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BSAC’s Basildon branch gains £10,000 Sport England grant




Basildon SAC has won a grant of close to £10,000 to encourage the next generation into the sport.

The club is celebrating after hearing the news they have won a £9,285 Sport England grant. Basildon SAC’s Training Officer, Terry Tarling, says the £9,285 Sport England grant will be used to buy equipment so the club can attract and train new members, particularly teenagers.

He said: “As a club we are very pro-active and intend to get around groups such as the Sea Cadets, youth clubs and even schools spreading the word about the sport.

“We need to buy quite a lot of equipment, such as buoyancy jackets, masks, cylinders and so forth if we are to attract and train new members.

“We also want to buy a marine defibrillator which could, potentially, benefit all club members. Luckily we have a member who is a paediatric consultant who can lead on training so every club member will know how to use it.”

Basildon SAC

Basildon has an excellent track record in training younger divers. One of their youngest members, Charlotte Thorpe is excelling at the sport having just passed her BSAC Sports Diver theory exam at the age of 14 having already qualified as a BSAC Ocean Diver.

Charlotte said: “It took me three months to get to my current level which involved pool sessions, classroom theory and open water dives at Stoney Cove Dive Centre near Leicester and Holborough in Kent.

“I also went to the Farne Islands last August which was absolutely brilliant. The seals were amazing and really playful and friendly underwater. I love to see marine life, it’s brilliant.”

Mary Tetley, BSAC Chief Executive, said: “Basildon Sub Aqua Club should be really proud of gaining this financial grant and it is brilliant to hear they will be putting it to good use by encouraging youngsters to try and enjoy the sport.”

Is your club looking to raise funds to boost its training? Check out BSAC’s guidance on Grant Funding here.


Roots Red Sea is the Travelers’ Choice



There is a remote spot on the coast of the Egyptian Eastern Desert that has been steadily developing an enviable reputation amongst the worlds diving community. It’s absolutely no surprise then that Roots Red Sea has just received TripAdvisors top award, Travelers Choice, the 10th year running it has been recognised with awards from TripAdvisor!

With a passing glance, many divers have dismissed a visit to this gem, its rustic appearance and remote location seemingly enough to deter further consideration. However, those that take a closer look have been rewarded with simply a totally unique experience with awesome diving, an unbelievable welcome and life long memories.

Winning an award once could be luck, every year for 10 years, there has to be a reason. Why not go to find out what it is?

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Nays Baghai



Gemma and Ian chat to Nays Baghai. Inspired by The Blue Planet as a child, Nays’ work as an underwater cinematographer and photographer has been showcased by numerous premier brands, including Rolex and Sony Alpha.  Nays was featured amongst the Top 30 finalists of the Australasian Top Emerging Photographers competition in the Portfolio and Animal categories. He is a PADI-certified Freediving Instructor and Master Scuba Diver, and can dive to 40m both with and without tanks.

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Find more podcast episodes and information at the new  website and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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