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2017 DEMA Reaching Out Award Nominees

The DEMA Reaching Out Award was first presented in 1989. This award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the sport of diving by “reaching out” in some special way to improve the sport for everyone. This year PADI stalwart Al Hornsby and SSI's Doug McNeese are the recipients of the 2017 DEMA...
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STD Raises Funds For Air Ambulance & RNLI

Customers of LP Diving and members of Staffordshire Technical Divers (STD) got together yesterday (Saturday 29 July) for a summer social hosted by Lance Palmer and LP Diving & Marine Services. The weather was kind for the BBQ, and £300 was raised. The money will be split between the air ambulance and the RNLI. LP...
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McDonald's – It's Time To Stop Using Helium Balloons

In December 2012 Professor Robert Richardson of Cornell University in New York argued that a helium party balloon should cost somewhere in the region of £75 to more accurately reflect the true scarcity of the gas. What is Richardson's authority with this gas? In 1996 Professor Richardson won the Nobel physics prize for his research...
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Last Day For Portland Coastguard SAR

After more than two decades in service the Portland Coastguard search and rescue helicopter will today - Friday 30th June 2017 - cease operations, despite more than 100,000 people signing a petition to try to keep it open. The Portland SAR helicopter base has performed rescues across the South West since 1995. The closure has come...
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Rebreather Divers Grateful For Henderson's List

At the end of May 2017 AP Diving's Managing Director - Martin Parker - issued a statement on the Inspiration List. "Gordon Henderson is retiring his Inspiration Users List after 19 years. I don’t think this milestone should pass without acknowledging the role of Gordon’s Inspiration List for CCRs generally: It has been a fundamental part...
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Aqua Lung Shot FX Fins

Aqua Lung state their Shot FX fins are an innovative design that helps provide a powerful, yet comfortable kick. There are definite physiological differences between men and women when it comes to key pieces of equipment - suits, BCD's, gloves - but does this also include fins? In writing this piece we have not been...
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Earth Day 2017: Dive Point’s Plastic Pledge

Dive Point, a recreational and technical diving centre based in Hurghada, Egypt has made a plastic pledge to coincide with this year’s Earth Day, by permanently reducing their onboard plastic waste. In 1969 at a UNESCO conference John McConnell proposed that an annual day be put in place to support and promote environmental protection. The...
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Better Balloon Release News

What a great way to start the week. We have three pieces of positive #BalloonRelease news! As March drew to a close we talked to the British magazine Horse & Hound about the Marine Conservation Society's online pledge. The MCS is actively urging people to sign their pledge to help the charity create an interactive map, to show support for...
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Bolton's 'Poundbakery' PR Balloon Blunder

Did you hear the one about Poundbakery, who thought it would be a fab idea to potentially maim and kill wildlife, whilst wantonly littering the Greater Manchester area? Probably not. It is quite possible however that you read about the bakery releasing 500 helium balloons, containing free sandwich vouchers in Bolton, as a PR stunt. This ill conceived...
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MV Halton Needs Seasonal Crew

The skipper of the MV Halton (Bob Anderson) is seeking new boat crew for the 2017 season. The sturdy Halton is 21 mt /70 ft former Danish trawler providing day-boat and liveaboard charters to divers in Scapa Flow and beyond. She is primarily based in Scapa Flow and dives from Trondheim in Norway to the...
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