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Listen in to The BiG Scuba Podcast!

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Let’s face it, we’re all really missing diving now but the lockdown is an excellent time to look for underwater inspiration elsewhere. How about tuning into The BiG Scuba Podcast? A new, UK-based podcast where they discuss everything to do with diving and the ocean and hope to promote scuba diving to more people!

The BiG Scuba Podcast was launched in January 2020 by friends Ian Last and Gemma Kemp who wanted to create a light-hearted look at the sport of scuba diving and recreate that sense of camaraderie and inspiration that divers feel on a trip with friends and fellow divers. They also wanted the podcast to be independent, not beholden to a particular agency or dive centre. They wanted to freely voice their opinions as if we are all sitting together in a bar after a day’s diving.

Ian and Gemma are the “I” and the “G” of The BiG Scuba Podcast. Ian is already an experienced PADI Divemaster but Gemma is a new diver so a big part of the aim of the podcast is to follow Gemma’s journey as she learns to dive. The duo hope that newbie divers, especially women, can relate to Gemma’s journey and follow her progress and give scuba a try themselves.

The podcast is based on all things scuba but this includes a wealth of subjects from actual diving, diving specialities and also the education, exploration and marine conservation of the underwater world and fresh water conservation too.

So far, Gemma and Ian have attracted a host of inspirational guests from around the world including well known personalities in the diving world, marine biologists, cave divers and just divers who love the sport and who have positive stories to tell. Guests have included Cristina Zenato, Andy Torbet, John Chatterton, as well as a podcast about the work of The Reef-World Foundation. Coming up soon are Jill Heinerth, Monty Halls and many others!

In addition, the team have also created their “Little BiG Chats” that are available exclusively on a YouTube channel called ABIGCHAT. These are not well known guests as such but people with a great story to convey to viewers. Guests have included young divers just starting out on their journey, representatives of the BDMLR (British Divers Marine Life Rescue), a fellow YouTuber, a Mermaid, a freediver, and other people just passionate about the diving life.

Gemma and Ian aim to encourage the positives from the water sport industries, big up great diving brands from the UK, and encourage more women to join in water based sports whether it’s scuba diving, kayaking or free diving. They also bring awareness to green issues and help spread knowledge, advice and opinions on conservation, scuba news and travel. Check them out!

You can listen to the latest podcast episodes of The BiG Scuba on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other platforms. Find out more at their website: www.thebigscubapodcast.com.

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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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  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to www.scubaverse.com except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Liquid Sports 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 www.scubaverse.com. When prizes are supplied by third parties, www.scubaverse.com 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 06/01/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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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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