In the frame
British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship
Back in July we invited you to take part in the British Society of Underwater Photographers’ annual competition. The BIUPC was open to divers in any location around Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and England and all you had to do was take an underwater photo between 10pm Friday 25 August and 10pm Saturday 26 August. The competition was an enormous success and many wonderful images were captured, so we thought you might like to take a look at the winners. We especially like Rob Bailey's highly commended shot of a Stoney Cove pike. Well done to everybody that took part, the winners and the organisers of this great competition.
Stoney Cove On Tour
The Birmingham Dive Show is the largest and best-attended dive show in the UK. Everybody will be there. It’s the place to check out the best gear, dive clubs, training schools, holiday companies, equipment manufacturers and training agencies. And this year, there’s an astonishing array of guest speakers too. I just took a look at the schedule and counted 32 speakers on three different stages over the weekend, which is astonishing.
DIVE 2017 will see the return of the TEKDECK / TECK POOL – an area designed to appeal not only to the growing body of technical divers but to all those qualified leisure divers considering the next step in their evolution. It’s also where you’ll find the family favourite Try Dive pool run by Stoney Cove’s very own Dive School team. Whatever your interest in diving, you’ll be glad you went to Dive 2017. See us there on stand 870.
Dive shows can be expensive, but not this one! Follow this link and enter the discount code STONEYCOVE2-4-1 for an unbeatable 2-for-1 ticket deal especially for Stoney Cove Diverlog customers. And remember, it’s far easier to reach your wallet when you’re not wearing a drysuit.
The Big Bang
Bonfire night fireworks
One of my favourite events of the year is finally here – the Big Bang Fireworks Display! You won’t believe the size of some of the fireworks we have in store for you. They’re seriously huge. Join us on 5 November at 19:00 hrs for great live music, a hog roast and a fantastic on-and-over-water firework display.
Tickets can be bought from Nemo’s Bar and Restaurant (01455274198) for the early-bird price of £5 per adult (£3 for under 14s) or on the night for £6 per adult (£3 for under 14s). Come along and enjoy the festivities.
Hooray! The winter servicing offers are back at UnderwaterWorld, where you can book in your regulators (first stage, second and octo) and get the octo or a BCD serviced for FREE. Also, book in your cylinder for a visual or hydrostatic test and get the valve service for FREE. You might be tempted to eke out the service intervals on your kit for as long as possible, but this is a far better way to save money and be safe. The offer is valid until 1st February 2018 on presentation of the voucher. A report by the Health and Safety Executive found that “British divers are risking their lives by failing to get their regulators professionally serviced”. So, go on. Buck the trend, download your voucher and save yourself a few quid, terms and conditions apply.
Daylight Saving Time Ends
On Sunday 29 October at 2am, UK clocks will go back one hour. The end of British Summer Time signals a change in our opening times. The winter diving times will be 7:00am to 3:00pm at weekends and 8:30am to 4:00pm on weekdays.
These early weeks of October have been incredibly mild and the water at Stoney Cove is still rather warm. Thankfully the last of the late algal bloom is finally dropping and the viz is superb in the shallower water. It’s pretty much the end of this year’s sea diving season in the UK, but don’t forget that the diving at Stoney can be awesome during the winter. It might be a little cool, but that’s no problem in a good drysuit. Meanwhile, we’re off to the Dive Show at the weekend. It’s a great place to catch up with old friends and make plans for your next diving adventure.