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Awesome. Great pics

30/10/20

Dive South

We’re heading up to Vobster tomorrow pm session, if anyone fancies joining us, please let me know so I can see if we can add some spaces to our booking:) It may be a bit of a spooky one. Happy Halloween 🎃 👻 👿 🧙‍♀️ 💀 ... See MoreSee Less

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Damn have to work 😢😅

Congratulations to Kev and Adam on completing their Raid Deep 40 dives yesterday.It wasnt exactly the day for taking photos, but it was perfect conditions for ducks and these two divers. To quote Kev This was up there in his top 3 dives! it seemed these two just loved the eeriness of descending into the depths (too many sci-fi movies watched, I think) and the journey back up the line to see the quarry wall, and back up to the 20m ledge to see the Jaquin reappear.Both dives were really enjoyable, they worked well together, good team work and we had lots of laughs too. Well done, and great work guys. So looking forward to diving some of the local wreck dives with you soon.Thank you to Dave for all your help and providing surface support today, I think you drew the short straw yesterday (very wet on supposedly dry land). Thank you, as it meant I got to dive with Rich and the guys today:)
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Congratulations chaps! 🥳 #awesome

Cheers all for a great day (weather aside). Looking forward to many more!

Had a blast as always so massive thanks to you all and thanks Adam for having my back 🙂

Well done boys.

Excellant stiff...well done guys....Next time we are out in a group I will thoroughly enjoy watching you both descend from 18m😎

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18/10/20

Dive South

Sunday Sunday, pool-based funday!

Today saw us in the pool with a great group!

Lisa was helping Tara to get comfortable in our wings and long hose setup, and refreshing some of her Raid skills off the back of her recent open water 20 course in Australia. All in preparation to venturing into UK waters and upcoming night dive and dry suit courses with us.

Rich was working with Madison and Stephanie on their RAID try dives. Madison is settling into the kit nicely, and it was great to see Stephanie finally understand her other half’s obsession with scuba!

Dave was checking through some new sidemount kit and looking pretty sharp in it, while Sam and Rob dropped in for a fun dive and some new kit configuration work:)

Big thanks to Justin for all his support and to Sally for her fantastic oversight!

Unfortunately we were all having far too much fun in the pool to get the usual pictures! Next time!!
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Not quite sure whats going on here, definitely caption time ...

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"Crotch strap too tight....act normal........smile through the pain........(oh god it hurts!)"

“Part of your open water exam is to irish dance in your dry suit, let me show you”

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Well done guys.....

You did not dive then

Fantastic day with Dave, Kev, Adam, Lisa and Rich doing the first two dives of the RAID Deep40 course. A solid start from some very decent divers! We’re really looking forward to next weekend!
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count me in for next trip!

Just received some lovely feedback from Sam, we just had to share, Big thank you! Its been such great fun working with you over the past few weeks and really great to see the progression and confidence in your diving skills and experiences grow, and can see how much enjoyment you have for being back underwater, and in the UK too. We are looking forward to many more local dives with you and hopefully some citizen science ones too:)Always wanted to try scuba diving or take your diving to the next level? Get in touch info@divesouth.co.uk
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Outstanding!!

Fantastic!!!

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04/10/20

Dive South

Who is joining us next weekend for our Portland Fun dive day? Dives will be decided this week depending on numbers and experience levels. Please comment below and I will send you out the online booking info for you to book on. Cheers, Lisa ... See MoreSee Less

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Black Hawk can be a nice dive

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Richard's timing still needs a little work (and style, content, commitment, etc etc...) 😁

Always fun with Dive South.

04/10/20

Dive South

We had a great day a Vobster yesterday albeit a wet and windy one, big congratulations to Sam on completing his 30m qualification, it's been a pleasure to work with you over the past few weeks, and being able to introduce to you to UK diving, lots of different dive sites around the coast and fresh water inland sites. From reviewing your skills, through all your dives and your deep dive yesterday its been great fun, lots of new experiences, skills learned and new friends made:)

Also a big well done to Danni for completing another of her dives towards her open water qualification, which saw you qualify as a Scuba Diver yesterday, yay!. Great to see you in complete control with your buoyancy, which is certainly going to help with your equalising:)) Looking forward to you joining us in the next couple of weeks to finish off your dives to see you qualify as an open water diver.

A big thank you to the whole Team, the logistics, dive planning and scheduling worked really well yesterday and we were actually running to time nice and smoothly. Rosie for your surface support and helping checking us in and out of the water, with spare weights etc. James has joined the team to start working towards his Divemaster, it's great to have you onboard and slotting in nicely to help support our new divers.

Thank you to Dave and Rich for all your in water/teaching support (just don't leave your van keys with Dave lol!)

I managed to also get a quick tour in with James, and a quick dive with Rich for a quick visit to the jesters and back up the tunnel to take a few snaps.

Unfortunately it was too wet to stick around for photos at the quarry so we headed to the pub for a full debrief, Sam had to dash off as it was his Dad's Birthday (Happy Birthday!) we couldn't leave him out of the team photo though :))

Thanks everyone
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Congrats everyone!

Just had to share, thank you Crystal for sharing your experiences as a new mum, how life has changed and the new challenges & adventures that brings with your return to scuba diving. Excited for your family and the amazing adventures you are all going to have...

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This is fantastic! Hoorah for the brothers!

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24/09/20

Dive South

We still have a few spaces for this Saturday diving out from Portland, 1st Dive the wreck James Fennel, very pretty dive, lots of Crawfish the last time we dived it, max depth 18m £35pp perfect for Open water qualified divers. 2nd dive is the Binnendijk Wreck max depth 28m £35pp. Message me lisa@divesouth.co.Uk ... See MoreSee Less

23/09/20

Dive South

Still a few spaces for this Saturday, diving the James Fennel & the Binnendijk ... See MoreSee Less

21/09/20

Dive South

A little update from our local inland dive site...Thank you for all your efforts over the summer – we are so pleased to have had so many divers and swimmers able to visit safely.

However…. There are clearly stormclouds ahead for all of us and we would like to reinforce some covid principles and controls for safe enjoyment of Vobster Quay during the Autumn.

Firstly, please do not visit Vobster Quay if you or your family have symptoms. That is stating the obvious, but there’s no shame in that. Please also do not visit Vobster if you or your family are waiting for a covid test result. No single individual swim or dive is more important than our collective safety please.

Once you are here – please, please pay more attention to social distancing. It’s so easy to imagine the real world is far away from escaping into the water, but if we want to keep it that way, good distancing and mask use is essential.

Changing for swimming. We have invested in new changing areas to reduce the clumping of swimmers at the swim entry. Please don’t arrive at the swim entry until you are ready to swim - ie in wetsuit or swim suit without clothes over the top. Pop your gear on the bench from the entry side, swim, exit and collect your gear on the exit side. A quick towel off, or removing the top of your suit is OK here, but a complete change is not allowed. Please do not walk the wrong way through these areas. To help provide options for changing, check at the top of the ramp when you arrive to confirm whether or not you can park at the bottom. Please use the spaces if parking at the bottom.

Spectators, children and dogs. Sadly, it’s not the year for any of these at Vobster Quay. One person as a spotter is fine in non lifeguarded session, but please do not bring extra spectators, children or furry friends. Vobster Quay is limited to active swimmers and divers.

Thanks in advance for all your cooperation - we have come too far to relax our guard in more challenging times to come.

Cheers,

The Vobster Team
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A little update from our local inland dive site...

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Can't wait to be able to join you on these!

19/09/20

Dive South

Earlier this week we headed to down to Ilfracombe with a great bunch of divers to visit Lundy Island to dive with the seals. What a great experience and a fantastic trip, thank you all it was such a blast. Although sadly the second day was blown out and we couldn't cross to the Island we all had such a fun first day and a lot of laughs.

The first day's crossing was flat calm although very foggy, you could only see the island appearing from the mist once we got to Rat Island, we were all watching out for dolphins on the way out, but they didn't come in close to play with the boat they kept their distance.

The first dive of the day was the wreck of the Carmine Filomena, a very scenic dive, covered in kelp and plant life, starfish, snakeslock anemones and urchins, lots of huge spider crabs and wrasse, with little swim throughs towards the stern section, well that's if you made it to the stern section and didn't come off the wreck lol:))

The second dive we made our way to Brazen Ward a small shallow bay, for some seal time. The viz was reduced, mainly due to the seals bombing about, in and out of the small cave swim throughs. It is mating season, so they were very much more interested in each other than they were us, but it was really lovely to see them together and we did get some playful tugs on our fins and managed to get closer to them around the cave areas and the sleepy seals.

We even made a quick detour on the way home via Chesil for a few of us to get a dive in together before heading home. Viz was a milky 3m with a fair bit of surge but a nice dive to round off the trip.

Great trip, can't wait til next year:) Thank you all and a big thank you to the amazing Lundy Diving Team on Obsession II :)) See you all again next year! @divesouth #DiveSouth #learntoscuba #scubadivinguk #diveRaid #diveraiduk #padi #seals #Lundy #lundyisland #lundydiving #underwaterphotography #olympus #nauticam
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Gorgeous pics. Wish I was still able to dive

Stunning

Ahoy thar mateys!
Today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day, so hoist yer colours and fly ‘em proud!We be clearing our decks and readyin ourselves for tomorrow’s pool session teaching some new hands to find their sea legs. Let us know if ye’d like to come alongside!And while ye get yer pirate on and buckle yer awash, take some time to remember Harry Paye of course.Meanwhile spread ye the word...and the word is “Aaaaaaar!”...now, where’s that rum gone...?!www.talklikeapirate.com#talklikeapirateday  #harrypaye

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🤔It's bucket of swash😏 said the retired sailor pirate😀

14/09/20

Dive South

Interested in getting involved with a bit of Citizen Science, are you keen to help assist with cephalopod behaviour (especially juvenille cuttlefish). Here's how you can get involved responsibly... ... See MoreSee Less

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Thankyou for a great first day!!!

Well done! Good to see dive training is progressing and geared up to continue running when the inland sites start to cool down

Nice work! Looks great 🙂

Solid time! 😃

Great news!!

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12/09/20

Dive South

Looking forward to our first pool session tomorrow since before lockdown, excited much!:)) ... See MoreSee Less

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Do people fish from the pier?

09/09/20

Dive South

For those of you booked on to our Lundy Trip next week, we have spoken to the boat and the hotels, so please don’t be too concerned as yet, as they, like we do, have measures in place. We are awaiting any further announcements from the Government later, rest assured we are on it and as we receive information throughout the day we will be in touch. Thank you for your patience ... See MoreSee Less

08/09/20

Dive South

There are a couple of spaces available for tomorrow nights boat dive, you must be night dive qualified.
Additional night dive equipment minimum...
1x primary torch
1x back up torch
Tank marker strobe light or safety light stick
DSMB strive light or safety light stick

If you are not yet night dive qualified please get in touch we will be running courses in the next few weeks. Info@divesouth.co.uk
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We have our first pool session starting again this Sunday morning, come on down and join us:) We have a new Open Water group starting and we have space for Try dives, Refreshers and a Buoyancy or Finning Techniques workshop or if you just fancy a splash about let us know, spaces will be limited and booking is required. Get in touch info@divesouth.co.uk

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Would like to join this Sunday! What time is it? Many thanks, Conor

Whoo hooo, really pleased for you. Can't join you I am afraid but have fun.😀😀

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We look forward to diving with you soon:)

For more information please email info@divesouth.co.uk