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Want to dive Scapa Flow? Check out Kraken Technical Diving!

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After many exciting and busy years in Scapa Flow, Orkney’s famous dive centre Scapa Scuba Dive School decided to close its doors at the end of the 2019 season and focus on the Red Shed marine equipment sales and repair service.

Rather than leave a void, Rob, former instructor at Scapa Scuba decided to take on the challenge, expanding his company Kraken Technical Diving to include both PADI recreational courses, TDI technical courses and guided dive trips.

Rob says: “Having worked for Scapa Scuba for a number of years and had the joy of taking various people out to enjoy the wreck haven of Scapa Flow, we didn’t want the opportunity to dive here to be taken away from all but the more experienced divers or club members!

So we are proud to be the only Diving School in Scapa Flow. We are here for anybody that is interested in exploring one of the best wreck diving sites in the world! The wrecks here are perfect both for people that have never dived before and more experienced divers interested in taking the next step in  their diving education and get more time to enjoy the underwater world.”

Kraken Technical Diving offer various PADI recreational courses for those who want to learn to dive. The team also offer some TDI technical diving courses for those that want to extend their diving limits.

Find out more at www.krakentechnicaldiving.co.uk or follow Rob and the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/krakentechnicaldiving.

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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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!

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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 simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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