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Duttons Divers to host Scuba Pride 2018



Duttons Divers will be hosting the first ever Scuba Pride event at their home, Vivian Dive Centre in picturesque Snowdonia, North Wales. The event will take place on 21st July 2018 and is open to everyone and in support of the LGBT community, to promote diving for all.

There will be lots going on at the event, including dive manufacturer stands as part of a ‘mini dive-show’, including Apeks & Aqualung, Otter Watersports and PADI, as well as carnival style games based around the quarry area, just for fun! The Duttons Divers team will also be holding a number of ‘Discover dives’ for both non-divers and qualified divers to try.

As the event is being held at Vivian Quarry, the ticket price also includes your days diving, so you can enjoy the day both above and below the water.

Come along and enjoy:

  • Scuba Retailers
  • BBQ serving hot food and drinks
  • Jacuzzi
  • Guest Speakers
  • Face Painting
  • Carnival style games
  • Underwater photography competition (in conjunction with NUPG, prizes for 1st and 2nd place)

Scuba Diving Activities: 

  • Discover Scuba Dives
  • Boat Dives
  • Shore Dives
  • Full Face Mask Try Dives
  • Twinset and Sidemount Try Dives
  • Night Dives

Donations from ticket sales and t-shirt sales will go to various LGBT foundations. Tickets can be purchased at for both qualified and non-qualified divers. Join in this event and help promote diving for all.


Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy



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!



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 or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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