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Meet Our Club: Purple Turtle Diving

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Want to join a dive club? In this series, we take a look at grassroots diving and find out what’s happening on the club scene in the UK and around the world…


What is the name of your club?

Purple Turtle Diving

Where is your club based?

South London

Club affiliations (i.e. BSAC, PADI, SAA, etc.)

Agency agnostic, but we deliver courses through TDI, SDI, PADI and BSAC.

Where and when do you meet?

We meet on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month, usually at The Knowles of Norwood in West Norwood.  Details are on our Facebook page and on our website.

How do you respond to the challenge of recruiting new members?

We’re really fortunate that we are based in a busy, dive shop and work with a lot of clubs in the area, so people come diving with us (and socialising) from various other clubs.  Additionally, some of our instructors teach diving at two local schools, so we have access to lots of non-divers and can tell them all about the underwater world.

What facilities and resources does the club use/have?

We have a classroom we use at Amphibian Sports, a pool night most weeks on a Wednesday night (and occasional weekends) and we also hire equipment (both recreational and technical).  Amphibian Sports have a full gas blending station, servicing centre for most brands, as well as a shop.

What sort of diving do you do, and where?

We love all our diving! We’re big fans of UK diving. This year we’re focussing on various UK trips, from the beautiful reefs out of Southwest Cornwall, through to the spectacular wrecks of Scapa Flow in Orkney.

We also love our training (but not on our trips!) and we offer everything from kids’ sessions in the pool, entry level training (from three agencies depending on customer requirements) through to full open circuit trimix training from two experienced technical instructors.  We will also be offering SDI Instructor courses imminently.  We are hoping to start offering CCR training on the AP Inspiration by the beginning of 2020.  All of our instructors and staff are keen divers and do a fair amount of fun diving, which is why we no longer offer training on our trips!

 

Do you organise any club trips abroad, and if so, where?

We have done in the past (Philippines and Egypt) and will do in the future, however this year we’re focussing our energy on enjoying the UK diving (with the exception of a week to the Azores for one of the schools we support!).  Next year we’re looking at a trip to Egypt and perhaps another exotic destination.

Does your club have any special interests such as conservation, special projects, etc?

Two of our instructors (Toni and Colin) are heavily involved with the charity Ghost Fishing UK, where they help raise awareness, assist in surveys and lifting ghost fishing gear.  Colin is a GFUK Instructor.

Does your club have any claims to fame or any particularly interesting stories… or members?

We have a famous member – Scubadog Mika!  She’s often seen at various sites and loves getting out on boats.  One of our instructors assisted in teaching Sir Ranulph Fiennes to dive. Toni was bitten by a shark (another diver’s fault!).

What are the club’s plans for the future?

Continue to dive around the UK and abroad, helping divers progress and learn to dive safely.

Where can people find out more about your club?

Join us at one of our socials, visit our website and our Facebook page.

 

Finally… if you could sum up your club in just one sentence, what would it be?

From your first underwater breaths to your greatest depths…

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Diving below the waves of the Western Cape, South Africa – Windmill Beach (Watch Video)

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Head under the waves of False Bay and explore the incredible diversity that is found along the Western Cape. The bay has popular dive spots from diving amongst the biodiverse underwater kelp forests to jumping in with the playful and friendly cape fur sealions (Arctocephalus pusillus). The bay along with the rest of the South Africa coast is known for the range of shark species that are found from the shallow coastal shores out into the open oceans. The coast is also home to numerous endemic shark species such as puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) and Pyjama shark.

Situated a short drive out of Simonstown is the shore dive at Windmill beach. A short swim over the sand and through the large boulders you enter the incredibly diverse and colourful kelp forests (Ecklonia maxima), a species that can grow up to 12m tall. Life is found in abundance from the base of the kelp where many sea urchins and species such as abalone can be seen then heading into the canopy many shoaling fish species can be observed.

Diving with the local dive club – Cape Town Dive Centre.


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Fourth Element to make diving tools from recycled PPE

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Fourth Element has partnered with recycling and repurposing experts, Waterhaul, to retask the mask; turning single-use plastics into the tools we use in pursuit of underwater adventure. Face masks and other items of PPE from hospitals are melted down into blocks, sterilising the material which fourth element purchases, recycle and transforms.

These cave line markers are the first of what fourth element hopes will be many products using this waste material to give it a new life beyond protecting the lives of our frontline healthcare workers. Each marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. Waste is given a new direction.

The end product is completely safe. The PPE is heat treated by the hospital: the plastic is heated to high temperatures multiple times; first to make the blocks within the recycling process, and also whilst injection moulding the parts.

What makes this OceanPositive?

In the UK alone, 58 million single-use plastic face masks are thrown away every day, littering landfills and polluting the environment. Globally, we use 129 billion per month – that’s enough to wrap around the world 550 times! Over the last 12 months, a recorded 1.5 billion have entered the ocean, disrupting our ecosystem and endangering marine life across the globe. And that’s just what has been recorded.

These lines markers are made from recycled PPE, each one saving two masks from entering landfill or our oceans. Part of fourth element’s Zero Waste and Zero Plastic initiatives; to re-purpose as much plastic as possible and find new uses for products at the end of their lives.

We believe that this is the way,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of fourth element. “We are all going to have to tackle the challenges of a post covid world and one of these will be how we deal with the waste we have created as part of keeping ourselves and in particular, our frontline workers protected. We intend to play our part.”

For more information visit the Fourth Element website by clicking here.

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