It is two days and counting until the UK diving event of the summer! This Friday (15th August) sees the start of the Anglesey ScubaFest.
British Wreck Diving © Copyright PADI - All Rights Reserved
The weekend event, now in its third year, showcases British diving, and to this end brings together like-minded divers from all agencies to enjoy some great diving, trial new equipment and techniques, tuck into some great food, listen to some live music, and just generally have a good craic over some apres-dive beers. Download the packed 2014 Anglesey Scubafest Schedule here.
For non-divers this ScubaFest is the ideal opportunity to learn all about scuba diving and meet key people from the leading diver training agencies; BSAC, PADI, SAA and SSI.
For certified divers, there is a packed schedule of diving with plenty of shore diving on offer. If you want to boat dive, there are still a handful of RHIB diving spaces left - go to the website to secure your spot.
You can also try something new. Curious about freediving? There are four Static and Dynamic Apnea Freediving clinics running morning (10am) and afternoon (2pm) on the event beach. All you need is a wetsuit and a pair of socks to take part. Everything else will be provided.
RHIB diving in Anglesey © Copyright Mark Evans / Sport Diver Magazine - All Rights Reserved
The same goes for sidemounting. Sidemount supremo Garry Dallas will be running Sidemount workshops and will be bringing rigged cylinders, harnesses and regs a-plenty
In between times you can refresh your rescue skills by getting up to speed with CPR!
There is plenty to keep the kids occupied with BSAC running Beachcomber and 'Beach Snapper' events on both days. And children aged 12 and under get free entry into theAnglesey Sea Zoo during this ScubaFest. Just say the two magic words at the ticket office; "Anglesey ScubaFest"!
Representatives from manufacturers including Apeks Aqua Lung, Huish Outdoors, Liquid Sports, Mares, Suunto and Weezle Diving will be on the beach at Porth Dafarch near Trearddur Bay, or Newry Beach in Holyhead (final location dependent on the weather), and will have plenty of shiny new gear for you to take for trial dives.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a snapper, then the Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) has a special category for The Anglesey ScubaFest sponsored by AP Diving. This is free and anyone can enter. Simply take images of the ScubaFest event, i.e. divers getting ready, equipment, people having fun along the shore or at the event. You can enter a maximum of 2 images by 6.30pm on Saturday evening at the Outdoor Centre.
BSAC Beachcomber at the Anglesey ScubaFest © Copyright BSAC - All Rights Reserved
There is still some space for camping at the Outdoors Centre - check out the website for details. Of course no ScubaFest would not be complete without some great entertainment. Two fabulous live bands are lined up to play on Friday and Saturday night, so come and grab a drink and dance the night away.
For more information, to book your accommodation, a band ticket or space on a RHIB dive, check out: www.theangleseyscubafest.com