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DIVE 2014

DIVE 2014 is almost here – and an exciting assortment of extra attractions have been added to this year’s Birmingham Dive Show at the NEC this coming weekend

What’s happening at this year’s Birmingham Dive Show? Recent additions to the talks and other in-hall activities include:

  • A DIVER Stage presentation by Andy Torbet (10.00am both days) introducing “Apeks at 40”, a special anniversary film
  • A late addition to the Ocean Theatre 2 speaker line-up  in the person of Sam Helmy – who helped Ahmed Gabr reach 332m in his recent record-breaking scuba dive
  • An additional talk (3.35pm Sunday) in Ocean Theatre 1 on Making Underwater Films by Bryan Stanislas (whose talk can also be seen on the Centre Stage at 5.10 on the Saturday)
  • An extra programme of talks in Scuba Travel’s new mini-theatre
  • The opportunity to book sessions in advance in the Try-Dive pool, with the Dive School at Stoney Cove
  • The chance to win an AP Commando BC worth up to £555 by taking part in the DIVE 2014 Visitor Survey
  • The new Taste of the Asia Pacific Café – an addition to other in-hall catering including the British diving-themed bar

The UK’s biggest and most popular event for divers, DIVE 2014 will host around 200 companies offering diving gear, holidays and services.

In addition to two in-hall pools dedicated to scuba try-dives and rebreathers, other show features will include Monty Halls’ new custom-built RIB, the New Product Showcase, the Marine Megafauna Gallery, the British Isles Experience, the Asia-Pacific Showcase and the Caribbean Village.

Of particular interest to underwater photographers will be talks on a wide range of video and photographic subjects in the PhotoZone, plus the latest BSoUP prints gallery, equipment galore and expert one-to-one advice on techniques.

And for those with training as well as travel in mind, experts from the likes of PADI, BSAC, SSI and SAA will be offering guiding hands throughout the weekend.

A free-to-enter draw will give all Show visitors the chance to win a dream dive trip for two to PNG worth £12,500 provided by Original Diving.

DIVE 2014 opening times are 9.30-6.00 on Saturday 25 October and 9.30-5.00 on Sunday 26 October.

Ticket prices start at just £8.50 for groups of 6 or more divers (a saving of £4 per person off the full price of £12.50).

You can book tickets to DIVE 2014 here.



WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!



beuchat-logo-1-300x58.jpgFor this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

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 (which you can read here), we reported that Mexico is to host the first annual Cancun International Boat Show and Marine Expo this year. But when is the event due to take place?

Is it:

  • A) 9th – 11th July
  • B) 16th – 18th July
  • C) 23rd – 25th July

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag February 2021

  • Enter the country you live in
  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families or employees of Suunto Diving UK 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 When prizes are supplied by third parties, 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 07/04/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Jeff chats to… Jill Heinerth – underwater explorer, author and presenter (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jill Heinerth.

Jill is one of the world’s premier underwater explorers, and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. According to filmmaker James Cameron, “More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has gone right here on earth.”

An acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate, Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and Canada’s Polar Medal.

Jill leads expeditions into extreme environments to advance scientific and geographic knowledge. Her projects have been broadcast on the CBC, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and television networks worldwide. Jill was announced as the recipient of the William Beebe Award from the Explorer’s Club and was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame in fall 2020.

Her bestselling book INTO THE PLANET – My Life as a Cave Diver  has drawn acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and O Magazine. Heinerth details her journey into the extreme world of underwater cave exploration, where she has had to overcome fear in order to go where no one has gone before.

Find out more about Jill and her work at:

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email

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