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Forces-friendly PADI Dive School sign Armed Forces Covenant



Ocean Turtle Diving (OTD) one of only three PADI 5-star Career Development Centres in the UK has recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating their commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

OTD has pledged to support the Armed Forces by recognising the value serving personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to the workplace and our country by offering a range of support and services, including discounted courses. They also work with local Combined Cadet Force schools to arrange dive trips and training.

The Basingstoke-based PADI Dive Centre specialise in training divers who may feel there are physical or mental barriers to pursing scuba diving as a recreational activity.

Kerrie Eade, OTD owner, PADI Platinum Course Director and Elite Instructor is an instructor trainer in adaptive techniques. Her team offer bespoke training programmes that adapt to meet divers individual training needs including amputees and those who suffer from mental health issues.

Kerrie comments: “Being underwater is a well-known healer, the benefits of being in nature and slow, deep breathing are well documented, and those with physical disabilities are able to be free and independent.

We are delighted to have signed up to the Covenant which gives us the opportunity to work with veterans and service leavers and it is an absolute privilege for the entire team. Over the years I have been lucky enough to see many serving and ex-service men and women learn to dive, go on to great things and become instructors themselves. Learning to scuba dive has been life changing for so many people, who have benefited both physically and mentally and it’s given them the confidence to tackle the challenges of everyday life.”

To connect with a local PADI Dive Centre and explore how diving can help transform lives please visit:

For further information about Ocean Turtle Diving please visit or contact: and 01256 819595.


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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