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GO Diving gets the thumbs up!

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Team Scubaverse are back from a fantastic weekend at GO Diving in Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. Despite the event falling on what must have been one of the warmest February weekends ever, the show was well attended and it was especially great to see so many new and prospective divers, including many children, keen to get inspiration for their first experiences underwater.

Getting to grips with dive gear in one of the two pools.

As an introduction to the world of diving, GO Diving certainly fitted the bill and there was plenty to inspire. The huge training pools were busy on both of the public days of the exhibition and it was brilliant to see young Scouts getting their first taste of scuba, alongside others testing out rebreathers for the first time.

Standing room only for one of Andy Torbet’s presentations on the main stage.

The presentation line-up was top class, surely one of the most comprehensive at any dive show. With five stages hosting more than 50 speakers over the weekend, visitors were truly spoilt for choice. I’m sure I must not have been the only visitor that found myself wanting to hear two widely contrasting talks at the same time on more than one occasion!

Richard Cullen and Tom Oates from Deptherapy on the Inspiration Stage.

For a first time show, GO Diving was extremely well supported by industry leading manufacturers, retailers, training agencies, travel businesses and others. This ensured that there was plenty to keep even the fussiest and most experienced diver satisfied.

Group chat!

The addition of the Trade Day on the Friday was also a welcome development. There was a positive ‘vibe’ over the course of the weekend amongst the trade and this can only mean good things for the future of the diving industry in the UK.

Scubaverse Blogger Kayleigh.

Full credit to the GO Diving team who managed to bring together a professional and well-organised event, which for a first time show was polished and innovative in equal measures.

Miranda K and Andy T!

There is definitely room for more than one dive show a year in the UK. The timing of this event neatly replaces previous Spring shows that haven’t lasted the distance, and also fits well with the established Dive Show at the NEC in October. We look forward to GO Diving becoming a regular event in the UK Dive Show calendar!

For more information about GO Diving, visit their website by clicking here.

Thanks to Dave for the photos!

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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WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

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 Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

Is it:

  • A) 60
  • B) 50
  • C) 40

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

Liquid Sports Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch November 2020

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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