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SoS: Support UK charter boats with BSAC



BSAC is launching a Save Our Skippers (SoS) campaign to support its colleagues and friends in the charter boat industry.

The club is encouraging BSAC members to ‘use it or lose it’ when it comes to the services charter boats provide, and book them to support club activity.

Several charter boat operators have highlighted concerns that the industry is struggling due to low booking numbers. BSAC is launching the Save Our Skippers (SOS) campaign to raise awareness of this and encourage more divers to use charter boat services.

The skills and expertise of experienced skippers and crew are crucial when it comes to many mission-focused expeditions run by some of BSACs more experienced divers. It also reduces costs as you don’t have to maintain the boat.

“Charter boats are also a great way to organise a club day trip, keeping the focus on safe and sociable diving, rather than running the boat – not to mention supplying copious cups of tea!” – BSAC Chief Executive Mary Tetley

Supporting the charter boat industry

BSAC will now be working with divers and charter boat skippers to showcase some of the innovative dive projects being carried out and share their stories, including the Scapa 100 project and the Normandy 75 expedition.

Mary Tetley says:

“We are keen to do all we can to minimise the risk of losing this vital resource from UK waters, so we are encouraging BSAC divers to support the charter boat industry by using them whenever appropriate.”

BSAC is also pledging to celebrate collaborations between charter boat companies and BSAC divers, sharing stories and highlighting the best and most exciting diving the UK has to offer. If you are a BSAC diver working on a project with a charter boat company which you would like to showcase, please email Mary Tetley at

Want to support BSAC’s campaigning?

The more members BSAC has, the stronger their voice. Send your postcode to and the BSAC Team will help you find the right scuba club for you. Or if you fancy a chat call 0151 350 6226 (Mon – Fri, 9 – 5:30). You can also join BSAC Direct online today at


WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!



For 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 the Philippines have been recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards. In the article it states how many islands make up the Philippines… how many are there?

Is there:

  • A) 7,209
  • B) 7,532
  • C) 7,641

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

Beuchat Air Light Bag December 2020

  • 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. 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 13/01/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Quick Scuba Tips #1: How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving (Watch Video)



How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving. Can’t I just take my new mask diving straight out of the box? Well, actually, no. It needs a little work to make it dive ready.

In this, the first in our new scuba diving quick hints and tips series, I’m going to show you how to prepare a new mask for scuba diving with three quick techniques, all aimed at stopping your scuba mask from fogging.

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