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Oldham dive in to BSAC Underwater Litterpick 2013



Oldham SAC retrieved some ‘weighty plunder’ on their latest Underwater Litterpick dive while on a club trip to St Abbs.

Just one of the many clubs taking part in this year’s BSAC Underwater Litterpick campaign, divers from the club said they were saddened by what they found…and what they had to leave behind for another day.

Dave Hackman, from Oldham SAC, said the dive, at Weasel Loch, unearthed fishing line, cans, bottles and plastic.

“There was a considerable amount of litter which we could bring up. The area also seemed to be a dumping ground for tyres, we must have counted 10 of them on the seabed.

“Sadly, the fact is that wherever humans come into contact with the sea, they have a habit of leaving their mark.”

The BSAC Underwater Litterpick 2013 will run until the end of October and both clubs and individuals can get involved. The campaign’s aim is to get as many divers as possible cleaning up marine litter from their favourite dive sites and recording what they find.

The data obtained via these survey forms will be used in BSAC’s annual Underwater Litterpick report and will also go towards the Marine Conservation Society’s research in to marine litter around the UK.

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Jeff chats to… Christopher Bartlett, MD of Indigo Safaris, about scuba diving and safaris in Africa (5 of 5)



In the last in this exclusive series of five videos, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Christopher Bartlett, Managing Director of Indigo Safaris, about their diving and wildlife adventures, and four of their top destinations. In this episode Christopher talks about Africa.

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PADI makes a splash at Palma International Boat Show



PADI created a buzz at the recent Palma International Boat Show in Mallorca where a real-life PADI branded mermaid engaged exhibitors and guests to showcase their PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Mermaid Courses.

The Palma International Boat Show, a prominent event in the yachting and boating industry, witnessed an impressive gathering of 271 participating companies, alongside a stunning display of 252 boats at sea. Drawing an enthusiastic audience, more than 32,000 people attended the show, setting the stage for PADI to captivate a diverse range of individuals with their mesmerising mermaid concept.

Over the course of two days, the enchanting mermaid made an eye-catching appearance, gracefully circulating among attendees while distributing flyers highlighting the PADI courses. As the summer season approaches, this interactive approach aimed to create awareness and generate interest in PADI’s Open Water Diver and PADI Mermaid courses, inviting water enthusiasts of all ages to explore the wonders of the underwater world.

“Our presence at the Palma International Boat Show allowed us to engage with a wide range of yachting and water sports enthusiasts,” said Josep Lluís Massuet, PADI EMEA Regional Manager, Spain.

“By featuring our PADI branded mermaid, we aimed to capture attention, spark curiosity, and promote our courses that empower individuals to begin their underwater adventures, explore and save the ocean.”

The PADI branded mermaid at the Palma International Boat Show served as a symbol of adventure and environmental stewardship, embodying PADI’s commitment to seek adventure and save the ocean.

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