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GO Diving this weekend!

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The GO Diving Show is back this coming weekend with more big-name speakers, more exhibitors, more activities – and the Great British Pub!

The highlight of the UK diving calendar promises to be bigger and better than ever for 2023. There are more exhibitors than previous shows, the event has expanded into a second hall – and the British Isles Experience and the traditional Great British Pub have made a welcome return.

The GO Diving Show, this year partnered with Seiko Prospex, is the only UK consumer and trade event dedicated to scuba diving and dive travel. Launched back in 2019, GODS looks to serve the established diving market within the UK, while inspiring new students and non-divers into our beautiful underwater world.

The event will once again be held at the NAEC Stoneleigh, on Stoneleigh Park, close to Coventry and within easy reach of the M40, M6 and M1. There are 11,000 FREE car parking spaces. If you are coming by train, Stoneleigh Park is approximately five miles from Warwick Parkway and Coventry stations, so a short Uber or taxi ride.

At the core of the show are the interactive and inclusive activities to keep the whole family entertained for the entire day.

Top speakers and presentations 

Throughout the weekend, the three stages will host a plethora of speakers from around the world, talking about a wide range of topics and subjects. Headlining the Main Stage is actor, TV presenter and award-winning documentary maker Ross Kemp. Other top speakers include underwater explorer Patrick Widmann, cave diver and ‘Mother of Sharks’ Cristina Zenato and popular all-round Action Man Andy Torbet.

One of the two secondary stages will host talks on UK diving and technical diving, while the other will be the Inspiration Stage along with underwater photography. These stages will see a selection of well-known faces from the diving scene alongside newcomers doing their first talks, and will cover a myriad variety of topics – whatever your interests, there will be something for you.

Interactive elements for all the family

The ever-popular virtual-reality diving pod is back, taking you deep on a technical dive on an ancient shipwreck, as is The Cave – whatever your age, if you’ve ever hankered to give caving or cave-diving a try, then prepare to don a helmet and kneepads and venture into the darkness of the 30-metre cave-system.

Bruce the bucking rodeo shark is also back for 2023, as well as the massive pool, the perfect place for people to give diving a go for the very first time, or for experienced divers to try a new discipline, such as sidemount or closed-circuit rebreather diving.

The Exhibition Hall

All of these activities and interactive elements are surrounded by an ever-increasing list of exhibitors, ranging from training agencies, manufacturers and distributors to tourist boards, travel agents, dive centres, liveaboards, resorts and much more.

The British Isles Experience is back in 2023, with dive centres, liveaboards and charter boat companies showcasing some of the best diving hotspots around our coastline.

Opening Times and Tickets

Saturday 4 March – 10am-5pm

Sunday 5 March – 10am-4pm

There’s still time to get your ticket! Day tickets are priced at £15 per person, and under 14s go free with a paying adult. And remember, parking at the GO Diving Show is complimentary!

Go to www.godivingshow.com/tickets to get your tickets now!

Photographs by Jason Brown

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Book Review: Plankton

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Plankton: A Worldwide Guide by Tom Jackson and Jennifer Parker

This is a book that jumps off the shelf at you. The striking front cover demands that you pick it up and delve further, even if you may not have known you wanted to learn more about the most diminutive life in our ocean, plankton!

Small it might be. Much of the imagery in the book has been taken under huge magnification. Revealing stunning beauty and diversity in each scoop of “soup”. There is lots to learn. Initial chapters include interesting facts about the different vertical zones they inhabit, from sunlight to midnight (the darkest and deepest areas). I loved finding out more about the stunning show that divers oft encounter on night dives – bioluminescence.

The black water images are wonderful. So this is a book you can have as a coffee table book to dip in and our of. But, these tiny organisms are also vital to our very survival and that of all the marine life we love. They provide half the oxygen produced on our planet. They are also responsible for regulating the planets climate. And for a shark lover like me – they are food for charismatic sharks and rays like the Basking Shark and Manta Ray, along with a huge number of other species. This book contains great insight into their biology, life cycles, migration, and how the changes in currents and sea temperatures affects them.

This is a book that is both beautiful and packed with information about possibly the most important group of organisms on our planet. Anyone interested in the ocean should have it one their shelves.

What the publisher says:

Plankton are the unsung heroes of planet Earth. Passive drifters through the world’s seas, oceans, and freshwater environments, most are invisible or very small, but some are longer than a whale. They are the global ocean’s foundation food, supporting almost all oceanic life, and they are also vitally important for land-based plants, animals, and other organisms. Plankton provides an incomparable look at these remarkable creatures, opening a window on the elegance and grace of microscopic marine life.

This engaging book reveals the amazing diversity of plankton, how they belong to a wide range of living groups, and how their ecology, lifestyles, and adaptations have evolved to suit an enormous range of conditions. It looks at plankton life cycles, the different ways plankton feed and grow, and the vast range of strategies they use for reproduction. It tracks where, how, and why plankton drift through the water; shares perspectives on migrations and population explosions or “blooms” and why they happen; and discusses the life-sustaining role of plankton in numerous intertwined food webs throughout the world.

Beautifully illustrated, Plankton sheds critical light on how global warming, pollution, diminishing resources, and overexploitation will adversely impact planktonic life, and how these effects will reverberate to every corner of our planet.

About the Authors:

Tom Jackson is a science writer whose many popular books include Strange Animals and Genetics in MinutesJennifer Parker is a zoology and conservation writer and the author of several books. Andrew Hirst is a leading expert on plankton whose research has taken him around the world, from the Antarctic to Greenland and the Great Barrier Reef.

Book Details

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Hardcover

Price: £25

ISBN: 9780691255996

Published: 9th April, 2024

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Dive with a Purpose: Shark Guardian’s Expedition Galapagos

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Shark Guardian has just unveiled their largest and most exciting expedition yet: a seven-night, eight-day adventure in August 2026 aboard the Galaxy Diver II, a state-of-the-art
vessel specifically designed for divers exploring the enchanting waters of the Galapagos
Islands. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage deeply with marine
conservation in one of the world’s most revered diving destinations.

Shark Guardian is a UK registered charity dedicated to protecting sharks and marine
ecosystems worldwide. Founded by marine biologists and conservationists, Brendon
Sing and Liz Ward-Sing, Shark Guardian leads educational programs, research projects,
campaigns and expeditions aimed at fostering a better understanding and respect for
marine life. Their work spans several continents and focuses on direct action,
education, and advocacy.

Shark Guardian’s ethos revolves around the concept of “diving with a purpose.” This
philosophy underscores the importance of not just experiencing the wonders of the
underwater world but actively learning and contributing to its preservation. Participants
in Shark Guardian expeditions engage in citizen science projects, which involve
collecting data that supports ongoing research and conservation efforts. These
activities empower divers to make a tangible difference, turning each dive into an act of
conservation.

One of the newer additions to the Galapagos diving scene, the Galaxy Diver II, is
specifically tailored for divers. Its design prioritises comfort, safety, and environmental
responsibility. The vessel boasts modern amenities, spacious dive decks, and the latest
navigational technology, ensuring that every dive is not only memorable but also has
minimal environmental impact.

A highlight of this expedition is the opportunity to dive at Wolf and Darwin islands,
renowned for their vibrant, untouched marine ecosystems and as a haven for large
pelagic species. These islands are famous for their schools of hammerhead sharks,
whale sharks, and manta rays, offering spectacular diving that attracts enthusiasts from
around the globe.

Shark Guardian have developed this trip to ensure a hassle-free experience. The
expedition package also includes internal flights from Quito, Ecuador, to the Galapagos,
plus accommodation in Quito before and after the trip. This allows divers to relax and
enjoy the experience without worrying about logistics.

Participants will join a diverse group of passionate divers and conservationists. This trip
offers a unique opportunity to network with like-minded individuals who are eager to
learn about and contribute to marine conservation. It’s a chance to share experiences,
knowledge, and a commitment to protecting the marine world.

sharks

Shark Guardian is offering an early bird price available until May 31st 2024. This special
rate provides a fantastic opportunity to secure a spot on this exclusive expedition at a
reduced cost. Availability is limited, so interested divers are encouraged to act quickly
to ensure they don’t miss out. All the details can be found on their WeTravel page, where
bookings can be made easily and payment instalments are available.

Expedition Galapagos, aboard the Galaxy Diver II offers more than just a diving
holiday—it is an investment in both personal and planetary well-being. By participating,
divers not only witness the majesty of one of the world’s premier diving locales but also
contribute to its preservation for future generations.

Find out more about Shark Guardian at www.sharkguardian.org.

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