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Unknown wreck off the coast of the Isle Of Wight given protected status – English Heritage looking for Voluntary Licensee to look after site



The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has designated a wreck site off the north coast of the Isle of Wight as a Protected Wreck upon the recommendation of English Heritage, taking the total of Protected Wrecks Sites in England to 48.

The designated area has a radius of 75m and unauthorised diving within this area is illegal.

The wreck site is highly unusual in that it contains an almost complete assemblage of a mid- to late 19th Century wooden merchant sailing ship, consisting of the ship’s structure complete with its hull, planking and fitting, many small finds scattered over the site associated with different aspects of shipboard life, and technology including rigging and navigation equipment. There are also materials possibly associated with the ship’s cargo or provisions.

The site is currently under no immediate threat but evidence gathered during fieldwork suggests that some parts of the wreck have been exposed and these exposed materials are at risk of loss. English Heritage will be drawing up a management plan for the site after carrying out a detailed risk assessment as part of its Heritage At Risk programme. Its new designated status will also help to prevent unauthorised interference.

English Heritage is also looking for a Voluntary Licensee to look after the wreck. Any interested parties should contact Mark Dunkley. Voluntary Licensees and their teams play a vital role in helping to look after and manage the most significant historic ship wrecks in UK coastal waters. Their work ranges from monitoring wreck sites, carrying out surveys, excavating a wreck or installing diver trails. Licensees can also help to provide access to a wreck site.

An interesting strand of work for the licensee of this wreck is to investigate its identity.

If you are interested in the Voluntary Licensee position for this wreck, contact Mark Dunkley at English Heritage:

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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.

  • The following fields are optional, however if you fill them in it will help us to determine what prizes to source in the future.

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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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