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‘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’

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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

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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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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.

 

 

 

Diver Group’s David Eaton Dies

Diver Group has today announced the death of DIVER Magazine’s Advertising Production Manager David Eaton.

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David, the youngest son of DIVER Magazine co-founder, Bernard Eaton

David, 56, passed away peacefully in hospital on 3 April from lung cancer. (He was non-smoker).

David was a qualified diver and had worked for DIVER magazine for more than 25 years. (He had previously been employed by the Ministry of Defence).

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In the early 1960’s Peter Small (a co-founder of the British Sub-Aqua Club) invited Fleet Street journalist Bernard Eaton to partner Small in developing, at their own risk, BSAC’s club magazine ‘Triton’.

Following Peter Small’s death, Bernard Eaton took control of Triton as Editor, as well as Publisher. The magazine evolved and was renamed ‘DIVER’.

Bernard and Vera Eaton had three sons. Nigel, Michael and David. Today Nigel, the eldest brother, is the publisher of DIVER magazine.

David was brought up with scuba diving and embraced the opportunity to get under water whenever possible.Possessing the ability to turn his hand to anything in life with skill, composure and good humour, he will be hugely missed.” Nigel Eaton

BSAC Chief Executive, Mary Tetley, paid tribute to David Eaton.

David was a dear friend with whom I shared many fun ‘diving’ times in my early career at Diver Magazine. His cheery smile and fun personality will never be forgotten. We will all sorely miss him from our lives.” Mary Tetley

John Bantin, who was DIVER Magazine’s technical editor for over two decades said that he was “devastated“.

“Fate had dealt David a poor hand in more ways than one. He suffered severe illness (arthritis) during his childhood which had left him in continual pain. But he was stoical, never complained and was always a cheerful and optimistic character. I was shocked to hear of his recent illness and the seeming injustice of his early passing. He deserved better. He was a nice guy.” John Bantin

David was sometimes mistaken for Nigel because David would often be found working on the DIVER Group stand at the Birmingham and London dive shows.

I always found David to be a happy, kind soul with a great sense of humour.
Rosemary E Lunn

David is survived by his wife Carol, his son Harry and his daughter Kate.