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‘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.

Blue Planet II premiers in Oz

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The UK’s most watched TV show for 2017 – Blue Planet II – premiers in Australia today. It will be broadcast on Channel Nine at 19.00.

A remarkable series that has moved us to action and is leaving an indelible mark on our world

Former OWUSS Rolex Australasian scholar Yolly Bosigner is a researcher at the BBC Natural History Unit. The Queensland native stated that 14 stories in the series was filmed in Australia.

I am so incredibly proud to have grown up in a country which as such awesome marine life and I personally hope we recognise just how lucky we are and look after it!

Yolly Bosigner, OWUSS Rolex Australasian scholar, BBC Natural History Unit, David Attenborough, plastic oceans, Blue Planet II, Blue Planet 2, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, tuskfish, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news, Impact Award,We filmed the ingenious tool-using tuskfish, beautifully ornate weedy sea dragons, and octopus that hunt co-operatively with grouper. Probably the most incredible spectacle I have seen underwater was the marauding aggregations of spider crabs.

Thank you to all of my Aussie friends who helped provide thoughts and ideas over the last four years. It has been a huge team effort.”

Blue Planet II took four years to make, and the team behind it went on 125 expeditions to 39 countries. They spent over 6,000 hours underwater filming on every continent and across every ocean.

Last month the series narrator – Sir David Attenborough – collected a special ‘Impact Award‘ for Blue Planet II on behalf of the BBC Natural History Unit, for highlighting the overwhelming global problem we have with plastic pollution.

Present Ideas For Divers: Light Monkey Line Markers

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Line Markers are primarily used by cave divers as a visual and tactile reference on a guideline.

Light Monkey manufacturers three styles of line marker: direction arrows, reference exit markers and cookies. And you can see an example of each of these above, left to right.

Line arrows or directional arrows are used to either show the route back to the cave entrance, or to indicate the direction to the nearest air source, ie a different exit from the cave.

Light Monkey’s second line marker is called a REM or Referencing Exit Marker. This larger marker is used by survey teams to record data at key points in the cave. Underwater archeologists, scientific and wreck divers can also use it to mark data points too.

Our North American cousins believe a cave cookie disc resembles a biscuit, hence the nickname. This line marker is used to mark a specific spot on the line, ie jumps, gaps and junctions. Alternatively each member of the team can throw down a cookie on the line to help identify who is still in the cave, should the team get separated.

Light Monkey laser cuts their line markers from sheets of white Delrin®. This means that each marker is stronger and more durable when compared to a conventional plastic injection-moulded marker.

Generally a diver will write their name on their line markers (see example left). Light Monkey understands that the writing can fade over time hence they can engrave ID markers with words, letters or numbers. This is a really thoughtful present for an ardent cave diver. Simply purchase a minimum of 25 ID markers and let Light Monkey know what you want engraved, and they will do the rest!

Virtually Dive S-28 Submarine Today!

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When the Okeanos Explorer is underway on an expedition, they broadcast streams from the ship. You never what is going to be spotted…


Later today, Friday 29th September 2017, NOAA’s Ocean Explorer program is broadcasting a live deep survey of a deep water archaeological target. 

The plan is to dive the American submarine S-28. This is an S-class WWII period submarine and it was lost with all hands during torpedo practice in 1944. S-28 was only recently discovered by Tim Taylor / Lost 52 Project.

The tentative dive schedule is (subject to delays):

Launch: ROV 08:30 GMT-10
ROV On Site: 09:30 -10:00 GMT-10
End Dive: 14:00 GMT-10

Viewers can switch between three different cameras during the dive.

There are two audio streams for the ROV pilots and for the archaeology science team. Listeners can change levels of the audio streams (depending on who they want to listen to) by changing the left / right levels on their computer audio.


 

Since posting this article there has been a change of plan.

Today’s broadcast will now be an ROV survey of the USS Baltimore.

This protected cruiser was launched in 1888 and served in the Spanish American War.

At present the ROV launch time will be approximately 08:30 GMT-10

Earth Day 2017: Dive Point’s Plastic Pledge

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A Dive Point day-boat heading home following a day’s diving in the Red Sea

Dive Point, a recreational and technical diving centre based in Hurghada, Egypt has made a plastic pledge to coincide with this year’s Earth Day, by permanently reducing their onboard plastic waste.

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Dive Point’s new water drinking fountain contains 19 litres of water, ensuring that the guests don’t use 31 small plastic bottles

In 1969 at a UNESCO conference John McConnell proposed that an annual day be put in place to support and promote environmental protection. The first ‘Earth Day’ was held on the first day of spring (in the northern hemisphere) on 21st March 1970. The date later moved to 22nd April.

“We are always looking at ways to recycle and we wanted to mark Earth Day in a positive manner”, stated Regina Rinkenburger, Dive Point’s Operation Manager. In some countries, such as Germany and Canada it is really easy to recycle. In Egypt it can be more challenging, therefore we need to be cleverer with our waste.

We have found that recycling plastic is not a simple process; hence we must put in place as many ways as we can to reduce our plastic use. This week we have installed 19 litre water fountains on our dive boats. Each fountain is the equivalent of 31 small plastic bottles of water. Guests are welcome to fill their water containers as many times as they like. These fountains have already made a huge difference to the amount of plastic waste coming off our boats.”

 

Better Balloon Release News

What a great way to start the week. We have three pieces of positive #BalloonRelease news!

As March drew to a close we talked to the British magazine Horse & Hound about the Marine Conservation Society‘s online pledge. The MCS is actively urging people to sign their pledge to help the charity create an interactive map, to show support for balloon release bans around the UK.

As you can see in the news cutting below, we are delighted that news of the MCS #BalloonRelease Pledge made it into Horse & Hound.

“The Marine Conservation Society launched a campaign on 22 March, calling on people to lobby the councils to ban balloon and lantern releases, as it has seen the harm they cause to sea and shore life.”

TUMC’s Roz Lunn was also quoted in this article.

‘Rosemary Lunn, who works in communications in the diving industry, pointed out that Helium is a finite resource and is needed for vital work in medicine. “Times have moved on and ideas need to change”, she said.’ 

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An Australian bereavement support group – the ‘Compassionate Friends’ – releasing balloons on 1 February 2016 at Kingston Park Coastal Reserve

The second piece of good news comes from Australia and concerns a support group called ‘The Compassionate Friends‘. This group helps bereaved parents and siblings by providing opportunities for families to come together. One of TCF SA’s key events is an annual balloon release. This year’s event was due to be held on Sunday 23rd April.

It should be stated that TCF SA did not understand the impact of ‘environmentally friendly’ latex balloons until No Balloon Release Australia advised them according.

After learning the facts, a committee member of TCF SA and an organiser of the balloon release event confirmed that the group would immediately look into an environmentally friendly alternative event to replace the balloon release.

“Our information previously had been that by using supposedly biodegradable balloons, our event was safe for the environment. We’re saddened to know this is not the case.

It seems we are harming the environment by releasing balloons – this is certainly not our intention – so the committee will revise the plans for the event and come up with another way to acknowledge our precious children.”

Well done to all concerned.

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And finally an update on last week’s Poundbakery balloon release.

Earlier today Poundbakery released the following statement via social media.

“We at Poundbakery are incredibly sorry for last week’s balloon release PR stunt. Whilst we did use biodegradable materials, we did not realise that these materials could still have such a negative impact on the environment and wildlife. We were both naive and ignorant of the devastation this can cause, which is why we would like to donate £1000 to an environmental charity. We are currently in the process of looking for a local north west based charity and will update you all when we have found the right one.”

Thank you Poundbakery for listening.

Monarch / Sharm Flight Update

Yesterday – Tuesday 16th February 2016 – Monarch issued the following update regarding flights to Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh.

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“Monarch has continued to liaise closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Transport (DfT) and the UK Government over the travel advice to Sharm El Sheikh.  Whilst we are aware of the recent assessment of security procedures at Sharm El Sheikh Airport and welcome this progress, we appreciate there is further work to be done to reopen this airport to the travelling British public.  Currently, the advice from both the FCO and the DfT remains unchanged from November and advises customers against all but essential air travel to Sharm El Sheikh Airport. However, Monarch is mindful of the ongoing government level discussions to restart UK flights to Sharm El Sheikh, which could allow the Easter period to operate as planned. 

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As there is no change in advice at this point, Monarch has extended the cancellation of flights to and from the UK and Sharm El Sheikh Airport up to and including Thursday, 24th March 2016.   In the event that the advice does not change by next week (26th February 2016), Monarch will make further cancellations including the Easter period. It remains Monarch’s objective to operate flights to Sharm El Sheikh once approval is granted.

Customers who are affected by these cancellations are entitled to change a booking to a later date or rebook to another destination on the Monarch network. Customers can also request a credit note towards future travel or a refund.

Monarch Airlines, Flights to Egypt, Flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyFor customers looking for an alternative destination, Monarch has additional flights to mainland Spain, Faro, Gibraltar, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Tenerife. Other alternatives for a winter sun escape include the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Eilat and Cyprus, Agadir and Madeira. Details of these together with other suggestions for a winter holiday getaways can be found on our website.

Flight only customers can contact the Monarch Customer Contact Centre on 0333 003 0700 or email preflight.internetqueries@monarch.co.uk. Customers who have booked a package holiday should contact Monarch on 0333 777 4744.

The safety and security of our passengers will always remain our number one priority and whilst this ongoing situation is beyond our control, Monarch would like to apologise to all affected customers for the inconvenience that it has caused.”

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