Whether you learnt to dive close to your home or somewhere warm and exotic on holiday, you may now decide you want to actually go and dive for fun. For so many people, learning to dive can be a lifetime achievement, it would be a huge shame if they never continued. The people you learnt with, may have nothing more to do with diving apart from teaching. read more →
As seen on TV
Sometime during June 2013, I received a call from someone, claiming to be from a company who make The Hotel Inspector program. I was pleasant as always, just in case. A week or so later, I received another call. They explained who they were, TwoFour Broadcast, they produced the program ‘The Hotel Inspector’. It sounded convincing, so I went along. Apparently a hotel in Falmouth was taking part, they had a disused pool that they wanted us to look at, in view of it being used for diver training. Another couple of weeks passed, another call. They had now decided to renovate the pool, we would be invited to stay the night, then try the pool the following day. All went quiet for a couple of weeks, then I received another call, the time and date had been set. We were then told the hotel’s name, the Eden Lodge. I had mentioned the need for somewhere to change, they had organised a shed for changing in.
For most of the year, our boat Stingray, mainly takes divers out to various dive sites around Falmouth Bay. Sometimes it takes groups of people out for a wildlife watching trip, as a WiSe wildlife safe operator, we are recommended for this sort of activity. Once in a while we do survey work, towing a magnetometer or a side scan sonar tow-fish. Our latest charter was as a safety boat for a German film crew. FFP New Media GmbH were filming their latest adaptation of one of Rosamunde Pilcher’s novels, “Evita’s Revenge” or “Evitas Rache”in German. The films appear on ZDF, a TV channel in Germany. These films of Picher’s novels are extremely popular in Germany. Rosamunde Pilcher was brought up in Cornwall, where most of her novels are based. She received a tourism award for her film’s adaptations, bringing tens of thousands of German nationals to Cornwall, to view the locations used in the films. This film involved the use of a Riva Aquamarine boat, brought down from Fowey to Falmouth for a few days of filming. We were there for safety, to save the actors, should they fall out of the boat.
WiSe Master Class March 8th 2014
A couple of years ago I completed a WiSe, Wildlife Safe, course with Colin Speedie of wisescheme.org. It was a very informative day. As well as relaying the relevant safety information, we learnt some basics about animal behaviour. We were now offered the chance of taking part in the WiSe Master course. Experts from several fields had been invited, it seemed too good to miss.
During a dive on September 5th near the Old Wall reef, I picked up a piece of mono-filament netting. It was a clear example of ‘Ghost Fishing’. Next to the net were the remains of at least one spider crab, trapped in the net was another spider crab. The first crab probably got caught in the netting and eventually died, the next crab came to eat it. The next crab got caught and would have died if we hadn’t cut it free it. This may have been happening for years already, crabs and fish dying needlessly. The net had rolled around and become a ball of net, it may have travelled a long distance over it’s time in water, killing indiscriminately on it’s path. The net was recovered and it’s killing spree is over.
In Falmouth we have a couple of tidal estuaries, the biggest is the Carrick Roads. It is the end of the Fal River and is roughly one mile wide and three miles long, it has lots of tributaries such as the Percuil River by St Mawes. The Helford River is the other tidal estuary and is just around the corner but is nowhere near as big.
Nautical Archaeological Societies Underwater Archaeology Photography Course
Over the last couple of years I had completed both the Nautical Archaeological Societies Intro and Part I courses. The next level, the Part 2, is a self run project using the skills learned during the Intro and Part 1 courses. The Nautical Archaeological Societies Underwater Archaeology Photography Course is a Part 3 course, to complete Part 3 you need to undertake several courses to build your points. These can be completed at any time after the Intro course. After seeing the Underwater Archaeology Photography Course would be running, I decided it would be a useful course and would also start my Part 3 points collection.
Over the last few days, 18-21 September 2012, there has been a lot of media coverage over a camera I found while diving. There were some slight inaccuracies within the stories, so I thought I’d tell the story from my view.
During a previous dive in the Helford River I had found a small upturned boat about 4.5m long, the current was too strong that day to study it. Myself and my buddy, Ben Palmer, went for a dive to try and find the boat at slack water around the end of July 2012. Whilst swimming around I came across a black case, my immediate thought was it would make a nice spare mask case. On opening the case I realised it was a camera case with a camera inside it, I placed it into my drysuit pocket.
Watching breakfast TV one morning, Martin Lewis the money saving expert, mentioned the Heritage Open Days. I checked on-line to find that the National Maritime Museum were offering a ‘behind the scenes’ look at things in the stores. A quick email and we were booked in, we even had a free car park pass.
The tour started in the boat store, a collection of close to a hundred boats on rack in various conditions. Father’s Day was a tiny ‘boat’ that, at the time, had the record for the smallest boat to cross the Atlantic in 1993.
The Military Remains Act effects divers who may find themselves on a wreck which is designated by the act, whether they know it or not. This reproduction of the Act is for information to all divers for their own protection. A diver has just been fined for removing a porthole from a wreck that had been designated – Diver fined. Wrecks are being watched.
Protection of Military Remains Act 19861986 CHAPTER 35An Act to secure the protection from unauthorised interference of the remains of military aircraft and vessels that have crashed, sunk or been stranded and of associated human remains; and for connected purposes.- [8th July 1986]
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-