• Try Dives - PADI Discover Scuba/PADI Refreshers and Pool Session

    If you want to take part in any of the following and are available on Tuesday evening from 7.00pm onwards then please RSVP this meetup and confirm which option you want to undertake. If you can not make this session but would like to check for future sessions please email me on [masked]. We can book Tues, Weds & Thurs in advance. 1) Try Dive - Simply try dive to experience being underwater. Scuba diving taster - Less than £50.00 2) PADI Discover Scuba - More detailed introduction to Scuba Diving - Official PADI intro - £50.00 3) PADI Refresher - Scuba diving skills refresher in preparation for dive season or planned holiday - £75.00 4) Pool Session - To try out kit and spend some time in the pool - £20.00 LOCATION Address is Marshall Street Leisure Centre 15 Marshall St, London W1F 7EL The fantastic leisure centre at Marshall Street in Soho, London. This facilities is perfect for our group as it is very central and the facility has just been refurbished. Soho is amongst the most vibrant, exciting and cosmopolitan areas of London that houses world class shops, leading businesses and now the UK's premier PADI scuba diving and travel centre. These facilities are perfect for any introduction to diving. The pool depths range from 1 metre to 3 metres which is sufficient for all diving training requirements. Our central London dive courses take place just behind London's iconic Carnaby Street in the state-of-the-art £38m Marshall Street leisure centre, containing arguably the finest pool in central London. This 30m long pool gives students tonnes of room to swim around in, practice their skills and fine tune their buoyancy. The pool is constantly heated to 27 degrees celsius and has a maximum depth of 3m (10ft). This centre also has a conference room for any study aspects of the dives and for registration prior to getting the kit. PADI DISCOVER SCUBA - £50.00 A try dive is also available which is a taster dive so you can briefly experience being underwater with the equipment. This will be cheaper than the official PADI Discover Scuba. Have ever wondered what it's like to breathe underwater? This is an ideal way of experiencing the under water world without having to commit to a PADI course like for example the PADI Open Water. If you want to check out what scuba diving is like than the try dive is the perfect option for you. You will me assisted by excellent qualified instructors who are trained to offer you the best experience and make you feel comfortable in the water allowing you to enjoy the experience. Once you complete a try dive you will be unable to remove the smile from your face for a while as you soak in the experience of the underwater world. This is not a scuba diving certification it is certainly a good way of seeing how you feel under water. During the scuba diving try dive experience you'll learn how to use scuba equipment in a warm pool and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. Of course it can take a little getting used to but with a little time and guidance you will be diving underwater enjoying the experience. You will soon see how easy scuba diving is and also gain experience of what scuba kit is and what it does which is perfect exposure prior to any PADI Open Water Course. Usually it is harder to get people out of the water than into the water as the experience takes hold of them and they don't want it to end. What You Learn You learn the basics you need to dive under the direct supervision of one of our PADI Professionals. One thing you'll learn is that you really can breathe underwater and whether you like doing that or not. You will! Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to glide around underwater while wearing it. Find out what it's like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there. Learn some basic skills and safety rules that will carry over to your full scuba certification course when you take the next step. The Scuba Gear You Use All the equipment you will need is included in a Discover Scuba Diving experience. You'll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask , snorkel and fins, a buoyancy compensating jacket that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. PADI REFRESHER DIVE/REVIEW - £75.00 If you are looking to go on holiday soon and have not dived for over a year then you will want to consider completing a scuba diving refresher course. This course will give you the confidence again prior to any planned holiday. If you haven’t dived for a while, or are a bit apprehensive about getting back in the water and want to freshen up your skills then a PADI Scuba Review is for you. Most dive centres around the world will insist that you complete a Scuba Review if you haven't dived for 12 months or longer. You’ll run through the important aspects of the theory and go through the important skills you learn't on your PADI Open Water course in the safety and comfort of a heated swimming pool. The course normally takes 3-4 hours. Please remember to bring along your PADI certification card and log book. POOL SESSION - £20.00 If you are looking to just spend time in the water and you are already qualified as PADI Open Water then you can join us for this session and spend time in the pool testing out kit and practicing. Lets be honest it is difficult to find the opportunity to have time in a pool testing out kit and getting used to equipment or dive computers. This way you will not have the pressure of group holiday diving and you can have around 1 hour 30 minutes to do what you want. If you want to undertake any of the above dives then RSVP and let me know which dive you want. All dives will need to be booked in by us and paid for so payment will be requested prior to the event itself once dive has been confirmed.

  • PADI Dry Suit Course & PADI DSMB Course - Saturday 13 July 2019

    Prices are as follows: PADI Dry Suit - £149.00 PADI DSMB - £129.00 We are planning to take a group to Wraysbury Dive Centre to complete the PADI Dry Suit or DSMB (Surface Marker Buoy Diver) course. The dives will be based at Wraysbury. If you are interested in either of these two courses and are available in July then please confirm your interest and RSVP this meet up. If you are aware of any friends who were not members who would like to also accompany you to do the course then please let them know and we can also include them. Please could all RSVP's please confirm which course they would like to complete. Surface Marker Buoy Diver All divers diving in Open water should be proficient in the use of Surface marker Buoys (SMB’s) A standard requirement in many diving locations, SMB use is designed as a device to improve diver safety, however improper use can be a real hazard. The PADI SMB diver course is a dedicated course to develop knowledge and techniques for safe SMB use. SMB’s/Delayed SMB’s are used in a variety of situations: Alerting boat traffic to the presence of divers. Providing a visual reference for ascending divers. Facilitating efficient execution of safety stops. Marking location of ascending divers for pick up. Marking areas for mapping projects. Marking search areas for Search and Recovery operations Course Goals: To understand the value of having and using SMBs or DSMBs.To introduce the potential risks, risk management techniques and the need for proper training when using SMBs or DSMBs.To know the local protocols/requirements and demonstrate proper technique for using SMBs or DSMBs Prerequisite: PADI Open Water diver or equivalent Dives: 2 dives in Open Water PADI DRY SUIT (1 day) If you love diving and would like to dive all year round then the PADI Drysuit Diver Speciality course is the course for you. The PADI Drysuit Specialty Diver Course shows you how warm you can stay in even the coolest diving conditions and is almost essential for UK diving. A drysuit also has the advantage of keeping you warm and protected from the wind between dives during the summer months. DETAILS Personal PADI Drysuit Diver manual Knowledge development 1 pool session 2 open water drysuit dives REQUIREMENTS - Complete standard PADI paperwork and medical statement Read PADI Drysuit Diver manual Complete 2 knowledge reviews COMPLETION - Certified as a PADI Drysuit Diver PRE REQUISITES PADI Junior or full PADI Open Water DiverMinimum 10 years of age. If you have any further questions please let me know.

  • Long Weekend Dive Trip - Portugal (Algarve) 11 July 2019 to 15 July 2019

    We are planning a long weekend dive trip to Portugal, Algarve for the dates Thursday 11 July 2019 to Monday 15 July 2019. The feedback from members last year was very good. Members will have the option of either flying out Thursday or the Friday and returning on the Monday or Tuesday. You will be able to fit in 3 days of diving. This will mean that you could fit in around 6 to 9 dives although 6 dives is more likely. If you are interested in a long weekend dive trip and interested in Algarve then this is the event for you. We will be including the newly established Ocean Revival marine park south of the Algarve close to Portimao. This Ocean Revival marine park has amazing diving and is the focal point of diving in Portugal offering a great variety of dives for all experiences. Flights will need to be into Faro, Portugal. We will then have the dive centre collect us from the airport or a short transfer to the dive centre and accommodation. We will be using the Dive Centre which established and founded the Ocean Revival marine park. The facilities at the dive centre are one of the best available as they are brand new and state of the art. They have superb facilities and are the best dive centre in the Algarve. The dive centre and accommodation will be close to Praia Da Rocha which is a fantastic part of the Algarve in Portimao. Prices Diving (prices in the region of) £180.00 for 6 dives with full equipment hire £160.00 for 6 dives without full equipment hire. Flights Flights will be in the region of £200.00. At present the flights are less than £200.00. We will be looking at booking flights shortly to Faro Airport but we need confirmation of group numbers first. As soon as we get confirmation of numbers then I will confirm the flight options available and when we can proceed to book them. Accommodation The accommodation will be a hotel in Portimoa in the Algarve. As July is peak season hotels are more expensive but the weather will be fantastic for diving and well worth the added expense. The price of the hotel will be in the region of £200.00 - £220.00 for 4 nights. That includes breakfast which will be great to ensure everyone has eaten before diving. For further information on the dive sites and the Ocean Revival park please click the below link. If you right click and open in new tab you will not lose this main page: http://www.oceanrevival.org/en/

  • London Scuba Diving Group - Monthly Mingle Session

    Come and join us for our monthly social. It is important to note that the group will be based downstairs closer to the bar with an improved setup to assist so it is easier to mingle. You will be able to spot us as you walk into the pub. As a result of the group having increased in size and the large number of divers attending the social evenings we have changed venue so we have more space and so that we can have an outside area during the warmer summer months. Come and join us!!! As the pub is a Nicholson's pub they have a great variety of ales and all drinks. They have the fantastic ale library which has over 20+ ales and a whisky showcase. They also have a great variety of good quality wines and food as well. POSTCODE FOR GOOGLEMAPS = SE1 2HD This venue has outside and inside facilities which is fantastic for the summer months. The drinks are well priced and a good location overall. The range of available drinks is for better than previous locations and one of the reasons for the choice. This is a monthly meetup to enable all members to have an input on future meetups and enable everyone to meet new members and encourage introductions. We now have at least 20 divers at every monthly social. Why not come down and join us for a drink and meet the group. It will also be a chance to provide an outline of future trips and diving destinations and provide further information on existing scheduled diving trips if anyone has any questions. This meet up might be an opportunity to meet members who have booked on the same trip as you in advance of your departure. We look forward to seeing you all. DIRECTIONS & MAP DIRECTIONS The easiest way to get to the bar is from London Bridge Station. You will need to exit onto Tooley Street (Exit 3) from London Bridge Underground Station. You will then need to take a right and walk down Tooley Street for a few metres. Then take a left into Hays Galleria which is a shopping area. You will then find the Hornimans Pub overlooking the river. The group will have an area reserved inside the pub. You can see the Horniman Pub marked on the map above for easy location.

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  • Try Dives - PADI Discover Scuba/PADI Refreshers and Pool Session

    If you want to take part in any of the following and are available on Tuesday evening from 7.00pm onwards then please RSVP this meetup and confirm which option you want to undertake. If you can not make this session but would like to check for future sessions please email me on [masked]. We can book Tues, Weds & Thurs in advance. 1) Try Dive - Simply try dive to experience being underwater. Scuba diving taster - Less than £50.00 2) PADI Discover Scuba - More detailed introduction to Scuba Diving - Official PADI intro - £50.00 3) PADI Refresher - Scuba diving skills refresher in preparation for dive season or planned holiday - £75.00 4) Pool Session - To try out kit and spend some time in the pool - £20.00 LOCATION Address is Marshall Street Leisure Centre 15 Marshall St, London W1F 7EL The fantastic leisure centre at Marshall Street in Soho, London. This facilities is perfect for our group as it is very central and the facility has just been refurbished. Soho is amongst the most vibrant, exciting and cosmopolitan areas of London that houses world class shops, leading businesses and now the UK's premier PADI scuba diving and travel centre. These facilities are perfect for any introduction to diving. The pool depths range from 1 metre to 3 metres which is sufficient for all diving training requirements. Our central London dive courses take place just behind London's iconic Carnaby Street in the state-of-the-art £38m Marshall Street leisure centre, containing arguably the finest pool in central London. This 30m long pool gives students tonnes of room to swim around in, practice their skills and fine tune their buoyancy. The pool is constantly heated to 27 degrees celsius and has a maximum depth of 3m (10ft). This centre also has a conference room for any study aspects of the dives and for registration prior to getting the kit. PADI DISCOVER SCUBA - £50.00 A try dive is also available which is a taster dive so you can briefly experience being underwater with the equipment. This will be cheaper than the official PADI Discover Scuba. Have ever wondered what it's like to breathe underwater? This is an ideal way of experiencing the under water world without having to commit to a PADI course like for example the PADI Open Water. If you want to check out what scuba diving is like than the try dive is the perfect option for you. You will me assisted by excellent qualified instructors who are trained to offer you the best experience and make you feel comfortable in the water allowing you to enjoy the experience. Once you complete a try dive you will be unable to remove the smile from your face for a while as you soak in the experience of the underwater world. This is not a scuba diving certification it is certainly a good way of seeing how you feel under water. During the scuba diving try dive experience you'll learn how to use scuba equipment in a warm pool and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. Of course it can take a little getting used to but with a little time and guidance you will be diving underwater enjoying the experience. You will soon see how easy scuba diving is and also gain experience of what scuba kit is and what it does which is perfect exposure prior to any PADI Open Water Course. Usually it is harder to get people out of the water than into the water as the experience takes hold of them and they don't want it to end. What You Learn You learn the basics you need to dive under the direct supervision of one of our PADI Professionals. One thing you'll learn is that you really can breathe underwater and whether you like doing that or not. You will! Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to glide around underwater while wearing it. Find out what it's like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there. Learn some basic skills and safety rules that will carry over to your full scuba certification course when you take the next step. The Scuba Gear You Use All the equipment you will need is included in a Discover Scuba Diving experience. You'll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask , snorkel and fins, a buoyancy compensating jacket that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. PADI REFRESHER DIVE/REVIEW - £75.00 If you are looking to go on holiday soon and have not dived for over a year then you will want to consider completing a scuba diving refresher course. This course will give you the confidence again prior to any planned holiday. If you haven’t dived for a while, or are a bit apprehensive about getting back in the water and want to freshen up your skills then a PADI Scuba Review is for you. Most dive centres around the world will insist that you complete a Scuba Review if you haven't dived for 12 months or longer. You’ll run through the important aspects of the theory and go through the important skills you learn't on your PADI Open Water course in the safety and comfort of a heated swimming pool. The course normally takes 3-4 hours. Please remember to bring along your PADI certification card and log book. POOL SESSION - £20.00 If you are looking to just spend time in the water and you are already qualified as PADI Open Water then you can join us for this session and spend time in the pool testing out kit and practicing. Lets be honest it is difficult to find the opportunity to have time in a pool testing out kit and getting used to equipment or dive computers. This way you will not have the pressure of group holiday diving and you can have around 1 hour 30 minutes to do what you want. If you want to undertake any of the above dives then RSVP and let me know which dive you want. All dives will need to be booked in by us and paid for so payment will be requested prior to the event itself once dive has been confirmed.

  • DIVE TRIP TO EGYPT - El Gouna - (7-10 days) Fri 14 Jun 19 to Fri 21 Jun 19

    THE DATES ARE FLEXIBLE AND THE PLAN IS FOR DIVERS TO ARRIVE AND DEPART ON DATES WHICH SUIT THEM IN THE DATE RANGE PERIOD AND FOR DIVING TO TAKE PLACE ACROSS THE DATES. THIS WILL ALLOW THE DIVERS TO ALL DIVE TOGETHER WITH ADDED FLEXIBILITY ON DATES AND ALSO ALLOW FOR A RELAXING TRIP OF PREFERRED OVER 10 DAYS. YOU COULD FOR EXAMPLE INCLUDE THE WEEKEND FOLLOWING THE FRIDAY IF YOU ARE INTERESTED YOU CAN EMAIL ME ON [masked] TO CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST. IF YOU HAVE DATES IN MIND LET ME KNOW PRIOR TO ANY BOOKING OF FLIGHTS SO WE CAN CHECK AVAILABILITY OF DIVING ETC... DIVING WILL BE TAKING PLACE ON THE FOLLOWING DATES WHICH ARE ALSO FLEXIBLE SO CHECK IF YOUR PROPOSED DATES ARE SLIGHTLY BEFORE OR AFTER PERIOD. DIVING DATES: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 & 22 June 2019 (dates Flexible) We are running a flexible June 2019 trip to El Gouna, Hurghada, Egypt for the dates Friday 14 June 2019 to Friday 21 June 2019 which has amazing diving. All the information you require for the trip is below to include accommodation and prices. The group has been to Egypt many times before it was fantastic. Egypt is a great option for early in the year due to weather and water temperature. The diving in El Gouna, Hurghada is excellent and one of the best dive locations in the world including many fantastic dive sites . You can dive with Dolphins. El Gouna El Gouna ("the Lagoon") is a tourist resort, developed and owned by Sawiris' Family, Samih Sawiris and Orascom Hotels and Development, dating from about 1990. It is located on the Red Sea in the Red Sea Governorate of Egypt, 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Hurghada. It is part of the Red Sea Riviera. El Gouna specializes in watersports, including scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, parasailing and snorkelling. There are two main beaches: Zeytuna Beach located on its own island and Mangroovy Beach. A network of canals allows many houses to have their own strip of beach, even hundreds of metres inland. Most of these canals are crossed by small stone bridges. There are three centralized areas in El Gouna, housing shops, bars and restaurants: Downtown, Tamr Henna square and the Abu Tig Marina. There are 18 hotels (some of which were designed by the American architect Michael Graves) with 2,895 rooms rated from one star to five stars. A six-star hotel is currently under development next to the Abu Tig Marina Extension. The town also houses a small museum with some 90 exhibits (including statue replicas and an exhibition hall of contemporary Egyptian paintings by Hussein Bikar) which opened in 1996. Other attractions and activities around town include a small aquarium, a go-kart track, a paintball arena, tennis courts, horse stables and a football stadium. The local football team El Gouna FC currently (as of 2010) plays in the Egyptian Premier League. It also has a Coptic Church, the Church of St. Mary and the Archangels. Accommodation The Accommodation Available will be based at El Gouna Marina. The accommodation is a 4 star resort which has recieved very good reviews and is based where the day boats depart for the diving. The dive centre is also based a short distance from the hotel and you also have the option of being collected by the dive club every morning if preferred at 07:45am. The below are pictures of the accommodation so people can see the quality of the same. The price of the accommodation for 7 nights is as follows: Based on two sharing - Sharing a Twin Double Room - £145.00 includes breakfast every morning Single Occupancy will be more expensive and could be in the region of £205.00. Diving (further info on available dive sites can be found below) The diving will be with the same dive club we used last year we went to Egypt because the feedback was very good. The diving costs will be as follows: 5 days diving which includes (2 dives, tanks, weights, fuel surcharge) Additional dives will be available each day but will be charged extra. Price of the diving will be in the region of £245.00 for 5 days diving. All divers will be booking 5 days diving so we can stay together as a group. If you were interested in doing the PADI Advanced or PADI Open Water Referral then this is an option but please check with me first. We already have 2 divers completing courses on this trip and they already have flights. Full equipment hire with computer is in the region of £20.00 per day but will not be required on days where you will be completing a PADI Course and equipment is included. Flights Currently the best flights are with Thomas Cook. The price at present is £400.00 therefore if you do want to join the trip it is best to decide quickly and let me know so we can give you the go ahead to book the flights to ensure you get on this flight. Flight details are as follows: TUI Airlines - Friday 14 June 2019 - Flight No - TOM812 Depart LGW London Gatwick 14:25 arrive HRG Hurghada 20:55 (duration 5 hours 30 mins) TUI Airlines Friday 21 June 2019 - Flight No - TOM813 Return HRG Hurghada 21:55 arrive LGW London Gatwick 02:45am (duration 5 hours 50 mins) If you have any questions please let me know. Please also check with my by email on [masked] if required. Do not book flights until given green light on rest of the package availability. This will be confirmed once you RSVP. Dive Sites in Area Abu Nuhas About 2 hours cruising time from El Gouna lies the reef of Abu Nuhas - "The father of bad luck", so called because of the number of ships that have hit this reef over the years. The reef is to the north of Shaidwan Island, close to the main shipping channel from Suez and usually partially submerged making it dangerous for shipping. Among the many ships that have hit the north side of the reef, 4 remain as diveable wrecks for recreational divers. Starting from the north they are: Kimon M - known as the "Lentil Wreck", the ship now lies against the reef with the bows pointing up the reef. The wreck starts at around 10 meters with a maximum depth of around 25 meters at the stern. Chrisoula K - the "Tile Wreck", referred to in some guides as the "Marcus", another tile carrying ship, which is now believed to lie further from the reef in 65 meters. The bow of the Chrisoula K is in 5 meters with the broken off stern in around 26 meters. This is a very easy wreck for the novice wreck diver due to the shallow area at the bow and the gently increasing depth down to the stern. The cargo of floor tiles can be seen clearly in the open holds. Carnatic - the "wine ship", which hit the reef and sank in 1869 on her way from Suez to India with a cargo of port wine and gold and silver bullion. The wreck is broken in 2 pieces and lies on its side on the reef with a depth range of 12 to 24 meters. The wreck is known for its huge bronze propeller and the beautiful corals that cover it after over 140 years on the sea bed. Ghiannis D - the "wooden ship," which was carrying a cargo of timber bound for Saudi Arabia. Stranded on the reef, the ship broke its back during a storm and sank in two pieces. The stern section has twin masts that reach up to 5 meters from the surface with the stern at 24 meters. The engine room can be visited by suitably qualified divers. In addition to the wrecks it is also possible to dive on the other side of the reef at a site known as Paradise, which has a plateau with a huge coral garden and a drop off into deeper water. Siyul Kebira (Big Siyul) This is a small low lying island around one and a half hours north of El Gouna. The island has a reef completely surrounding it and has two main dive sites: Siyul Kebira - a beautiful dive at the north east corner of the island where there is a chance to find leopard sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom. Turtles, giant puffer fish, lion fish and moray eels can often be seen here. The highlight of the dive is a small pinnacle at the turning point of the dive, which has lovely soft corals and is home to thousands of glass fish and small moray eels. The return to the boat is like swimming in an aquarium due to the abundance of marine life. When there is a strong north current this dive can be done as a drift, passing the pinnacle en route to the moored dive boat. El Gilwa - on the south side of the island is El Gilwa, so called because the reef here is not contiguous and has sandy patches between large coral blocks. There are 3 separate mooring points here allowing 4 different dives depending on the direction of the current, or a drift along the whole area. The reef blocks are very beautiful with a wide variety of hard and soft corals and a huge variety of marine life. The central mooring allows access to a beautiful pinnacle covered in wonderful corals and vast numbers of glass fish. The observant diver has the chance to find the elusive sea-moths in the sandy areas around this pinnacle. Siyul Soraya (Small Siyul) Although, as its name suggests, this is the smaller of the two Siyul islands, it has a much larger reef surrounding it. A dive can be made on the south side of the reef, either a drift or from the moored dive boat. Alternatively the dive boat enters the lagoon through a narrow channel in the reef and the divers make their way back through the channel and dive on the outside of the reef. Shabroah Siyul (Blind Reef) The name means that this is a reef in the middle of the sea, but close to the island of Siyul. It is also known as Blind Reef because at high tide it is submerged and can be difficult to find. The sea around the reef reaches depths in excess of 50 meters, the reef gently sloping down to around 20 meters before dropping more steeply into the blue. There is the chance to see larger fish such as tuna and barracuda passing in the blue here. Small pinnacles along the drop off abound with smaller fish and there is a good chance to see lion fish and moray eels and maybe a crocodile fish hiding in he sand. Ghayna This dive site to the north east of El Gouna features a shallow plateau with many pinnacles, coral formations and a large coral garden. Only visited in calm weather, it is sometimes possible to see reef sharks here because of the infrequent boat traffic. Shaab El Erg Literally this means the corals and the pinnacles. This is horseshoe shaped reef over 5 km long directly east from El Gouna. The lagoon behind the reef is home to a large number of Bottlenose Dolphins and although they roam throughout this area of the Red Sea, this reef system is the best chance for divers and snorkelers to see them in the wild. There are seven or more dives possible here the most common being: Dolphin House - situated at the northern end of the reef the dive site consists of the main reef the large coral block, or gotta, next to it and the channel between them. Two dives are made here every Thursday on different parts of the site. The channel is used by dolphins travelling in and out of the lagoon and a memorable underwater encounter is the highlight of a dive here. In addition this dive site is home to turtles, moray eels, napoleon wrasse, crocodile fish, rays, large shoals of goat fish, cornet fish, scorpion fish and many colorful corals can be seen on the reef, gotta and the small pinnacles found here. Poseidon Garden - this dive is on a large coral block in the lagoon behind the main reef. There is a very large coral garden next to the reef consisting of huge table corals and brain corals. Between and on the corals, clams of many sizes and colors can be seen, plus large numbers of masked puffer fish. Large shoals of banner fish and butterfly fish can always be seen here. This dive is also often done as a drift so that more of the coral formations can be visited. Manta Point - this dive site is on the outside of the reef close to the lighthouse at the centre of the reef. Turtles, moray eels and most types of Red Sea fish can be seen here, possibly even a reef shark, as well as the possibility of Mantas in season. Abu Nugar Abu Nugar means the father of the holes, or the pools and refers to the holes in the main reef here. There are also some larger blocks of coral, or gottas, in this shallow water area. There are many possible dives in this area, the most common being: Erg Abu Nugar - this dive site consists of a series of pinnacles with a gotta at one end and a very large pinnacle at the other. The dive boat can be moored at either end of the site. This is a shallow dive site, max depth 14 meters, but there is a great variety of marine life to see. The pinnacles are covered in beautiful corals and smaller reef fish, with cornet fish, tuna, jackfish and occasionally barracuda hunting them. In the coral garden around the pinnacles there is a chance to see rays, puffer fish and maybe a turtle. Dolphins are often visitors to this dive site. Gotta Abu Nugar North - this dive site is known for the ledge running out to sea, which divers cross in about 6 meters on their way to and from the large coral garden. The ledge is covered in very colorful hard corals and clams in varying sizes and colors. The coral garden is more like a coral landscape than the traditional coral garden and there is a chance to spot an eagle ray, barracuda or even dolphins out along the ridges. Abu Galawa Abu Galawa means the sweet father and is named by the fisherman as the reef provides a safe haven in rough seas. The reef system lies to the south of El Gouna towards Hurghada and has several well visited dive sites: Marsa Abu Galawa - marsa means the port and describes the mooring area, which is a sheltered lagoon between the main reef and a large gotta. The dive site features a shallow sandy plateau, a drop-off going down to 40+ meters and a shallow reef wall. The site also has 2 eel gardens. Because of the reef topography, after leaving the lagoon divers find that they have the current with them on both outward and return legs. Sacqua Abu Galawa - Sacqua means the fisherman's box and describes the small lagoon cut into the reef where the boats moor. This dive can be done as an out-and-back from the moored boat, or a drift dive down the reef ending at the moored boat. Another small lagoon, with large flat pinnacle, further up the reef is visited on both types of dive and is a haven for all types of Red Sea life including possibly a turtle. Shaabaha - "the female ghost", so called because it is large reef plate lying about 5 meters below the surface and seems to appear out of nowhere to an unsuspecting boat skipper. The maximum depth here is around 13 meters making one circuit around the reef. The reef is covered in hard and soft corals and all kinds of reef fish, moray eels, rays, scorpion fish, crocodile fish, turtles and possibly dolphins can be seen here. Anchor - Named for the large anchor resting near the pinnacle where the dive boat is moored. Moving away from this pinnacle, divers cross a coral garden to a series of pinnacles with great corals and large number of reef fish etc. El Fanadir Literally the islands, named for the small rocky islands at the north end of this long reef situated just outside Hurghada. This is a long reef that can be dived at either the North or South ends. The topography of both dives is similar with a sandy plateau next to the reef leading to a drop off to over 40 meters. The dive sites harbor most of the marine life seen in this area, especially lion fish and moray eels and the chance to spot jack fish and tuna passing in the blue. Umm Gamar The Mother of the Moon, so called because this small island to the south east of El Gouna is crescent shaped when viewed from above. The sea bed in this can be 100 meters down and most of the dive takes place on a sloping drop off. Umm Gammar is famous for the chance to spot free-swimming moray eels in daytime. There is also the chance to see large tuna, great barracuda and possibly an eagle ray out in the blue. Shabroah Umm Gamar This is a piece of reef in the open sea close to Umm Gammar. The topography of the dive site is similar to Umm Gammar, but has the added attraction of a wrecked patrol boat starting at 24 meters. The two engines are easily seen and other small pieces of wreckage are scattered over the reef. Careless Reef This is the furthest dive site to the south of El Gouna, in the open sea and unprotected in bad weather. There are 2 large pinnacles standing on a plateau starting at 10 meters and drop offs on all sides. There is the chance to see all types of marine life on the pinnacles or the smaller pinnacles on the plateau and the possibility of spotting a reef shark on quiet days. Special Trips from El Gouna Rosalie Moller Built in Glasgow in 1910, this 108.2m long vessel started life carrying cargo around Europe, before being re-registered in China in 1931. In 1938 the Rosalie Moller was requisitioned by the Royal Navy, transporting 'Best Welsh Coal' to a variety of UK Naval Ports. After joining the War effort - and a full overhaul - in July 1941 'The Rosie' set sail for Alexandria laden with 4680 tons of coal. A collision in the Suez Canal meant that she was unable to pass through, and was directed to 'Safe Anchorage H' until the way was cleared. On 5th October 1941, German Intelligence had reports of the Queen Mary being sighted in this area, and dispatched 2 Heinkel HE111's on a search and destroy mission. The Queen Mary was never found, but the merchant ship 'SS Thistlegorm' was, and was bombed and sunk on October 6th. The explosion from the Thistlegorm was so massive, that it lit up the night sky, exposing 'Rosie' in Anchorage H. 48hrs later on 7th October, the same fate was delivered to Rosalie Moller. Today the Rosalie Moller sits upright on the seabed with the main deck at 30-32 meters. Apart from a hole in the port side near the stern, where the bomb exploded, the only other major damage is the collapsed funnel and the stern mast, which was broken off more recently due to dive boats tying onto it. The wreck is home to large groupers and lion fish and a huge number of glass fish. Large tuna and jack fish patrol the wreck in search of smaller fish. Transfer time: just over 2 hours by boat, depending on weather. Depth: Between 16 - 50m Minimum qualification: Experienced diver certified to dive to 40m. Supplement: 35 Euro Salem Express The 'Salem Express' is a wreck with a tragic history. Built in 1966, not much is known of the history of the ship, other than disaster struck her close to midnight, on 15th December 1991. The Salem was packed with passengers returning from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, bound for the port of Safaga, when on that fateful night she struck one of the banks of coral that just break the surface south of Hyndman Reef (near Sha'b Shear), off Safaga in the Egyptian Red Sea. It was a stormy night and rescue teams failed to help. The collision gouged out a hole in the forward part of the hull, causing the stern door to burst open. The ferry very quickly began to take on water and in only a matter of minutes she had sunk. There are claims that the number of passengers actually aboard the Salem when she sank was much, much higher than the official count of 690, with only 180 survivors. There may have been as many as 1600 people who perished in the tragedy, but many different counts have been provided. However many unfortunates perished, it should be noted that this is a grave as well as a wreck and must be treated with the utmost respect. Depth: 30m Minimum qualification: PADI AOW or equivalent. Supplement: 50 Euro Special Trip Marsa Abu Dabab This fantastic shore dive is perfect for divers and non-divers alike. Because this site is not especially deep - 2m-15m - non diving partners will love the opportunity to just sunbathe or have a refreshing dip in the bay of Marsa Abu Dabab and is the perfect opportunity to snorkel in the shallow waters. But don't feel left out as a diver, as you are pretty much guaranteed to see HUGE green turtles grazing in the Poseidon Grass meadows, and the possibility of an encounter with Denis, the resident dugong. Also very commonly spotted are Guitar Sharks and even Eagle and Manta rays have been sighted on a 'fly by'! Photographers and Macro marine life lovers will also delight in this dive, as the Poseidon grass is a great place to spot Seahorse, Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Red Sea Walkman and more! Bring a camera! After an early pick up you will travel by air-conditioned coach down to Marsa Abu Dabab, around 3 hours transfer time. 2 dives are included, with lunch available between dives at a 5 Euro supplement. Arrive back at around 6pm. Depth: 16m Minimum qualification: PADI Open Water or equivalent. Supplement: 45 Euro

  • London Scuba Diving Group - Monthly Mingle Session

    Come and join us for our monthly social. It is important to note that the group will be based downstairs closer to the bar with an improved setup to assist so it is easier to mingle. You will be able to spot us as you walk into the pub. As a result of the group having increased in size and the large number of divers attending the social evenings we have changed venue so we have more space and so that we can have an outside area during the warmer summer months. Come and join us!!! As the pub is a Nicholson's pub they have a great variety of ales and all drinks. They have the fantastic ale library which has over 20+ ales and a whisky showcase. They also have a great variety of good quality wines and food as well. POSTCODE FOR GOOGLEMAPS = SE1 2HD This venue has outside and inside facilities which is fantastic for the summer months. The drinks are well priced and a good location overall. The range of available drinks is for better than previous locations and one of the reasons for the choice. This is a monthly meetup to enable all members to have an input on future meetups and enable everyone to meet new members and encourage introductions. We now have at least 20 divers at every monthly social. Why not come down and join us for a drink and meet the group. It will also be a chance to provide an outline of future trips and diving destinations and provide further information on existing scheduled diving trips if anyone has any questions. This meet up might be an opportunity to meet members who have booked on the same trip as you in advance of your departure. We look forward to seeing you all. DIRECTIONS & MAP DIRECTIONS The easiest way to get to the bar is from London Bridge Station. You will need to exit onto Tooley Street (Exit 3) from London Bridge Underground Station. You will then need to take a right and walk down Tooley Street for a few metres. Then take a left into Hays Galleria which is a shopping area. You will then find the Hornimans Pub overlooking the river. The group will have an area reserved inside the pub. You can see the Horniman Pub marked on the map above for easy location.

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  • Beginners Scuba Diving Intro Event - Saturday 25 May 2019

    London School of Diving

    This event is for a group of beginners to complete a try dive and join other beginners in experiencing scuba diving for the first time. No previous diving experience is required as the aim of this event is to give the confidence to undertake your first try dive with other beginners. If you are interested in this event then RSVP. Come on first time divers now is the time to check out a try dive in an escorted controlled environment at a fantastic local London dive centre. We are looking at a group of 12 divers which will include non try divers looking to fit in some pool time with equipment. We also welcome non try divers who want to dive at the same time with just the requirement for kit hire. The try dive will be £50.00 each and the kit hire on its own for non try divers will be £20.00. Places are still available so please RSVP if you want to come along. If people want to go for a drink afterwards then this can be arranged at a local pub.

  • Long Weekend Dive Trip - Tenerife 23 May 2019 to 28 May 2019

    We are planning a long weekend dive trip to Tenerife. Members will have the option of either flying out Thursday or the Friday and returning on the Monday or Tuesday. The dates will be Thursday 23 May 2019 to Tuesday 28 May 2019. These dates will allow you to take benefit of the bank holiday Monday. You will be able to fit in 3 or 4 days of diving. This will mean that you could fit in around 6 to 9 dives. The diving will be in the region of £180.00 for 6 dive pack and based at a PADI 5 star resort. Full equipment hire will be 25 euros per day. The accommodation will be in a resort close to the dive centre and will be in the region of £150.00 based on two people sharing. This may vary slightly depending on group numbers. Flights are in the region of £230.00. Please ensure you do not book any flight until it is all confirmed. When we are ready to book flights we will confirm which flights to book. If you are interested in a long weekend dive trip and interested in Tenerife then this is the event for you. RSVP and watch this space for further details. Average Temperature Month: May - High 25°c Low 16°c Dive Sites (Just a few of the wide range available) Condesito Shipwreck. (6m - 18m) The Condesito shipwreck lies 3km from Las Galletas harbour, a sedate 10 minute rib ride along a beautiful shoreline. The Condesito sits in a neat little under water gully. The hull, cabin and engine room are still intact and teeming with fish including 1m Trumpet FishPez trumpeta through to tiny playful Boxfish ‘Galinetta’, which dance between the soft corals and dead man's fingers. Several Moray Eels inhabit the hull but if you follow a Trumpet fish away from the wreck, it will lead you to sites of golden sand, rich underwater flora and colourful animals including Indigo Damsel Fish, Fuller Negro, Octopus, and beautiful slate blue Sting Rays. The Rays Los Chuchos (17m - 21m) The Rays is one of our most impressive dive sites and nobody has ever come away from this disappointed. Here you encounter crisp blue water descending to a rich golden sandy floor teeming with 5 different species of Ray, and a small wreck at the centre of the site. It is not uncommon to find more than 20 rays at one time swimming around divers looking to be hand fed. Also seen at this site are groups of bright silver Jacks and occasionally a 2m long North Atlantic Snapper. A new visitor to the site is a turtle. While everyone loves this site, it is an absolute must for photographers and videographers. Palm-Mar Cave Cuevo Del Palm Mar Anchored above the cave in 16-18 m, we drop down a wall past 20 or more resident Moray eels. These include the large Painted Moray Morena pintada and Yellow Leopard Spotted Moray As we leave the cave, we can either go deeper past two large rock formations to a third at 38 metres from where we ascend slowly enjoying the ever present Morays Morena, Damsel Fish Fula Negra and Arrow (spider) Crabs Cangrejo obispo. We can often see large Yellow Nudibranchs, very dark in colour with a striking yellow flash on its body - a great macro subject if you haven´t already run out of film. Steps Los Escolones (5m - 45m) From the shot line in 10m we drop off a wall past a large shoal of ever-present Mackerel ‘Caballa’ to a sandy bottom at 18m. Here, we are immediately surrounded by hundreds of Grunt ‘Roncador’ forming a fantastic early photographic opportunity. Onward through a large 2m high tunnel for about 10m we encounter Trumpet Fish Pez trumpeta up to 1.3 m long hovering motionless in the water before swimming gently down a valley to 30m. Here we turn N.W. and parallel to the shore in search of pairs of Triggerfish Galo and a shoal of Zebra Bream Sargo gently grazing on the low reefs. Turning shoreward, we ascend slowly with the seabed past impressive volcanic reefs to the base of the wall, again at 18m. We then climb the basalt formation to a platform 20m or so further shoreward to yet another platform at 3-6 metres. Coral Arch Los Arcos (18m-27m) A series of stunning coral arches with 2 memorials; one to Jaques Cousteau and the other to a local diver, we anchor in 20m and enjoy breathtaking volcanic formations. We usually see Amberjack, rays, moray eels and even the occasional Angelshark. A great dive for everyone, but most especially for photographers.

  • Try Dives - PADI Discover Scuba/PADI Refreshers and Pool Session

    If you want to take part in any of the following and are available on Tuesday evening from 7.00pm onwards then please RSVP this meetup and confirm which option you want to undertake. If you can not make this session but would like to check for future sessions please email me on [masked]. We can book Tues, Weds & Thurs in advance. 1) Try Dive - Simply try dive to experience being underwater. Scuba diving taster - Less than £50.00 2) PADI Discover Scuba - More detailed introduction to Scuba Diving - Official PADI intro - £50.00 3) PADI Refresher - Scuba diving skills refresher in preparation for dive season or planned holiday - £75.00 4) Pool Session - To try out kit and spend some time in the pool - £20.00 LOCATION Address is Marshall Street Leisure Centre 15 Marshall St, London W1F 7EL The fantastic leisure centre at Marshall Street in Soho, London. This facilities is perfect for our group as it is very central and the facility has just been refurbished. Soho is amongst the most vibrant, exciting and cosmopolitan areas of London that houses world class shops, leading businesses and now the UK's premier PADI scuba diving and travel centre. These facilities are perfect for any introduction to diving. The pool depths range from 1 metre to 3 metres which is sufficient for all diving training requirements. Our central London dive courses take place just behind London's iconic Carnaby Street in the state-of-the-art £38m Marshall Street leisure centre, containing arguably the finest pool in central London. This 30m long pool gives students tonnes of room to swim around in, practice their skills and fine tune their buoyancy. The pool is constantly heated to 27 degrees celsius and has a maximum depth of 3m (10ft). This centre also has a conference room for any study aspects of the dives and for registration prior to getting the kit. PADI DISCOVER SCUBA - £50.00 A try dive is also available which is a taster dive so you can briefly experience being underwater with the equipment. This will be cheaper than the official PADI Discover Scuba. Have ever wondered what it's like to breathe underwater? This is an ideal way of experiencing the under water world without having to commit to a PADI course like for example the PADI Open Water. If you want to check out what scuba diving is like than the try dive is the perfect option for you. You will me assisted by excellent qualified instructors who are trained to offer you the best experience and make you feel comfortable in the water allowing you to enjoy the experience. Once you complete a try dive you will be unable to remove the smile from your face for a while as you soak in the experience of the underwater world. This is not a scuba diving certification it is certainly a good way of seeing how you feel under water. During the scuba diving try dive experience you'll learn how to use scuba equipment in a warm pool and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. Of course it can take a little getting used to but with a little time and guidance you will be diving underwater enjoying the experience. You will soon see how easy scuba diving is and also gain experience of what scuba kit is and what it does which is perfect exposure prior to any PADI Open Water Course. Usually it is harder to get people out of the water than into the water as the experience takes hold of them and they don't want it to end. What You Learn You learn the basics you need to dive under the direct supervision of one of our PADI Professionals. One thing you'll learn is that you really can breathe underwater and whether you like doing that or not. You will! Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to glide around underwater while wearing it. Find out what it's like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there. Learn some basic skills and safety rules that will carry over to your full scuba certification course when you take the next step. The Scuba Gear You Use All the equipment you will need is included in a Discover Scuba Diving experience. You'll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask , snorkel and fins, a buoyancy compensating jacket that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. PADI REFRESHER DIVE/REVIEW - £75.00 If you are looking to go on holiday soon and have not dived for over a year then you will want to consider completing a scuba diving refresher course. This course will give you the confidence again prior to any planned holiday. If you haven’t dived for a while, or are a bit apprehensive about getting back in the water and want to freshen up your skills then a PADI Scuba Review is for you. Most dive centres around the world will insist that you complete a Scuba Review if you haven't dived for 12 months or longer. You’ll run through the important aspects of the theory and go through the important skills you learn't on your PADI Open Water course in the safety and comfort of a heated swimming pool. The course normally takes 3-4 hours. Please remember to bring along your PADI certification card and log book. POOL SESSION - £20.00 If you are looking to just spend time in the water and you are already qualified as PADI Open Water then you can join us for this session and spend time in the pool testing out kit and practicing. Lets be honest it is difficult to find the opportunity to have time in a pool testing out kit and getting used to equipment or dive computers. This way you will not have the pressure of group holiday diving and you can have around 1 hour 30 minutes to do what you want. If you want to undertake any of the above dives then RSVP and let me know which dive you want. All dives will need to be booked in by us and paid for so payment will be requested prior to the event itself once dive has been confirmed.