Diver Group’s David Eaton Dies

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

Triton Magazine, DIVER Magazine, Nigel Eaton, David Eaton, Mary Tetley, BSAC, John Bantin, scuba diving journalist, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, Birmingham Dive Show, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news

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).

DIVER MAGAZINE

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.

BOLO: Stolen underwater camera system

Photographer Jane Morgan has today reported a stolen an underwater Nikon / Nauticam camera system.

Stolen camera equipment, Nikon D500, Nauticam housing, twin INON Z240 strobes, 60mm lens, Tokina 10-17, arm clamps, Jane Morgan, stolen equipment, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

The stolen camera setup

One of our students has just returned from a trip with Stuart Coves in the Bahamas and flew back with Delta Airlines. The case containing the underwater camera was not put on her flight and was sent on a later flight and then sent by courier to Cornwall.

When it arrived the padlocks had been forced off and then replaced and all the underwater camera kit had been stolen.

If anybody knows anyone who is offered a Nikon D500 with a Nauticam housing, twin INON Z240 strobes, a 60mm lens and Tokina 10-17 with all the arms clamps, ports etc, it could be ours, please let us know. Thanks guys.”

The missing equipment details are:
  • Nikon D500 camera: SN 604 8905
  • Nauticam housing: A21 8172
  • Nikon 60mm lens: 230 8916
  • Tokina 10-17
  • 2 x INON Z240 strobes
  • 4 arms, 6 clamps, 2 fibre optics and the charger

Apply now for Lake Havasu teenage Scuba Diving Grant

Lake Havasu Divers Association, Scuba Training and Technology, scuba diving in Arizona, Joel Silverstein, Kathy Weydig, Mike Riddle, scuba diving grant, learn to scuba dive. Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving newsLake Havasu Divers Association and Scuba Training and Technology, Arizona have announced they are sponsoring a special scuba diving grant.

The Open Water SCUBA Training Grant is in honour of the late Mike Riddle. Mike was a long time resident of Lake Havasu, and a founding member of the Lake Havasu Divers Association.

Mike Riddle was an educator, a friend and mentor with a passion for diving

To be eligible to apply for a ‘Dive Like Mike’ Training Grant you need to be a Lake Havasu Middle or High School Student (8th – 11th grades) with a passion for underwater adventures.

The teenager will receive a full SCUBA course with personal equipment.

Lake Havasu Divers Association, Scuba Training and Technology, scuba diving in Arizona, Joel Silverstein, Kathy Weydig, Mike Riddle, scuba diving grant, learn to scuba dive. Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving newsThis grant has the potential to be a life changer. There are many and various career opportunities in scuba diving, and this entry level course could be the first stepping stone to an exciting and challenging job in this field.

To apply simply download this application form and submit it by 8th May 2018.

 

DiveStyle Reading Is Recruiting

Divestyle, scuba diving jobs, Reading, gas blender, scuba career, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwatwer Marketing Company,

Divestyle, scuba diving jobs, Reading, gas blender, scuba career, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwatwer Marketing, diving newsDivestyle – a  well-established scuba diving centre – is looking for a full-time retail assistant to work in Reading, England.

Their full-time lead female retail and sales person is leaving and they are looking for someone to fill her shoes.


DESCRIPTION

Are you 
proactive? Do you think outside of the box? Can you communicate and engage? Are you energetic and a team player seeking a fulltime role?

Lone working will be required, so previous retail experience is preferred.

Divestyle, scuba diving jobs, Reading, gas blender, scuba career, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwatwer Marketing, diving newsTASKS INVOLVED

• Customer service, replenishing of stock, cleaning

• Fitting room service (female fittings)

• Till and cash handling, cashing up, basic accountancy desired

• Opening / closing the store

• Promotion of DiveStyle and its affiliated dive clubs via various social media.

• Preparation of the dive equipment for all courses.

• Filling and gas mixing of scuba diving cylinders via fill station (once suitable trained)

• Flexibility is required to cover staff holidays and sickness

• Excellent PC and communication (written and verbal), social media knowledge and skills, fluent in English

WORKING HOURS

• 5 days a week
• Tuesday – Saturday inclusive
• 10.00 – 18.00, late night Wednesday (20.00), finish early Saturday (17.00)

APPLICATIONS

• All applications to be made in writing and include a CV and expected salary
• Applications from non-divers are welcome provided you are willing to learn to dive
• Applicants must be able to live and work in the UK (no visa sponsorship)
• Applicants must have a full clean UK licence

The Purim Trust cancels Balloon Release PR

On 24 March 2018 ‘The Purim Trust‘ was launched, and they conducted their first fund raiser on the same day raising £1,400. The aim of this Brit based charity is to sponsor vulnerable children in the Philippines.

The Purim Trust, educating children, Philippines, Esther McCarthy, The cost of sponsoring a child is £28 per month and this budget covers the child’s food, clothing, school supplies and uniform, health and dental care, and transport to and from their school.

As a new venture, the Purim Trust are working on a little budget and needed to get the word out that they had launched, and please support this great venture. The solution? Utilise balloons.

It is a natural PR choice when consequences of releasing balloons are not understood. Children love balloons, they are cheap, colourful and everyone can get involved. On the face of it, asking people to release biodegradable balloons to get engaged and promote the Purim Trust seems a smart PR move.

As a symbol of our mission to deliver hope to those in need we will have our very own balloon release this Saturday.

So many of you have supported us to get this far and we have asked you to video yourself releasing your Purim Trust balloon where ever you are in the world and post it on social media (tagging @thepurimtrust).

We are so excited to see your posts and will be sharing them with the world here on our Insta.

Helium Balloon, Mylar balloon, Foil balloon, Swan Lane, Stock, Essex, balloon release, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company

A helium balloon found entangled in a hedge in Swan Lane, Stock, Essex on 28 March 2018 by the author

The Purim Trust had followed advice and made sure they were using biodegradable materials, not understanding that biodegradable balloons take many years to rot down, and can still maim and kill farm, wild and marine life.

After a number of people contacted the Purim Trust, highlighting the negatives issues of balloon releases, the charity quickly reviewed their policy and made the following statement.

We want to apologise for causing offence to anyone in our efforts to promote our charity supporting vulunerable children in the Philippines…we have learned from the comments [about balloon releases and ‘biodegradable balloons’] which we’re grateful for and won’t be posting any more balloon release videos.

We hope this will reassure our critics and may go some way to restoring faith in the real objectives of our charity: helping deprived children get an education.

Hat’s off to the Purim Trust. They swiftly rectified the issue by no longer condoning balloon releases. They cleaned up their social media feed and issued a genuine apology. We wish them every success with their life-changing venture.

 

 

 

Reel Diving gets new Nordic tech diving base

Reel Diving, OWUSS Rolex Scholar, Oscar Svensson, Johan Enqvist, Ammonite, Cressi, Halcyon, Hugyfot, Nanight, Santi. Suex scooters, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scuba diving news, Nordic, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Sweden

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.”