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Re-opening our doors at Blue Planet Aquarium



Here at Blue Planet Aquarium we had to close our doors on the 22nd March but thankfully Blue Planet has endured, and we have been waiting eagerly to open our doors and welcome you back and we were finally able to open our doors on Saturday 4th July.

Due to the new government guidelines we have opened with new regulations and precautions in place, from changing how we welcome back our visitors, to how we carry out our Shark Dives and run our Aquarium on a daily basis, we have put in extra safety measures to ensure the safety of the general public and our staff.

A few months ago, I wrote a blog on how we care for our animals during a lockdown and you will be happy to know that throughout lockdown we have had a team maintaining our animals and exhibits.

To ensure the safety of all our guests, staff, and animals, we have fitted screens on our tills and phone scanners to scan tickets directly from phones rather than using paper tickets. We’ve also opened with the idea to keep a one-way system throughout the aquarium whilst maintaining social distancing guidelines, and have put a ‘roundabout system’ in our Rockpool area as there are two levels to the zone, it allows our guests to go around the zone 2-3 times ensuring they can see everything before moving on to the next zone. Throughout the journey the aquarium has been fitted with extra floor and wall marking to show the optimal way through our exhibits and there are also extra handwash stations for our guests to use throughout their visit.

We have also put some of our public shows and feeds on hold for the foreseeable future in order to keep with social distancing guidelines, however you will still be able to see our all of our animals and divers as they work in the main tank.

We’re really excited to welcome you back and can’t wait to sea you.

For more information on what to expect at Blue Planet Aquarium on your next visit please check out the video below


For more information about the Blue Planet Aquarium visit their website by clicking here.

Donovan is a Divemaster who currently works as a Shark Diver at Blue Planet Aquarium based in Ellesmere Port. Donovan’s passion lies with Elasmobranch’s (Sharks & Rays) and this passion has led him to work in South Africa with White Sharks for a short period. He also believes that education through exposure is the best way to re-educate people about Sharks. Follow Donovan at

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out Part II: Blank Slate (Watch Video)



I owe you all an update on the dream dive locker build out! We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build my dream dive locker/scuba classroom/office. In this installment, I’m going to answer your questions and comments from the first video in this series.

Scuba diving is my passion and to have a dedicated space for all my dive gear, as well as a hang out spot for my students, is a dream come true.

Let me know your color choice! 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5!

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Stephan Whelan



Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Stephan Whelan.  Stephan is the Founder and Publisher of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans and led him to become one of the leading figures in the diving media industry.

Stephan got bitten by the diving bug early in life. His first scuba experience was a try-dive when he was eight years old on a family holiday in Europe, and from that moment, he was addicted. He learned to dive properly with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) as soon as he could at school and then did his BSAC Assistant Instructor when he turned 16. By the time he was heading to university in 1996, he was hooked on teaching and diving as much as he could.

By the time he started studying at university, he decided to have a go at flexing his web-design skills by publishing some of the stories he had built up about various ‘challenging’ students and dives he had encountered, and so (as it was known then) was created. He published numerous personal stories until 1998 when other writers began enquiring about contributing to the site with their tales, and it was at this moment he decided to make it more like a magazine format and began asking for volunteer helpers. He got a couple of editors on board, and plenty of writers began contributing. (or DB as it’s become to be known) is now one of the most-popular diving websites in the world and has grown to publish over 9,000 articles covering all sorts of topics like Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy, and Diving Travel all the while keeping over half-a-million passionate divers from the diving community connected every month through the forums, large social media following, mobile app, and recently launched podcast.








Find more podcast episodes and information at and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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