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A Good Day Out by Cathy de Lara

Last week, Johno and I paid a visit to the diving museum in Gosport, as BSoUP (The British society of underwater photographers), and the Historical Diving Society were hosting a talk by photographer Charles Erb. The talk was on the marine life seen in UK waters and although it was mostly aimed at non-divers, or…
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Seasearch Survey May 2022

By Matt Walters In 2019 some of us in the South and West Wales Seasearch group were ready to make the step up to Surveyor level. These surveys are more detailed and include more data of the habitat types. Covid then came along and it had to wait (booo). However, this season, members of the…
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Maldives 2022 by Richard and Sarah Deal

We recently returned from the Maldives with a tour that included a week liveaboard and a week on an atoll with its own home reef. The whole trip was organised through John Spencer-Ades of The Scuba Place and we had a super luxury boat with a pilot boat that kept all the dive gear and…
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Shipwreck conference 2022

By Cathy de Lara So, Friday evening saw us heading down to Plymouth, we spent just enough time in the hotel to check in and then headed out to meet Plymouth Sound BSAC. Unsurprisingly we found them in a pub, they were holding a quiz and raffle evening, so we joined in (on the winning…
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NSDC Photo Competition Winners 2021

By Cathy de Lara After a slow start, I was wondering if anyone had gone diving and taken any photos this last year! But after a couple of reminders the entries came flooding in! I have to say I always enjoy looking through the entries as I get to see familiar dive sites through other…
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UK winter diving – pleasure or purgatory?

By David Parker When you mention going on a winter dive trip within the club, the responses are usually quite polarised, from “Yeah great, when and where?” to “Are you mad, I would rather stick hot needles in my eyes!”.  For me, cold water diving does hold some weird pleasure, as yes, there is some…
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Antigua 2021

By Sarah and Richard Deal We travelled out in the last week of November, gaining a most welcome 20 degrees in the process. The diving was all from a hardboat, we waded out from the beach, and jumped aboard. Most dives were some 30/45 minutes travel at high speed, mostly to the south west of…
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Malta 2021

Sarah and Richard Deal enjoy the delights of a classic warm water diving destination Sarah and Richard enjoyed a great week’s diving in Malta with Maltaqua, a BSAC dive centre recommended by Johno and Cathy. Malta and the nearby islands of Gozo and Comio are a firm favourite with many Newbury Scuba Diving Club members…
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Fantastic May Diving In Plymouth

By Ben Mitchell For the May bank holiday, six of the Newbury Scuba Diving Club’s divers ventured down to Plymouth for a weekend of diving with In Deep Diving at the Mountbatten Centre to experience some of the great wrecks that the area has to offer. After some five + hours journeys (thanks to the…
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‘HMS – In The Vicinity Of’

If you look back through the old dive logs, one dive site feature a bit too regularly than planned. ‘HMS – In The Vicinity Of’ was a term used to describe a missed target, usually caused by difficulty in interpreting the fuzzy blob that appeared on the old echo sounder. This was especially difficult when…
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