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BSAC makes the special issue of SCUBA magazine, SCAPA, available to all for free



A special commemorative ‘SCAPA’ edition of BSAC’s member magazine SCUBA has been made available to all divers, and everyone who loves the underwater world, to mark the centenary of the scuttling of the German High Fleet.

A digital version of May’s SCUBA – renamed SCAPA, is now available to all to read online. By making the special issue widely accessible to all, BSAC hopes to raise awareness of and participation in this year’s historic milestone.

A commemorative year at Scapa Flow

The 21st June 2019 sees 100 years since the German High Fleet was deliberately scuttled by its own officers in the natural harbour of Scapa Flow, off Orkney. Scapa is now one of the world’s most iconic wreck diving destinations and the coming months will see a host of special events, projects and dive trips to the mark the centenary.

Scapa Flow – iconic wreck diving destination

Intended as an inspiring in-depth guide to the centenary of the scuttling and showcase the amazing Flow wreck sites that both sport and technical divers can enjoy, ‘SCAPA’ is packed full of detail about the sites, the background to the sinking as well interviews with the people who are at the heart of the Scapa diving community today.

Specially commissioned features in the SCAPA edition include:

  • The backstory of Scapa’s iconic wrecks
  • What it’s like to work as a skipper in the Flow
  • The anatomy of a Konig class battleship
  • Photography Special – snapping Scapa
  • Wreck special on BSAC’s ‘adopted’ site, the SMS Coln

‘SCAPA’ magazine special edition for all divers

BSAC Chair Alex Warzynski said the team behind SCUBA had put together a stunning special issue on SCAPA which would be a fantastic go-to guide for anyone interested in diving the Flow. He said:

“Our SCAPA Special really showcases what a world-class diving destination we have right on our own doorstep. Having dived Scapa many times, it’s a location that’s close to my heart, so I’m delighted we are able to make this fantastic special issue available to all. I really hope it inspires even more people to discover Scapa’s truly remarkable history as well as its awe-inspiring wreck sites for themselves.”

Normally only available to BSAC members, all divers and non-members can now read SCAPA online. To access this very special issue of SCUBA magazine go to

Marine Life & Conservation

Jeff chats to… Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Rowan’s film – Ocean Art and Facts – can be seen here:

Fourth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

For more information please visit:

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NUPG Lockdown Best of…



Usually the January NUPG meeting involves a guest judge coming to Manchester to talk through the very best images members had taken in the previous 12 months. However, this year, due to COVID19 restriction many of the members had not had the chance to dive. The NUPG committee decided to change the rules a little. So this year members judged a series of Best of the Century images online and were also invited to take part in a lockdown underwater bath tub category.

There were five categories for members to enter. Here are the winners of each…

British and Irish Close Up

Octopus in St Abbs Marine Reserve by Mike Clark

British and Irish Wide Angle

A Basking Shark off the coast of Cornwall by Nick Robertson-Brown

Overseas Close Up

A squid at night in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia by Ken Byrne

Overseas Wide Angle

Hammerhead Sharks in the Red Sea by Justin Beevor

Under Bath Water

Lockdown fun in the tub by Caroline Robertson-Brown

The next NUPG meeting will be held on Monday 8th February and the guest speaker is John Bantin.

For more information on the NUPG please visit their website by clicking here.

Header image: Lionfish hunting in the Red Sea by John Spencer

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