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Scuba Trust head to Cozumel


Paul Rose

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Scuba Trust head to Cozumel

It was a just like any other morning. Not too hot, not too cold, not sunny, nor raining. Who would have guessed that this non-descript morning would see the coming together of...
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Travelling Diver
Richard Peirce's Sharkipedia

Newfoundland or Wonderland?

Garry Dallas

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Richard Peirce's Sharkipedia

In the 1975 film Jaws, the presence of a Great White shark threatened the prosperity of a fictional seaside town called Amity. In real life in 2016 and 2017 the absence of Great White...
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Sole with mushrooms, samphire and brown shrimp butter sauce

Highlights From The Archive:

Issue 2 - Rob's World - Wraysbury Is A Tropical Dive Site

Issue 19 - Red Coral Jewellery

Issue 13 - Brad Lobectomy's Unsolved Mysteries of the Deep

Cooking the Catch: Sole

Andrew Maxwell

A few weeks ago, I took a group of our Diploma students at Tante Marie Culinary Academy on a visit to Shipton Mill, a traditional flour mill which has been operating for many centuries...
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Dr Olivetti Firth, Diving Shaman

Diving was invented in 1974. Within minutes diving pestilence evolved. Thus Dr Oli Firth had to be built out of the finest elements known to humanity. Now he is here to answer all your diving medical queries. So get on it or we'll have to deconstruct him again and use his bits to build a ferocious squirrel. No one wants that.
London and Midlands Diving Chambers
The Dive Lectures at the Royal Geographical Society were a great success yet again in 2016, with a sell out crowd and a record amount raised for Scuba Trust. Check out our behind the scenes cam from the night.

The speakers were:
  • Lord Prescott (via video link)
  • Marine biologist Pat Spain
  • Author Graham Hancock

Latest entry from the blog:

A Wonderful Slice Of Dive History

I went along to the Diving Museum in Gosport this week to get a dive history injection and I couldn’t believe I had not been before. I live in Portsmouth and this place is but a stone’s throw away. This absolute gem of a museum is a wonderful mark on scuba history with a fascinating collection of old and new dive equipment, inventions, commercial and sport gear and remarkable tales of all things diving. There are some incredible memories and historical artefacts here and one could spend hours roaming through the museum getting lost in historical moments in history frozen in images and short stories.

I took my Mother along who’s dad was a diver and she (a non-diver) was totally immersed in the flow of the collection of items and the greatness of design in some of the kit. It is quite amazing how things have come along regards scuba equipment and I found it all so thrilling to look back at what was.

The museum was established in 2011 by the Historical Diving Society and is located in a Victorian military battery of the shore of Gosport Solent. That all by itself is cool enough and makes it a one of a kind space of its kind in the UK.

Gosport itself has claim to being the home of the global diving industry and in 1832 the Deane brothers (the inventors of the diving helmet) carried out the World’s first commercial dive just off the coast of the Isle of Wight. John Deane moved to Gosport to continue working on local wrecks and their invention suddenly made underwater exploration possible and the new ‘art of diving’ was soon practised all over the World. The prototype helmet is on display in the museum and it is wonderful to stand and stare at it and to think about where it all began.

The museum is small but has a huge range of things to look at and read about including chambers, atmospheric diving suits, dive bells and equipment as mentioned. It really is a fascinating place even if you don’t dive.

After having a tour of the museum, we realise the passion of the individuals who run it and protect its contents and heard all sorts about big plans for the future to expand the museum and enhance the experience. All very exciting things to come which we will indeed go back to see.

I loved how child friendly this place was and for me as a kid loving all things nautical I longed for a place to go to find out more in a fun and educational environment. The museum has a kid’s zone which tells youngsters about dive facts, lets you try things on and colour things in. It’s so great!

The museum is a registered charity and has no government funding. It relies on people going along to check it out and paying the small entrance fee and maybe buying a small trinket at the gift shop. It is such a huge part of our diving heritage that the thought of a place like this being lost is quite sad and so I urge anyone who is interested to go and have a look for yourself and review it or share your thoughts to friends and family to encourage more people to visit.

I am so proud of the place I live and what’s nearby and spend so much time promoting how wonderful it is to other people. You could visit this museum before popping round to Old Portsmouth to see our ships or taking a stroll along the beach to the D Day museum or harbour. There is so much to do here and the dive museum should definitely be on your list.


Fabulous place! Well worth a look.

By Chantelle Wyatt




A message from Ed

Let me start by introducing myself, I am Tanked Up Magazine's New Editor in Chief and I have chosen to start with a bang: Issue 24, the H*Bomb issue.

I am a diver, nothing fancy, and I love diving in the UK. I have dedicated my career to doing so since completing my porridge in the tropics and realising I dislike donning wetsuits to that extreme.

Juliet wrote in the first issue of TU "An old scuba diver friend once commented that mainstream diving magazines worldwide have never really changed in the last 20 years. But divers have." This to me still rings true. I love to celebrate cool and relevant diving content and I am so excited to have the opportunity to grow this mag from the sea bed upwards.

In this issue we focus on the Docs getting beasted by Kristin the Scuba Personal Trainer, we hear from DCI survivors with their accounts of being bent abroad. In addition to these reads, Scuba Trust take us on an inspirational journey to the Cenotes with their amazing team of instructors. The man himself, the incredible Paul Rose takes us on a gripping journey of his experience dealing with his health and diving while our trip contributors continue to encourage underwater adventures in some dreamy locations, and much more.

I would like to extend a huge thank you and a large appreciation to all of the entrants that took part in the Front Cover Competition. We were overwhelmed by the number of entries and it was a task and a half having to decide between them all. They are all winners in my eyes as advocates of our precious waters.

Special well done to watery photo winner Daniel Lawrence, who made the front page with his entry of his love, the mermaid with red hair, what a beautiful moment to capture and the TU team thank you for sharing this with our readers.

So here goes, pre dive safety checks done, see you at the bottom.


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