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BSAC’s National Diving Officer welcomes her new team on board




BSAC’s new National Diving Officer Sophie Heptonstall has announced the team that will help her drive forward BSAC’s diver training over the next three years.

The National Diving Committee (NDC) is made up of highly experienced volunteers from within BSAC, bringing specialist knowledge and expertise to support the National Diving Officer in their responsibilities for all diving and training within BSAC.

Their collective remit covers the complete range of BSAC activity, from snorkel, diver and instructor training through to support for branches, centres and coaching.

Sophie took over the NDO role at the BSAC AGM back in May. Alongside Sophie, the National Diving Committee Steering Group will now comprise of Sarah Jepson (Diving Activities group lead), David Wakelam (Instructor Training group lead), Mike Rowley (Technical Group lead), Janos Suto (Council Advisor) and Mary Tetley (HQ Advisor).

Each group leader has welcomed its new 2015 team. Full details on the new BSAC National Diving Committee 2015 and their roles can be found here.

Speaking of her new team, Sophie said she was delighted to be able to retain many of the previous NDC members as well as bring in some new faces into the fold.

“My thanks go out to former members of NDC for their significant contribution, on which we will continue to build and grow. These are exciting times for BSAC’s strategic development and I am confident that the National Diving Committee will be able to rise to the opportunities – and challenges ahead.”

Can you help?

As well as the newly appointed National Diving Committee members, BSAC is also looking for volunteers with specific skills and work experience to assist on NDC projects. In particular, NDC are currently looking for someone with archaeological experience to get involved with BSAC’s Underwater Heritage group.

For more information – on the Underwater Heritage Group or other ways to get involved – email

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Gear Maintenance Episode 4: Backplate and Harness Sponsored by Dive Rite (Watch Video)



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Liquid Sports announce NEW colours of Hollis F1 LT Fin now in stock



Liquid Sports has announced that the NEW Colours of the Hollis F1 LT fin are now in stock at LS warehouse and ready to ship.

Already available in Grey, the NEW White & Yellow Hollis F1 LT fins have the following features:

• Short blade for easier finning in confined spaces
• Angled strap mounts for comfort & a better transition of power
• Spring heel straps with easy-grip heel tab
• Multiple strap mounting positions for a fine tuned fit
• Vented blade reduces stress while accelerating water over blade
• Generous foot pocket

F1 LT Yellow RRP £139.95 – Product code: 214.2207.xx 

F1 LT White RRP £139.95 – Product code: 214.2211.xx 

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