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The dive club's end of season trip to Cyprus
Dive trip to Cyprus
This Year the Underwater Adventures end of Season dive trip was to Cyprus to dive the wreck of the Zenobia which is said by many to be one of the best wreck dives in the world and it didn’t disappoint.


Our trip didn’t start off brilliantly with a delayed flight and a mix up with the transfers from the airport to our accommodation in Pissouri which lead to a bit of fun sorting out taxis for all 14 of us at 01:00 after a really long day but fortunately, that was the only thing to go wrong on what turned out to be a great holiday.
Out first days diving was spent doing a couple of shore dive at Cynthiana, a lovely little bay a short car ride from our accommodation, a couple of shallow dives just so everyone can get used to the conditions and how everything was working. The next days we had a bit further of a drive to the other side of the Island for another couple of lovely dives, this time a little deeper around the Island of St Georges which was surrounded by loads of life.

Our third 
day's dive was our first on the wreck of the Zenobia, the main reason we had traveled here. The boat ride was at most a 10-minute boat ride out from Larnaca and it was a big boat which was good seeing as we were sharing it with 4 other groups but good planning by our guides meant we dived the wreck without the hassle of being surrounded by the other groups.


First impressions of the wreck were literally “WOW”. This is truly an impressive wreck. Laying on its side in just over 40 metres of water and with its highest point at around 16 metres, you can see it as soon as you enter the water. We dropped down on to the stern section by the prop and made our way around the stern to check out the loading ramps and it was all full of life, and maybe a few too many divers.
Our second dive of the day was on the bow of the wreck from where we headed in through the cafeteria and on through a 
hallway to end up just above the cargo decks. Two excellent dives enjoyed by everyone.

Our penultimate days diving we went out of Limassol to dive two especially sunken wrecks put there in 2015 to attract more divers to the Island. These were the wrecks of the Costandis, a Russian trawler, and the Lady Thetis, a German Pleasure boat, both just over 20 metres in length and sitting in just over 20 metres of water and on our first dive we came across a very large grouper, proof that the Mediterranean still does have large fish.
You can check out the videos of these wreck dives by clicking on the links below (don’t forget to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel while you are there.
Video of the wreck dive on the Constandis
Video of the wreck dive on the Lady Thetis

For our final day's scuba diving, we were back at the Wreck of the Zenobia. Again the boat was busy but because the wreck is so large it seemed like we had the place to ourselves most of the time. Has a bonus on our first dive we came across a turtle who gave us the pleasure of a swim by at the end of our first dive.
Check out the Video of the Turtle here

Our second dive of the day and our last dive of the holiday was a penetration of the lift shaft and down into the cargo bay and to be honest, if I tried to explain what it was like here I wouldn’t be able to do it justice so please just take a look at these two videos from that one dive and enjoy the immenseness of the Zenobia Wreck 

Through the lift shaft
Into the hold

A big thank you to everyone who made the trip so enjoyable :-)

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Playing with Blue shark's in Cornwall
Swimming with blue sharks off the coast of Cornwall.

At the beginning of August 2018 a few of us from the dive club, we were limited by numbers allowed on the boat, headed down to Penzance in Cornwall for a very special day out.

We were on a large Rib with Charles Hood Shark adventures and we were lucky enough to have the man himself with us, a famous author and marine life advocate, it was a please to have his company and knowledge on this trip. Where were we going, I hear you ask? About 20 miles out to swim with blue sharks and boy1 were we in for a treat.

We had traveled down the night before to be fresh for the day’s activities and we all meet up at Penzance boat club to load our equipment and launch the RIB. The journey out only took around an hour, but it didn’t seem like it as we were joined along to way at different times by pods of dolphins either crossing our path or ride the bow waves as they love to do.

Once we had reached the spot the captain had decided would be best for blue shark activity, he started out the chum and “O my God” did it smell. I know that’s what is needed to attract the blue sharks, but it really doesn’t do your stomach any good. I was really glad I had taken the sea sickness tablets. The chum may have smell rank, but it did the job and within 5 minutes the first blue shark turned up and she was gorgeous, 5-foot-long at least and something I didn’t know about them is they have a gold tint to their noses and pectoral fins, which you could really make out the bright English summer sunlight.


After around 20 minutes of allowing the shark to get comfortable around the boat I was the first in, the captain said to get in the water gently which I planned to do but unfortunately, I lost my balance putting on a fin and landed in the water with a big enough splash to have scared anything away. I climbed back out and went to the back of the Que and waited for the blue shark to return. Fortunately, it did within a couple of minutes and Simon was next to jump in the water. You can water the video of Simon in the water by clicking the link below

Simon with the blue sharks.

 With Simon in the water a second blue shark made an appearance, this one slightly bigger then the first and they both loved the smell coming from the rotting
fish which slowly being released into the water. The second shark was a little more wary and kept her distance for a while.
After Simon
hadstart to chill it was Sonia’s turn in the with the blue sharks. She was a little more cautious which is understandable when you are getting in the water with sharks given their portrayal in Films and Media but after a couple of minutes, she started to relax and really enjoy it. You can watch her video by clicking the link below.

Sonia in the water with blue sharks

Next, it was my turn and “wow” it was worth the wait and I had the added bonus of having the second shark come in close to the Rib while I was in the water. What an amazing experience and it is something I would suggest that if you ever have the opportunity to swim with these amazing fish you jump on it and it will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Click here to watch the video I took while in the water.

We rotated in and out of the water for the next couple of hours and the sharks stayed with us all day until it was time to head back to shore, all of us with beaming smiles, buzzing from such an amazing experience.

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22 things your scuba instructor didn't tell you
22 things your Scuba diving instructor didn't tell you (but probably wanted to...) 


1) Everyone pees in their wetsuit – everyone, eventually (except your instructor of course!)


2) Yes, you have tan lines on your neck and hands from your suit but as long as that’s all that people can see when you are back at work it’ll look like you’ve been on Holiday, and don’t worry, those odd lines on your face will disappear in time but you wouldn’t get them if you didn’t overtighten your mask.


3) Waterproof makeup was intended to withstand a good cry and not scuba diving in a cold lake in the middle of England.


4) The person on the boat flashing the most certification cards and the newest equipment is usually that biggest **** on board.


5) You will be buddied with them, and they will be a nightmare.


6) Going on your first open water dive is scary, but it’s OK, your instructor and the rest of the dive team are there for you and they have done this a lot of times before and know what they are doing, well, most of the time anyway.


7) ‘This is my favourite site,' translates as ‘we come here ALL THE TIME because it’s close and easy.’


8) You won’t always see the shark/barracuda/scary marine inhabitant approach; but when it does have your camera ready otherwise, we won’t believe you.

                              padi, learn scuba,

9) I do love night diving, but please don’t point your torch in my face when talking to me.

10) You should do the deep/navigation/DSMB course just so that I can have a break and do something different.

11) if you touch the wildlife you will be in my bad books for a very long time!

12) No, I don’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend.


13) ‘The last time I was here I saw a whale shark.’ translates as ‘I’ve scuba dived here hundreds of times, and my mate on the other dive boat new some who once said he saw a whale shark here.’


14) You are going to, at some point, flood a dive camera, drop a flashlight, get blisters from your fins, buy a leaky mask, it happens.


15) Diving is not for everyone; some people should remain on land yet some slip through the cracks, and…


16) See point five.


17) If you do not listen to dive briefings and then mess up because of it, or repeatedly ask questions whose answers were in the briefing, then I will be very tempted to turn your air off.


18) Interfering in my dive course will get you thrown back in the water without your wetsuit; at least in my evil fantasies.


19) At some point you are going to have ear issues; equalization problems, ear infections, and burst eardrums are in your future.

20) The only way to guarantee you'll see a shark is to leave your camera on the dive boat.


21) Fish really are attracted to shiny jewellery.


22) I don’t care about your video clip from the last dive, but I will happily come to the bar and watch it if the beers are on you.

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Dive Show 2018 at the NEC Birmingham
Dive show 2018

This weekend a few of the dive club members headed up to the Dive Show at the NEC in Birmingham to check out the latest equipment, check out the latest deals on scuba diving trip’s and to catch up with some old friends.

We arrived around 10 am to avoid the first big rush which often happens at events like this but arrived early enough to take full advantage of our discounted tickets we got through the 2 for 1 offered by PADI to PADI instructors. Even though it had been moved to a new hall inside the NEC it was still very busy with a very good atmosphere.


Just inside the main door we ran into our friends from Lanzarote 
dive centre where we often head to early in the year to get a start on the dive course we run while it’s still cold here in the UK, plus it is also home to the museum of the Atlantic, a rather special experience for scuba divers with a number of sculptures specially placed in a protected bay at a shallow enough depth for every level of scuba diver to appreciate (click here to check out the video from our last trip there). It’s always nice to get a little bit of warm water diving in at the beginning of the year.

Has we headed around the show checking out the stall’s and seeing what they had to offer on our way run to the UK diving zone we ran in to a few of the instructors from New horizon’s 
dive centre in Macclesfield where I had staffed a PADI IDC (instructor development course) earlier on this year with Steve Prior as course director.

After a quick catch-up with them, we made it over to the UK diving section to check out new scuba diving locations for next year and came across a very good deal for a trip to dive St Abb’s just over the board in Scotland. I’ve been there before and the scuba diving is great but it has been a few years since I’ve had a chance to get up there but with one of the dive club’s members having moved up to Yorkshire recently, he has agreed to arrange a dive club trip to dive there for the whole club and it will give everyone a chance to pop up and visit him.

A Quick stop for refreshments at the bar we headed around the far side of the dive show where we ran into the guys from London hyperbaric at Whipps Cross hospital where we go to for our yearly dry dive, a dive in a recompression chamber to experience what is like to scuba dive down to 40metres and the effects it has on your mind and body but while in the safety of a controlled hospital environment.


Next stop was the holiday’s part of the Dive Show where we found so many places to go diving and so many ideas for Future trips, so many cool things to go and see which are only open to scuba divers, we are so lucky in this sport. We also stopped off to have a quick chat with Holly from Diverse Travel through whom we are arranging next year’s scuba diving trip to the Maldives, keep an eye open for details on that coming soon.

All in all, it was a great day out and I really enjoyed catching up with others in the scuba diving industry which I don’t get to do that often as they live all around the world.
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Red Sea Live-aboard dive trip
Red Sea liveaboard dive trip

I recently attended a dive holiday with Underwater Adventures dive club.  We went to Egypt and stayed on a liveaboard with a company called Blue O'Two.  This was my third time visiting Egypt for diving but my first time on a liveaboard.  I had my reservations at first, will there be enough space for all the passengers, will there be enough food (I don't like to be hungry) and will I constantly be seasick and ruin my dive experience.  All of those reservations quickly disappeared.  From the moment we stepped onto the dive boat to the moment we departed, the experience was amazing.  The Blue O'Two staff were fantastic.  They could not have done any more for us.  We had a huge variety of food and there was certainly no shortage of it. The chefs were extremely accommodating to those with special dietary requirements and we were even able to get a birthday cake or two. 
The guides were professional and friendly.  The staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.  Our kit was always prepped and ready to use and the dive sites that we visited were beautiful. We started the trip with a couple of check out dives at one of the 'closer to shore' dive sites they offer and finished the day with a night dive. Although this was an easy site that Blue O'Two used for check out dives, it was still some great scuba diving with loads of sea life. Overnight we headed out to Brother's reef and our search for the big pelagic fish began.  We were certainly not disappointed with plenty of large fish cruising along in the currents, and after hanging out in the blue for a bit we were treated to our first Thresher Shark, what an amazing experience!  After a dive on Big Brother, we headed over to Little Brother and some of the team dived one of the wrecks there.  The current was a little strong and made for a bit of hard work, but it was still a nice wreck dive.
The next morning we woke up on Daedelus Reef and experienced some more great diving in the currents and yet more sharks with Thresher, Hammerhead and Grey Reef sharks all spotted out in the blue.  We also had the pleasure of a visit from a group of dolphins and a few of us got to go out on the RIBs with a guide to follow the dolphins and watch them play around in the water around the dive boat.  We also had a number of Oceanic White Tip sharks cruising around under the boat which gave us some great opportunities for photos and video footage

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The next day we headed up to Elphinstone Reef. This is one of the most beautiful reefs in the Red Sea. Unfortunately, because we had been so spoilt on the previous reefs with all the sharks and dolphins, even such an amazing reef as this seemed a bit of a come down, so after two dives here, we headed back towards the shore and one of the bays which is famous for the giant green turtles and resident dugongs.  This was a great dive to end the day with huge stingrays and green turtles in the seagrass, happily eating away, allowing us to get close and enjoy the experience of being with such amazing animals.  That evening the boat took us back to the Brother Islands where we had another great day scuba diving in the currents with yet more Thresher and Grey Reef Sharks.  Another two dives done and more memories made.  It was then time to head back to shore for our last night in Egypt where we treated ourselves to a lovely meal and maybe one or two cocktails as we talked about the scuba diving we had done and the amazing things we had seen and experienced.
All in all, this was certainly the best dive holiday I have ever been on and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has not yet experienced a liveaboard. 

Blog Post by Kerry Louw,
Dive Club member



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Dive trip to Buckland Lake
Dive trip to Buckland Lake,
Just south of the Dartford crossing is Buckland Nature reserve which is home to southern scuba, a small dive centre on a big lake and last Sunday a number of the dive club’s members headed down there to check out what the scuba diving was like in the lake.
With the 
centre opening at 10 am it was a relatively late start for us, which I think was appreciated by most of us heading down there on a Sunday Morning, and bot, what a lovely day we picked. There were only around 6 other divers there for the day which was good as even with the group from underwater adventures dive club, there was plenty of room in the small kitting up area for everyone.


We split into two groups with the first group arriving a little earlier for breakfast and being able to get in the water around 10:30 am. The Viz was pretty good at around 4
metres and the surface temp around 13 degrees which is not bad for this time of year especially with the cold winter we had. Once in they headed west and followed the ropes around some of the sunken wrecks specially placed int eh lake for us to take a look around. Just as they finished their scuba dive, the second group went in and this time they went east to look for the fabled Great White Shark this lake is famous for. We found just after we jumped in and despite being covered in growth, you could still make out the shape of the plastic Shark. They carried on around to the large boat wreck and airplane on that side of the lake. Even with the water warming up nicely most of the fish life we still resting at the bottom as they do over winter, so we didn’t get to see much fish life but the wrecks and the good viz ability made up for that.


For the second dives of the day, the two groups swapped directions. So, after a lovely cup of tea and a bit of a sit in the sun enjoying the weather, we jumped in for out second scuba dives. The Viz was just as good as the first dives and there is a lot of really interesting wrecks in the lake which I’m sure will be made all the better when the fish wake up and come and join us for our scuba dives. This is a really nice setup and being so close and easy to get too, I’m sure we will be popping down there again for another scuba dive at some point this year.

If you would like to know more about scuba diving with the underwater adventures dive club, please click here.

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Dive Club Trip to Porthkerris
Dive club trip to Porthkerris, Cornwall
Last weekend 8 members of the dive club headed down to Porthkerris in Cornwall for a weekends diving with Porthkerris divers and the wonderful facilities they have on offer.
On Friday 11th May we set off just after 9 am with the plan to stop at Vobster Quay inland dive site for a couple of scuba dives to help break up the long journey. Vobster is a well set out dive site with excellent facilities and although the water temp dropped down to single figures below 10 metres it was still a bearable 11 degrees in the shallows which is not bad for this time of year and with viz of between 3 and 4 metres, it was a really pleasant couple of scuba dives and a good chance to wash off the cobwebs from the winter season for those who’ve not dived in a while.
That evening we arrived at Porthkerris, at least most of us didn’t as without phone signals a few of us had a little trouble finding the log cabin we were staying in. The log cabin itself is a nice set up with plenty of room for all 8 of us and a log burner in the corner of the living room to add to the comfort. After a lovely meal of chili and jackets prepared by Steve and washed down with a couple of beers, we all had a relatively early night to be ready for the next morning’s diving.


Saturday arrived and with 5 scuba divers booked to head out on the Celtic Kitten, one of the dive boats which launch from the cove and the remaining 3 scuba divers choosing to start the day scuba diving the local reef, we were up bright and early and with a nice fry up inside of us we headed down the 200 metres to the beach from which we would be diving.
The visibility on both dives down to around 3 metres with the plankton bloom starting, it took a little while to get settled but the water was calm and there was loads of life both on the reef and the wreck on which the dive boat had dropped the scuba divers on top off. With both dives done it was time for refills at the air filling station and a bite of lunch and with the café and air filling station both just off the beach, the set up here for scuba divers is excellent.
With both scuba divers and the dive tanks refilled, it was time for the second dive of the day. Everyone was diving as two groups off the beach this time with the plan to swim around the rocks to the Drawna reef, keeping an eye out for all the local fish life with finger crossed we might come across some of the giant cuttlefish which come in close this time of year to breed. We saw loads of life including some beautiful jellies and loads of fish but unfortunately, no cuttlefish this time. With the scuba diving finished for the day, 8 happy divers headed back up to the log cabin for a chat about everything we had seen over another lovely meal and a couple of beers.


Sunday arrived with some lovely looking sun outside and after breakfast, we headed down to the beach for another days diving. Although the diving was really good the biggest talking point was the 3 basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) which came in close to the shore. The second largest fish in the sea, this is truly an amazing experience. These gentle giants which can reach up to 8 metres in length are a sight to behold and the UK coastline is one of the best places in the world to see them and swim with them. All in all, this topped off a great weekends scuba diving with a great bunch of people. I would just like to take this chance to thank all my dive buddies on this trip for making it memorable.

If you would like to learn more about the underwater adventures scuba diving club please click here
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Swanage scuba diving Trip
Swanage scuba diving trip

Over the May Day Bank Holiday, we headed down to Swanage in Dorset to run a couple of courses and to give some of the newest dive club members some UK sea diving experience and boy, did we pick a lovely weekend for it.
Most of us headed down Friday after work with only one of our group braving the very early start to head down Saturday morning and we all made it to the pier in time to park there with it’s reduced car parking spaces due to the works going on to the pier, which to be honest I was a little concerned about as it might have affected the viz under the pier where we were planning on completing most of our training dives. Fortunately, a quick look over the side of the pier gave us a very pleasant surprise with what looks like pretty amazing visibility in the water. 
This weekend we would be starting off with a trip out on the Mary Jo with skipper Brian to dive the Wreck of the Fleur De Lyes, a nice shallow wreck just across the bay from Swanage Pier. With air fills done and all our scuba diving equipment loaded on the dive boat we headed off on the 5-minute dive boat trip and kitted up on the way. Giant stride entries from the divers lift we proceeded down the shot line for the first of both our PADI junior advanced open water dives for the first dive of their course, the wreck dive.

The Fleur De Lyes isn’t the biggest of wrecks but in 14
metres of water, it is a nice introduction to wreck diving and UK sea diving. The viz was better than expected at between 4 and 6 metres and although it’s still early in the season, we still found plenty of fish life heading around the shelter of the wreck. A comfortable 25 minutes later and with a full inspection of the wreck later we were back on the dive boat with hot drink’s in our hands and chatting about all the cool things we had seen in the surprisingly good visibility.
The rest of the day was spent under the pier completing the peak performance buoyancy and DSMB dives of the PADI junior advanced open water course and going through the basic skills of the PADI Rescue diver’s skill’s including lifts of unconscious divers from underwater and kit stripping while giving rescue breathes to an uncurious, non-breathing diver.

Once we had finished our dives and all of the skills for the PADI junior advanced open water diver and PADI rescue divers course we got changed and headed down the pub to debrief over a well-deserved drink before heading back to our hotel to shower and get changed and head out for dinner and by this time, we were all very hungry, funny how a day in the sea can bring on an appetite lol.
Sunday was an early start to make sure we got on the pier and after a quick chat with some of the members of Stevenage SSA who were also down there running courses we got in the water under the pier again to finish off the PADI rescue diver skill’s and do the PADI junior advanced open water Navigation dive as we wanted to get these dive completed before our last boat dive of the weekend, which was again from Mary jo but this time was a drift dive which gave the boys a chance the demonstrate their newly acquired DSMB skill’s while experiencing a nice gentle (relatively speaking for that area) drift dive, the easiest type of dive as you just lay there and let the current move you along and give you a great view of everything as you float by. 

We finished the weekend with some rescue scenarios for the guys doing their PADI rescue diver course. Unfortunately, we trained them so well they stopped most of the problems before they started, keeping a very close eye on everyone so not one of the dive team got lost without the new PADI rescue divers know exactly where to find them, great work guys but it would have been more fun if you’d let us get lost LOL.
We ended the day with a bunch of very happy, and well-tanned, scuba divers, and two new PADI junior advanced open water divers and two new PADI rescue divers.

Well done guys :-)

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Dive trip to Cyprus
Dive trip to Cyprus
For this year’s end of season trip, we have arranged to go to Cyprus from 5th to the 12th October. Has a club we’ve not been there before and although Cyprus is not renowned for its scuba diving it is home to a world-famous wreck, the roll on roll off ferry, Zenobia. With depth’s ranging from 16 to 42 metres and great viability, this is a wreck which all levels of scuba diver can dive, from open water through to divemaster. This wreck offers the opportunity, for those qualified with the wreck diver specialty, to take a look inside the car decks at the 104 lorry’s that went down with the ship
Cyprus is also home to a number of marine protected areas where sea life can grow in safety and help repair the damage caused by overfishing so commonly found in the Mediterranean, so along with a world-famous wreck, Cyprus offers a lot for your all scuba divers.


Our trip is flying out from Gatwick on the 5th October and once there we will be picked up by the dive center and taken to our apartments where we will be given the chance to settle in before starting the first of our 5 days of scuba diving the next morning. Our scuba diving package includes 2 days diving the wreck of the Zenobia so that we have a great chance to get to know the wreck and appreciate it in all its splendor. We will have the option to add extra scuba dive if we wish and do a night dive, but we can arrange that for those once we are over there.


Cyprus has a lot to offer above the water as well. With thousands of years of history to explore along with thriving shopping area’s and some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean so it is a great please to bring your non-diving partner or if you just want a day off during our week there.
Has this is an off-season dive trip we have managed to get a really good deal with this dive trip coming in at just £389 plus flight for dive club members and only £429 plus flights for non-club members plus we can offer extra discounts for your non-diving partners. If you would like more details about this trip, please follow this link to the contact us page and drop us a message or give us a call and we can send you over all the details.


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Master Scuba Diver Challenge
Master Scuba Diver Challenge
A number of the dive club members have asked “what can we do once we’ve reached master scuba diver level?” The normal response is to move into Tech diving or start on the professional ladder with the Divemaster course, but some people don’t want to take these routes and are happy at the high level of PADI Master scuba diver but would still like some sort of challenge to give themselves something to aim for has their scuba diving career progresses. With this in mind and having spoken to PADI, we have come up with the master scuba diver challenge.
This is open to Master Scuba Divers within the underwater adventures dive club and is a way of pushing yourselves a little further and giving you goals to aim for. It is made up of 4 extra level’s, each level having its own goals and rewards which come from both the club and PADI directly.
Each person who completes a master scuba diver level will have their name placed on a special plaque to show date and level achieved plus receive special recognition at a special dive club awards night on top of the awards specific to each level listed below.

Bronze Master Scuba Diver Level
            To reach this level of Master Scuba Diver you will need to show that you have completed 250 dives and attained 10 specialty ratings. Upon reaching this level you will receive a personalized bronze trophy from the dive club and a special certificate from PADI plus an article posted on the website and across social media about your achievement.

Silver Master Scuba Diver Level
            To reach this level of Master Scuba Diver you will need to have completed 400 dives and attained 12 PADI specialty ratings. Upon reaching this level you will receive a personalized silver trophy from the dive club and a special certificate from PADI plus an article posted on the website and across social media about your achievement, plus two free specialty courses to help you on your way to the next level.

Gold Master Scuba Diver Level
            To reach this level of Master Scuba Diver you will need to have completed 650 dives and attained 15 PADI specialty ratings. Upon reaching this level you will receive a personalized Gold trophy from the dive club and a special certificate from PADI plus an article posted on the website and across social media about your achievement, plus you will receive free club membership for life.

Platinum Master Scuba Diver Level
            To reach this level of Master Scuba Diver you will need to have completed 1000 dives and attained 20 PADI specialty ratings. Upon reaching this level you will receive a personalized Gold trophy from the dive club and a special certificate from PADI plus an article posted on the website and across social media about your achievement, plus you will receive a free Divemaster course should you wish to take it.

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Swanage early season scuba diving club trip report
Swanage Scuba Diving Trip - 01/04/18

The first dive club trip of the season to Swanage took place on the 1st April. Five of us (Steve Groves, Jamie, Josh, Stephan and myself) began a 3-hour journey down to the south coast at the crack of dawn. Anticipating a busy day and previous experience queueing at the pier we were surprised to find we were the only ones. We had a bit of time to kill before we could gain access to the pier and get ready so it was a good chance for a chat a quick dive briefing and orientation of the days diving. Being April the air temperature was only 7 Degrees. We all anticipated a cold days scuba diving. Our main focus would be to keep ourselves as warm as possible, as only one of the group was in a drysuit.


Eventually, someone finally arrived to let us onto the pier. Time to get ready for our first scuba dive ‘Fleur de Lys’. We got our gear together, tanks filled and boarded the dive boat looking forward to a cold but good days scuba diving. The ‘Fleur de Lys’ was only a short dive boat ride, we kitted up ready to go. We buddied up and got into the water in pairs, straight down the shot line to the wreck. At first, the temperature of the water doesn’t seem to have an effect but with a bottom temperature of 7 degrees and scuba diving in a 5mm wetsuit you soon start to feel it.


This wasn’t too much a concern though for now and we descended to 10metres. At the wreck, the visibility was not great at <1m. Luckily we’d packed our torches which would assist us navigating the wreck. Even with torches, we had to stay close our buddies as the visibility was that bad and paired with a swirling undercurrent we were blown about quite a bit. We had to take control of our buoyancy and close contact at all times. After about 15mins in the water Jamie signaled to me he was cold I was the same. We agreed to continue the dive for a little while. Battling the current, cold and poor visibility we decided to end the scuba dive after 23mins. With the conditions, it was very easy to lose each other which is what happened. As Jamie was preparing to deploy his DSMB we were separated. So the thing for us to do would be to look for one minute then meet on the surface. That’s what we did, a slow ascent with a 3-minute safety stop. As happens I surfaced first a fair distance from the boat, no problem I just signaled to the boat and they picked me up. Getting out the water was easy as the boat is fitted with a lift. Once on the boat, it was time to warm up. After a minute I saw Jamie’s DSMB and he surfaced and boarded the boat. Followed closely by the other 3 scuba divers. We were all offered a selection of hot drinks to warm up and discussed the events of the dive we’d just done. Based on everyone’s responses it was clear we were all very cold. During the short trip back to shore Jamie decided that he did not want to do the second dive. This was quickly followed by the rest of us unanimously agreeing that was the sensible option based on the facts. We arrived at the pier quickly and it was time to get dry and warm as quickly as possible. We paid the captain and decided what we were going to do next. Once we were dressed some of the group decided to go get some food before the long journey home, while others got a head start on the journey home.

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What is the PADI rescue diver course?
What is the PADI rescue diver course?


I’ve been asked a number of times over the past couple of month about the PADI rescue diver course, what’s it about, what will I learn, why should I take this course. So, I thought I’d write a little blog about the PADI rescue diver course to try and answer some of these questions.
The PADI rescue diver course is said by most who take it to be the most challenging but also the most enjoyable of the PADI core courses. It will push you to think about and how best to deal with problems before they happen and how best to avoid them in the first place. Through a number of scenarios which will take place over a weekend, you will be asked to deal with situations that you might come across on any day while scuba diving, from a missing diver to something as simple as a diver going into the water having forgotten something they need to complete their scuba dive like a weight belt or forgetting to turn their air on fully. Simple things but you will learn that even a simple thing can cause problems later on in a dive.


But the PADI rescue divers course is more than just scenario practice. You will start the course with the PADI Rescue diver online theory, the codes for this will be sent to you as soon as you sign up for the course, so you can get started straight away. The PADI rescue dive online theory will take you through how to recognize problems before they happen, the stressors you might be able to see in a person before they dive which might lead to that scuba diver having problems on the dive, you’ll be surprised at how little changes in how a person is acting can show you that this person is not comfortable and a little stressed and even a little bit of stress can lead to perceptual narrowing causing a scuba diver to focus one little thing thus allowing a scuba diver to miss other things that might be going wrong.
You will learn that it is OK to say that you don’t want to dive. Be it at this location, in this weather or because you’re just not feeling right today.
On top of the phycology of scuba diving, the PADI rescue diver theory will take you through the most common problems people will come across with their scuba diving equipment which can lead to problems on a dive and it will talk about how important it can be to have something as simple as a spares box, how having access to a new fin strap or a cable tie can solve a problem that is stressing a diver out and by solving this problem for them now will save possible extra problems later in a dive.


Also, during the PADI rescue diver online theory you will be guided through how best to deal with problems once they have happened in a safe and calm manner. Like how to deal with someone who is panicking both on the surface and underwater. This part of the course we will also go over in the Deep swimming pool at the Robinson Swimming pool in Bedford which is deep enough to actually practice the safety skills before we go into open water, and this is where the fun begins. You, along with the rest of the students on your course will get to practice the basic safety skills using fun games designed to help you learn. By using games and making it fun, we use the latest teaching theory on how to reinforce skill learning in a way that is easy for your mind to recall when it needs to allow you to act faster and better in a situation.
The basic skills we go over in the pool will be gone over again when we go to open water to help refresh your mind and again reinforce these actions in your mind.


Once at the open water site, you will be put in change as safety divers for the weekend. You will be asked to do a risk assessment of the site so that you and your fellow students start to think clearly about what might go wrong. You will be shown how to use our emergency O2 kit which is always stowed in the van in case of a diving emergency, you will be asked to complete an emergency assistance plan so that you know what you will do in 
an emergency, and you will be asked to keep an eye on everyone just in case something “Goes Wrong”. The dive team have a list of scenarios we can use to test your response. The important thing is to act and to do so with a clear mind. The scenarios could be anything, from a missing diver to someone having a heart attack (which is actually the most common reason behind deaths in scuba diving in this country) and how you deal with these scenarios will be assessed by the dive team so that at the end of the weekends we will all sit down for a chat about what we did. This allows you to think about everything that has happened and how you have dealt with it and most importantly, what you might do differently to make it easier should you ever be in a similar situation again. It’s this reflection at the end of the weekend which helps you reinforce everything you have learned and makes you the best PADI rescue diver you can be.
So if you would like to take your scuba diving to the next level and become a PADI rescue diver, give us a call on 07805045867 or drop us an email by clicking here.

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What is the PADI advanced open water course?
What is the PADI advanced open water course?

I keep getting asked what is the PADI advanced open water course and why should people take it? Basically, the PADI advanced open water course is the next step to take once you have learned to scuba dive with the PADI open water course. It allows you to gain more experience and confidence under the supervision of a PADI professional to help you move your scuba diving skills forward. The course is made up of the first dive of any 5 specialty courses so that you get to experience different types of scuba dive which will hopefully help you find areas that you are interested in, from fish identification, though underwater photography to wreck diving, there are so many different things you can do with you scuba diving and the PADI advanced course will help you find the things you really enjoy.


During the scuba course, you will complete 5 dives, a deep dive, a navigation dive, and 3 of your own choice from any of the specialty courses we offer. We would normally suggest including the wreck diver course as wrecks hold a lot of interest for most scuba divers and the PADI DSMB course where you will learn to send up a large inflatable maker buoy so that everyone can see where you are, which when scuba diving in a big ocean is probably a really good thing, but the choice is yours.


The two required scuba dives, the deep dive, and the navigation dive, are on the course so that you can experience deeper diving then you can with the PADI open water course while your instructor can take you through some of the safety aspects of scuba diving deeper and its effect on you and your scuba diving equipment, and with the navigation dive you will work on your natural navigation and how to use the compass to navigate something other than the straight line you did on your PADI open water course. All the time building your confidence and improving your scuba diving skills.


We run these PADI advanced open water courses most qualifying weekends at Gildenburgh water in Cambridgeshire and we also run 
special advanced weekends at the coast so that we can add dives such as PADI boat diver and the PADI drift diver course and we have one of these weekends coming up at the beginning of May, where we will be heading down to Swanage in Dorset for a weekend of scuba diving. So if you would like more details of this PADI advanced open water course or any of our PADI courses, please feel free to contact us anytime by clicking here.
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Reef safe sun protection for your scuba diving holidays.
Reef safe sun protection for your scuba diving holidays.
We all know that we need to put on some form of protection from the Sun while scuba diving, even here in the UK we run the risk of sunburn while we are out on a boat between dives and although our dry suits and wetsuits protect most of us, our hand and face can be at particular risk of sunburn during a day out scuba diving. So it makes sense to use a sun cream while we are on the dive boat or chilling on shore between dives and I know I always keep some sun cream in the van. But something we are only just starting to think about is what are these chemicals we are putting on our skin to protect ourselves doing to the environment and the delicate ecosystems we enjoy visiting during our scuba diving trips.


I know what you are thinking. It’s only a small bit of cream and the oceans are so vast, but what we must remember is that there are so many of us suing the water know that it soon builds up.

Say you have 15 divers on a boat using sun cream, and then look at a place like Sharm el shak which has around 50 boats heading out a day, that’s 750 people where sun cream going into the water each day just from that one location and doing that one sport. If you expand that to look at it globally and include all other sports like surfing, kayaking, and snorkeling, plus add all the people who just go to the beach for a day’s fun, you have thousands upon thousands of people going into the sea with sun cream on each day, 365 days a year. That’s a lot of sun cream and the chemicals its made up from, being washed into the ocean each day and these levels soon build up.
But what can we do? We can’t go without sun protection!
It’s actually quite simple. We just need to start using reef safe sun creams. The sun creams which protect us but don’t contain harmful chemicals, and let’s face it, putting less harmful chemicals into our own body systems is a good idea anyway.

OK, so what do we need to avoid if possible?

The big one is Oxybenzone, which has been shown to increase coral bleaching, (click here for an interesting video on its effect ) but we also need to look out for Titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide Nanoparticle which, when introduced into the ocean can change into hydrogen peroxide, you know, that stuff you use to bleach your hair blond. At least we used to but now we use a chemical that isn’t so damaging to our hair and if hydrogen peroxide does that to our hair, just imagine what it's doing to the reef life. I must be clear here, with these we are looking at the Nanoparticle titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide which you will find in clear sprays, uncoated titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide which is safe for reefs as it doesn’t change into hydrogen peroxide in the water, just because life’s not confusing enough anyway.
We should also avoid Octinoxate, Butylparaben, 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor. A recent study shows that these chemicals which are commonly found in sun creams do cause significate damage to reef systems (click here for a link to the paper)
Unfortunately, those chemicals do seem to be in most of today’s sun creams but there is a populist movement away from these chemicals and towards reef safe sun creams with place like Hawaii looking at banning sun creams which aren’t reef safe altogether and you can do your part too just by making sure you buy reef safe sun creams and encouraging others to do the same. If we stop buying the stuff that’s damaging the environment we love to visit while scuba diving, the companies will stop making it, people power at its best ????
Here are some links to help you find reef safe sun creams ready for your next holiday

Badger Sunscreen SPF 30         

Lovera Natural sunscreen SPF 30           

Jasons Natural sunbrella sunscreen SPF 20      

Bio Solis Melt-on Sun Cream - SPF 30 (100ml)       

Although we want to protect the reefs and all the fishes we also want to look after ourselves, so if you do spend a lot of time outside like us scuba divers do and you find something you are not sure about on your skin, please don't just shrug it off, follow this link for some more information from the NHS.
                                                                                    Click here 
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An early season scuba diving trip to Stoney Cove
An early season scuba diving trip to Stoney Cove

As a suitable antidote to the club trip to Lanzarote at the end of February beginning of March, Steve Groves and myself thought a bracing scuba diving trip to Stoney Cove near Leicester would be in order, for some strange reason there were no other takers in the dive club, then we realised that we had chosen "Mothering Sunday" so assumed that all the other club members were being dutiful children and the icy water was not a factor.
 I don't know, the youngsters today (Gratuitous old G*T comment)
We arrived at 7:10 after a misty journey up and virtually drove straight in with plenty of parking available, and cheery staff to welcome us in. With reported visibility of 4-6 meters and 5 degrees water temperature, Steve and I were happy that we could show the dive club flag amongst the training scuba schools in wetsuits, free divers in swimming costumes with their rubber ducks, and the weighed down tec divers. We were wanting to practice our dry suit skills, in particular with many layers of insulation, this proved to be a suitable challenge for the day.

Using the wonderfully heated changing rooms we were ready to scuba dive before the schools had finished their briefing, however, a false start dealing with the effect of the low temperature on regulators, even low temp rated ones, meant that we had to fine tune our buoyancy skills in pretty murky water. Keeping a constant depth with no datum other than your buddy and a dive computer was an educational experience but one we had experienced before and we descended down to 18 m, our computers registered 4.7 C. Steve reckoned he saw the Viscount cockpit but I was a bit preoccupied as I found a combination of balancing squeeze with depth and the detrimental effect of the squeeze on my insulation added another variable by needing more air in the suit than on previous scuba dives, but then that was why we were there! Eventually, the Bacon Cobs beckoned, and we enthusiastically ended the dive.

Having achieved our objective, it was felt the second scuba dive would be a shallow one with some exploration for both of us, we chose to go round the quarry in a clockwise direction going no deeper than 8 m. Our first encounter was the Nautilus submarine where we had to wait at imaginary traffic lights to lets dozens of youngers in wetsuits pass by, the trip had to include a visit to the monster, I had to hold Steve's hand as he was terrified. Visibility did improve as we moved away from the student activity areas, the highlight of the scuba dive came for me as we reached the "Gresham" a genuine Elizabethan wreck. This wreck is being held at Stony Cove for preservation purposes and is fascinating for anyone who has visited the Mary Rose exhibition in Portsmouth Dockyard. This scuba dive lasted 36 minutes and I left the water with over 100Bar in my tank, a real achievement for me and combined with my 50th dive made for a memorable day for me.

In conclusion, an enjoyable day for both Steve and I, the challenge being, in part, the weather and temperature but all the more satisfying because of that, we learnt and experienced new things not least the" third scuba dive" which was in "Nemo’s Bar" where the fire was burning, and good food and drink was experienced. Well, we needed somewhere to update our logbooks!

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Why should you choose to do your PADI open water course with underwater adventures?
Why should you choose to do your PADI open water course with underwater adventures?

The PADI open water course is the world most widely used and recognized entry-level course in the world, you have even probably heard people talking about “getting their PADI” in relation to learning to scuba dive, well this is the course they are talking about. PADI is one of the largest teaching organizations in the world, teaching thousands of scuba divers year with the latest teaching techniques and teaching philosophies and innovations, leading the way in how people learn to scuba dive for over 50 years.


The PADI open water course is designed to get you in the water and learn through experience as soon as possible with the first pool session available as a “Discover Scuba Diving” try dive before you’ve even signed up to the full course do that you can see if you enjoy it before signing up to the full PADI open water course for only £45 per person and if you sign up to the PADI open water course once you have completed your Discover Scuba Diving session, the cost of the session is deducted from the cost of the full course.


The full PADI open water course is made up of three sections, the dive theory part where you learn the how’s and why's of scuba diving giving you an understanding of how scuba diving works. The confined water section where you will become familiar with the equipment and learn the skills you need to become a confidence scuba diver and the four open water dives where you will experience the thrills and excitement of scuba diving while under the guidance of our highly trained and experienced dive team.


The main difference between underwater adventures and most other scuba diving schools is that we focus on the Students learning experience, which is why our dive theory can either be completed online at your own pace or in a one to one session with one of our instructors and it is also why we offer unlimited sessions in any of our swimming pools located in Cambridge, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire. This allows you to learn to scuba dive at your own pace. If you want to can learn to scuba dive in a couple of weeks or a few months. We want you to have the best learning experience as possible, so you will never be pushed to learn quicker then you feel comfortable. It is important for us for you to learn to scuba dive at your own pace. Even with our open water dives, which take place at a specialist scuba diving lake just south of Peterborough, are completed with a maximum group size of four students and at least two PADI professionals on each dive.


Because we fit the PADI open water course around your needs and requirements and because we are as flexible as possible, you can start and finish your PADI open water course whenever you like and take as long as you like to finish. It is all about you and your learning experience.
So why should you learn to scuba dive with us? Because we will endeavor to give you the best scuba diving education as possible while allowing you to learn to scuba dive at your own pace in a fun and friendly environment.

If you would like to book your PADI open water course or would like more information about the PADI open water course, the Dive club, or any of the other PADI course we run? Please contact us by clicking here.
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Scuba diving Trip to Porthkerris
Scuba diving trip to Porthkerris, Cornwall.

Over the weekend of the 11th-13th May, we have our annual scuba diving trip to Porthkerris. This is a lovely setting with the log cabin we will be staying in only a couple of hundred metres from the beach with some excellent scuba diving on the reefs just offshore.


Porthkerris is a little cover on the lizard in Cornwall which has been set up for scuba divers. It has the log cabin accommodation which we will be staying in along with a clean air filling station, café, and dive shop just off the beach, so it has everything we need for a great weekends scuba diving. Because the reefs run from shallow to 20+ metres and with access to the manacles Marine Conservation Zone, MCZ, dive site offshore through one to the two dive boats available which lunch from the beach, the scuba diving is open to all levels of scuba diver, from PADI open water diver all the way up to those with the PADI deep diver qualification and as always with our club trips, we are open to scuba divers from all agencies, including BSAC, SSI, TDI, and SSA.


The plan for our scuba diving trip is to head down on Friday 11th May so that we are ready to jump in the water first thing Saturday morning and get as many dives in as possible. The good thing about scuba diving in Cornwall is that if the weather is bad in one place we can normally take a short drive over to the other coast and still get some great dives in there. On Saturday night and after a load of great dives we will normally head out to one of the amazing restaurant’s in the area for a nice meal and a couple of drinks while we chat about the great scuba diving we have done and the cool fish we have seen. On Sunday we can get another dive or two in before heading home. On the way home, we have been thinking about stopping off at Babbacombe Beach in Devon for a dive and maybe a bit of an underwater beach clean to work towards our PADI divers against Debris scuba divers award.

If you would like some more information about this trip or any of the other trips or courses, we run please click here
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Our first Scuba diving trip in the UK
Sea scuba diving in the UK

The 1st April is the first UK sea scuba diving trip of the year with our trip down to Swanage for a bit of wreck diving on the Betsy Anna and a couple of dives under the pier. We may also pop out for a drift dive later in the afternoon depending on how good the weather is to us.
With a depth of 23 metres, the wreck dive on the Betsy Anna is only open to PADI advanced open water divers ( or BSAC and SSI equivalent ) or those of a higher scuba diving qualification, but the rest of the planned scuba diving is open to all levels including PADI open water divers.

A little more about the Betsy Anna

The Betsy Anna was an 880-ton steel steamer, built on the banks of the river Tyne in 1892. She struck Prawle Point in Devon in October 1926 but was re-floated and taken under tow towards Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, for major repairs. She sank, in her current position, after beginning to take on water and breaking her tow. She is lying upright in 24m of water, approximately 5 miles East of Swanage. The top of the bow section, in around 18 metres as the bow collapsed backward, so now stands 4m high pointing upwards.


Scuba diving Swanage pier

Swanage Pier is the perfect introductory to scuba diving in the water around the UK coast. It is shallow with easy access and loads of life. You would start the scuba dive by kitting up on the pier and heading down the steps straight into the sea water. It is well sheltered so it is easy to put on your fins before swimming on your back to the pier itself where you will drop down into around 2.5 meters of water. It is easy to navigate as you will just stay under the pier itself where you will find a selection of fish include different types of wrasse, with the odd pollock cursing around the schools of white fish and if you look closer in to the small nooks and crannies, you’ll stand a good chance of seeing Tompot Blenny’s and groups of shrimps.
With a max depth of 5 metres out towards the end of the pier and the relatively sheltered conditions in the bay, this is a great first experience for anyone new to scuba diving in the UK.

If you would like to know more about this scuba diving trip or any of the others we have planned throughout the year, please feel free to contact us by clicking here. 
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Underwater Adventures Dive Club Christmas party
For this year's Underwater Adventures dive club Christmas party we headed down to London for a cruise up and down the river on board MV Jewel of London for a few drinks, a bit of dancing all while taking in the amazing views London has to offer over the Christmas period.
The dress code was smart, so with all of us in our best clothes, we meet up at a pub just up from the embarkation point for a quick drink before heading down to the river to board our boat for the night. We found our table, got a couple of drinks in and we didn't have to wait long for the food to be served which was good although lacking in turkey for a Christmas meal, but that's just my point of view as everyone else really enjoyed it. Bellies full and drinks topped up we proceeded to dance the night away while enjoying the lights of London.

The boat docked at 12 pm and for those of us who wanted to carry on we had the option of free entry into the Opal nightclub just down the embankment and although most of us headed home and intrepid 6 of us headed down to the club for another couple of hours of dancing, with the odd Jager bomb thrown in for good measure, before heading back home to North Herts in the early hours of the morning. A great time was had by all and it is something we would definitely consider arranging again.

The Underwater adventures scuba diving club does a whole lot more than just scuba dive as we believe the social side of club membership is just as important as the scuba diving because it adds tot he scuba diving experience to scuba dive with people who are your friends. So if you would like to learn more about our scuba diving club and how to join, please click here 
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Diving El Gouna, Egypt
On the 24th November, 14 of us jetted off to El Gouna in Egypt to work on our suntans ready for Christmas and maybe get a little diving in as we had heard it's not too bad around this area, and boy, were we in for a treat. The Flight from Gatwick to Hurghada allowed us to catch up with the sleep we had lost due tot eh early start so we were ready to explore El Gouna once we had arrived as none of us had visited this place before  and it is a lovely little tourist town with a load of bars and restaurants within a couple of minutes walk from our hotel. A lovely meal was had followed by an early night so we would be ready for the following day's scuba diving. The next morning we were picked up and taken to the dive centre where we filled in the necessary paperwork and got our kit onto the dive boat, ready to check out what the water off El Gouna had to offer and boy, were we in for a treat.

Not only did we enjoy the beautifully clear, warm water, amazing coral and fish life but as you can see from above, we were treated to a visit from a pod of Dolphins. To be honest, the place we were diving was called dolphin house should we had an idea but having the chance to scuba dive with these amazing animals is an experience of a lifetime and yet another reason, if you needed one, to learn to scuba dive. It was such an amazing experience and if you follow the link below you can see what it was like as I luckily had my camera on and catch the whole event.

Underwater Adventures Dive Club YouTube channel 

Amazing as that was it wasn't the only thing we saw on that trip with a number of the Girls spotting a very large Eagle ray in the blue, unfortunately, no video of this one, and a hugh amount of amazing coral which fortunately had not been badly effected by the coral bleaching a lot of the other parts of the red sea had experience over the past couple of years and because el gouna is a little off the beaten track we were treated to laods of fish life, from humphead wrasse bigger then a scuba diver to amazingly beutifully coloured nudibranch not much bigger than your little finger nail. Plus we also did a trip to scuba dive the Thistlegorm wreck, one of the world most famous wrecks, a wreck very popular with scuba divers from all over the world due to the ease of penetration and the huge amount of supplies still in its hold, from motorbikes to artillery shells.

With the amazing scuba diving with a friendly and fun group of people, all in all, it was a get week away with the added bonus of all of us having a great sun suntan for Christmas and if you would like to take a look at some of the pictures taken by the others who came on the trip please check out the album on our facebook page

Underwater adventures Facebook Picture album

And if you fancy joining us on one of our other scuba diving trips please keep an eye on our events calendar and our facebook page for further information, FYI we do have a scuba diving trip to Lanzarote at the End of February ;-)
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Scuba Diving in November?
Diving in November? When the question was put to the group as to who wanted to visit Stoney Cove on Saturday 11th November there was silence. Traditionally the month when people start to hang up their dive kit there was only Simon (who the week before had completed his Dry suit course) who volunteered. Being a November Dive Simon and myself decided that Stoney Cove couldn’t possibly be that busy so we agreed to meet at 9 am. After all, with the numerous divers who are going into hibernation for the winter months, we would probably even get down to the waterfront car park – Wrong!

That Saturday morning as we traveled through the rain we began to question what we were doing. 7 am on a cold Saturday morning and we are driving towards a cold quarry to jump into the equally cold water. As we arrived at Stoney Cove we were pleasantly surprised. The rain that we had been driving through had passed and we were greeted by a glistening lake. Although we had to park on the top carpark due to the number of visitors it didn’t dampen our spirits! After lugging our kit down to the waterside we rewarded ourselves with Bacon Sandwiches and copious amounts of Tea. The plan was to swim down to the Wessex Helicopter and then navigate out to the Stangarth, then moving to the left-hand side of the quarry swim past the Belinda and then onto the Tug Boat defiant. All good in theory, however, our bearing was slightly off and after leaving the Wessex Helicopter we reached the Belinda (Probably need to brush up on my navigation skills!!). We then swam to the left-hand side of the quarry visiting the blockhouse and a Nautilus that was engulfed in a shoal of Fish. 

After refueling on yet more Tea and food, we decided to Try again. This time to make sure we reached the Stangarth we decided to follow the anchor chain, within a matter of minutes we found the Chain and was swimming out into the centre of the quarry. As we swam a looming structure began to appear out of the murk, we had finally found the Stangarth! After swimming around the ship we navigated to the Belinda and then the Tug Boat Defiant. This time upon ascending to the shallows we were greeted by an extremely aggressive Cray Fish and a large Pike that just floated in the water; wearily watching us as we made our way to the exit.

All in all two fantastic dives with a water temperature of 14 degrees and 7 meters visibility– Not bad for this time of year!! I wouldn’t recommend it in a wetsuit however for those Drysuit divers out there the question is ‘Will you be joining us at Stoney Cove for another dive on the 17th November?’

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PADI drysuit course at Gildenburgh
PADI Drysuit course.

On Thursday evening and a couple of the club members came along to the pool night that we have every Thursday evening at the Robinson Pool, Bedford, with their nice and shiny new drysuit's ready to start the practical part of their PADI dry suit course. After a bit of time complaining about how hot they were at the side of the pool, it was time to jump in and try out their drysuits for the first time. This is always a little bit of a tense moment when you wonder if you will actually be dry and what do you know, both of them were. After a little play around with their weight's and a buoyancy check, it was time to go for a play around underwater to learn about how diving in a drysuit differs from scuba diving in a wetsuit. After they had got comfortable in their drysuit's it was time for some safety skill and how to act should something not go right with the drysuit whilst scuba diving. All done and all happy with their new drysuits it was time to move to open water.

Sunday the 5th November came around and it was a beautiful day with the sun coming out and hardly any other divers around, plus at this time of year, the temperature in the water was much warmer than the air temperature. Jo and Simon under the guidance of Derek and Stuart put their kit on and went for their first open water dives in their drysuits. just a nice little bibble around the training platform's to work on their buoyancy with their new piece of equipment and a chance to perform a couple of safety skill's which their learned int he pool. Half an hour later and has everyone was getting out of the water after the first dive the general consensus was "how warm are we". 
After a bit of time on the surface for a nice cup of tea, while the cylinders were filled, it was time for dive two. this time a trip around the eastern side of the lake to look for fish in the sunken forest. 40 mins later and everyone was back on shore having completed all the necessary skill's and more importantly, feeling a lot more confident in their drysuits, plus everyone was still warm even given the time of year. Another cup of tea during the debrief before heading home with two new and very happy PADI drysuit divers. 

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Emergency First Responce First Aid Course
On the 17th November, we will be running an Emergency first response primary and secondary care first aid course at the Willian village hall, Hertfordshire. Although this is primarily for scuba divers, the course is the same as we would give to the general public going over exactly the same skill's as you would find on a general First Aid Course and is open to everyone.
Has with all of our course's, we will make it fun and enjoyable as well as educational as we believe that you will learn more if you are having fun at the same time so why not come along and learn something that just might save someone's life while having a fun evening out.

The course will start 7:00 pm on Friday 17th November and if you would like to book on the course please let us know beforehand so we can provide you with the training manual so you can have a look through and familiarize yourself with it beforehand, allowing you to get the most out of the course on the night. The cost of this course is £25 to a member of Underwater Adventures or £55 to non-members and for this price, you get your own training manual which you will get to keep, the Full first aid course and full certification from emergency First Response upon completion of the course.

If you would like to join us on This course, Please contact by clicking here and dropping us a message

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Scuba Diving Nemo 33

Dive trip to NEMO 33, Belgium.

On the 16th December, we are off to Nemo 33 in Brussel's, a specially built 33-metre deep scuba diving pool with swim-throughs and air pockets at 10-metre's where you can surface and chat to your friends in an experience you won't find anywhere else in the world, and with a water temperature of 33 degree's Celsius, the perfect place to warm you up.

Scuba Diving Nemo 33

We are planning two dives while we are there with a break for lunch at the facilities lovely on-site Thai restaurant between our two dives and for those who are interested we will be staying overnight in Brussels so that we can visit the world-famous Christmas market on Sunday.
This Scuba diving trip is open to all levels as long as you keep to your certified depth during your dive and it is an amazing experience which will give you something to brag to the family about over Christmas dinnerPADI deep diver course

If you fancy joining us on this trip please feel free to contact us anytime by clicking here.

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Charity fun day in aid of the RNLI
On the 30th September at Gildenburgh water, a Scuba Diving site just south of Peterborough, BRoW4 held a charity event in aid of the RNLI, a charity very close to all divers hearts and Underwater Adventures were happy to send a team along to take part. 

The event had bouncy castles and stalls all around the dive site and a competition for scuba divers where we could test our scuba diving skill's while having loads of fun. Team Underwater adventures were made up, from left to right, Kirstie, Steph, Steve, Heather, and Simon and I am so proud of how well they all did in coming first in the competition even though we were a diver down in only having 5 diver's in our team.

The event's included an underwater navigation test, an underwater treasure hunt, an Underwater Photography competition and an Underwater Pool game on a pool table at 6 metres (Please click here to watch a video of the underwater pool game) which was won comfortably by Steph and Kirstie.

Despite the poor Viz underwater on the day both teams did really well in both the underwater navigation and the underwater treasure hunt and were the only team to complete both task's to the full but unfortunately due to the poor viz the underwater photography didn't so so well otherwise we would have had a load of pictures to show you on here.

The day was a success, raising money for a worthy cause in the RNLI as well as allowing everyone to have loads of fun while doing it and I would like to say a huge well done to team Underwater Adventures for coming first and showing how good our scuba diving skills are.

The Winners with the huge banana we won for kicking arse at Underwater pool.
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Red Sea Liveaboard
In April 2018 we will be heading the Egypt for a red sea liveaboard diving the best the red sea has
to offer. The trip includes flights, transfers, Egyptian visa with a guide to help us through immigration
plus all the diving, food and drink while on this amazing vessel. The cost of the trip
is £1328 and if you are a member of the underwater adventures dive club you will getting a refund
of at least £70 of the full price once the trip is over, dropping the overall price to just £1258.

Itinerary Highlights:
Brother Islands
The northernmost part of Egypt's offshore marine park is made up of two islands 60km away from the coast and 140km south of Hurghada. The larger island (complete with a lighthouse from 1883) is 400 metres long with a spectacular plateau on the south-east corner which is dotted with coral mountains and famous for thresher and grey reef shark sightings. The western side of the island has two impressive wrecks which both lie almost vertical on the side of the reef. The most spectacular are the Numidia, a large cargo steamer which sank in 1901 and now lies on the tip of the island between 10 and 80 metres covered in soft corals and frequented by large pelagic predators. The smaller wreck of the Aida (sitting between 30 and 65 metres) was a lighthouse authority supply vessel which sank in bad weather in 1957.
The smaller island, whilst only a little over 200 metres long, hosts an incredible concentration and variety of marine life. There is a pristine fan coral forest, a massive collection of hard and soft corals and compelling overhangs to explore. The highlight is the fish life; with regular seasonal sightings of hammerhead, thresher, grey reef, and oceanic whitetip sharks.

This huge tear-drop shaped reef rises from the seabed in the middle of the Red Sea, 80km offshore and more than 300km south of Hurghada. Easily recognized by its zebra-striped lighthouse, this reef offers some of the most amazing dives in the Red Sea. The sheer walls are covered in over-grown hard coral formations and a variety of reef fish. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by, but make sure you keep your eyes open in the blue! Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen... oceanic whitetip, grey reef, and thresher sharks are often sighted, but Daedalus is most famous for its scalloped hammerhead sharks which can often be seen in large schools out in the blue during the summer months. The sheer size of this reef means that you can do several dives here and never get bored!

Elphinstone Reef
A Red Sea legend; a finger-shaped reef, with north and south plateaus covered in hard and soft corals, unpredictable and exciting this truly is an awesome reef where hammerhead sharks are regularly spotted in the summer and oceanic whitetip sharks often congregate in large numbers during late autumn.
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PADI Adventure Diver
The PADI adventure diver course is based on the completion of 3 adventure dives from the following, night dive, surface maker buoy dive, wreck dive, deep dive, navigation dive, naturalist dive and the peak performance buoyancy dive. These dives will take place over one day at the openwater site. Once you have chosen your 3 scuba dives you will receive your Padi adventures in diving pack for you to complete the relavent chapters to the dive you will be doing. 
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New Website
We are very excited to announce the launch of our brand new website.  We've spent time putting together the information on the website to help better inform our customers about us and what we provide. We hope you find it useful and informative.  Have a look through the website and feel free to let us know your thoughts, we hope you like it as much as we do.  If you have any questions about us or what we provide, then please do get in touch.

This website was designed and created for us by Fluid Studios in Hertfordshire. Find them at www.fluidstudiosltd.com.
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