PADI Divers Benefit From Natural History Museum Ticket Offer

Natural History Museum, PADI, Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea, scuba diving, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyGot one these? Then you can take advantage of a great offer from the Natural History Museum, London.

PADI divers and professionals have the opportunity of attending a special exhibition entitled "Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea" at the South Kensingon based museum.

This exhibition is now open. But don't hang about. It closes on Sunday 13th September 2015.

Simpy present your PADI Certification card or eCard at the exhibition ticket desk and you can get free entry to the Coral Reef expo when you purchase another adult ticket for the same exhibition.

BSAC To Assist Member With Legal Costs

The British Sub Aqua Club Council has just released this statement regarding the Stephen Martin involuntary homicide case due to be held in Gozo.

"As a BSAC member, you may be aware of the case involving one of our members, Stephen Martin. Stephen was present on a dive in Malta when two divers very sadly died in June 2014. An inquest held in the UK in February 2015 returned a verdict of diving accident. However, Stephen has been charged with involuntary homicide by a court in Gozo, and served with an extradition order to return to Malta.

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BSAC would very much like to assist Stephen in his defence of the charge. We have been advised that the 2014/2015 BSAC Third-Party Liability Insurance that was in place at the time of the incident does not cover Stephen’s defence costs. Council has taken legal advice as to whether BSAC is liable to fund Stephen’s legal costs and has been advised that it is not. Of course this does not help Stephen, which is something we would like to do.

At a special meeting Council agreed that BSAC will assist Stephen with the legal costs of his defence of the case, up to £100,000. We have met with Stephen today to move this forward. Stephen has also agreed for this statement to be released.

BSAC is a members’ organisation and Council is elected to represent all its members’ diving interests. In reaching the decision to support Stephen, Council has considered the needs of the membership as a whole, and we believe that this is an appropriate use of BSAC funds. BSAC Council hopes that the majority of our members will feel the same way.

Stephen Martin, scuba diving in Gozo and Malta, BSAC, British Sub Aqua Club, involuntary homicide case, scuba diving deaths, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyBeyond our deep regret that two fellow divers died in this incident, and our sadness that Stephen has faced hardship since that day, we are extremely sorry that we have been unable to release this news previously.

We are aware that there is a school of thought held by some of our members that BSAC has been lacking, to date, in its support for Stephen. We were unable to make any financial commitment to Stephen until we had exhausted all our discussions with our insurers on his behalf and received legal advice. It would have been entirely inappropriate for us to comment either privately (to Stephen) or publicly until those were complete. The lengthy delays in deciding how to proceed are regrettable. We would like to say sorry to Stephen for the concern this has caused and promise our members that we will do better in the future.

We will make further details regarding diving responsibilities and diving in Malta, along with a detailed FAQ guide to the current Third-Party Liability insurance to complement the official policy document, available to all members as soon as possible. The 2015/2016 Third-Party Liability Policy with Liberty Insurance includes criminal defence costs for manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and culpable homicide."

Sometimes A Towel Is Not Enough

Sorry Douglas Adams. There are times when a towel is just not enough.

Unless you are diving in very hot climates, you struggle out of your wetsuit and all you really want is to be enveloped in a large snugly blanket. Then reality hits. You also need to be able to function safely on a dive boat and sort out your equipment. It would seem that England's Divesangha has the answer. Their 'one size fits all' poncho debuted at the 2015 London International Dive Show.

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The waterproof bag has two compartments - one for the poncho and one for swimwear

 

Divesangha designs easy to wear apres divewear that mixes fashion with sportswear, using functional fabrics and neutral colours. They state the dove grey Pontetorto Tecnospacer fabric 'provides thermal insulation and great breathability with the comfort of cotton'.

I found this quick-drying fabric feels almost like suede and it is practically cut. The sleeves are long enough to pretty much cover your arms, whilst being the right length to allow you to work on your scuba set. You are not encumbered by big floppy cuffs, or having to literally roll up your sleeves to get your job done. And they are large enough for you to bring your arms inside the poncho, in order to slip in and out of wet or dry clothing in a private manner, whilst stood in a public place.

The poncho is beautifully put together - if you accidentally wore this inside out, it would not be noticeable - the quality of the stitching and finish is to a very high standard. And as with all Divesangha's clothing, the DS Poncho benefits from their original 'HUNG DRY™' system. This enables you to securely hang your garment up to dry around a pole, on a line, or rope without it being blown away.

Divesangha has also taken into account that when you have used their poncho you will invariably have a bundle of wet swimwear. To this end they have provided a waterproof bag with two compartments. One for the poncho and one for swimwear. It stops the user having to take plastic bags to holiday destinations and protects the ocean from potential plastic pollution when the plastic bag accidentally blows away. A neat solution.

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Save me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope

And for those of you who have to come up with an instant fancy dress costume, this could make a reasonable Star Wars outfit. Just add a light sabre.