PADI divers and professionals have the opportunity of attending a special exhibition entitled “Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea” at the South Kensingon based museum.
This exhibition is now open. But don’t hang about. It closes on Sunday 13th September 2015.
Simpy present your PADI Certification card or eCard at the exhibition ticket desk and you can get free entry to the Coral Reef expo when you purchase another adult ticket for the same exhibition.
The British Sub Aqua Club Council has just released this statement regarding the Stephen Martin involuntary homicide case due to be held in Gozo.
“As a BSAC member, you may be aware of the case involving one of our members, Stephen Martin. Stephen was present on a dive in Malta when two divers very sadly died in June 2014. An inquest held in the UK in February 2015 returned a verdict of diving accident. However, Stephen has been charged with involuntary homicide by a court in Gozo, and served with an extradition order to return to Malta.
BSAC would very much like to assist Stephen in his defence of the charge. We have been advised that the 2014/2015 BSAC Third-Party Liability Insurance that was in place at the time of the incident does not cover Stephen’s defence costs. Council has taken legal advice as to whether BSAC is liable to fund Stephen’s legal costs and has been advised that it is not. Of course this does not help Stephen, which is something we would like to do.
At a special meeting Council agreed that BSAC will assist Stephen with the legal costs of his defence of the case, up to £100,000. We have met with Stephen today to move this forward. Stephen has also agreed for this statement to be released.
BSAC is a members’ organisation and Council is elected to represent all its members’ diving interests. In reaching the decision to support Stephen, Council has considered the needs of the membership as a whole, and we believe that this is an appropriate use of BSAC funds. BSAC Council hopes that the majority of our members will feel the same way.
Beyond our deep regret that two fellow divers died in this incident, and our sadness that Stephen has faced hardship since that day, we are extremely sorry that we have been unable to release this news previously.
We are aware that there is a school of thought held by some of our members that BSAC has been lacking, to date, in its support for Stephen. We were unable to make any financial commitment to Stephen until we had exhausted all our discussions with our insurers on his behalf and received legal advice. It would have been entirely inappropriate for us to comment either privately (to Stephen) or publicly until those were complete. The lengthy delays in deciding how to proceed are regrettable. We would like to say sorry to Stephen for the concern this has caused and promise our members that we will do better in the future.
We will make further details regarding diving responsibilities and diving in Malta, along with a detailed FAQ guide to the current Third-Party Liability insurance to complement the official policy document, available to all members as soon as possible. The 2015/2016 Third-Party Liability Policy with Liberty Insurance includes criminal defence costs for manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and culpable homicide.”
Sorry Douglas Adams. There are times when a towel is just not enough.
Unless you are diving in very hot climates, you struggle out of your wetsuit and all you really want is to be enveloped in a large snugly blanket. Then reality hits. You also need to be able to function safely on a dive boat and sort out your equipment. It would seem that England’s Divesangha has the answer. Their ‘one size fits all’ poncho debuted at the 2015 London International Dive Show.
Divesangha designs easy to wear apres divewear that mixes fashion with sportswear, using functional fabrics and neutral colours. They state the dove grey Pontetorto Tecnospacer fabric ‘provides thermal insulation and great breathability with the comfort of cotton’.
I found this quick-drying fabric feels almost like suede and it is practically cut. The sleeves are long enough to pretty much cover your arms, whilst being the right length to allow you to work on your scuba set. You are not encumbered by big floppy cuffs, or having to literally roll up your sleeves to get your job done. And they are large enough for you to bring your arms inside the poncho, in order to slip in and out of wet or dry clothing in a private manner, whilst stood in a public place.
The poncho is beautifully put together – if you accidentally wore this inside out, it would not be noticeable – the quality of the stitching and finish is to a very high standard. And as with all Divesangha’s clothing, the DS Poncho benefits from their original ‘HUNG DRY™’ system. This enables you to securely hang your garment up to dry around a pole, on a line, or rope without it being blown away.
Divesangha has also taken into account that when you have used their poncho you will invariably have a bundle of wet swimwear. To this end they have provided a waterproof bag with two compartments. One for the poncho and one for swimwear. It stops the user having to take plastic bags to holiday destinations and protects the ocean from potential plastic pollution when the plastic bag accidentally blows away. A neat solution.
And for those of you who have to come up with an instant fancy dress costume, this could make a reasonable Star Wars outfit. Just add a light sabre.
The California Academy of Sciences is looking to fill “probably the best Dive Safety Officer position on the planet” (says a CAS scientist).
If you are or know a DSO, here is the full job description.
The Diving Safety Officer (DSO) reports to the Director of Steinhart Aquarium and oversees all Academy staff and volunteer diving.
The DSO must have a broad knowledge base in all aspects of diving and diving technology that spans the reach of the Academy’s dive program, including diving for research and collections in global locations, and diving for maintenance and public programming at the Academy.
The DSO ensures the safety of SCUBA divers and the Steinhart Aquarium’s living collection, both within the facility and in the field, by implementing and enforcing diving protocols and regulations.
The DSO serves as a member of the California Academy of Sciences’ Diving Control Board (DCB), which has authority over all Academy diving.
The DSO shall be an active scientific diver, as defined by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), be a full member of the AAUS and an active underwater instructor certified by an internationally recognized agency.
The DSO supervises 2-3 full-time and on-call staff, a dive intern program, 50-75 volunteer divers, and manages departmental budgets. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:
- Bachelors degree in biology, marine-sciences or a related field
- Be certified as a SCUBA instructor from an internationally recognized agency with endorsements in rescue and first aid; preferred minimum of 3 years experience as an instructor.
- Be certified as an Oxygen Administration, First Aid and CPR instructor.
- Preferred minimum of 5 years zoo, aquarium and field scientific diving experience.
- At least 2 years supervisory experience, including managing staff and budgets.
- Preferred certification on Hollis Prism2 closed-circuit rebreathers, ideally with mixed-gas diluent and working dives in the 75 to 100 meter depth range.
- Scientific diver training, including collecting, nitrox, rescue-diver, open water and surface-supplied diving.
- Be able to train others on proper techniques, equipment maintenance and operation.
- Proficiency with computer software such as Google apps, Microsoft office, and budget management systems
I first came across TUSA scooters being dived ‘in anger’ (aka used for real) during Divetech’s annual Inner Space rebreather event held in Grand Cayman.
I was happily bimbling along the wreck of the USS Kittiwake when a rebreather diver whizzed past me. For a brief moment I couldn’t work out how he was moving so fast. His hands were full of a quite large camera system and he wasn’t appearing to fin at all. And then I spotted that his legs were almost akimbo. He was sitting on a bright yellow TUSA SAV-7 EVO scooter – rather like someone would straddle a horse – and this was efficiently driving him through the water.
TUSA has just launched the the latest iteration of their diver propulsion vehicle – the TUSA SAV-7 EVO2.
This scooter has a useful depth rating of 70 metres / 230 feet and features the patented ‘Hands-Free Riding Saddle’. If you are not familiar with this DPV, this is a ‘hands free’ scooter. You navigate it by twisting and arching your body accordingly, leaving your hands free to take photographs or check your gauges and computer, hence the seat on both the EVO and EVO2 is quite important. Very loosely it could be compared to a Western saddle. A flange or flat raised pommel (incorporating a lifting handle) is located to the front and the rear of the saddle. Attached to the front plate of the saddle, below the flange, are two wing arms. One on each side of the plate. These are secured in place by a ‘super knob’, basically a large nut. To use the relevant wing, you unscrew the knob and swing the relevant arm out 90 degrees, before screwing home the knob again.
How does this work underwater? Just imagine the diver is lying horizontally face down with the DPV secured between their legs, as if they were sitting astride a bar stool. The wings are reminiscent of pillion foot pegs on a motorbike. However they are longer and there is no physical contact by the diver piloting the DPV, ie they are not lying on them. The wing is a handle for an additional diver to hold onto for towing purposes, or they are a means of attaching equipment to the DPV. Two holes have been cut into each wing, allowing you to clip or karabina off kit to the wing. When not in use, the wing(s) can be retracted and secured in place to provide better steamlining, as they lie on the front of the saddle plate. TUSA state that this DPV is capable of comfortably towing two divers, hence the two wings.
I can see this scooter being quite popular in resorts like the Maldives where the currents are famous (or infamous?) for their strength. Whilst it is possible to mitigate for hard currents by diving at specific tide times, using reef hooks and diving with the current, there are times where you just want to go and look at a particular coral head, or fully explore a wreck, and you cannot get there because you are unable to swim against the hard current, or you do not have the time or gas to do it. TUSA state that by using a DPV you can travel 3 / 4 faster than finning normally. Plus using a diver propulsion vehicle can decrease fatigue and reduce gas consumption therefore allowing the diver to go further and faster in a variety of conditions, extending their time in underwater.
So what has TUSA changed on this model? Three things: speed, range and runtime.
The design of the rotational speed adjustment function has been reviewed to make it quicker and more responsive, and the DPV is now capable of 4.5km / 2.8 mph compared to 4.2km / 2.6mp on the previous model.
TUSA has also substantially increased the range, torque and burn time by exchanging the Lead-acid battery for a high performing, long-lasting Lithium-Ion Battery (complete with an L.E.D Battery Life Indicator). The SAV-7Evo had a range of 4,200 metres / 2.6 miles with a burn time of 80 minutes. The Evo2’s figures are quite impressive. A range of 7,200 metres / 4.5 miles with a burn time of 120 minutes. Available in black.
Here are the specifications:
Speed: 4.5 km / 2.8 mph
Depth Rating: 70 metres / 230 feet
Dimensions: Length 720mm x Width / Length 28.5″ x Width 13.5″
Surface Weight with Battery: 20.5kg / 45 lbs
Submerged Weight with Battery: 0.3kg / 0.5 lbs
Range in Open Water: 7,200 metres / 4.5miles
Run Time in Open Water: 120 minutes
Battery Type: Lithium-Ion
Speed Adjuster: Rotational Speed Control with Variable Pitch-Type Propeller (3-Step: slow, standard and fast)
Safety Device: Sensation Current Shut-Down Device, Water Leakage Sensor, and Water-Cooling Motor Deployment
blue o two – a British diving holiday company – is expanding.
UK Office (Plymouth):
Marketing Executive – Full Time Temporary (Initial 6 month contract with potential for permanent employment)
Plymouth – £15,000 – £17,000pa + bonus structure
CLOSING DATE: ASAP
blue o two ltd is a scuba diving tour operator offering tailor-made active holidays in the Red Sea, Fiji, French Polynesia, Galapagos, Indonesia, Maldives, Mexico, Palau, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand and Truk Lagoon.
The only UK-based tour operator to operate and manage its own Red Sea and Maldives liveaboard fleet, due to our continued success and upcoming marketing projects we now require a temporary full time Marketing Executive to work within our friendly team. Based in our Plymouth office, an initial fixed term contract of 6 months will be offered with the potential for a permanent position after this time.
Supporting the marketing and sales team, the role will involve a variety of administrative marketing responsibilities such as replying to emails, keeping our website up to date, overseeing promotional campaigns using email marketing and social media platforms, managing stock levels of promotional materials, supporting our on-road representative, creating electronic mailers and managing databases.
The ideal candidate will have:
– A strong understanding of key marketing methods to support our growing sales team and develop a highly successful part of our business
– Previous experience in a marketing role
– A good level of understanding and experience of working with e-marketing promotions such as social media platforms, e-newsletters, website updates and digital campaigns
– Strong organisational skills and experience with events co-ordination
– Excellent communication skills, time management and a high attention to detail
– Able to demonstrate strong IT skills and previous experience using a CRM system
– An enthusiastic and professional attitude with ability to carry out tasks in a timely manner
This is full time temporary position with potential for permanent employment and working hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm.
To apply, please either email your CV and covering letter to email@example.com or post it to Alyson Nash at the address below.
For more information on the company and the position, check out their www.blueotwo.com or call 01752 480808.
blue o two
Mount Batten Centre
70 Lawrence Road
Underwater Explorers in Dorset, England has advised us of an update on a popular Portland wreck.
Following an incident in May, Portland Harbour is taking measures to avoid diving incidents related to the Countess of Erne. The wreck is to be permanently marked with a buoy on the bow. Detailed handouts are also being prepared to give to visiting divers to help reduce in-water accidents.
On 22nd May three divers were swept out of the East Channel as a 90 metre tanker was being piloted in. The divers had apparently failed to find the Countess of Erne and started an ascent. During the ascent they conducted a 5 metre safety stop and ended up drifting through the channel as the tanker with a draft of 5.4 metres was being piloted in. It was only because the pilot boat spotted the divers’ SMB and the tanker was small enough to alter her course, that an incident was avoided. Had this been a larger less maneuverable vessel and the timings been a little different, this may have resulted in a very serious incident.