DIVING LAWYER: Red Tape or Life Boat: Part 3

Posted by - 25th April 2017

In this, the third and final article in this series, lawyer Andrew Tonge continues his review of the 2nd Edition of the Approved Code of Practice for Recreational Diving Projects (ACOP) to the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR).   In this article, I will look at the remaining duties of the diving contractor, primarily by reference

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Major boost for shark conservation

Posted by - 21st April 2017

China Southern Airlines, the country’s biggest carrier, has announced it is making a stand for shark conservation and is banning the shipment of shark fins. This now means that 51 percent of international airlines (based on seat capacity) have banned the controversial cargo, and with national firm Air China already refusing to take shark fins

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Guadalupe Island liveaboards with Regaldive

Posted by - 20th April 2017

Diving holiday specialists Regaldive now feature liveaboards in Guadalupe Island, Mexico, where great white shark encounters are nothing short of spectacular. Guadalupe Island is one of the best destinations in the world for calm, clear water and a consistently high probability of multiple shark encounters per day. Along with the superb visibility, Guadalupe outperforms other

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Cave diver survives being trapped underground for 60 hours

Posted by - 20th April 2017

  A Spanish cave diver has defied the odds and managed to survive for 60 hours in an air pocket deep underground some 900 metres into a cave system in Mallorca. Xisco Gracia had been diving with a buddy inside the system on Saturday 15 April when he began to have problems with his gas

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Divers flock to North Wales open weekend

Posted by - 19th April 2017

  Duttons Divers/Vivian Dive Centre held an open weekend at the quarry in Llanberis, North Wales, over the Easter holidays. Clare Dutton gives her feedback on how it all went.   It’s moments like this that make all the hard work worthwhile. This weekend we had 120 divers turn up and jump into the water

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HEPCA launches new flagship

Posted by - 18th April 2017

In continuation of the 25-year legacy of HEPCA and its pro-active intervention in the protection and conservation of the Red Sea environment, it has added an impressive new member to its fleet – the Amr Ali R/V Red Sea Defender. The new flagship of HEPCA, acquired in co-operation with the US Forest Service, is a specially

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NUPG Underwater Photography Print Competition results

Posted by - 17th April 2017

  The Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) held their second annual print competition at The Great Northern Dive Show held at Event City in Manchester over the weekend of 8-9 April. It was another successful year, with high-quality images being displayed for the public to select their favourites in four categories: British and Irish Macro;

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Head to North Wales this weekend!

Posted by - 14th April 2017

Duttons Divers are holding an open weekend at Vivian Dive Centre in North Wales this weekend, and there is plenty going on. Each day at the picturesque quarry in Llanberis, North Wales, you will find stalls from the likes of Duttons Divers, Divers Warehouse, Scuba Travel, SeaCam, Marine Conservation Society, Seasearch and the RNLI, and

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Shrimp with rock star qualities

Posted by - 14th April 2017

A zoologist has given a new species of pistol shrimp the name of his favourite rock band, because it is able to produce a sound that is louder than stadium concerts. Dr Sammy de Grave, from Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History, was researching a pistol shrimp with a distinctive pink snapping claw that it

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Proposed changes to UK cylinder testing

Posted by - 13th April 2017

  The UK recreational and technical diving industry is continuing to lobby against a forced change to a proposed ISO cylinder testing standard. Rosemary Lunn reports on the situation Historically, the UK cylinder testing regime for scuba cylinders used to be every two years (visual) and every four years (hydraulic). The cylinder is also visually

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