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Teenager scoops top BSAC award for her deep dedication to diving

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A 17-year-old from Budehaven SAC has scooped a top BSAC award for the commitment she shows to her sport and club.

Lucy Fanet, of Bude in Cornwall, has already been a qualified snorkel instructor for a year with the Budehaven Sub Aqua Club and leads regular mentoring sessions for its younger members.Lucy fanet

She has also spearheaded a major snorkelling programme teaching scores of children the basics of safe underwater activity.

It is this dedication which has landed her the coveted title of BSAC Young Branch Volunteer of the Year in the Suunto Branch Volunteer of the Year 2013 Awards.

Designed to reward BSAC branch members for their significant contribution to their club, to diving and to BSAC generally, the Branch Volunteer of the Year 2013 awards have extra significance as the club is this year celebrating its diamond jubilee.

Lucy is one of the final six, who each received a fantastic Suunto DX computer, presented to the winners at the recent BSAC Diving Conference at Birmingham’s NEC.

Budehaven SAC vice-chairman Andy Squirrell, who nominated Lucy for the award, said Lucy started her diving with the club at the age of 12.

Lucy fanet“She undertook the complete Ocean Diver course in her first summer of diving, reaching an impressive 100 per cent in the theory exam. Two years and lots of scuba diving later the Sports Diver qualification followed along with attendance at a snorkel instructor event.

“Over the last four years Lucy has mentored a number of younger members who have joined the branch, showing them at first hand the advantages of scuba diving whilst helping the branch’s older members understand the needs of the younger member.

“After taking the snorkel instructor assessment Lucy returned to the branch keen to promote snorkelling in the area.

“Working with the local swimming club and school Lucy ran a snorkelling programme for 100 children in 2012 with a further 56 in 2013.”

Andy added: “Lucy attends the monthly club meetings championing the snorkel options within the area and reminds the branch of the younger members’ needs.Lucy Fanet

“Her recent work experience at the Diving Diseases Research Centre in Plymouth allowed her to understand the wide range of work carried out at the centre, and not just fixing divers with the bends.

“The branch will find out about this work in December when Lucy is planning to give a full presentation on the work to the members.

“Her dedication to snorkelling and the willingness to help others is why I nominated Lucy for the award and I am delighted that she was chosen as the winner.”

Lucy is currently studying for her A Levels at Bude Community School and has ambitions to eventually become a nurse.

She said: “I didn’t even know I had been nominated for the award and it was a very nice surprise to win it.

“I particularly enjoy working with the younger members of the club and I think it is important they have the basic experience of snorkelling before going on to more advanced diving.Next year, I’m hopefully going to do my Dive Leader course.”

For more details on BSAC’s Branch Volunteer of the Year 2013 winners, click here.

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New from Fourth Element: the RF2 free diving wetsuit

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The team at fourth element have introduced their latest freediving wetsuit, the RF2. Streamlined and high-performance, this two piece 6/5/4/mm suit has been developed for freedivers who want to enjoy maximum freedom and ultimate warmth.

Lined outer panels around the core, arms and legs provide durability, a Glideskin across the shoulders and the hood maximises hydrodynamics. This hybrid freediving wetsuit offers cool and cold water freedivers the freedom to explore their limits in comfort.

Director of fourth element, Paul Strike said, “We’ve designed this suit with the consultation of professional freedivers, instructors and with the knowledge of freedive suit specialists. The RF2 brings together fourth element’s knowledge of thermal protection with freediving expertise at the top of the sport to create a high performance recreational suit.”

The suit is both comfortable and practical, being more durable than traditional smoothskin suits whilst retaining excellent stretch and form fitting design. The inner of the suit has a smooth cell Metalite coating; this provides extra warmth retention and is more robust than traditional open cell.

Daan Verhoeven, Freediving Cameraman said, “The RF2 is possibly the best off-the peg suit I’ve ever tried. As soon as I got in the water, I instantly forgot the suit. I was just comfortable and could move without anything pinching or water coming in.”

Features

  • Streamline cut optimising glide
  • 5mm comfort, flexibility and warmth
  • Open cell interior, lined exterior
  • Smoothskin outer hood and shoulders for extra hydrodynamics
  • Beavertail closure
  • Supratex seat panel for extra durability

RF2 Hooded Jacket and Leggings are available in sizes S – XL.

RF2 Hooded Jacket 6/5/4mm RRP: £229.95 GBP / €275.00 EUR

RF2 Leggings 5/4mm RRP: £149.95 / €179.00 EUR

Find out more at www.fourthelement.com

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Parineeti Chopra teams up with PADI to create Ocean Change

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PADI® is thrilled to announce an exceptional PADI AmbassaDiver™: Indian actress, singer and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Parineeti Chopra.

“A PADI AmbassaDiver is someone who is passionate about using their force for good to encourage others to protect our blue planet,” says Kristin Valette Wirth, Chief Brand and Membership Officer. “We could not have found a more respected and authentic partner as Ms. Chopra, a long time ocean lover, to advance our shared mission of saving the ocean. She is unmatched as a shining example of how to protect what you love – and inspire others to do the same.”

Chopra, who has always loved the ocean, experienced the magic beneath the surface in 2013 when she took her first breath underwater in Bali. As soon as she surfaced from that dive, she was hooked – and protecting the ocean became very personal for her, receiving her PADI Open Water Diver certification later that year in Palau. Since then, she has inspired others around the world, from her family and friends to fans in India– to try scuba diving so they can join her in seeking adventure and saving the ocean.

“The first time I came up to the surface after diving, I was crying because it was such a life-changing experience,” says Ms. Chopra. “It is now something I can’t live without. I make sure I do a diving trip every three months despite my work schedule because it is my form of meditation. And it is the place I am immensely passionate about protecting.”

“We are all equal underwater and all speak the same language. Over the years I have seen the changes that have taken place beneath the surface. During my time as a brand ambassador for Tourism Australia, I witnessed the bleaching and damage that has occurred to the Great Barrier Reef.  I was so sad to see this and am now committed to being a diver with a purpose. I have also seen first-hand how marine reserves, like the ones in Sipadan, Malaysia and Palau, prove how valuable marine protected areas are. As a PADI Diver, I want to make sure that our entire blue planet gets the protection it deserves.” continues Ms. Chopra.

With over 67 million social media followers and having recently starred in the Netflix movie The Girl on the Train, Chopra joins an elite group of celebrity influencers determined to take personal action and create real change for healthier oceans. Spending nearly all her free time diving around the world, Chopra shares her love for the ocean with her fans, as diving is an important part of her life that allows her to return to nature and reset. She will work with PADI to encourage others to experience the beautiful world underwater as PADI Divers and join her in helping to achieve balance between humanity and the ocean.

“PADI created the AmbassaDiver programmeme to support extraordinary divers who dedicate their lives to illuminating the path that leads from curiosity, exploration, and discovery to understanding, stewardship and action. Ms. Chopra is playing a very important role in ocean conservation, lighting the way for others to become divers themselves and mobilising communities worldwide to seek adventure and save the ocean with her,” continues Valette Wirth.

Ms. Chopra has big plans for 2022 – including becoming a real-life PADI Mermaid and taking part in citizen science projects during her dive trips around the world. Follow Chopra’s dive adventures, projects and hands-on conservation efforts with PADI on her Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

To learn more about Chopra and the rest of the PADI AmbassaDiver team visit www.padi.com/ambassadivers.

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