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DOUBLE TOPS FOR DIVECREW
Student with a turtle in Roots

Martin teaching in open water in the UK.

Martin with some of the injured troops on the back of a dive boat.

Divecrew teaching a local school open water.

The family scuba diving business Divecrew based in Crowthorne has just won two major business awards. Divecrew is a PADI 5 Star IDC (Instructor Development Centre) Centre, a PADI Approved Youth Training Centre and the UK’s only Gold Star IDC Centre. 

 

Divecrew won the Federation of Small Businesses (South East) Family Business of the Year for 2018. They also won the award previously in 2017. This year they were shorted listed by the Federation in to the final 12 nationally, but unfortunately was piped by another worthy winner. 

 

Following on from this success Divecrew were nominated in the UK Enterprise Awards and won “Best Diving Services and Holiday Firm 2018”. 

 

Co-owner Martin Weddell stated, ‘This recognition is humbling and really superb acknowledgement for the professional team of Divecrew. My wife and I bought the ailing business six years ago and with our previous corporate business life being in leisure, we have changed its fortunes around. Divecrew has now enjoyed five years of continuous growth. 

 

We believe in very high standards of professionalism and have diversified into new and innovative areas of scuba diving teaching. 

 

Divecrew are the UK’s only Gold Star Instructor Development Centre due to our work with adaptive teaching. We are world leaders in teaching techniques to make scuba diving accessible to the physically and mentally challenged. From teaching injured troops (Improvised Explosive Device casualties) through the charity Deptherapy, to working in the community, students with MS, Autism, partially sighted and profoundly deaf. The benefits of scuba diving are immense and we shall continue with our strategic direction of increasing quality and pushing new boundaries. To facilitate this we have invested time and resources into our professional team. Our team are adaptive qualified, enhanced DBS licensed, NVQ level Understanding Autism, NVQ Level 2 Understanding Mental Health and certified in Safe Guarding Children and Adults’. I don’t know of any other dive centre that goes to this professional level of training’. 

 

 

Business is good for this Gold Star organisation and Divecrew are now working hard on seeking to open another Divecrew facility, in neighbouring Hampshire. 

 

 

Divecrew are funding free try dives for Forces Personnel at Aldershot Garrison to celebrate Armed Forces Day Saturday 23rd June 2018. If you are in the armed forces or are a family member contact Divecrew and book your free try dive. 

 

If you would like any more info get in contact with Divecrew: info@divecrew.co.uk

 

 

 

Vicky
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Diving and Dragons








Which area has the highest biodiversity of marine species? Coral triangle. 

The Scuba Fitness Coach and Tanked Up contributor Kristen has just got back from Indonesia and Bali and has shared some of her awesome photo memories with us. Kristen specialises in scuba fitness, this has a million different benefits for divers including reducing the risk of DCS, and we met her last year when she put our docs to the fitness test.  Have a read of the latest issue and if you want to know how to get up off the sofa and get motivated ready for the summer season check out her site for more info now: www.thescubafitnesscoach.co.uk

\"Diving and Dragons! Now that’s a combination!

My husband and I recently went out to visit a family member in Bali and decided that this would the perfect chance to visit Komodo National Park as we would be so close. We couldn’t pass up thisopportunity having heard and read such great things about the scuba diving here.

We caught a flight from Bali over to Flores (the launch point for diving the National Park), which took about 90 minutes and spent the night on Flores island. We were to get on our liveaboard first thing the next day which would be our home for the next 3 nights. We decided to travel and dive with Uber Scuba Komodo after reading a review about them in a diving magazine. They did not disappoint and neither did the diving!

The diving around Komodo National Park was amazing and for me it was paradise. We were constantly surrounded by fish of all shapes and sizes, it was mesmerising. Sometimes you couldn’tsee the ocean through the sheer amount of fish! We saw huge, majestic Manta Rays (one so close I could have kissed him if I didn’t have my reg in my mouth), reef sharks, bamboo sharks, bumphead parrot fish, cuttlefish, giant trevally, barracuda, napoleon wrasse, turtles, the list goes on. I also saw so many tiny animals I had never seen before – including a ghost pipefish, mimic octopus and leaf fish.

There are some very strong currents around these islands, some of the strongest I have encountered which, for the majority of the time, you had to swim against. I was grateful to myself that I was fit enough to still enjoy the dive without feeling tired and using up my air really quickly. In some places even the fish looked like they were struggling!

There was one dive site with a section of it aptly named ‘the shot gun’ where you got to ride with the current. Before you knew what was happening you were literally being fired out of a reef bowl at such speed that it made you feel like an underwater version of Usain Bolt. I’m sure it wasn’t quite that fast but you get my drift (no pun intended). It was great fun!

Our visit to Komodo National Park wouldn’t have been complete without seeing the Komodo Dragons, so on our last day we visited Rinca Island where it is estimated that around 1300 of them live. They were huge, about 3 metres long from tongue to tail and they are known to be very fast when they want to be (around 20kmph) with a venomous and deadly bite. I remember scanning the rest of the tour group and noting two things; (1) my flip flops probably weren’t the best choice offootwear if a quick getaway was needed and (2) although I may not be able to out run a Komodo Dragon in my flip flops, I was pretty sure I could outrun some other members of the group, so aslong as I wasn’t the slowest, I should be ok. We walked a mini circuit trail on the island seeing a few dragons along the way and taking in the wonderful view of Komodo National park on the top of a hill. A great way to complete our Komodo National Park trip.

If you get the opportunity to dive here and say hello to the Komodo Dragons, do so, it was absolutely wonderful and I highly recommend it.\"

Written by Kristen. 

www.thescubafitnesscoach.co.uk 

 www.thescubafitnesscoach.co.uk

Enjoy the vistas.

Vicky
Ralf Tech

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Summer Games in aid of Scuba Trust and Excellent Development for Water Relief








The 2018 Underwater Summer Games will kick off at 6pm on 14th July in the heart of London\'s West End. The event  being hosted by Oyster Diving will consist of lots of Olympic style scuba diving competitions including a 100m underwater sprint – no fins,100m sprint – with fins, 200m underwater sprint, 1500m underwater distance swim, Slowest breather – how long can you make a 3 ltr tank last, Underwater discus and Underwater javelin.

There will be 12 spaces available in each category and there is a £10 entry fee to participate. All of the profits raised will be split equally between the charities ‘Excellent Development’ the charity behind WaterRelief, and the ‘Scuba Trust’. Entrants are welcome to generate additional sponsorship for the charity of their choice.

WaterRelief by Excellent Development provides a solution that can accomplish many life-improving qualities in dryland areas including Africa.  A few of the benefits include providing unlimited clean fresh drinking water to villages, growing crops for medicine and food, freeing up time to allow children to go to school, and creating a place where endangered species can graze and drink water.  Just £10 (the entry fee to one tournament) is enough to give one-person FREE WATER FOR LIFE!

The Scuba Trust helps those with disabilities and their friends experience the joy and freedom of scuba diving.  The aim of the Scuba Trust is to provide a level playing field by arranging training and obtaining funding to subsidise applicants who, due to disability, encounter difficulty in finding suitable instruction and who may face a greater outlay for training and recreational diving after certification. 

Both Aqua Lung and TUSA have already kindly donated prizes to the event for the winners of each challenge.

If you would like more information, to participate or volunteer in the 2018 Underwater Summer Games then please visit www.oysterdiving.com/underwater-summer-games

 

 

Vicky
Maldives Diving Adventure

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Do you know your Toe End from your Mushroom? Or your Deadman's Head from No Teeth Bridge? Me neither bu








What’s in a name? 

Do you know where to find your Nuncle Dicks or your Tom Tiddler\'s Field? 

Here’s half a million reasons why Ordnance Survey (OS)  is helping HM Coastguard save lives.

 

A distress call comes in. HM Coastguard swings in to action, time is of the essence, but the chances that the caller has a grid reference, post code, road name or the official title of a landmark is by no means certain. However the caller might well know the local nickname or vernacular for the location and when that information can be accessed immediately, then vital minutes could be cut off the time to save lives.

 

We’ve been working in partnership with OS using a technology which has helped Coastguard teams with more than 20,000 call outs last year alone.

 

Now we can reference nearly 500 thousand coastal place names, which includes more than 6,000 local nicknames and vernaculars of landmarks along the coast of Great Britain; names which would rarely appear on a map or navigation device. The information has been collected over five year and the database, called FINTAN, is continually updated to reflect current nicknames, and any changes.

 

Deputy Director of Maritime Operations for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Chris Thomas, said: ‘We are here to save lives and our biggest priority, like all the emergency services is getting to people as quickly as we can. We are extremely enthusiastic about being the first emergency service to use FINTAN. There is no doubt that having this information at our fingertips cuts down our response times and saves lives.  A great deal of hard work has gone into creating this advanced database which delivers so much knowledge.  We would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts so far.”

 

OS Chief Scientist Jeremy Morley added, ‘This is just the start. Our work with the MCA has been a great success. Equipping HM Coastguard with our information is a major step forward and now we’re looking to move inland too. The hard bit has been creating software algorithms and a web application which is up to the task. Now our ambition is to make the service, as part of our public duty, accessible across every part of GB to support all our emergency services.’

 

FINTAN includes 1:50 000 Scale Gazetteer1:25 000 Scale Colour Raster and OS MasterMap Address Layer 2 as part of the database.

 

Since 1 January 2017 to 18 December 2017, HM Coastguard has responded to over 22,000 incidents which were graded as Alert, Distress or Uncertain.

 

Vicky

Denney Diving

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The Docs vs Scuba Fitness Coach








Dr Oli and Dr Mike are no strangers to fitness, both in very different ways.  Each with a keenness to promote health and fitness amongst divers, they themselves have been challenged.  

 

Kristen Fassolas has been a diver for 12 years and a fitness coach for 5 years. Combining her expertise and passion for both areas, she focus\' on working with divers who need to improve their health and fitness to be fit to dive, pass both professional HSE diving medicals and recreational fit-to-dive medicals and generally become better, safer divers.

 

Her business is based online and to demonstrate how she successfully helps divers achieve their health and fitness goals by coaching them remotely, she has tasked the Docs at both London and Midlands Diving Chambers with 3 months of training.  She has been providing them with nutritional guidance and exercise plans tailored to them individually which work along side their hectic schedules. To see how they got on, make sure you check out the next edition of Tanked Up magazine coming out in early 2018. 

 

If you would like to know any more info about getting fit to dive do not hesitate too get in contact with Kristen.  Check out her website: www.thescubafitnesscoach.co.uk 

 

Vicky
Ralf Tech

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UK Diving High.








Seals at the Farne Islands has been a particular hightlight of the diving year.  They behave like puppies and are incredibly interactive, until you relise they have nits and just want you to scratch the itch.  

Leo Grower, Director at Ocean Leisure took some snaps of the experience and has kindly let us share them.  

 

Vicky
Nautilus Lifeline

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Super Jolly's Memorial Service at Wraysbury Dive Centre








Sunday 16th July 2017 saw the memorial of Super Jolly, a celebrated photographer, writer and  diver who passed away in Philadelphia in October last year.  

Growing up in Maidenhead she began diving as a safer option to hockey where she gained too many injuries.   She graduated in finance and continued to explore her passion of underwater photography.   Super experienced much success in her social and work life, but we came to meet her through her contributions to Tanked Up Magazine and her involvement with the London Diving Chamber. 

Her photos mesmerised people, including the judge the for the Guardian Photo Competition 2013, “Natalie Meyer, judge: With good reason, the overall prize for the year goes to the photographer of this beautifully balanced and tranquil picture. I have walked through the monthly winners time and time again, but this is the one that always jumps out at me – for the reasons that it is technically and visually just \'right\'. Well done!”

During the Sunday afternoon gathering there was the anticipated unveiling of Super’s memorial sculpture by artist Alan Ross of Art In Steel.   The Conservative MP of Windsor Adam Afriyie joined the celebration and delivered a lovely introduction to the sculpture and shared memories of Super. This was not the only celeb spot of the day, but the local Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough joined the party to raise a toast to such a remarkable member of the local community. 

The steel skeleton of the sweet smiling fish is going to be sunk later this week in the inviting waters of Wraysbury Lake for divers to go and enjoy underwater.  Thank you to the family, friends and the crew at Wraysbury Dive Centre for hosting such a beautiful memorial for Super Jolly.  

It was a true celebration of a person who led a life of adventure and braveness, so lovely to be amongst the love.  Oh, and of course there was also a scuba dive to visit the site where the happy fish will sit, and Rickie and Richard had a fab time exploring the mystical waters of Wraysbury.  The fish sculpture will be sunk in the next coming weeks, for now it sits above water so you can see it without getting in.  We will go on a dive soon to visit the memorial.  

 

 

Super contributed to Tanked Up; check out some of her features here:

http://www.tankedupmagazine.co.uk/photography/jolly.php

 

Check her website out here for her portfolio: www.superjolly.com

 

Sculpture Alan Ross, Art in Steel: www.artinsteel.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Vicky
Denney Diving

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Zombies. Obviously.
Grrrr etc.







Be warned: Walking Dead spoilers are rife in the following. There's a fair few Machiavellian spoilers in there as well, for anyone that's six hundred years behind pop-culture.

I just wanted to get this thought up here before anyone else steals it. And they will steal it. Like in 1975 when I had the idea for punk by refusing to eat my dinner, but was unable to express my destructo-creative desires in a coherent philosophical format as I was too young to talk. I'll never forgive Rotten for stealing that.

So, Machiavelli, as we all know, was an early renaissance era Italian political philosopher. Italy, at the time, had never really got over the glory days of the Roman empire and was in a state of political and societal chaos. This, obviously, is very much the situation at the beginning of the first season of the Walking Dead. Society has collapsed under the weight of apathy, moral ambiguity, and highly infectious corpses with a taste for human flesh. Machiavelli hated it.

But the goal was clear. Society had to be restored to, well, a society. And the best form of society is the Republic.

After the chaos of season one, a few human remnants of the old society take the easiest route to establishing a new society; they find one elsewhere. But here, we merely find an echo of the old problems: immorality; greed; petty power struggles; and zombies in the shed. Collapse is once again inevitable, so how do we create a strong republic?

Machiavelli has the answer in season three. It's an effective answer, but it's never been popular: The Prince. Played in this case by Rick from Teachers. Machiavelli has long been associated with the notorious maxim "The ends justify the means", which throughout history has been taken as license for bad people to do bad things, but this was never Machiavelli's intention. The point was that the ends had to be good ends, and democracy has never been very good at delivering revolutionary goodness. That's what the Prince is for.

Given the revolutionary episodes of the twentieth century, it seems clear nowadays that the ends are in part determined by the means, and you can't go around killing people just because they wear glasses if you want to remain historically popular. Even though people who wear glasses definitely deserve it.* But if you want something doing, it helps to have all power centralised in the hands of one person. And that person needs to be a bad-ass.

Thus, here comes Rick, TCB (Takin' Care o' Business). But his ultimate aim is good: to restore the Republic; and that's what he does. The Prison Principality is strong enough to defeat the external attacks of a constitution under the control of a similar, albeit more mental, Prince, the Governor, and When The Music's Over, Rick hands over the keys of the new republic to the people that live within it.

Thus to season four. Internal as well as external pressures are creating huge problems for the republic, and whilst it seems to have weathered the zombie storm, it's substantially weakened. Given that the auld adversary is back, it seems like the time for the Prince may be upon us again.

Particularly as this time the Governor is motivated, seemingly, by love. And that's never going to end well. Princes just aren't built for it. That's what republics are for.

*I never wear glasses. Except for reading.

Rob
KLJ Diver Travel

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An interview with Rob, creator of the Free Tanked Up App








Rob1: Hi Rob, how are you?

Rob2: Very well, thank you.

Rob1: That's good to hear.

Rob2: Well, maybe, but you'd know that anyway.

Rob1: Know what?

Rob2: Know that I'm well. Given that we're the same person.

Rob1: I was just being polite.

Rob2: You're an idiot.

Rob1: Well, what can you tell me about the Tanked Up App?

Rob2: How come you get to be Rob1 and I'm just Rob2?

Rob1: Well, it doesn't matter, does it? We're both the same.

Rob2: Yeah, we're both the same except you're numero uno and I'm number twos.

Rob1: Number twos? Really?

Rob2: Sorry. But still.

Rob1: It really doesn't matter who's one and who's two.

Rob2: Let's swap, then.

Rob1: Well we can't now, can we? The precedent has been set. Move on.

Rob2: It's a downloader for all of the back issues of Tanked Up Magazine.

Rob1: What are you talking about?

Rob2: You said move on, so I answered the question you asked me before I rather reasonably interrupted you.

Rob1: Got you. All of the issues?

Rob2: Did you just steal this idea from Richard Herring, anyway?

Rob1: No, I came up with the idea independently.

Rob2: Independently, despite having already listened to Herring's podcast in which he plays snooker against himself?

Rob1: If I stole it, you stole it as well. Given that we're the same person.

Rob2: Yeah, we're the same except I'm number twos and you're numero uno. Plus maybe you're a plagiarist.

Rob1: You'll never prove it in court.

Rob2: You're an idiot.

Rob1: So are you, then.

Rob2: Well, hopefully all the issues will be available, but at the moment it's just issues 5 to 15.

Rob1: What are you changing the subject for this time?

Rob2: I had no choice. Rob0 made me do it.

Rob1: Who's Rob0?

Rob2: The one actually writing this drivel. He got bored, couldn't find a way out of the argument, and thus employed deus ex-machina but was too gutless or unimaginative to make the deus ex-machina anything interesting, so he just used me to change the subject.

Rob1: He's an idiot.

Rob2: Yes. But he wants us to continue the interview and he says I have to say that we must obey.

Rob1: So, we have most of the issues downloadable on the Tanked Up App. What devices is it available on?

Rob2: The iPad.

Rob1: Just the iPad?

Rob2: All the iPads.

Rob1: Where can I find further information.

Rob2: Here.

Rob1: Thank you, Rob 2.

Rob2: That was amazing.

Rob1: What was?

Rob2: I said "here" but the words were actually a link to another web page.

Rob1: That is amazing.

Rob2: That's why I said it was amazing.

Rob1: I probably thought it first and you stole it.

Rob2: I'm going to kick you in the nuts.

Rob1: You'll be kicking yourself in your own nuts.

Rob0: I've had enough of this. Download the free app here. Did we mention it's free? It's free.

Rob
Reef Jewellery

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How to Purchase the FAQ of Dive Medicine
The FAQ Dive Medicine, penned by esteemed Messrs Firth and Eden, with obs







Step 1: Check fuel and oil in your computational device and perform pre-internet-usage safety checks before operating the ignition.

Step 2: Prepare a suitable beverage. Approved internet beverages include beer and coffee, in any order. Banned substances include herbal tea and methylated spirits.

Step 3: Launch internet browsing computational program. Stand well back.

Step 4: Ensure you remain well lubricated with approved beverages throughout the entire procedure.

Step 5: Apply suitable vinyl recording to the stereogram. Approved artists generally originate from the City of Manchester or are mid to late 1970s punkological merchants. There are exceptions to this rule, however anything approved by Cowell, S, is punishable by the severest of nut-kickings.

Step 6: Sit down and calm down.

Step 7: Get excited and bounce around for a bit.

Step 8: Engage yourself with your chosen internettal browsing computational program. If your chosen program is AOL or Internet Explorer 7, punch yourself in the mandible and desist from all computational activities until you've installed Firefox or Chrome.

Step 9: Using astronomical charts, compasses, calculations made with the angle of the sun and an accurate timing device, and with either the address bar in your internetional browsing computational program, or by clicking the link, navigate to the following address: http://www.amazon.co.uk/FAQ-Dive-Medicine-Oliver-Firth/dp/095534672X.

Step 10: Gorge yourself on the facts presented as promotional material.

Step 11: Learn how 'tis penned by both Janky and Shamanski.

Step 12: Wonder at who would let Lobectomy's alter-ego edit such a thing.

Step 13: Consider that it is the first diving medicine tome aimed at YE, yon aquanaut.

Step 14: Observe the informative and amusational qualities of the piece.

Step 15: Note with awe, the miserly cover price of a mere 8 of the Queen's own sterling plus 95 of her Great British pence.

Step 16: Become gripped by purchasing fever.

Step 17: Ferret around in one's breeches for a suitable purchasing device, often composed of organic polymers derived from petrochemicals.

Step 18: Operate the 'Add to Basket' and 'Proceed to Checkout' buttons.

Step 19: Transcribe information from your plastic purchasing device to the screenium of your computational device with the use of a board of typographical symbols.

Step 20: Or a touch screen.

Step 21: Or you can try talking to it like in Star Trek. You can always try talking to it.

Step 22: Transcribe your locational information to your computational device using similar methods to those outlined in steps 19 - 21 above.

Step 23: Confirm your honourable intentions.

Step 24: Anticipate swift delivery of tome.

Step 25: Wait.

Step 26: Remain well lubricated with approved liquids at will. Add solid matter in the form of food according to dietary requirements.

Step 27: Ablute and pass out according to taste.

Step 28: Change the record occasionally.

Step 29: Accept delivery of tome.

Step 30: Rejoice.

Rob
Travelling Diver
Comments on this post:
06/07/2012

Couldn't agree with me more there, Rob.

Whilst we're on the subject of profiteering, might I suggest (oblige) patrons in possession of Apple mobile devices, proceed directly towards a happy future by purchasing Cadence Trainer.

As summed up by Royston Electric: "Mate, it's only a dollar [69 Great Britlandish pencicles], and I promise you that not only will I download it, I will never use it and neither will I ever even open it".

Rob
Blue O Two
02/08/2012

Wow Rob that app looks amazing, if I were a barefoot runner, cyclist, triathlete, generic runner or erm... diver I'd definitely buy it because it's really really cheap and really really good.

Fat Dan (definitely not the co-creator of the app)
50 Reasons to Hate the French
30/08/2012

Wow, that Cadence thing is most amazing. I have now upped my Caddishness to bounder level.

Nice work.

Flashman
50 Reasons to Hate the French

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