Underwater Explorers, a Dorset based dive centre, established a Facebook initiative called ‘Chesil Beach Watch‘ a couple of years ago. It is a fascinating page to regularly dip in and out of because you get daily updates about the famous beach.
Yesterday – Saturday 9 March – Izzy Ismet reported that it was not a good day. Lost and discarded nets and other floating rubbish had washed up into the cove and a Gannet had got entanged in it.
A prime example of the menace that haunts our oceans at Chesil Cove today.
It was obvious to all that the Gannet was beginning to struggle and suffer, so Izzy Ismet donned his drysuit, grabbed his snorkelling gear and paddled out to the debris.
Ismet carefully removed a fishing net noose from the birds neck. The Gannet is now being treated by conservationist and wildlife activist Derek Davey.
Nicely done, all involved!
OMS held their awards ceremony last night, Tuesday 22 January 2019, at Boot, Dussledorf.
During the evening, it was announced that the top dealer is Underwater Explorers.
Underwater Explorers is based in the pretty resort of Weymouth and Portland, England.
The company was founded in 1998 when a core team of instructors were contracted to manage the then ‘Weymouth Scuba Centre’. Two years later the school / centre took over ‘The Scuba Centre’ (formerly ‘Parry’s Dive Centre’) in 2000, and focused on the Hogarthian / DIR style of diving.
Since then Underwater Explorers has grown and gained an excellent reputation for quality education, good advice and a well stocked dive centre.
It is great that Nina Hukkanen and Izzy Ismet’s hard work is being acknowledged. Congratulations to all at Underwater Explorers. Much deserved!
Image Credit: Nina Hukkanen / Underwater Explorers
Underwater Explorers in Dorset, England has advised us of an update on a popular Portland wreck.
Following an incident in May, Portland Harbour is taking measures to avoid diving incidents related to the Countess of Erne. The wreck is to be permanently marked with a buoy on the bow. Detailed handouts are also being prepared to give to visiting divers to help reduce in-water accidents.
On 22nd May three divers were swept out of the East Channel as a 90 metre tanker was being piloted in. The divers had apparently failed to find the Countess of Erne and started an ascent. During the ascent they conducted a 5 metre safety stop and ended up drifting through the channel as the tanker with a draft of 5.4 metres was being piloted in. It was only because the pilot boat spotted the divers’ SMB and the tanker was small enough to alter her course, that an incident was avoided. Had this been a larger less maneuverable vessel and the timings been a little different, this may have resulted in a very serious incident.