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University Life On The Marine And Freshwater Course



Well, university is great! You get to meet loads of new people and party like you have never partied before. Well, that was before starting the course. As soon as you begin, the amount of work dawns on you. Well it’s to be expected that there’s loads of coursework. Thankfully, with the course chosen, you will enjoy it. I know I am. At present, I am writing up my research task on whether or not sharks have the ability to get cancer. It’s really interesting so it’s never a dull moment researching this.

I recently got the chance to go to The Deep and see so many of the creatures there. It was amazing (just one of the many perks of joining a course like this); I got the chance to see the endangered Green Sawfish Shark. Unfortunately, the photo blurred because it was moving so fast. The Deep have a breeding pair. It was such a great trip, and I didn’t mind filling out a sheet for a research task on the way round. You didn’t honestly think they would have taken the group there for no reason did you? The questions were based upon what creatures were at The Deep so we got to check out how they all move around the water e.g undulating, and we were able to get to have a talk with someone who worked there. They told us the basics of how they keep the habitats for the creatures perfect and quite a bit about some of the inhabitants.

In November I shall be taking another field research trip – this time to Scarborough to check out the inter-tidal area (rocky shore) of the coast, and to look at what kinds of life inhabit the areas there. It should be fun. If this still hasn’t convinced you to join a course similar to this at a university… what about all of the social events you get to attend? My calendar is full, so many places I will be going. It will be crazy. You don’t need to worry about finance either. Mine just went in today and if you ever did have a problem, you can easily talk to the money advisers at the university and sort out any problems you may have. See? Anyone can join university. Funding won’t be a problem and shouldn’t be a concern.

Hull University is a great place to come. However, any university with this kind of course will be an adventure for any of you if you’re up for it. After all, take it from me…you won’t regret it!

Katherine is currently a student at the university of Hull in her first year of studying Marine and Freshwater Biology. She hopes to become a Freelance Marine Biologist specializing in the cetaceans of the sea.

Dive Training Blogs

Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)



It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

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Marine Life & Conservation

The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Paul Rose



Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Paul Rose. A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced divers, field science and polar experts, Paul Rose helps scientists unlock and communicate global mysteries in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.

He is an experienced television presenter and radio broadcaster. With a proven track record in business engagements, Paul is a sought-after speaker, chairman, host and moderator for industry, government and NGO events.

Former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society(link is external) and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division, Paul is currently Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions.

He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica, for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal. For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica, he received the US Polar Medal.

Paul is a mountain and polar guide leading Greenland Icecap crossing and mountaineering expeditions and polar science support logistics. He worked for four years as a Mountain Safety consultant to the oil industry in the Middle East.

On his 2012 Greenland expedition, Paul led the first expedition to successfully traverse a new 275km icecap route of Knud Rasmussen Land and repeated his first ascent of the north face of Gunnsbjørnfjeld, the highest mountain in the Arctic.

His professional diving work includes science support diving in Antarctica as the British Antarctic Survey’s Institute Diving Officer. He ran the US Navy diver training programme at Great Lakes Naval Training Centre and trained many emergency response dive teams including the Police, Fire Department and Underwater Recovery Teams. He remains a current and active PADI Dive Instructor.

Find out more about Paul Rose at

Find more podcast episodes and information at and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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