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More LIDS 2015 news and special ticket offers for BSAC members




BAFTA award winning filmmaker James Brickell will be joining the London International Dive Show’s 2015 speaker line up, with his own unique take on the perils of u/w film-making.

To be held over the weekend of 14/15 February at Excel, LIDS continues its tradition of presenting a top speaker line up.

James Brickell has been making films at the BBC Natural History Unit for more than 17 years, with two BAFTAs among his awards. As a director, producer and head of the NHU dive team he has filmed series such as Great Barrier Reef and Deadly 60.

James will be joined by a host of other top speakers, meaning there is something for everyone at this year’s LIDS, including top UK photographer Alex Mustard, wreck specialist Leigh Bishop and cave freediver Marcus Greatwood. Show stalwarts Monty Halls, Paul Rose and Andy Torbet will also make a welcome return.

Organised by the DIVER Group, LIDS 2015 is timed to coincide with three other major outdoor pursuit shows at London’s ExCeL Centre. This gives divers the chance to see for themselves the latest in other sports such as cycling, triathlon and the full range of other outdoor activities – and for non-divers to get an idea of what our own sport is all about and get involved.

From try dive and rebreather pools, the British Isles Experience, DIVER speaker and PhotoZone stages to the pick of diving holidays, latest dive gear and kit manufacturers, as well as the BSAC stand, LIDS offers something for every diver and is a great way to shake off the winter blues and get inspired for the 2015 dive season ahead. All LIDS ticket holders are also in with a chance of winning a three-week diving holiday in the Philippines, worth £8,000.

LIDS ticket offers for BSAC members

LIDS 2015London International Dive Show (LIDS) organisers are offering special 2-4-1 ticket offers to BSAC members for the 2015 show, which being held at Excel over the weekend of 14 and 15 February.

New BSAC Ocean Divers who qualified on or after 1.2.2014 as well as BSAC Instructors are eligible to claim two LIDS-only tickets for the price of one.

2-4-1 tickets can be claimed at the LIDS kiosk on the day on the presentation of a current BSAC Ocean Diver or Instructor Qualification Card and QRB.

Alternatively they can be booked in advance online using the code 2-4-1. Entry to LIDS will then be gained on presentation of a valid Ocean Diver or Instructor qualification card at the ticket kiosk.

For more information on LIDS 2015, exhibitors and speaker line up and to book tickets, click here.


WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

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 (which you can read here), we reported that the Philippines have been recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards. In the article it states how many islands make up the Philippines… how many are there?

Is there:

  • A) 7,209
  • B) 7,532
  • C) 7,641

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

Beuchat Air Light Bag December 2020

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  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to When prizes are supplied by third parties, is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. This competition closes on 13/01/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Quick Scuba Tips #1: How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving (Watch Video)



How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving. Can’t I just take my new mask diving straight out of the box? Well, actually, no. It needs a little work to make it dive ready.

In this, the first in our new scuba diving quick hints and tips series, I’m going to show you how to prepare a new mask for scuba diving with three quick techniques, all aimed at stopping your scuba mask from fogging.

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