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Try rebreather diving this weekend at Stoney Cove



If you’ve ever wanted to try a rebreather, don’t miss out on BSAC’s ‘have a go’ event this weekend (20-21 May 2017) at Stoney Cove, Leicestershire. The East Midlands Regional team and BSAC Technical team have organised ‘Try Tech’ in direct response to member feedback and the increasing interest in rebreather diving. Ideal for scuba divers thinking of going down the rebreather route or equally, for rebreather divers that fancy trying another brand or type of unit, this new event is filling up fast.

There will be four repeated sessions over the weekend that members can sign up for. Sessions will include a 20-30 minute presentation to introduce rebreather diving and the basics on how rebreathers work. This will be followed by a one and a half hour practical session with an open water try dive. There will be a 2:1 ratio of BSAC tech instructors to participants for the open water element.

The weekend will provide a great opportunity for like-minded members to meet and chat about rebreather diving, plus to talk to the BSAC Technical team about training opportunities and any next steps. Organiser and BSAC Coaching Advisor Adrian Collier said: “We’ve noticed a growing interest in rebreather diving recently in the East Mids region and we are excited about the potential of this new event, which could, if successful, be expanded out across the BSAC network.”

The event is being supported by AP Diving, Liberty and Poseidon.

More info and booking details – Try Tech booking 

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Note: BSAC members must be a minimum of Sports Diver (or recognised equivalent) to participate in rebreather try dives.


Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy



According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!



As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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