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Scubafest Cornwall Review

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During the week before Scubafest, everyone was watching the wind forecast. It wasn’t looking good for any diving around the resort at Pentewan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall. There were to be two hard boats based in Mevagissey and a RIB running from Pentewan beach. During the previous week, both of the hard boats had said they weren’t going to change base to Mevagissey with the easterly winds forecasted. The RIB operators, Atlantic Scuba, were going to be on site and were going to make a decision on the morning of each day.

The event technically runs from the Saturday to the Monday, with most people arriving on the Friday. There were a few early arrivals on the Thursday to an otherwise empty camp site. The weather conditions were ideal; the sea was flat and the sun was out, but what would tomorrow bring?

By Friday morning, Atlantic Scuba had set up their pitch and the ‘Toy Town’ yurts were being erected. It wasn’t long before the yurts were being filled with shiny dive kit. Several manufacturers and distributors were exhibiting, as well as various agencies including PADI, SDI, TDI, SSI, RAID, BSAC, RNLI and the Marine Conservation Society. Sea & Sea were displaying Dive Rite, Liquivision, Seac Sub, Ocean Reef, IST and more. Liquid Sports were displaying Ursuit drysuits, Big Blue torches and Sharkskin suits. Atlantic Scuba had some Kwark undersuits for people to try and a range of Tecline regulators. Manufacturers included Suunto, Mares, Typhoon, and Apeks/Aqualung. Bauer were there, providing air fills for everyone who wanted it.

 

Saturday morning arrived, as did the forecasted winds and rain. Atlantic Scuba made the decision not to bring their RIB around; instead, they advised people on where to dive and what boats were available on the north Cornish coast. Divers were sent to Newquay, Port Quin and Port Gaverne for shore diving. Others were sent to Rock or Newquay for boat diving whilst any club RIBs were directed to Rock for easy launching to some great sites. The Toy Town yurts were busy, with a steady flow of both locals and divers who had decided to stay ashore.

Sunday was almost the same as Saturday; the wind had veered a little more towards the south but the sea state was the same. There was, as the Cornish call it, a bit of the Cornish sea mist that tried to dampen the spirits. Diving continued along the north coast, the yurts saw another steady flow of visitors.

Monday was by far the best day weather wise. Divers went in off of the beach, RIBs were being launched, a few more people wandered around the yurts. But the event was winding down, the camp site was emptying, and ScubaFest 2015 was over. Talking to the clubs and groups during the event, their numbers were greatly reduced because of the weather forecast. What they never realised was that there is always somewhere to dive in Cornwall. The two coasts are only a maximum of forty five minutes away from each other; with one or the other in the lee of the wind, there is always diving going on in Cornwall.

Mark Milburn is the owner of Atlantic Scuba in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, and is an SDI/TDI/NAS/RYA Instructor and a Commercial Boat Skipper. Although often referred to as a maritime archaeologist, he prefers to call himself a wreck hunter. Find out more about Mark and Atlantic Scuba by visiting www.atlanticscuba.co.uk.

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WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!

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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 Scubaverse.com (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

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

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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: www.intotheplanet.com


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 john@thescubaplace.co.uk

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