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London Diving Chamber and Bite-Back invite you to Party Hard to Save the Shark



London Diving Chamber have teamed up with shark conservation group Bite-Back to put on an exciting event to raise money for Bite-Back’s ‘Hacked Off’ campaign.

Here is the official press release:

Date: Saturday 13th September 2014

Location: HMS President, Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0HJ

This summer don’t miss out on the diving social event of the year and secure your tickets now by visiting JumbleBee. Early birds can purchase tickets for just £20 per person! This is an EXCLUSIVE offer for the first 100 tickets sold so don’t miss out!

Official ticket price following this will be £25. Included in this will be entertainment, including a live band on deck, a DJ on each floor, plus BBQ food and a raffle ticket.

After a busy summer season of diving we think it’s about time that we all kicked back, relaxed and had a good old party. This is a great chance for the diving community to get together, get dolled up, and set the Thames alight for one night only, and all for a great cause!

The 007 Licence to Dive boat party is in aid of shark and marine conservation charity Bite-Back, and all ticket proceeds will go toward their very important Hacked Off campaign. With the backing of Gordon Ramsey and Hugh Fearnely Whittingstall, Bite Back aims to make Britain the first country in the world to ban the controversial dish, shark fin soup, from restaurants. So what are you waiting for? Let’s party hard to save the shark! The theme for the evening is: 007 Licence to Dive! So whether it is the classic bond/bond girl tux or glam you are after or rather a fun spin on the underwater theme, the floor is all yours! Show some initiative, class, creativity or just a great sense of humour in your party outfit, and you could find yourself the winner of a speedboat ride along the Thames on the night!

On board HMS President, located on Victoria Embankment, guests can enjoy a live band on deck, DJ in the main ballroom and even more hypnotic & cheesy beats in the downstairs bar below deck. Additionally there will be raffle prizes to win on the night, plus a silent auction with some absolutely fantastic luxury prizes to bid on.

Throughout the night, special guests will also announce raffle ticket winners who will also be joining our best dressed on the exhilarating speedboat ride along the river! We look forward to seeing you all there and hope to make this a night to remember for all! Please book your tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment.


Palaemon Divers shortlisted for top Business Award



North West-based Dive Centre, Palaemon Divers, has been shortlisted for Leisure and Tourism Start Up of the Year with Start Up Awards 2023.

Palaemon Divers is delighted to be named a finalist in the Awards which celebrate Start Up Businesses and what they have brought to the economy within three years of their launch.

Palaemon Divers was started by Leanne Clowes in the midst of COVID lockdowns. Leanne walked out of her well paid corporate sales job with no savings after a redundancy in a previous role and spending the majority of the year before COVID to follow the dream! After the redundancy and COVID, life struck just a little differently and the pull to become a full-time dive instructor became impossible to ignore!

So with that… notice was handed in, no savings, nothing physical to start being a full time dive instructor other than personal kit at the time – oh and the fact, Leanne was actually an Assistant Instructor at the time and hadn’t attended the instruction exam at that point as there had been none going on through COVID obviously!

However, the first Instructor Exam that was happening out of COVID was booked onto – no pressure at all with no full time job, no money as a back up, mortgage and bills to pay…

Leanne started freelancing as an instructor in the North West using various outdoor locations for training, and the business snowballed and quickly gained its first physical dive centre in January 2022 along with finding their own private in-water training facility at Princes Dock in Liverpool. Since then, 100s of new people from Liverpool and further afield have been introduced to the amazing sport of scuba, and experienced the abundant life under the surface of the dock itself.

In a time of no travel to outside your area or abroad, Palaemon Divers found something new and exciting to introduce the city of Liverpool to those who spend five days a week in the office looking down at the dock and not really being able to appreciate what the dock actually means to Liverpool!

It became apparent during 2022, that although Liverpool was fantastic, more growth was on the cards which came in the form of a second location, Palaemon Divers – Warrington. The second dive centre is an ex micro brewery in Warrington with a central location close to the M6, M62 and M56, spread over two floors which includes a classroom, workshop, compressor and a floor dedicated to retail.

The efforts in building this business have not gone unnoticed with the shortlist for Startup Awards, and also another shortlist which will be announced in the next month.

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In a video shot exclusively for, Jeff Goodman reviews the Quilted Polar Hat from leading drysuit manufacturer Otter Watersports.

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