The National Dive Centre January 2018 News  
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Alan Charles King
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I share the news that our dear friend and colleague Alan King passed away peacefully at home with his family beside him on Friday 12 January 2018 aged 68 years, after a period of illness brought on by prostate cancer. Alan along with his friend Harry Chapman and their families formed Stoney Cove Marine Trials in 1978 to develop and operate Stoney Cove as a recreational diving centre. Stoney Cove flourished and over the years their hard work was rewarded as the centre became the most popular in the UK. Alan was such a kind-hearted and generous man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Information for those who would like to pay their respects can be found here.

Warm hands…dry gloves?
Hydrotech and Kubi dry-glove systems
Cold hands make any dive uncomfortable and it’s those extremities that suffer most in chilly winter water. But these days there’s a simple fix … dry gloves! The Hydrotech dry-glove system – they’re the blue ones – has been a favourite of ours for many years, with a simple latex seal fitting that simply sits over the top of your drysuit seal. They’re affordable, tough, dependable, very well insulated and don’t require any special modifications to your suit – a great option for the colder months.The second type of dry glove that we stock is the Kubi dry-glove system.The Kubi’s innovative design allows you to fit a ring system to your drysuit, directly over your existing wrist seal and without the need for glue or tape. Easily changeable gloves also allow for swift on-site repairs, while a choice of thermal gloves to go inside mean that you can tailor your thermal protection to your environment. Both systems are a fantastic way to stay warm, but which one do you choose? I’m a Hydrotech fan, because when it comes to wrecks you need something tough on your hands. But why not drop in to UnderwaterWorld and try our demo gloves to see what’s best for you?


Love is in the air

Valentines at Nemo’s
Valentine’s Day first became linked with love in Roman times, when a priest named Valentine is said to have performed secret weddings. Centuries later, Geoffrey Chaucer – of Canterbury Tales’ fame – included it in a romantic poem. Valentine’s Day cards appeared in the 1840s, before Richard Cadbury sold heart-shaped boxes of chocolates in 1868. Now, it’s all about romantic dinners, which is where we can help. Our Valentine’s Day menu has been lovingly assembled by our talented chefs and is now available to view online. Bookings are being taken for Wednesday 14 February, when we’ll be serving a sumptuous four-course meal. Check our website for more details or call Nemo’s on 01455 274198 to book your table for two.

Photo comp
Stoney Cove's photo competition
What a wintery month it’s been … and there were snow divers to prove it. This month, I was torn between the shots taken in lovely warm blue water and in Britain’s best cold water, while Daryl’s picture got me in a spin! After much debate between the staff, they have chosen Mark Slater’s Giannas D as this month’s winner, with Callum Nightingale and Martin Reynolds taking joint second place with their photos of Stoney Cove. The inbox is now open for our next competition, so get snapping, send the pics to us and don’t forget that the theme is DIVING.



The New Year at Stoney Cove has started with sadness. I know that we will all miss Alan’s kind heart and charming personality. But his spirit will always be with us here. As a mark of respect, Stoney Cove will be closed to divers on the day of Alan’s funeral – 12 February 2018.

Dive Safely,




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