Moonshadow is the newest edition to our fleet.
Atlantic Scuba owns and operates it’s own 10m hard boat, Moonshadow. Moonshadow is available for full charter for one dive, two dives or for full day bookings. ‘Moonshadow’ is a Category 3 MCA coded vessel, licensed to carry fourteen people, including two crew. It is fitted with a reliable Yanmar 240HP engine, it is both spacious and comfortable.read more →
Since the sinking of the HMS Scylla artificial reef near Plymouth, it has attracted many divers. The ten year estimated income generated, was £63m for Plymouth. It almost killed off the Cornish diving industry. Since then, many Cornish diving related businesses have closed or failed. Falmouth does still support three recreational diving businesses, partly due to the university, partly to do with it’s location in relation to the sea and the Lizard Peninsula.
I have an idea for an artificial reef, to be built near Falmouth. I chose Falmouth, as it is the only area that could support the potential arrival of more divers, for both diving and non diving wise. It would be pointless putting it in Penzance, the closest place to get air for the divers, is our shop, Atlantic Scuba, in Mabe. Falmouth has the infrastructure, as well as existing diving businesses, to take on any initial increase in business.
The reef itself will not be a ship to sink, the idea is quite different from that. The idea is to construct something that resembles a ship, constructed under water from 2m or 3m cubed hollow concrete blocks. Laid in a set number of blocks, referred to as a ‘set’, whether that is 2, 3, 4, 8 or whatever can be laid in a single event. This will be on a regular basis, possibly monthly, in a continuing process until the design is completed. Each concrete block ‘set’ will be made up from different aggregates, cements, colours and recycled materials. Different materials for each block ‘set’ could include:
- Standard aggregates like Granite and limestone.
- Added materials like crushed glass (of different colours) or rubber beads.
- Sand from different parts of the country.
- Cement would be restricted to a sulphate resisting cement, due to the harsh environment.
Each block ‘set’ would then potentially attract different marine life. Some block ‘sets’ could have pipes, recesses etc. as habitats.
Cornwall College or Falmouth Uni, could design and experiment with the aggregates. Cornwall College have said they could actually make the blocks. Once made, someone like Fugro Seacore or Fal Divers could maybe place the blocks in situ. Keeping the costs to a minimum, wherever possible.
My idea is NOT to construct it in one go. It would be to construct it over several years, even decades. Always evolving, always generating interest. The base blocks could be solid, to help anchor the site, the rest would be hollow. The use of hollow blocks would allow cameras to be installed, away from souvenir collectors. The images could be relayed to land and available on-line, to be connected to any screen, anywhere in the world. Potentially, live underwater images in every premises in Falmouth, or anywhere. The blocks could be filled with various items to attract life, with letterbox viewers to see inside.
The block shape would need to be carefully designed, possibly tongue and grooved, with a pressure setting adhesive to keep them locked together.
The finished article would be ship shaped, somewhere between sixty and a hundred metres long, twenty metres wide and the top of the bridge, would be at around fifteen metres in depth. There would be a bridge and a large cargo hold. The bridge area could be populated with figures, similar to those at Museo Atlantico in Lanzarote. The cargo hold could be filled with cargo, sponsored by the manufacturer of it’s concrete replica. To help fund the project, potential sponsors could have their company name recessed, into the face on the block.
Maximum depth would be thirty metres at high water, so something for almost every level of scuba diver.
The suggested area is on a sandy sea bed, just north east of the Bizzies. The Bizzies is a large reef system, with two pinnacles in 5m of water. The suggested location is north east of this, where the rocky reef changes to sand. Offering some protection for the site, from any wave action, although at 15m, the wave effect underwater is minimal. The area is also away from shipping routes and being close to the reef, not in an area that will affect commercial fishermen.
The potential for studying wildlife would be endless, the life of the structure would be the potential length of the wildlife study.
So that’s the idea.
Atlantic Scuba Dive Centre is based at Mabe, near Falmouth in Cornwall. At our premises we have a well stocked retail shop and service centre, air filling station and a large range of school/rental dive gear. We operate our own dive charter boat, ‘Stingray’, which is moored at Mylor in the Fal Estuary, which gives easy access to the local area.
‘Stingray’, is an MCA Category 4 coded 6.3m twin engined catamaran RHIB. It is available for charter to a wide range of dive sites in the area. It is also suitable for pleasure trips and wildlife watching trips for up to 11 passengers. Stingray is fully insured and carries all the required safety equipment to go up to 20 miles from a safe haven. Specialising in scuba diving around Falmouth Bay, Gerrans Bay, Veryan Bay and the Manacles, basically from Dodman point to the Lizard point. Falmouth Bay is an ideal location as it is protected from the predominant south westerly winds. With years of Scuba Diving experience in Cornwall, from Padstow to Plymouth, we can take you to some of the best scuba diving in Cornwall and the U.K. During calm weather the visibility around Cornwall can exceed 25m, with sea temperatures reaching over 16 degrees centigrade.
Atlantic Scuba’s dive school teaches a range of Scuba Diving courses from Scuba Diving International (SDI), as well as some Technical Diving International (TDI) courses. We also teach a range of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) courses.
We can also offer escorted shore dives for qualified divers around the coast of Cornwall, not just in the Falmouth area. If you have never dived before, we can offer the Scuba Discovery Course (Try Dive), to see if you like it.
If you want to learn to dive from scratch, have a look at our FAQ – Where to Start?
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Some of the current available courses are :-
- SDI Skin Diver
- SDI Scuba Discovery Program
- SDI Future Buddies Program
- SDI Shallow Water Scuba Diver (Mini-B)
- SDI Open Water Scuba Diver
- SDI Inactive Scuba Diver
- SDI Advanced Adventure Diver
- SDI Speciality Courses
- SDI Rescue Diver
- SDI Master Scuba Diver
- SDI Divemaster
- SDI Assistant Instructor
- TDI Nitrox
- TDI Intro To Tech
- TDI Advanced Nitrox
- TDI Decompression Procedures
- TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures
- PADI Bubblemaker
- PADI Scuba Diver
- PADI Scuba Review
- PADI Junior Open Water
- PADI Discover Local Diving
- PADI Adventure Diver
- PADI Speciality Courses
- PADI Emergency First Response
Fancy a deeper dive? Or maybe a more technical diving course? Ask what we can do to help.
So, come and enjoy the sun and sea around Cornwall with Atlantic Scuba, Diving in Cornwall at its best.
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Atlantic Scuba, 1 Trenoweth Business Park, Mabe Burnthouse, Penryn,
Cornwall, TR10 9JH.
Atlantic Scuba Diving School, teaching scuba diving lessons 52 weeks a year.
All Available Courses:
SDI Skin Diver, SDI Scuba Discovery Program, SDI Future Buddies Program, SDI Shallow Water Scuba Diver (Mini-B), SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Open Water eLearning, SDI Inactive Scuba Diver, SDI Advanced Adventure Diver, SDI Advanced Adventure Diver eLearning, SDI Advanced Buoyancy, SDI Boat Diver, SDI Computer Diver, SDI Computer Nitrox Diver, SDI Computer Nitrox Diver eLearning, SDI CPROX, SDI Deep Diver, SDI Deep Diver eLearning, SDI Diver Propulsion Vehicle, SDI Drift Diver, SDI Full Face Mask, SDI Dry Suit Diver, SDI Equipment Specialist, SDI Marine Ecosystems Awareness, SDI Night-Limited Visibility Diver, SDI Research Diver, SDI Search & Recovery Diver, SDI Shore/Beach Diver, SDI Solo Diver, SDI Solo Diver eLearning, SDI Underwater Hunter & Collector, SDI Underwater Photography, SDI Underwater Video, SDI Underwater Navigation, SDI Underwater Navigation eLearning, SDI Rescue Diver, SDI Rescue Diver eLearning, SDI Master Scuba Diver, SDI Divemaster, SDI Divemaster eLearning, SDI Assistant Instructor, SDI Assistant Instructor eLearning, TDI Nitrox,TDI Intro To Tech, TDI Advanced Nitrox, TDI Decompression Procedures, TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures
PSAI Open Water Sport Diver, PSAI Basic Underwater Navigation, PSAI Advanced Underwater Navigation, PSAI Boat Diver, PSAI ABC Program, PSAI Dry Suit Diving, PSAI Deep Sport Dive, PSAI Limited Visibility Diving, PSAI Night Diving, PSAI Nitrox Diver, PSAI Open Water Sidemount Diver, PSAI RAPID Program™, PSAI Sport Wreck Diving, PSAI Twin Set Diving, PSAI Advanced Open Water Diver, PSAI Master Diver, PSAI Divemaster & Assistant Instructor, PSAI Nitrox Gas Blending Technician, PSAI Advanced Gas Blending Technician, PSAI Oxygen Service Technician, PSAI Visual Inspection Technician, PSAI Advanced Nitrox Diver
PADI Bubblemaker/Discover Scuba Diving, PADI Open Water Diver / Junior Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver/Adventure Diver, PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, PADI Boat Diver, PADI Enriched Air Nitrox , PADI Wreck Diver, PADI Drift Diver, PADI Digital Underwater Photography , PADI Night Diver , PADI Deep Diver, PADI Drysuit Diver , PADI O2 Provider, PADI Search & Recovery, PADI Underwater Navigator
One day trial video course with Jeff Goodman, Two day Underwater Video filming and editing courses with Jeff Goodman, Five day Underwater Video filming and editing courses with Jeff Goodman, Five day Underwater Video filming courses with Jeff Goodman, GoPro Video Course with Jeff Goodman, Wreck Hunter.
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Some of the life we meet underwater around Cornwall.
Atlantic Scuba dive school, for all your recreational scuba diving needs in Cornwall, UK.
Atlantic Scuba Dive Centre is based at Mabe, near Falmouth in Cornwall. At our premises we have a well stocked retail shop and service centre, air/nitrox/oxygen/trimix filling station and a large range of school/rental dive gear. There is also ample parking. We operate our own dive charter boats, ‘Stingray’ is an MCA coded dive RHIB, ‘Moonshadow’ is an MCA coded Lochin 33 hard boat. Both are moored at Mylor, in the Fal Estuary, which gives easy access to the local area.
A range of SDI courses available at Atlantic Scuba
A range of TDI courses available at Atlantic Scuba
Courses only available at Atlantic Scuba
PADI courses available at Atlantic Scuba
One of the amazing creatures we see underwater around Cornwall.
‘Stingray’ and ‘Moonshadow’ are available for charter to a wide range of dive sites in the area. We also run weekly scheduled dives, which can be booked through our Facebook group, Falmouth RHIB and Hard Boat Diving. They are also suitable for pleasure trips and wildlife watching trips for up to 11 and 12 passengers respectively. Both boats are fully insured and carry all the required safety equipment to go up to 20 miles from a safe haven. Specialising in scuba diving around Falmouth Bay, Gerrans Bay, Veryan Bay and the Manacles, basically from Dodman point to the Lizard point.
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Atlantic Scuba, scuba diving in Cornwall. An SDI 5* scuba diving centre or scuba diving school, whatever you want to call it. Learning to scuba dive, in the UK, complete a scuba diving open water course, or many diver training courses in Falmouth. Diving from our own boat for leisure or under diving instruction. Learn how to scuba dive in Falmouth Cornwall England. Start a scuba diving course, learn to dive today with SDI scuba diving lessons. Also snorkelling and freediving. We sell scuba/dive gear, our shop has a wide range of scuba equipment, including tanks/cylinders, scuba masks, suits, wetsuits and regulators. Get you scuba certification at our Dive shop/scuba store.