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Mark Powell wins EUROTEK.2010 Publication Award


One of the features that I like on Facebook is ‘timehop’. When the system refreshes your memory of what was happening on this day in your personal history. This morning it reminded me about EUROTEK.2010 and the awards.

Eight years ago I was delighted to award Mark Powell the EUROTEK Publication Award for ‘Deco for Divers’ Mark had previously launched this book at the inaugural EUROTEK back in 2008.

I had a dig through my computer and found my speech.

“One of the nicest things about diving is that it covers many topics – you can learn about maritime history, or become a champion bug spotter of all things soft and squiggy. And the other great thing about diving is that you can never stop learning.

One good way of getting valuable and pertinent information is through the media and publications. Tonight the EUROTEK Publication Award is being given to a diving book. Diving books can cover so many aspects such as adventure and friendship, and I’m thinking of ‘Shadow Divers‘ here. Or they can cover more serious subjects.

Deco for Divers, Mark Powell, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, EUROTEK Awards, EUROTEK.2010 Publication Award, The Underwater Marketing Company One publication keeps on being talked about, praised, poured over and devoured because it has proved to be very useful for many divers.

They have said this is “the Best book a diver can buy” and “a must for all divers“. It’s also “a solid and practical guide that is well written and hard to put down“.

Another comment was “it made the theory easier to understand“. And “I have been diving for 26 years and am qualified to teach. This book has made me aware of so many aspects of diving and opened my eyes as to what goes on whilst I am underwater and surfacing again“.

So what is this useful, easy to understand and well written book?

Perhaps it might help if I added “one of the best explanation of M-Values I’ve come across” and “if you are sincerely interested in the theory behind decompression and differences between different algorithms, this IS the book to buy“.

I am delighted to announce that the EUROTEK.2010 Publication Award goes to ‘Deco for Divers: Decompression Theory and Physiology’ by Mark Powell.”

‘Life After Loss’ conducts a balloon release to raise awareness of infant mortality

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Baby Loss Awareness Week‘ is held on an annual basis in mid October giving bereaved parents, family members and friends the opportunity to commemorate the brief lives of their babies. The week is important in that it also provides a crucial opportunity for people to talk openly about the subject and raise awareness of baby loss.

Delia M. Webb, Baby Loss Awareness Week, Life After Loss, Belfast, balloon release, Malone House, Belfast City Council, environmental policy, Cornwall, balloon litter, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving, This year ‘Life After Loss‘ announced that it would be holding its annual Belfast Balloon Release on Sunday 14 October 2018 at Malone House.

Several members of the public contacted ‘Life After Loss’ through their website and on their Facebook page asking the charity to rethink the balloon release aspect. Every message was politely made, highlighting that balloon releases can maim and kill farm, wild and marine life whilst causing mass and unnecessary littering.

A second aspect was highlighted to ‘Loss After Life’. Helium (balloon gas) is finite. It cannot be manufactured, it is mined, and ironically this valuable gas is needed for medical scanners, not to be profligately wasted to release a bunch of balloons.

The charity and its members ignored the lobbying, and went ahead with the balloon release.

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Some of those who took part in the balloon release made these comments on social media

Well my emotions come before your facts 🙂 like I said if I wanna let a balloon go I will

I am aware of what damage the balloons could do and like I said I don’t care as there’s a lot worse that could be done and is done everyday

I wanna remember my son by letting of a balloon and all your comments aren’t going to change my mind

There’s so much more happening in day to day life that is effecting wildlife and the environment ! I understand that balloons are causing damage but there not the only thing !

Everyone has an impact on damaging the environment not just a few balloons so why not keep your opinions to yourself and let people grieve in whatever way they like ?

Malone House

This mass balloon release took place at Malone House, a property is owned and managed by Belfast City Council. It is therefore a council facility. This balloon release immediately contradicts Belfast City Council’s Environmental Policy Statement.

Our vision. We are committed to protecting the environment. In doing so, we will try to improve the quality of life of all of our citizens, both now and for future generations.” Belfast City Council Environmental Policy Statement

I spoke to a member of staff at Belfast City Council who stated “the council discourages balloon releases, we have a voluntary ban in place.” However Belfast City Council did not stop this mass balloon release.

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We can tell the difference between a balloon and a jellyfish, but marine life can’t. It is not surprising that marine life can choke and die after ‘eating’ a balloon

Time To Act

“It’s only a few balloons”, but there are hundreds of thousands of people saying the same thing. So where do ‘just a few’ (million) balloons end up after you have said your prayers and lost sight of them?

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The study entitled “Just a balloon? A local study of the extent and impacts of balloon litter on beaches” has reported that some of the balloons found on Cornish beaches had travelled from other parts of the UK, Ireland and Europe. It is more than probable that the balloons released in Belfast, will end up in Cornwall.

It is time that we now ban balloon and sky lantern releases – its on a par with fly tipping. Unfortunately it seems that contacting the organisers of these wanton littering events and asking them nicely to cease and desist, does not always stop this environmental hazard. We now need a law change.

Book your space on the GUE Swanage ‘Experience Day’

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GUE UK are holding an ‘Experience Day’ in Swanage.

If you have heard about GUE and not sure whether it’s for you or not, or you are just curious to know more about GUE, then head to Dorset on Saturday 28th July 2018.

You’ll have the opportunity for a bit of “me time” to work on some dive skills that may have become rusty.

You will also be able to chat with GUE instructors and dives about training, courses and exciting projects.

Spaces are limited and cost £25 per head, so please contact John Kendall to secure your space, or get your questions answered.

‘Discover UK Diving’

Suunto, UK scuba diving, Wraysbury Dive Centre, Roz Lunn, Rosemary Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company,Suunto Diving UK is hosting a special weekend this weekend and you’re invited.

If you learned to scuba dive overseas, or you have only dived our inland sites, this event is for you.

Our seas are not boring, silty and cold – British Seas Are Cool!

‘Discover UK Diving’ is being held on 16 and 17 June 2018 at Wraysbury Dive Centre.

The UK has some of the very best wreck diving in the world, and you’ll learn about Great British Diving from some great guest speakers.

Topics include the fauna and flora found within British waters, club diving and photography tips.

Come and ask questions, and test dive the Suunto EON core, you will be made most welcome.

Aquanauts are seeking an experienced Dive Manager

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Established in 1986, Aquanauts is a full service, PADI 5 star IDC dive centre based in the heart of historic Plymouth, England.

Aquanauts are currently looking to recruit someone wanting a career in the UK diving industry, to join their team as an experienced Dive Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Scheduling training
  • Charter bookings
  • Organising equipment servicing
  • Organising club activities

Aquanauts, Plymouth, scuba diving job, The Underwater Marketing Compay, X-Ray Mag, XRay Magazine, Ghost Fishingg UK, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, PADI Five Star IDC Dive CentreThe right candidate will also teach, therefore you must be a PADI instructor in good standing, with extensive cold water diving experience, and you should have a passion for this style of diving.

Professional Development

In return is very supportive of staff professional development, and you will have the opportunity to develop your career – ie Tec Instructor, IDC Staff instructor – should you wish too. Alternatively if you are keen to learn more about equipment servicing, this is also possible.

We have a busy online shop, retail and gas facilities, and a 12mt hard boat equipped for recreational and technical dive trips

You will also be able to expand your skill base with training in gas blending and boat handling, and if you wish to gain your PADI 100 Elite Award, this is achievable.

The Package

You will be expected to work five days a week including Bank Holidays. Days off typically Monday and Tuesday, but subject to change.

  • Salary £18,000 – £22,000 depending on experience
  • 28 days paid holiday

To apply please with your CV. If you have any questions or wish to talk on Skype / FaceTime with the current instructing team, is happy to set something up.

Requirements

  • Excellent social media marketing
  • IT literacy
  • Great customer service skills
  • Clean, current diving licence
  • Able to work legally in the UK

You must be a diver that adores cold water diving and actively dives for personal fun throughout the year

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Last Call for SAS Diving Scholarship

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Garry Dallas

Are you a Brit aged 18 – 25 desperate to learn to scuba dive? Then grab a pen and start scribbling.

The closing date for the inaugural Smiths Academy Scholarship is approaching fast. The deadline will be Sunday 20 May 2018.

The scholarship is in memory to two men, both with the surname ‘Smith’, hence Smith Academy“, stated Garry Dallas. “I was a friend of Will and Graham. They each had a passion for diving. Be it shallow or deep or reefs, wrecks, pot holes and caves. It therefore seemed a great idea to help establish something meaningful in their memory“.

This amazing scholarship includes scuba diving equipment and extensive training, and will run for 24 months.

You can find full details here.

#Scapa100: HMS Vanguard Survey now online

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MV Huskyan skipper Emily Turton | Image Credit: Kieran Hatton

In 2017 Scapa Flow skipper and rebreather diver Emily Turton was granted a special license from the Secretary of State for Defence to organise a dive survey on one of the UK’s WWI war graves.

On 9 July 1917 HMS Vanguard – a dreadnought battleship – suffered a series of catastrophic explosions in Scapa Flow, Orkney. The ship and 843 men died. The enquiry concluded that an unintentional cordite explosion caused the loss of Vanguard, making this the biggest accidental loss of life in modern naval history.

The survey was self-funded and conducted by volunteer professional divers. Survey leader – Emily Turton – has today advised that the results are now available on line.