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Family Fun at The Great Northern Dive Show

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How did you spend your weekend? My kids and I hung out with mermaids… fire dancers… a garrison of stormtroopers… Darth Vader and a rather convincing dinosaur that made my six year old run and hide… Where were we? Comic con? Theme park? No, a dive show!

The Great Northern Dive Show is certainly not your average dive show – and all the better for it. Having worked in the dive business for many years, I chose this show to introduce my children to the world of diving. Many of the usual suspects were there including distributors, training agencies, conservation organisations and manufacturers… alongside the sideshows above which made for a great atmosphere.

My children and I had a great time. I caught up with lots of old friends in the business, made some great new contacts and my children spent most of the day mesmerised by free diving mermaids and extras from Star Wars.

The only disappointing thing was that there were not more big names from the industry present. They missed out. Footfall could have been a bit higher but considering it was (unseasonably) the hottest weekend of the year, the event was well supported and certainly anyone who attended had a brilliant time.

Massive congratulations to Ruth Mort and her team who pulled off their second successful Great Northern Dive Show. I’m looking forward to next year’s event already… and so are my children, who now think Mummy has the best job in the world! Thanks guys.

Jane is a copywriter, journalist and photographer who has more than 20 years experience in marketing, media and public relations for watersports, most of which has been spent working in dive tourism. She is the Editor of Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures magazine.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out Part II: Blank Slate (Watch Video)

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I owe you all an update on the dream dive locker build out! We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build my dream dive locker/scuba classroom/office. In this installment, I’m going to answer your questions and comments from the first video in this series.

Scuba diving is my passion and to have a dedicated space for all my dive gear, as well as a hang out spot for my students, is a dream come true.

Let me know your color choice! 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5!

Thanks for watching!

D.S.D.O!

James


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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Stephan Whelan

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Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Stephan Whelan.  Stephan is the Founder and Publisher of DeeperBlue.com. His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans and led him to become one of the leading figures in the diving media industry.

Stephan got bitten by the diving bug early in life. His first scuba experience was a try-dive when he was eight years old on a family holiday in Europe, and from that moment, he was addicted. He learned to dive properly with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) as soon as he could at school and then did his BSAC Assistant Instructor when he turned 16. By the time he was heading to university in 1996, he was hooked on teaching and diving as much as he could.

By the time he started studying at university, he decided to have a go at flexing his web-design skills by publishing some of the stories he had built up about various ‘challenging’ students and dives he had encountered, and so deeperblue.net (as it was known then) was created. He published numerous personal stories until 1998 when other writers began enquiring about contributing to the site with their tales, and it was at this moment he decided to make it more like a magazine format and began asking for volunteer helpers. He got a couple of editors on board, and plenty of writers began contributing.

DeeperBlue.com (or DB as it’s become to be known) is now one of the most-popular diving websites in the world and has grown to publish over 9,000 articles covering all sorts of topics like Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy, and Diving Travel all the while keeping over half-a-million passionate divers from the diving community connected every month through the forums, large social media following, mobile app, and recently launched podcast.

WEB: deeperblue.com

FB: facebook.com/deeperbluedotcom

IG: instagram.com/deeperbluegram

Twitter: twitter.com/deeperblue

YouTube: youtube.com/deeperbluevideo

App: deeperblue.com/app/

Podcast: deeperblue.com/podcast/


Find more podcast episodes and information at www.thebigscuba.com and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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