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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😀

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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?

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.😀😀

07/09/20

Dive South

Well done Sam on your Navigation adventure dive late afternoon/early evening.

Nice dive on Shore Road pipe, 3-4m viz, saw a cuttlefish hunting too which was cool.

Thank you to Justin for being our surface support and Rich for in water/buddy for Sam.

Looking forward to diving with you again for your next adventure dives:))
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A really fun day out today at Portland, well done to Sam on his adventure wreck and drift dives with myself and Rich. First dive was the Countess of Erne Wreck and the second dive was pulpit rock drift. Great to meet Karel who buddied up with Jon and Rosie for his dives. Thanks guys, see you soon for more diving:)

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It was really great to get out there today. Good company, and some nice diving! A Saturday well spent!

Evenin all!With the Summer coming to an end, you may have noticed that the big bright thing in the sky is dropping below the horizon earlier!This is starting to turn our evening dives, into proper night dives, with all the respective fun that involves!If you would like to join in said fun, you are of course most welcome, but we do ask that you have the relevant experience and equipment to do so safely, in comfort, and looking almost as cool as muggins in this picture!Experience: Night/Limited Visibility diver or equivalent
Equipment: Torches (primary & backup) and strobe/glowsticksFor further details or to discuss any requirements you may have, feel free to get in touch and we will be happy to help!Cheers all!info@divesouth.co.uk
Bank Holiday Monday was spent at Chesil with a couple of dives with Adam. Very enjoyable day, Lobsters, Wrasse, the tiniest ever Anemone Shrimp (no bigger than 1cm) and the largest Red mullet, creating clouds of silt everywhere he went. Viz was 3m average but occasional area up to 5m, lovely calm conditions and a surprisingly empty beach. @DiveSouth #DiveSouth #LearnToScuba #diveraiduk #chesil #chesilbeach #shorediving

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Is the 5m where the red mullet wasn’t?! 😂

Just back from a really nice drift dive across Swanage bay, lots of blonde and spotted rays, dogfish, undulate ray, large edible crabs, spider crabs, hermit crabs, large shoal of mackerel (shot off to one side) dahlia anemones. Viz was 3m, reasonable bit of speed at the start of the dive. With, Rich, Adam and Martin and the Wed night boat crew on Rocket with Trev 🙂 So glad you enjoyed your first drift dive Adam, looking forward to loads more! @Uber Scuba #DiveSouth @DiveSouth #LearnToScuba #diveraiduk #driftdivingImage attachmentImage attachment
Divemaster Course starting in September!We have a couple of spaces open for a divemaster course commencing next month. This will not be a quick turnaround course, as we focus on making great dive leaders.Step up to the first rung on the professional ladder!If you are interested in joining, or just want to know a little more, get in touch on info@divesouth.co.uk

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Tempted but a little bit scared..

You could do it!!

“So how does this distances group picture thing work then..?!”
A good morning of diving with our friends up at Vobster Quay Inland Diving Centre.
Well done to Team Gould on their successful skills practice dives - good to see you all progressing!
Great to see Andy Low back in the water after too long away! Looking forward to Lundy Island next month!
Big thanks to David Rintoul for your help bud!

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Is it me, or is this a bit Early-90's-indie-album-cover?!

Thanks to Richard & Dave from the Dive South team for taking me out today and putting me through my paces again...... always feels safer with you guys watching my back😎.... I had a great day and it was great to catch up...see you soon guys... PS....sorry you missed it Lisa, but some of us have to work😎

Come on in the water’s great!

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Stop it, not fair I am working:( have fun guys :))

Sorry Lisa Frew. It was good fun. Wish you were there.

20/08/20

Dive South

Nice and early! (Yawn!)
Coffee : done!
See you at Vobster!
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I love these macro shots. My little point and shoot doesn't like macro, it was however one of the minus points in reviews.

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Good to see I still got the moves!

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My favourite dives were under that pier.

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Definitely want to do this next time!

Great news, NDAC are opening 31 October, let us know if you would like to book your deep course info@divesouth.co.uk

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Yes please! Let’s make that Divemaster happen 🙂

Who doesnt love a productive afternoon!
Congratulations to Tim Holgate on completing his RAID Nitrox certification!The RAID Nitrox course is 100% online and can be done remotely from the comfort of your own home, so if you are interested to join the next one, please contact us!info@divesouth.co.uk

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Thanks Richard Frew, great instructing as always!!

Who’s interested in Wednesday evening Boat Dives out from Poole? Please comment below...

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Yes please

Once I'm back down south then hopefully!

Interested , work permitting

definitely

Me please

Likely need to check week on week but definitely when possible 🙂

Potentially! Gemma

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We’ll be offering some Portland dive days in September going out with Dive Beyond, watch out for the events as they go up on Facebook and the website:)

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Yes yes yes!!!!

Everyone loves a good Rib ride.😀😀

Woohoo!

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What was the vis like x

Maria Tong this is near where we swim!

Amazing😍

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We look forward to diving with you soon:)

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