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Dive Show secures March 2021 NEC dates for 30th Anniversary!

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Following the postponement of the forthcoming NEC Birmingham Dive Show from the planned October date, in consultation with exhibitors, speakers and prospective visitors, the Dive Show is pleased to confirm that revised show dates have now been set for the prime pre-Easter 2021 weekend of 27/28 March.

Subject to the usual coronavirus forecasting caveats, this means that:

  • Avoiding the UK winter months of December-February, the new date will put the show as far away as possible from any seasonal increase in coronavirus disruption
  • Exhibitors can be confident that pre-Easter Dive Show events have previously proved an ideal lead-in to the traditional UK diving season
  • Coinciding with the switch to British Summer Time, weather conditions are unlikely to be poor enough to cause travel problems nor good enough to see large numbers of UK divers heading for the beaches
  • Visitors can be assured that the Dive Show and the NEC will be working together to make this Special 30th Anniversary Event not only the safest possible but also the most attractive to attend – with special ticket promotions and a wide range of in-hall attractions!

The organisers said:

“We very much hope that the move to this new Spring 2021 dateline will be welcomed – and are here, as ever, to help with further guidance and advice.”

For more information please visit www.diveshows.co.uk

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Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse’s November 2022 Underwater Photo & Video Contests

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Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s November 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s November 2022 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. December’s photo and video contests are now open.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s December 2022 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s December 2022 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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Tips for… Refreshing Skills

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A hugely important subject, and one that should be considered by any diver regardless of your training level. Just like anything, sometimes life gets in the way, we get sidetracked and before you know it, it’s been 2 months out of the water. It may not seem like a lot, but we naturally start to forget things when they are not used. We slow down our actions as we are out of practise and have to think a little more in order to retrieve the information to help make decisions.

There’s nothing wrong with this of course, we cannot always be diving! But it is important that we refresh before getting straight back into it. We obviously conduct a lot of refresher courses here at the dive centre, but we are also realistic, knowing that not everyone will want to pay to refresh their skills with an instructor. That’s also fine too, just be sensible.

Our tips for this would be the following; some will likely seem a little common sense… but it’s always good to have a reminder right?!

First off, when getting back to diving, choose a buddy that you usually dive with or someone that has a higher level of competency in diving. This will give you the reassurance in the water and not have to be worrying about the others person whilst getting back into it yourself.

Secondly, choose a site that you know. Don’t be jumping straight in having seen an amazing new site that you want to try out… that can wait for another time. You have already had a break in your actual diving, without having to then also consider navigating and a new dive plan.

Next, try to leave out the brand new equipment. It’s great that getting back into diving you have decided to buy yourself a new drysuit, fins and BCD, but it all might be a little bit much. Let’s concentrate on just getting back into the water and then move onto those new additions. This kind of change can make even the best of divers anxious.

Last but not least, there’s nothing wrong with staying shallow. Our first dive to get back into it, does not need to break our dive depth record. Stay shallow, enjoy the marine life at this depth, and keep the dive nice and easy. Practise those skills if you would like to, make sure you know where all your equipment is positioned and get comfortable. The ocean isn’t going anywhere… there’s always tomorrow to get in for another!


Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com

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