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After sponsoring this forum for the past 6+ years, the time has come to bring my tenure to a close. I'll continue to sponsor it until the end of this year.
Would be delighted to pass on the baton to someone else and would be sad to see it go dark after so many years.
If anyone's interested, do contact me (also @Wibble, my alter-ego).
GUE Experience Day 29 October 2016
The National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) Chepstow.
If you are curious about GUE, this is for you.
'We don't always wear black, and we don’t only do technical diving. We enjoy open water diving just as much as we do wreck diving or cave exploration.
This Experience Day is aimed at dispelling the myths and preconceptions about Global Underwater Explorers and we invite you to come dive with a GUE team.
You will receive guidance on your general diving skills, and video feedback and tips on how to improve your buoyancy and propulsion techniques, while gaining valuable insight into the GUE style of diving.
See for yourself how easy it is to dive safer, be more efficient and, most importantly, have more fun.
All we ask from you is a £20 donation to the RNLI. Come in with your own kit and enthusiasm!'
We have setup a just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/GUEExperienceDay so we can raise a little money for every...
Swanage - yay \o/
Moved from the "Do I really want to get back in the water" thread...
So, who could be interested in a day's bimbling in the British Riviera (as we might be barred from entering Europe by that time...)?
Please can we have a show of people who are interested. If there's a lot of interest, we could book a whole boat. If there's less, then we can book directly, if there's sod all interest...
UKDivers has been a little ill just recently. More serious than a dose of "man-flu", the system was brought to a shuddering halt as a result of a power outage at a major ISP. On a positive note, we've tested the recovery procedures, then decided we'd better re-write them from scratch!
A massive thanks goes to Gareth Burrows, aka Garf, who's technical skills have brought the forum back from the brink (and that's no understatement).
So a huge cheers Garf. Beers (other tipples are available) will be winging their way in your direction soon.
Recreational (AOW, SD, Fundies) level diving off Outcast over Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Wrecks wil include the Maine, Percier, James Egan Lane -- subject to what people want and the weather.
If possible, it would be nice to go out to the Eddystone rocks, but only if the weather plays ball.
Depths will be circa 30 metres. Whilst it's recreational level diving, you will need to be familiar with sea diving and bring the normal kit: SMB, etc. You'll need two cylinders as the boat won't be returning for a fill between dives.
Tides are neaps that weekend, so we'll be in for longer slack and hopefully some fantastic visibility.
Outcast is an excellent hard boat with lift. Dougie's a great skipper.
Boarding will be from Sutton Yacht Harbour outside Aquanauts. Parking in Staples (circa £6 - bring change!)
You can book for all three days, or just Sat+Sun - please state.
Accommodation is not included. Typically we use the Kynance B&B up on the Hoe which is diver friendly and not too...
You should now see a Calendar tab underneath the UKD logo in the top left.
To get an entry in the calendar you need to create an event. I've enabled event creation in the Diving Trips and Locations forum as well as the Testing forum. You should now see Post New Event next to Post New Thread.
In the fullness of time I'll add a Google Calendar sync, if I can ever get it to work...
Fill your boots!
We've had a problem with transferring the domain name over to the new owner. Unfortunately during this transfer the DNS record was corrupted, meaning that UKDivers.com is temporarily unavailable until the original domain registrar can get it's act together. This will probably take a day or three for them to sort things out...
In the meantime the forum is also available on UKDivers.EU. Log in in the normal manner.
Following PeterT's retirement announcement, the forum ownership has now been transferred.
Firstly, I would like to thank Peter for his hard work over the years in developing the forum to its present state.
I'm a relative newcomer to both diving and this forum, only joining in spring last year. I've enjoyed the company of people on this forum both online and meeting them in the real world. I particularly appreciate UKDivers friendly nature and I am delighted that my diving skills and interest have immeasurably improved as a result of the people I've met on this forum. I know I've a long way to go (as I'm sure you'll tell me), but on here I am surrounded by people that I can genuinely respect and hope to one day dive as well as them. I sincerely hope I am not alone in this opinion.
I consider to UKDivers be my diving club. It's like a real club, but informal, irreverent, amusing, and sometimes irritating, but always deadly serious about doing what we all enjoy. To...
This "secrets" series is a set of articles I am going to write over the next few weeks. They come about because I get asked a lot of the same questions again and again, and thought it would be useful to jot down some of my typical responses in the hope that the answers may be of use to all divers, not just those thinking of GUE training. the first question is "how do you assess divers on the very first dive of GUE fundamentals - what are you looking for".
Dive 1 of GUE fundamentals doesn't really have many skills on it. You basically get in the water, and have a bit of a swim about. You practice hovering, and have a go at frog kicking, but that's about it. The point of dive 1 is really just to give divers a chance to chill out. People bring so much stress with them that it's usually good idea just to get them in the water and show them that I'm not going to hit them with a taser or stab them or something. It's a chance for them to relax.
It's also a chance for the GUE...
The Art of Shutdowns
A Garf Rant.
I have been reading all the recent threads about valve shutdowns, or valve drills as some refer to them, with great interest. The reason for this is that I have been trying to crack them for 18 months, and its only in the recent month or so that it has all come together. So I have decided to write down my thoughts on what barriers I encountered, or heard about, and include all of the advice I have had, in the hope that it accelerates someone, or gives them an insight into the problem they may be having. There's an obvious DIR slant to it, but hopefully there is information in there for anyone trying to reach that elusive valve
Firstly, let’s have some clarification of a few issues. The name. GUE calls it a “valve drill”, and I have heard instructors from other agencies call them the same, but I have heard divers from all agencies call it a “shutdown”, and for simplicity’s sake, that is how I am going to refer to them here. Although the...