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Alicante Diving

Discussion in 'Diving Trips and Locations' started by Steve Quick, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. Steve Quick

    Steve Quick New Member

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    Hi All,

    With me living in Cornwall, i live close to Newquay Airport (13miles), they have now since the beginning of this year opened up flights all year round to Alicante. This opens up for me anyway chances of diving abroad outside of the normal what i call Silly Season.

    Does anyone have any advice of diving there, locations, shops, Accommodation etc etc.

    Much appreciated guys
     
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    Hi Steve,

    If you are looking for a guide I can highly recommend Geoff Ridden of Dive dive dive https://www.dive-dive-dive.eu

    He’s about an hour from Alicante.

    Cheers

    Lee



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  3. Steve Quick

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    thanks lee, i will have a look, might heading out there in November for a week.
     
  4. JasonP

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    I dived down there a few times. Most of it is a while ago, so probably not much use for the operators who are probably not around any more, but might give you an idea on locations. I did a few trip reports:
    https://www.scuba-addict.co.uk/node/31
     
  5. Steve Quick

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    is that your website Jason ??
     
  6. JasonP

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    Yes.
     
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    Up to last year I used to go over to Spain every year, diving out of Javea which is a bit further north from Alicante. There were plenty of dive operators, all of them working in the 'follow the leader' mode. They all require insurance -- Dan is your friend. It seems that they are all pretty well controlled by "the rules of diving".

    Once you've had a couple of dives with them they all became a bit more relaxed about allowing you to go off on your own, or at least stay away from the throng of inexperienced holiday divers (yes, I was one some time ago...)

    Much of a muchness sums it up quite well.
     
  8. JasonP

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    There are some nice wrecks, the trouble is they're a bit on the deep, trimix side. Kaycher Diving used to do them, but sadly the owner died and I don't think anyone is now.
     
  9. Steve Quick

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    my BSAC membership will cover my insurance won't it :bookworm:
     
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    there is a place close to alicante called Dive Academy Santa Pola, which is not far from the Airport as i don't want to be on a long transfer. I only live 13 miles from Newquay Airport so like the littlest travelling as possible between airports
     
  11. StuartM

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    No, only public liability and then only when taking part in a BSAC activity I believe.
     
  12. Steve Quick

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    mmm have the laws changed then, cos when i dived in Gran Canary and Lanzarote they accepted that i was a BSAC member and was covered by the insurance, and didn't have to provide anything else to cover me diving, this was only last year?. The dive shop was a PADI dive school aswell nothing to do with BSAC.
     
  13. JohnL

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    I'd been told that I'd be covered abroad, but I thought that I'd check. Extract from Q&A of the BSAC cover:

    Are we covered for travel arrangements or medical treatment?
    No, you must have separate cover for this – please check the policy wording of any policy carefully as most policies say they cover criminal defence costs in the summary but then expressly exclude this in the policy exclusions.

    The BSAC cover is for third party liability only ie if you cause harm to someone else. It only operates if you are diving within your BSAC limits (except in a rescue, when a third party liability would be covered for a greater depth).

    So, if you want someone to pick up the bill for a spell in a compression chamber overseas, you better get some personal insurance. In UK, the NHS will treat you for free, so not a problem.

    The moral in all this is that you need to read the small print. :smuggrin
     
  14. Wibble

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    So the BSAC insurance is pretty pointless, covering only third party and not covering the more likely outcome of a trip to the pot + medical bills.

    Dan's Silver cover seems pretty good then, covering the medical bills and for technical diving too.
     
  15. JasonP

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    No, you've always needed medical insurance in Spain. Be warned that they may also want a medical now.
     
  16. JasonP

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    According to their website, they have a permit to dive in the Tabarca marine reserve, so you should see plenty of fish. The motorway is pretty good down that way. Doesn't take that long to get around.
     
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    My other half’s parents live near Alicante and after seeing Scuba Murcia on New Lives Abroad I had been meaning to give Spanish diving a go for a while.

    When we were visiting in October I dropped Ed at Scuba Murcia an email.

    I dived with them for 2 days. It was great. Wrecks and reefs at various depths. The fish life is amazing as it’s on top of a marine reserve.

    Shoals of sardines, grouper, jacks and barracuda to name a few!

    If you would like somewhere to dive I would highly recommend Scuba Murcia. A great little dive centre, really nice friendly staff. I’ve booked up to go back for some more “Techy” dive in June, can’t wait!


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  18. Wibble

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    Hi Nick, welcome to the forum.

    What's "New Lives Abroad"?

    Also what sort of wrecks are they? Any info - name, etc.?
     
  19. ScubaNick

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    My bad, the tv programme is actually called “A new life in the sun.”

    It’s a channel 4 programme which follows new businesses starting up abroad. One of the businesses happens to be Scuba Murcia.

    I will look up the wrecks a bit later but I’m pretty sure they have some information on the website. There are some great videos on their Facebook page.

    I have been following the forum for a while having discovered it on Tapatalk, not sure why it took me so long to discover!


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  20. Wibble

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    Ah, that wonderful fantasy programme determined to get us all wistful during the dark, cold winter months.

    Works for me. Currently fantasising about clearing off to be a DiveMASTER in some warm exotic location. Oh to throw away all the responsibilities of the daily grind to live a simple, more satisfying existence. Well, until reality bites back...
     

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