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08/04/18
Swanage early season scuba diving club trip report
Swanage Scuba Diving Trip - 01/04/18


The first dive club trip of the season to Swanage took place on the 1st April. Five of us (Steve Groves, Jamie, Josh, Stephan and myself) began a 3-hour journey down to the south coast at the crack of dawn. Anticipating a busy day and previous experience queueing at the pier we were surprised to find we were the only ones. We had a bit of time to kill before we could gain access to the pier and get ready so it was a good chance for a chat a quick dive briefing and orientation of the days diving. Being April the air temperature was only 7 Degrees. We all anticipated a cold days scuba diving. Our main focus would be to keep ourselves as warm as possible, as only one of the group was in a drysuit.


                                                


Eventually, someone finally arrived to let us onto the pier. Time to get ready for our first scuba dive ‘Fleur de Lys’. We got our gear together, tanks filled and boarded the dive boat looking forward to a cold but good days scuba diving. The ‘Fleur de Lys’ was only a short dive boat ride, we kitted up ready to go. We buddied up and got into the water in pairs, straight down the shot line to the wreck. At first, the temperature of the water doesn’t seem to have an effect but with a bottom temperature of 7 degrees and scuba diving in a 5mm wetsuit you soon start to feel it.


                   


This wasn’t too much a concern though for now and we descended to 10metres. At the wreck, the visibility was not great at <1m. Luckily we’d packed our torches which would assist us navigating the wreck. Even with torches, we had to stay close our buddies as the visibility was that bad and paired with a swirling undercurrent we were blown about quite a bit. We had to take control of our buoyancy and close contact at all times. After about 15mins in the water Jamie signaled to me he was cold I was the same. We agreed to continue the dive for a little while. Battling the current, cold and poor visibility we decided to end the scuba dive after 23mins. With the conditions, it was very easy to lose each other which is what happened. As Jamie was preparing to deploy his DSMB we were separated. So the thing for us to do would be to look for one minute then meet on the surface. That’s what we did, a slow ascent with a 3-minute safety stop. As happens I surfaced first a fair distance from the boat, no problem I just signaled to the boat and they picked me up. Getting out the water was easy as the boat is fitted with a lift. Once on the boat, it was time to warm up. After a minute I saw Jamie’s DSMB and he surfaced and boarded the boat. Followed closely by the other 3 scuba divers. We were all offered a selection of hot drinks to warm up and discussed the events of the dive we’d just done. Based on everyone’s responses it was clear we were all very cold. During the short trip back to shore Jamie decided that he did not want to do the second dive. This was quickly followed by the rest of us unanimously agreeing that was the sensible option based on the facts. We arrived at the pier quickly and it was time to get dry and warm as quickly as possible. We paid the captain and decided what we were going to do next. Once we were dressed some of the group decided to go get some food before the long journey home, while others got a head start on the journey home.


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Phil 
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31/03/18
What is the PADI rescue diver course?
What is the PADI rescue diver course?

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I’ve been asked a number of times over the past couple of month about the PADI rescue diver course, what’s it about, what will I learn, why should I take this course. So, I thought I’d write a little blog about the PADI rescue diver course to try and answer some of these questions.
The PADI rescue diver course is said by most who take it to be the most challenging but also the most enjoyable of the PADI core courses. It will push you to think about and how best to deal with problems before they happen and how best to avoid them in the first place. Through a number of scenarios which will take place over a weekend, you will be asked to deal with situations that you might come across on any day while scuba diving, from a missing diver to something as simple as a diver going into the water having forgotten something they need to complete their scuba dive like a weight belt or forgetting to turn their air on fully. Simple things but you will learn that even a simple thing can cause problems later on in a dive.



     


 
But the PADI rescue divers course is more than just scenario practice. You will start the course with the PADI Rescue diver online theory, the codes for this will be sent to you as soon as you sign up for the course, so you can get started straight away. The PADI rescue dive online theory will take you through how to recognize problems before they happen, the stressors you might be able to see in a person before they dive which might lead to that scuba diver having problems on the dive, you’ll be surprised at how little changes in how a person is acting can show you that this person is not comfortable and a little stressed and even a little bit of stress can lead to perceptual narrowing causing a scuba diver to focus one little thing thus allowing a scuba diver to miss other things that might be going wrong.
You will learn that it is OK to say that you don’t want to dive. Be it at this location, in this weather or because you’re just not feeling right today.
On top of the phycology of scuba diving, the PADI rescue diver theory will take you through the most common problems people will come across with their scuba diving equipment which can lead to problems on a dive and it will talk about how important it can be to have something as simple as a spares box, how having access to a new fin strap or a cable tie can solve a problem that is stressing a diver out and by solving this problem for them now will save possible extra problems later in a dive.


                                          


 
Also, during the PADI rescue diver online theory you will be guided through how best to deal with problems once they have happened in a safe and calm manner. Like how to deal with someone who is panicking both on the surface and underwater. This part of the course we will also go over in the Deep swimming pool at the Robinson Swimming pool in Bedford which is deep enough to actually practice the safety skills before we go into open water, and this is where the fun begins. You, along with the rest of the students on your course will get to practice the basic safety skills using fun games designed to help you learn. By using games and making it fun, we use the latest teaching theory on how to reinforce skill learning in a way that is easy for your mind to recall when it needs to allow you to act faster and better in a situation.
The basic skills we go over in the pool will be gone over again when we go to open water to help refresh your mind and again reinforce these actions in your mind.

 
                                        


Once at the open water site, you will be put in change as safety divers for the weekend. You will be asked to do a risk assessment of the site so that you and your fellow students start to think clearly about what might go wrong. You will be shown how to use our emergency O2 kit which is always stowed in the van in case of a diving emergency, you will be asked to complete an emergency assistance plan so that you know what you will do in 
an emergency, and you will be asked to keep an eye on everyone just in case something “Goes Wrong”. The dive team have a list of scenarios we can use to test your response. The important thing is to act and to do so with a clear mind. The scenarios could be anything, from a missing diver to someone having a heart attack (which is actually the most common reason behind deaths in scuba diving in this country) and how you deal with these scenarios will be assessed by the dive team so that at the end of the weekends we will all sit down for a chat about what we did. This allows you to think about everything that has happened and how you have dealt with it and most importantly, what you might do differently to make it easier should you ever be in a similar situation again. It’s this reflection at the end of the weekend which helps you reinforce everything you have learned and makes you the best PADI rescue diver you can be.
 
So if you would like to take your scuba diving to the next level and become a PADI rescue diver, give us a call on 07805045867 or drop us an email by clicking here.

 
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28/03/18
What is the PADI advanced open water course?
What is the PADI advanced open water course?



I keep getting asked what is the PADI advanced open water course and why should people take it? Basically, the PADI advanced open water course is the next step to take once you have learned to scuba dive with the PADI open water course. It allows you to gain more experience and confidence under the supervision of a PADI professional to help you move your scuba diving skills forward. The course is made up of the first dive of any 5 specialty courses so that you get to experience different types of scuba dive which will hopefully help you find areas that you are interested in, from fish identification, though underwater photography to wreck diving, there are so many different things you can do with you scuba diving and the PADI advanced course will help you find the things you really enjoy.



       


During the scuba course, you will complete 5 dives, a deep dive, a navigation dive, and 3 of your own choice from any of the specialty courses we offer. We would normally suggest including the wreck diver course as wrecks hold a lot of interest for most scuba divers and the PADI DSMB course where you will learn to send up a large inflatable maker buoy so that everyone can see where you are, which when scuba diving in a big ocean is probably a really good thing, but the choice is yours.


        


The two required scuba dives, the deep dive, and the navigation dive, are on the course so that you can experience deeper diving then you can with the PADI open water course while your instructor can take you through some of the safety aspects of scuba diving deeper and its effect on you and your scuba diving equipment, and with the navigation dive you will work on your natural navigation and how to use the compass to navigate something other than the straight line you did on your PADI open water course. All the time building your confidence and improving your scuba diving skills.


        


We run these PADI advanced open water courses most qualifying weekends at Gildenburgh water in Cambridgeshire and we also run 
special advanced weekends at the coast so that we can add dives such as PADI boat diver and the PADI drift diver course and we have one of these weekends coming up at the beginning of May, where we will be heading down to Swanage in Dorset for a weekend of scuba diving. So if you would like more details of this PADI advanced open water course or any of our PADI courses, please feel free to contact us anytime by clicking here.
 
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18/03/18
Reef safe sun protection for your scuba diving holidays.
Reef safe sun protection for your scuba diving holidays.
 
We all know that we need to put on some form of protection from the Sun while scuba diving, even here in the UK we run the risk of sunburn while we are out on a boat between dives and although our dry suits and wetsuits protect most of us, our hand and face can be at particular risk of sunburn during a day out scuba diving. So it makes sense to use a sun cream while we are on the dive boat or chilling on shore between dives and I know I always keep some sun cream in the van. But something we are only just starting to think about is what are these chemicals we are putting on our skin to protect ourselves doing to the environment and the delicate ecosystems we enjoy visiting during our scuba diving trips.

      

I know what you are thinking. It’s only a small bit of cream and the oceans are so vast, but what we must remember is that there are so many of us suing the water know that it soon builds up.

Say you have 15 divers on a boat using sun cream, and then look at a place like Sharm el shak which has around 50 boats heading out a day, that’s 750 people where sun cream going into the water each day just from that one location and doing that one sport. If you expand that to look at it globally and include all other sports like surfing, kayaking, and snorkeling, plus add all the people who just go to the beach for a day’s fun, you have thousands upon thousands of people going into the sea with sun cream on each day, 365 days a year. That’s a lot of sun cream and the chemicals its made up from, being washed into the ocean each day and these levels soon build up.
But what can we do? We can’t go without sun protection!
It’s actually quite simple. We just need to start using reef safe sun creams. The sun creams which protect us but don’t contain harmful chemicals, and let’s face it, putting less harmful chemicals into our own body systems is a good idea anyway.

OK, so what do we need to avoid if possible?

The big one is Oxybenzone, which has been shown to increase coral bleaching, (click here for an interesting video on its effect ) but we also need to look out for Titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide Nanoparticle which, when introduced into the ocean can change into hydrogen peroxide, you know, that stuff you use to bleach your hair blond. At least we used to but now we use a chemical that isn’t so damaging to our hair and if hydrogen peroxide does that to our hair, just imagine what it's doing to the reef life. I must be clear here, with these we are looking at the Nanoparticle titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide which you will find in clear sprays, uncoated titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide which is safe for reefs as it doesn’t change into hydrogen peroxide in the water, just because life’s not confusing enough anyway.
We should also avoid Octinoxate, Butylparaben, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor. A recent study shows that these chemicals which are commonly found in sun creams do cause significate damage to reef systems (click here for a link to the paper)
Unfortunately, those chemicals do seem to be in most of today’s sun creams but there is a populist movement away from these chemicals and towards reef safe sun creams with place like Hawaii looking at banning sun creams which aren’t reef safe altogether and you can do your part too just by making sure you buy reef safe sun creams and encouraging others to do the same. If we stop buying the stuff that’s damaging the environment we love to visit while scuba diving, the companies will stop making it, people power at its best ????
 
Here are some links to help you find reef safe sun creams ready for your next holiday


Badger Sunscreen SPF 30         

Lovera Natural sunscreen SPF 30           

Jasons Natural sunbrella sunscreen SPF 20      

Bio Solis Melt-on Sun Cream - SPF 30 (100ml)       

Although we want to protect the reefs and all the fishes we also want to look after ourselves, so if you do spend a lot of time outside like us scuba divers do and you find something you are not sure about on your skin, please don't just shrug it off, follow this link for some more information from the NHS.
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17/03/18
An early season scuba diving trip to Stoney Cove
An early season scuba diving trip to Stoney Cove

As a suitable antidote to the club trip to Lanzarote at the end of February beginning of March, Steve Groves and myself thought a bracing scuba diving trip to Stoney Cove near Leicester would be in order, for some strange reason there were no other takers in the dive club, then we realised that we had chosen "Mothering Sunday" so assumed that all the other club members were being dutiful children and the icy water was not a factor.
 
 I don't know, the youngsters today (Gratuitous old G*T comment)
 
We arrived at 7:10 after a misty journey up and virtually drove straight in with plenty of parking available, and cheery staff to welcome us in. With reported visibility of 4-6 meters and 5 degrees water temperature, Steve and I were happy that we could show the dive club flag amongst the training scuba schools in wetsuits, free divers in swimming costumes with their rubber ducks, and the weighed down tec divers. We were wanting to practice our dry suit skills, in particular with many layers of insulation, this proved to be a suitable challenge for the day.


 
Using the wonderfully heated changing rooms we were ready to scuba dive before the schools had finished their briefing, however, a false start dealing with the effect of the low temperature on regulators, even low temp rated ones, meant that we had to fine tune our buoyancy skills in pretty murky water. Keeping a constant depth with no datum other than your buddy and a dive computer was an educational experience but one we had experienced before and we descended down to 18 m, our computers registered 4.7 C. Steve reckoned he saw the Viscount cockpit but I was a bit preoccupied as I found a combination of balancing squeeze with depth and the detrimental effect of the squeeze on my insulation added another variable by needing more air in the suit than on previous scuba dives, but then that was why we were there! Eventually, the Bacon Cobs beckoned, and we enthusiastically ended the dive.


 
Having achieved our objective, it was felt the second scuba dive would be a shallow one with some exploration for both of us, we chose to go round the quarry in a clockwise direction going no deeper than 8 m. Our first encounter was the Nautilus submarine where we had to wait at imaginary traffic lights to lets dozens of youngers in wetsuits pass by, the trip had to include a visit to the monster, I had to hold Steve's hand as he was terrified. Visibility did improve as we moved away from the student activity areas, the highlight of the scuba dive came for me as we reached the "Gresham" a genuine Elizabethan wreck. This wreck is being held at Stony Cove for preservation purposes and is fascinating for anyone who has visited the Mary Rose exhibition in Portsmouth Dockyard. This scuba dive lasted 36 minutes and I left the water with over 100Bar in my tank, a real achievement for me and combined with my 50th dive made for a memorable day for me.


 
In conclusion, an enjoyable day for both Steve and I, the challenge being, in part, the weather and temperature but all the more satisfying because of that, we learnt and experienced new things not least the" third scuba dive" which was in "Nemo’s Bar" where the fire was burning, and good food and drink was experienced. Well, we needed somewhere to update our logbooks!
 
 
 
Simon

 
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16/03/18
Why should you choose to do your PADI open water course with underwater adventures?
Why should you choose to do your PADI open water course with underwater adventures?

The PADI open water course is the world most widely used and recognized entry-level course in the world, you have even probably heard people talking about “getting their PADI” in relation to learning to scuba dive, well this is the course they are talking about. PADI is one of the largest teaching organizations in the world, teaching thousands of scuba divers year with the latest teaching techniques and teaching philosophies and innovations, leading the way in how people learn to scuba dive for over 50 years.

     

The PADI open water course is designed to get you in the water and learn through experience as soon as possible with the first pool session available as a “Discover Scuba Diving” try dive before you’ve even signed up to the full course do that you can see if you enjoy it before signing up to the full PADI open water course for only £45 per person and if you sign up to the PADI open water course once you have completed your Discover Scuba Diving session, the cost of the session is deducted from the cost of the full course.

   

The full PADI open water course is made up of three sections, the dive theory part where you learn the how’s and why's of scuba diving giving you an understanding of how scuba diving works. The confined water section where you will become familiar with the equipment and learn the skills you need to become a confidence scuba diver and the four open water dives where you will experience the thrills and excitement of scuba diving while under the guidance of our highly trained and experienced dive team.

   


The main difference between underwater adventures and most other scuba diving schools is that we focus on the Students learning experience, which is why our dive theory can either be completed online at your own pace or in a one to one session with one of our instructors and it is also why we offer unlimited sessions in any of our swimming pools located in Cambridge, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire. This allows you to learn to scuba dive at your own pace. If you want to can learn to scuba dive in a couple of weeks or a few months. We want you to have the best learning experience as possible, so you will never be pushed to learn quicker then you feel comfortable. It is important for us for you to learn to scuba dive at your own pace. Even with our open water dives, which take place at a specialist scuba diving lake just south of Peterborough, are completed with a maximum group size of four students and at least two PADI professionals on each dive.

   

Because we fit the PADI open water course around your needs and requirements and because we are as flexible as possible, you can start and finish your PADI open water course whenever you like and take as long as you like to finish. It is all about you and your learning experience.
So why should you learn to scuba dive with us? Because we will endeavor to give you the best scuba diving education as possible while allowing you to learn to scuba dive at your own pace in a fun and friendly environment.

If you would like to book your PADI open water course or would like more information about the PADI open water course, the Dive club, or any of the other PADI course we run? Please contact us by clicking here.
 
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09/03/18
Scuba diving Trip to Porthkerris
Scuba diving trip to Porthkerris, Cornwall.

Over the weekend of the 11th-13th May, we have our annual scuba diving trip to Porthkerris. This is a lovely setting with the log cabin we will be staying in only a couple of hundred metres from the beach with some excellent scuba diving on the reefs just offshore.

      


Porthkerris is a little cover on the lizard in Cornwall which has been set up for scuba divers. It has the log cabin accommodation which we will be staying in along with a clean air filling station, café, and dive shop just off the beach, so it has everything we need for a great weekends scuba diving. Because the reefs run from shallow to 20+ metres and with access to the manacles Marine Conservation Zone, MCZ, dive site offshore through one to the two dive boats available which lunch from the beach, the scuba diving is open to all levels of scuba diver, from PADI open water diver all the way up to those with the PADI deep diver qualification and as always with our club trips, we are open to scuba divers from all agencies, including BSAC, SSI, TDI, and SSA.

   


The plan for our scuba diving trip is to head down on Friday 11th May so that we are ready to jump in the water first thing Saturday morning and get as many dives in as possible. The good thing about scuba diving in Cornwall is that if the weather is bad in one place we can normally take a short drive over to the other coast and still get some great dives in there. On Saturday night and after a load of great dives we will normally head out to one of the amazing restaurant’s in the area for a nice meal and a couple of drinks while we chat about the great scuba diving we have done and the cool fish we have seen. On Sunday we can get another dive or two in before heading home. On the way home, we have been thinking about stopping off at Babbacombe Beach in Devon for a dive and maybe a bit of an underwater beach clean to work towards our PADI divers against Debris scuba divers award.

If you would like some more information about this trip or any of the other trips or courses, we run please click here
 
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08/03/18
Our first Scuba diving trip in the UK
Sea scuba diving in the UK

The 1st April is the first UK sea scuba diving trip of the year with our trip down to Swanage for a bit of wreck diving on the Betsy Anna and a couple of dives under the pier. We may also pop out for a drift dive later in the afternoon depending on how good the weather is to us.
With a depth of 23 metres, the wreck dive on the Betsy Anna is only open to PADI advanced open water divers ( or BSAC and SSI equivalent ) or those of a higher scuba diving qualification, but the rest of the planned scuba diving is open to all levels including PADI open water divers.

A little more about the Betsy Anna

The Betsy Anna was an 880-ton steel steamer, built on the banks of the river Tyne in 1892. She struck Prawle Point in Devon in October 1926 but was re-floated and taken under tow towards Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, for major repairs. She sank, in her current position, after beginning to take on water and breaking her tow. She is lying upright in 24m of water, approximately 5 miles East of Swanage. The top of the bow section, in around 18 metres as the bow collapsed backward, so now stands 4m high pointing upwards.


   


Scuba diving Swanage pier

Swanage Pier is the perfect introductory to scuba diving in the water around the UK coast. It is shallow with easy access and loads of life. You would start the scuba dive by kitting up on the pier and heading down the steps straight into the sea water. It is well sheltered so it is easy to put on your fins before swimming on your back to the pier itself where you will drop down into around 2.5 meters of water. It is easy to navigate as you will just stay under the pier itself where you will find a selection of fish include different types of wrasse, with the odd pollock cursing around the schools of white fish and if you look closer in to the small nooks and crannies, you’ll stand a good chance of seeing Tompot Blenny’s and groups of shrimps.
With a max depth of 5 metres out towards the end of the pier and the relatively sheltered conditions in the bay, this is a great first experience for anyone new to scuba diving in the UK.
     

If you would like to know more about this scuba diving trip or any of the others we have planned throughout the year, please feel free to contact us by clicking here. 
 
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29/12/17
Underwater Adventures Dive Club Christmas party
For this year's Underwater Adventures dive club Christmas party we headed down to London for a cruise up and down the river on board MV Jewel of London for a few drinks, a bit of dancing all while taking in the amazing views London has to offer over the Christmas period.
The dress code was smart, so with all of us in our best clothes, we meet up at a pub just up from the embarkation point for a quick drink before heading down to the river to board our boat for the night. We found our table, got a couple of drinks in and we didn't have to wait long for the food to be served which was good although lacking in turkey for a Christmas meal, but that's just my point of view as everyone else really enjoyed it. Bellies full and drinks topped up we proceeded to dance the night away while enjoying the lights of London.

The boat docked at 12 pm and for those of us who wanted to carry on we had the option of free entry into the Opal nightclub just down the embankment and although most of us headed home and intrepid 6 of us headed down to the club for another couple of hours of dancing, with the odd Jager bomb thrown in for good measure, before heading back home to North Herts in the early hours of the morning. A great time was had by all and it is something we would definitely consider arranging again.








The Underwater adventures scuba diving club does a whole lot more than just scuba dive as we believe the social side of club membership is just as important as the scuba diving because it adds tot he scuba diving experience to scuba dive with people who are your friends. So if you would like to learn more about our scuba diving club and how to join, please click here 
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29/12/17
Diving El Gouna, Egypt
On the 24th November, 14 of us jetted off to El Gouna in Egypt to work on our suntans ready for Christmas and maybe get a little diving in as we had heard it's not too bad around this area, and boy, were we in for a treat. The Flight from Gatwick to Hurghada allowed us to catch up with the sleep we had lost due tot eh early start so we were ready to explore El Gouna once we had arrived as none of us had visited this place before  and it is a lovely little tourist town with a load of bars and restaurants within a couple of minutes walk from our hotel. A lovely meal was had followed by an early night so we would be ready for the following day's scuba diving. The next morning we were picked up and taken to the dive centre where we filled in the necessary paperwork and got our kit onto the dive boat, ready to check out what the water off El Gouna had to offer and boy, were we in for a treat.





Not only did we enjoy the beautifully clear, warm water, amazing coral and fish life but as you can see from above, we were treated to a visit from a pod of Dolphins. To be honest, the place we were diving was called dolphin house should we had an idea but having the chance to scuba dive with these amazing animals is an experience of a lifetime and yet another reason, if you needed one, to learn to scuba dive. It was such an amazing experience and if you follow the link below you can see what it was like as I luckily had my camera on and catch the whole event.

Underwater Adventures Dive Club YouTube channel 

Amazing as that was it wasn't the only thing we saw on that trip with a number of the Girls spotting a very large Eagle ray in the blue, unfortunately, no video of this one, and a hugh amount of amazing coral which fortunately had not been badly effected by the coral bleaching a lot of the other parts of the red sea had experience over the past couple of years and because el gouna is a little off the beaten track we were treated to laods of fish life, from humphead wrasse bigger then a scuba diver to amazingly beutifully coloured nudibranch not much bigger than your little finger nail. Plus we also did a trip to scuba dive the Thistlegorm wreck, one of the world most famous wrecks, a wreck very popular with scuba divers from all over the world due to the ease of penetration and the huge amount of supplies still in its hold, from motorbikes to artillery shells.



With the amazing scuba diving with a friendly and fun group of people, all in all, it was a get week away with the added bonus of all of us having a great sun suntan for Christmas and if you would like to take a look at some of the pictures taken by the others who came on the trip please check out the album on our facebook page

Underwater adventures Facebook Picture album

And if you fancy joining us on one of our other scuba diving trips please keep an eye on our events calendar and our facebook page for further information, FYI we do have a scuba diving trip to Lanzarote at the End of February ;-)
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13/11/17
Scuba Diving in November?
Diving in November? When the question was put to the group as to who wanted to visit Stoney Cove on Saturday 11th November there was silence. Traditionally the month when people start to hang up their dive kit there was only Simon (who the week before had completed his Dry suit course) who volunteered. Being a November Dive Simon and myself decided that Stoney Cove couldn’t possibly be that busy so we agreed to meet at 9 am. After all, with the numerous divers who are going into hibernation for the winter months, we would probably even get down to the waterfront car park – Wrong!

That Saturday morning as we traveled through the rain we began to question what we were doing. 7 am on a cold Saturday morning and we are driving towards a cold quarry to jump into the equally cold water. As we arrived at Stoney Cove we were pleasantly surprised. The rain that we had been driving through had passed and we were greeted by a glistening lake. Although we had to park on the top carpark due to the number of visitors it didn’t dampen our spirits! After lugging our kit down to the waterside we rewarded ourselves with Bacon Sandwiches and copious amounts of Tea. The plan was to swim down to the Wessex Helicopter and then navigate out to the Stangarth, then moving to the left-hand side of the quarry swim past the Belinda and then onto the Tug Boat defiant. All good in theory, however, our bearing was slightly off and after leaving the Wessex Helicopter we reached the Belinda (Probably need to brush up on my navigation skills!!). We then swam to the left-hand side of the quarry visiting the blockhouse and a Nautilus that was engulfed in a shoal of Fish. 





After refueling on yet more Tea and food, we decided to Try again. This time to make sure we reached the Stangarth we decided to follow the anchor chain, within a matter of minutes we found the Chain and was swimming out into the centre of the quarry. As we swam a looming structure began to appear out of the murk, we had finally found the Stangarth! After swimming around the ship we navigated to the Belinda and then the Tug Boat Defiant. This time upon ascending to the shallows we were greeted by an extremely aggressive Cray Fish and a large Pike that just floated in the water; wearily watching us as we made our way to the exit.

All in all two fantastic dives with a water temperature of 14 degrees and 7 meters visibility– Not bad for this time of year!! I wouldn’t recommend it in a wetsuit however for those Drysuit divers out there the question is ‘Will you be joining us at Stoney Cove for another dive on the 17th November?’

Will
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07/11/17
PADI drysuit course at Gildenburgh
PADI Drysuit course.

On Thursday evening and a couple of the club members came along to the pool night that we have every Thursday evening at the Robinson Pool, Bedford, with their nice and shiny new drysuit's ready to start the practical part of their PADI dry suit course. After a bit of time complaining about how hot they were at the side of the pool, it was time to jump in and try out their drysuits for the first time. This is always a little bit of a tense moment when you wonder if you will actually be dry and what do you know, both of them were. After a little play around with their weight's and a buoyancy check, it was time to go for a play around underwater to learn about how diving in a drysuit differs from scuba diving in a wetsuit. After they had got comfortable in their drysuit's it was time for some safety skill and how to act should something not go right with the drysuit whilst scuba diving. All done and all happy with their new drysuits it was time to move to open water.





Sunday the 5th November came around and it was a beautiful day with the sun coming out and hardly any other divers around, plus at this time of year, the temperature in the water was much warmer than the air temperature. Jo and Simon under the guidance of Derek and Stuart put their kit on and went for their first open water dives in their drysuits. just a nice little bibble around the training platform's to work on their buoyancy with their new piece of equipment and a chance to perform a couple of safety skill's which their learned int he pool. Half an hour later and has everyone was getting out of the water after the first dive the general consensus was "how warm are we". 
After a bit of time on the surface for a nice cup of tea, while the cylinders were filled, it was time for dive two. this time a trip around the eastern side of the lake to look for fish in the sunken forest. 40 mins later and everyone was back on shore having completed all the necessary skill's and more importantly, feeling a lot more confident in their drysuits, plus everyone was still warm even given the time of year. Another cup of tea during the debrief before heading home with two new and very happy PADI drysuit divers. 



 
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01/11/17
Emergency First Responce First Aid Course
On the 17th November, we will be running an Emergency first response primary and secondary care first aid course at the Willian village hall, Hertfordshire. Although this is primarily for scuba divers, the course is the same as we would give to the general public going over exactly the same skill's as you would find on a general First Aid Course and is open to everyone.
Has with all of our course's, we will make it fun and enjoyable as well as educational as we believe that you will learn more if you are having fun at the same time so why not come along and learn something that just might save someone's life while having a fun evening out.



The course will start 7:00 pm on Friday 17th November and if you would like to book on the course please let us know beforehand so we can provide you with the training manual so you can have a look through and familiarize yourself with it beforehand, allowing you to get the most out of the course on the night. The cost of this course is £25 to a member of Underwater Adventures or £55 to non-members and for this price, you get your own training manual which you will get to keep, the Full first aid course and full certification from emergency First Response upon completion of the course.
 

If you would like to join us on This course, Please contact by clicking here and dropping us a message


 
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30/10/17
Scuba Diving Nemo 33

Dive trip to NEMO 33, Belgium.

On the 16th December, we are off to Nemo 33 in Brussel's, a specially built 33-metre deep scuba diving pool with swim-throughs and air pockets at 10-metre's where you can surface and chat to your friends in an experience you won't find anywhere else in the world, and with a water temperature of 33 degree's Celsius, the perfect place to warm you up.

Scuba Diving Nemo 33


We are planning two dives while we are there with a break for lunch at the facilities lovely on-site Thai restaurant between our two dives and for those who are interested we will be staying overnight in Brussels so that we can visit the world-famous Christmas market on Sunday.
This Scuba diving trip is open to all levels as long as you keep to your certified depth during your dive and it is an amazing experience which will give you something to brag to the family about over Christmas dinnerPADI deep diver course
 

If you fancy joining us on this trip please feel free to contact us anytime by clicking here.


 
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30/09/17
Charity fun day in aid of the RNLI
On the 30th September at Gildenburgh water, a Scuba Diving site just south of Peterborough, BRoW4 held a charity event in aid of the RNLI, a charity very close to all divers hearts and Underwater Adventures were happy to send a team along to take part. 


The event had bouncy castles and stalls all around the dive site and a competition for scuba divers where we could test our scuba diving skill's while having loads of fun. Team Underwater adventures were made up, from left to right, Kirstie, Steph, Steve, Heather, and Simon and I am so proud of how well they all did in coming first in the competition even though we were a diver down in only having 5 diver's in our team.

The event's included an underwater navigation test, an underwater treasure hunt, an Underwater Photography competition and an Underwater Pool game on a pool table at 6 metres (Please click here to watch a video of the underwater pool game) which was won comfortably by Steph and Kirstie.

Despite the poor Viz underwater on the day both teams did really well in both the underwater navigation and the underwater treasure hunt and were the only team to complete both task's to the full but unfortunately due to the poor viz the underwater photography didn't so so well otherwise we would have had a load of pictures to show you on here.

The day was a success, raising money for a worthy cause in the RNLI as well as allowing everyone to have loads of fun while doing it and I would like to say a huge well done to team Underwater Adventures for coming first and showing how good our scuba diving skills are.

The Winners with the huge banana we won for kicking arse at Underwater pool.
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10/04/17
Red Sea Liveaboard
In April 2018 we will be heading the Egypt for a red sea liveaboard diving the best the red sea has
to offer. The trip includes flights, transfers, Egyptian visa with a guide to help us through immigration
plus all the diving, food and drink while on this amazing vessel. The cost of the trip
is £1328 and if you are a member of the underwater adventures dive club you will getting a refund
of at least £70 of the full price once the trip is over, dropping the overall price to just £1258.



Itinerary Highlights:
 
Brother Islands
The northernmost part of Egypt's offshore marine park is made up of two islands 60km away from the coast and 140km south of Hurghada. The larger island (complete with a lighthouse from 1883) is 400 metres long with a spectacular plateau on the south-east corner which is dotted with coral mountains and famous for thresher and grey reef shark sightings. The western side of the island has two impressive wrecks which both lie almost vertical on the side of the reef. The most spectacular are the Numidia, a large cargo steamer which sank in 1901 and now lies on the tip of the island between 10 and 80 metres covered in soft corals and frequented by large pelagic predators. The smaller wreck of the Aida (sitting between 30 and 65 metres) was a lighthouse authority supply vessel which sank in bad weather in 1957.
The smaller island, whilst only a little over 200 metres long, hosts an incredible concentration and variety of marine life. There is a pristine fan coral forest, a massive collection of hard and soft corals and compelling overhangs to explore. The highlight is the fish life; with regular seasonal sightings of hammerhead, thresher, grey reef, and oceanic whitetip sharks.

Daedalus
This huge tear-drop shaped reef rises from the seabed in the middle of the Red Sea, 80km offshore and more than 300km south of Hurghada. Easily recognized by its zebra-striped lighthouse, this reef offers some of the most amazing dives in the Red Sea. The sheer walls are covered in over-grown hard coral formations and a variety of reef fish. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by, but make sure you keep your eyes open in the blue! Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen... oceanic whitetip, grey reef, and thresher sharks are often sighted, but Daedalus is most famous for its scalloped hammerhead sharks which can often be seen in large schools out in the blue during the summer months. The sheer size of this reef means that you can do several dives here and never get bored!

Elphinstone Reef
A Red Sea legend; a finger-shaped reef, with north and south plateaus covered in hard and soft corals, unpredictable and exciting this truly is an awesome reef where hammerhead sharks are regularly spotted in the summer and oceanic whitetip sharks often congregate in large numbers during late autumn.
 
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08/02/17
PADI Adventure Diver
The PADI adventure diver course is based on the completion of 3 adventure dives from the following, night dive, surface maker buoy dive, wreck dive, deep dive, navigation dive, naturalist dive and the peak performance buoyancy dive. These dives will take place over one day at the openwater site. Once you have chosen your 3 scuba dives you will receive your Padi adventures in diving pack for you to complete the relavent chapters to the dive you will be doing. 
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19/03/15
New Website
We are very excited to announce the launch of our brand new website.  We've spent time putting together the information on the website to help better inform our customers about us and what we provide. We hope you find it useful and informative.  Have a look through the website and feel free to let us know your thoughts, we hope you like it as much as we do.  If you have any questions about us or what we provide, then please do get in touch.

This website was designed and created for us by Fluid Studios in Hertfordshire. Find them at www.fluidstudiosltd.com.
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