sports Divers to attend with dedicated Dive Leader lectures to support members in achieving this milestone grade.

Conference tickets will give members access to the Dive 2017 Dive Show all weekend. Early-Bird conference tickets are available until 16 July at the special rates of £22.50, or £55 for the conference and dinner package. Early-Bird ticket holders will be entered into a prize draw to win a Suunto Eon Steel computer worth £795. Plus they will get free onsite parking worth £12.

Click here for more info on the BSAC Diving Conference and tickets


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The IMPERFECT Conservationist, Episode #3: Your Car But Less Impact – In 10 Seconds! (*and you DON’T have to ride your bike everywhere!) (Watch Video)



In this video you will learn how to have less impact with your car with this 10 second swap. If buying a new electric car or riding your bike everywhere isn’t a sustainable option for you – do this easy – money saving – and impactful swap instead! This is “The IMPERFECT Conservationist”, Episode #3!

In each video you will get your dose of “Conservation Empowerment” with a bite-sized way you can easily infuse conservation into YOUR busy day-to-day life. We can’t do it all, or do it perfectly but when it comes to being part of the solution, we can always do something! You’ve totally got this ; ) Be inspired, inspire others, do something good. Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button, and the bell so you know when my new videos post! More on my website and social channels too.

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An update from Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort…



The team from ‘Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort’ let us know what they’ve been doing during lockdown:

On Friday March 20th 2020, we waved goodbye to the last guests to leave us before Covid-related travel restrictions were introduced the following day. We suspected that global tourism would be effectively shut down for the rest of that year, but here we are over twelve months later, with no certainty as to when we can welcome our first international clients back to Bunaken.

We have not, however, been idle.

Our primary concern was for our staff. Having over 80 staff on contract, together with no revenue, gave us a dilemma. We immediately told all our employees that no one would be losing their job. To achieve this, we put everyone except senior managers on 50% salary in return for their working 50% of their contracted days. But with no guests and 40 employees present at any one time, how would they fill their days?


Having been voted ‘Indonesia’s Leading Dive Resort’ by the World Travel Awards for the last three years, we knew we couldn’t simply close our doors and wait for the world to return to normal. We’re a jungle-based, coastal resort, and what we know for sure is that sea air and jungle encroachment (however good it smells and pretty it looks!) are no friends of ours. For the last year there’s been constant activity: painting, deep-cleaning, polishing, trimming, pruning, overhauling, servicing – so that when we’re ready to open, every aspect of the resort is in first-class condition

In addition to maintenance and refurbishment work, and with our new General Managers Ed Regeer and Shu Ming Chueng leading the way, we embarked on a comprehensive schedule of projects to improve and upgrade the infrastructure of the resort: re-roofing cottages, rebuilding walkways and bridges, reinforcing the jetty, refurbishing our dive boats, enlarging our organic garden, and rebuilding perimeter fencing.

Ed & Shu

As well as improving the resort and keeping our staff employed, this has also provided benefits to the local economy; we regularly employ additional craftsmen on a week-by-week basis, and nearly all raw materials are bought in Bunaken or nearby Manado.

But there are other ways that the resort has continued to support the island and the local community: because we make our own fresh water (the only fresh water on Bunaken), we supply it to the local villagers, and we also provide electricity and fresh water to the nearby Balai ranger station. We have devoted labour and materials to assist the repair and ongoing maintenance of the main arterial road (albeit it’s a motorcycle path, as there aren’t any cars on Bunaken!) that links the three major villages on the island, and we have expanded our mangrove planting programme.

We also continue to provide emergency medical evacuation to the mainland for anyone who needs it, and our Emergency First Responders are occasionally called upon to administer first aid to islanders who have been involved in motorcycle accidents in the vicinity of the resort.

Finally, and like any other diving resort anywhere in the world, we are fighting a continuous battle against the garbage which so thoughtlessly ends up in the ocean, and which then sometimes washes up on our doorstep. As well as cleaning up our own beach and mangroves, we assist other resorts in cleaning up theirs, and we contribute regularly to the brilliant efforts of Trash Heroes Bunaken.

While we may not have had any guests for the last year, we’ve certainly been extremely busy, and this means that Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort will be in fantastic shape to welcome new and returning guests as soon as restrictions are lifted, and international travel begins to return to something like normal.

We’re operating an extremely flexible reservations scheme, with currently only 10%deposit. For more information, please visit or contact

On behalf of the owners and managers of Bunaken Oasis, we’d like to say a huge thank you to those guests who had booked with us but have had to rearrange their holiday plans because of the pandemic. Given the ongoing uncertainty, we’re happy to reschedule your dates as needed, and we look forward to offering you the warmest Bunaken welcome just as soon as we’re able to!

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email

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