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Celebrations and Awards from Mares & SSI at GO Diving Show




Mares celebrate their 70th Anniversary and SSI give out awards on the trade day of Go Diving Show

At the end of the trade day at the GO Diving show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, the team from Mares and SSI celebrated 70 years of Mares and also handed out awards for SSI dive centres and instructors. Those gathered around the stand watched on, with a well earned beer, watched on as Richard Corner congratulated SSI members for their hard work and achievements in 2018.

Cat organises the beer!

SSI Dive Centre Awards

The SSI Dive Centre Awards went to…

  • Overall Students – 1st place Dive Newquay
  • Pro Development – 1st place Divemaster Scuba
  • XR development – 1st place Divemaster Scuba
  • Freediving development – 1st place Porthkerris Divers
  • Junior Diver development – 1st place Dive Newquay
  • Newcomer award – Bespoke Diving Adventures

Mark Duncombe from Bespoke Diving Adventures

SSI Pro Awards

The SSI Pro Awards went to…

  • Student Development – 1st place Mark Duncombe
  • Pro development – 1st place James Taylor

SSI Master Diver Challenge

The SSI Master Diver Challenge wins a full set of Mares scuba diving equipment and is also entered into the 2019 Grand Prize. The winner is…Alex Tetley

A special award was given to Martin Sampson from Anglesey Divers. He received the SSI Platinum Pro 5000 award defined as the world’s most elite water explorers. The list of card holders is a “Who’s Who” of diving, containing the more prominent dive professionals. Well done Martin!

For more information about SSI visit their website by clicking here.


WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on (which you can read here), we reported that the Philippines have been recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards. In the article it states how many islands make up the Philippines… how many are there?

Is there:

  • A) 7,209
  • B) 7,532
  • C) 7,641

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag December 2020

  • Enter the country you live in
  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to When prizes are supplied by third parties, is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. This competition closes on 13/01/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Gear News

Quick Scuba Tips #1: How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving (Watch Video)



How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving. Can’t I just take my new mask diving straight out of the box? Well, actually, no. It needs a little work to make it dive ready.

In this, the first in our new scuba diving quick hints and tips series, I’m going to show you how to prepare a new mask for scuba diving with three quick techniques, all aimed at stopping your scuba mask from fogging.

Yes, this link is an affiliate link. Purchases made through these links may earn me a small commission at no extra charge to you.

Dive safe, dive often!


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