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BSAC’s Try Tech event at Stoney Cove hailed a success

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BSAC’s first Try Tech event has been hailed a success, with 50 divers taking up a 30-minute rebreather try dive at inland dive site Stoney Cove over the weekend of 20/21 May.

Hosted by BSAC East Midlands Coaching Region with support from NDC’s Technical Group, Try Tech offered have a go sessions for ‘CCR first-timers’ as well as the chance for existing rebreather divers to try a different unit. The event was supported by APD Inspirations, Poseidon Se7en, Dive Soft Liberty and VMS Redbare.

As well as half-hour instructor-led open water dives, the weekend also offered divers rebreather presentation sessions and the opportunity to talk one-on-one with members of the technical and regional team.

Mike Rowley, BSAC Technical group lead, said the weekend surpassed all of the Try Tech team’s expectations: “I think we can safely say it achieved the aims of promoting BSAC Technical and our technical training courses, introducing people to rebreathers and BSAC as well as providing rebreather divers with the opportunity to try different rebreathers in a real dive. We were very grateful for the support from all four manufacturers.”

The Try Tech event was a pilot which the BSAC team now hopes will point the way for future similar events.

“We now intend to build on the success of this to run further events and expand the activities we offer to cover open circuit technical diving and offer courses over a weekend event and at different venues around the country. Watch this space!” Mike added.

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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