Reel Diving gets new Nordic tech diving base

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Two members of Reel Diving. From left to right: Johan Enqvist (owner) and with Oscar Svensson (former OWUSS Rolex Scholar).

 

Reel Diving is proud to announce they have moved to a new 700 metre2 headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The business supports advanced and technical diving.

Reel Diving will be supplying Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden with Ammonite, Cressi, Halcyon, Hugyfot, Nanight, Santi and Suex products. Divers will therefore benefit from decent after sales support, a full service centre and have access to demo equipment from Halcyon and Suex. The team will also contribute to the research and development of Halcyon equipment.

“We value innovation, attention to detail and well-thought-out gear”, stated Johan Enqvist, owner of Reel Diving.

 

UK Inland Site Snow Update as of 2 March 2018

We spoke to the following UK dive centres today to check their opening hours this weekend.

We cannot advise on the status at ‘Blue Lagoon Dive Centre‘ because we were unable to speak to anyone there.

Whatever your diving plans are this weekend, please be careful out there.

Andark Lake, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

“Due to adverse weather conditions, Andark Lake will be closed on both Saturday 3rd March and Sunday 4th March 2018. Weather permitting we plan to be open next week.”

Capernwray Diving Centre, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

“We are fully operational today and Capernwray will be open as usual this weekend. In the 23 years we have been here, we have not shut because of snow.”

Cromhall Quarry, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

“We are very sorry but Cromhall Quarry will be closed this weekend because the snow is causing an access issue. (We are at the bottom of a hill). We plan to be open next weekend, as normal, weather permitting. Our usual site hours are 09.00 and we close at 17.00. Please be out of the water by 15.00.”

Dosthill Quarry, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

“We plan for Dosthill to be open this weekend. We open at 07.00 and the site closes at 16.00 Please be out of the water by 15.30. At present our viz is good, and we are not iced over.”

Eccleston Delph, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

“We have hardly any snow here at Eccleston Delph. We are open as usual, seven days a week. We shall open at 09.00 and the site closes at 16.30. Please be out of the water by 16.00. We have crystal clear viz at the moment, 20 metres plus, and 4°C water.”

Eight Acre Lake, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

Eight Acres Lake will be open as normal this weekend. Our hours will be 09.00 until 16.30 and we have visibility in excess of 15 metres.”

Gildenburgh Water, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

“We plan to be open this weekend. Gildenburgh Water will open at 08.00 and the site closes at 16.30. Please be out of the water by 16.00. At present our viz is good. and we are not iced over.”

NDAC, National Diving and Activity Centre, Chepstow, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

“We are experiencing bitterly cold winds, icy roads and snow showers. Driving conditions are dangerous and the Met Office advice is to avoid driving unless essential. We have therefore decided to close NDAC for all activities and accommodation this weekend. We plan to reopen as normal on Thursday 8th March next week. Anyone with a booking will be contacted via email. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.”

Stoney Cove, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

Stoney Cove will be open over the weekend. There is a dusting of snow on the car park, the road down to the gate has been gritted, so access is not a problem. The Surface temp 4°C. Visibilty 3 – 8 metres, vis is good at all depths.”

Vobster Quay, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

“The drifting snow on Mendip has created some uncertain and variable driving conditions. We have had to take the decision that Vobster Quay will be shut tomorrow (Saturday 3rd March) as we are not going to be able to clear site today. Looking at the forecast we are hoping to clear site tomorrow afternoon. We plan to be open again Sunday 4th. Please check Facebook for updates tomorrow if you are planning to visit Sunday.”

Vivian Quarry, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

“We will be closed tomorrow, Saturday 3 March. We intend to open Vivian Quarry on Sunday, however please check with us before travelling. If we are open on Sunday, our hours will be 09.00 to 16.30. Please be out of the water by 16.00.”

Wraysbury Dive Centre, UK scuba diving sites, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

“We intend to be open as usual. Please check your journey route before you come. Wraysbury Dive Centre opens at 09.00. Please be out of the water at 17.00, and the site closes at 18.00. The viz is good at present. Depending on where you dive you can get 8 – 9 metres and the last reported water temperature was 4°C.”

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.

Get your hands on a Ghost Fishing UK reporting notebook

Ghost Fishing UK is calling on domestic divers to help survey and report ghost gear at dive sites around Great Britian.

Pascal Van Erp, Richard Walker, Dive Proof, waterproof note books, Rich Walker, Ghost Fishing UK, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Fourth Element, recycle, reuse, ghost gear

To this end they have worked with Dive Proof to develop two sets of reporting notes. An A5 and a ‘Wetnotes’ sized notebook. Both notebooks are laid out with all the information needed to document ghost gear.

These notebooks can be dived or splashed, the ‘paper’ is hard to tear, and they are significantly cheaper than regular Wetnotes re-fills. Simply document the ghost gear, and then use the QR code on the back of the book to upload the data to the Ghost Fishing UK’s reporting page.

The Wetnotes sized book will be £8 whilst the A5 book is £10.50. This price does not include postage and packaging.

Please note that these are only available only in the UK at present.

To order your notebook, please contact Ghost Fishing UK via their Facebook page.

Ahmed Gabr To Give 2018 ‘London Dive Chamber Lecture’

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Ahmed Gabr

The London Dive Chamber has today announced that Ahmed Gabr is to speak at the 19th London Dive Chamber lecture.

Gabr talked about the logistics, planning and dive aspect of his record breaking scuba dive to 332.35 mt / 1091 ft at EUROTEK.2014. If you missed this presentation at the European advanced and technical diving conference, you can hear Ahmed speak on Tuesday 6th March 2018 at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

I interviewed Ahmed Gabr in 2014 about his record breaking dive preparation. He told me “I took two years to evaluate whether I could do the dive. I then undertook a four year hardcore training programme to improve my metal and physical fitness – yoga, cardiovascular, cycling, running, swimming – whilst following a Pescatarian diet. (A plant-based diet with the inclusion of fish). I wanted to become a Vegan, but that is pretty challenging. I actually delayed the dive five times until the 18 September to ensure that everything was as perfect as it could be.

The second lecture of the night will be delivered by Didier Noirot. This Emmy Award winning underwater videographer was Jacques Cousteau’s right hand man for many years.

Entrance is free to these lectures so please stop by a cashpoint on your way to the RGS and load up your purses and wallets with cash. This event is the Trust’s biggest fundraiser, so please dig deep and give generously to the folks rattling the Scuba Trust buckets on the night.

Ahmed Gabr, Scuba Trust, EUROTEK, advanced diving conference, London Diving Chamber lecture, Royal Geographical Society, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Didier Noirot, Jacques CousteauTickets for the London Diving Chamber go very fast indeed, so register now to avoid missing out.

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: 19.00 (doors open at 18.00)
Location: The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Suunto UK Seeks Operations Manager

Suunto Diving UK are recruiting for a new Ops Manager to be located in Alton, Hampshire.

Scheduled Hours: Full Time, Monday – Friday plus weekend event cover

Salary: Dependent on Experience

Are you an experienced Operations Manager who has a passion for delivering excellent customer service within a sales and distribution centre? Are you looking for an exciting new challenge to exert your skills and expertise? If so then we would love to hear from you.

Your Role and core responsibilities

As our operations manager, you would be based on a permanent basis at our Alton, Hampshire sales and distribution centre.

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Reporting to the Business Manager you will manage the daily operations of the business ensuring all sales support, distribution and customer service tasks are carried out in an efficient and timely manner. You will also be responsible for ensuring that future demands of the business are considered and will implement changes to meet these.

You will understand the importance of communication and can motivate a small team ensuring customer needs are met and exceeded whilst striving to improve best practice. You will lead by example and are not be afraid to roll up your sleeves and join in all for aspects of the business. You must have a keen eye for detail whilst being able to see the bigger picture to ensure all departments work closely together.

You must be a confident trouble-shooter and manage challenges that arise on a daily basis. You will take the lead with the implementation, sustaining and reporting of KPIs to not only guide all team members, but continually motivate them and ensure that company values are maintained.

You will have experience in inventory management and forecasting/purchasing ensuring that stock is controlled to provide best return on investment. You will be a strong communicator liaising with the internal sales team, Head office staff and trade customers to implement the forecast and for any promotional sales.

You will be responsible for the facilities, infrastructure and health and safety of the site ensuring that all functions can be carried out seamlessly ensuring the wellbeing of staff.

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Experience and qualifications

  • Batchelor degree level qualification, ideally in business administration or a similar management qualification (Other qualifications/experience to be considered for the correct candidate)
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience within an operations role with a strong understanding of sales and distribution
  • Team leadership
  • Have previously worked in a customer service related field
  • Inventory control and forecasting/purchasing
  • Health and Safety management
  • Scuba diving qualifications would be an advantage
  • Sage 50 Accounts experience would be a strong advantage
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Important qualities

  • Be self-motivated and able to work under own initiative
  • Be self-confident and possess strong leadership skills
  • The ability to troubleshoot
  • Maintain a methodical and organised approach to working
  • Good time management skills
  • Have a good business judgement and initiative to make decisive decisions

Benefits

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Think you can manage this? Apply now by sending your CV to info@suuntodm.co.uk

About Suunto Diving UK

Part of the Amer Sports group, we are the UK and Irish distributor for the scuba diving product range manufactured by our parent company. We provide sales, distribution and after sales support to all our customers both in the diving trade and end consumers.

Doug Allan Hosts BBC Radio 4’s ‘Tweet Of The Day’

Poseidon rebreather, Doug Allan, BBC Wildlife cinematographer, BBC Radio 4 Tweet of the Day, Emperor Penguin chick, Snowy Petrel, Snowy Sheathbill, Wandering Albatross, Giant Petrel, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, Neil Brock, Bristol Channel Divers

Doug Allan pictured between dives at Vobster Quay | Image Credit: Rosemary E Lunn

This week you have the opportunity to wake up to Doug Allan‘s dulcet tones as he discusses his encounters with five Antarctic birds.

The award winning scuba diving cinematographer – as featured on Blue Planet, Earth, Coast et al. – is hosting BBC Radio 4’s ‘Tweet of the Day‘. This 90 second programme brings birdsong into your bedroom.

Allan kicked off this week as he remininsed about hearing a Emperor Penguin chick for the first time. Over the next four days he will meet a Snowy Petrel, a Snowy Sheathbill and a wandering Albatross. Allan rounds off his tweets with a story about a giant Petrel.