News – Portland Search & Rescue Helicopter

LAST DAY OR SERVICE

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter will be retired later despite a campaign and 100,000-signature petition to save the service.

The Portland helicopter has been rescuing people from across the South West with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) since 1995.

The area will now be served by a new £20m-helicopter from a base at Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire.

The MCA said it was 15 minutes flying time from Portland.

The new Leonardo AW189 helicopter started operational duties in April and is fitted with more modern equipment, the agency said.

The Portland area will have back-up from helicopters in Cornwall and South Wales.

It is part of a new restructuring of the MCA which will see a fleet of search and rescue helicopters operate from 10 bases.

‘Modernise’

The government, which is investing £1.9bn in search and rescue helicopter services, previously said the changes would “modernise” the service and cut costs.

More than 100,000 people signed a petition in 2014 calling for the Portland helicopter to be retained.

It followed a campaign led by Conservative MP for South Dorset Richard Drax.

Last year, the MCA was sent to 526 search and rescues in the South West of England – making it one of the busiest regions in the country, according to figures from the Department for Transport.

Portland was the least busy service in the country with 123 call-outs. However, it only operates 12 hours a day.

Heli Operations saved the Portland helicopter base site at Osprey Quay last year and it will now be used as a refuelling facility.

RED SEA – 2018

 

RED SEA – PROJECT SHARK – SIMPLY THE BEST – MAY 2018

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Itinerary: Project Shark: Simply the Best
Dates:     11th – 18th May 2018
Aboard:   M/Y blue Fin

The Vessel…
Built in 2005, M/Y blue Fin is the first vessel in the blue o two Egyptian liveaboard fleet. She is 39m in length and takes a maximum of 24 divers on each trip. She went through an extensive refit early in 2016 and now has a great contemporary look and feel. All cabins benefit from en-suite facilities, air conditioning, mini refrigerators and personal entertainment systems and the 3 king suites also offer large double beds and bigger plasma screens. These king suites which dominate the bow on the lower and middle decks, spreading the whole width of the vessel – the perfect treat for couples. M/Y blue Fin is equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and can also cater for rebreather divers.

The Itinerary…
Taking in the world-famous marine parks at Brothers and Daedalus, this thrilling itinerary of spectacular drop offs is perfect for divers keen to glimpse some big animals at these remote off-shore reefs.

The aim of ‘Project Shark’ is to highlight the global issues facing sharks, with a Red Sea focus, as well as enjoying some of the most spectacular reefs that the Red Sea has to offer. Founded by our expert dive guide and marine biologist, Elke Bojanowski Ph.D, in her quest to track and collect basic population data on oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus Longimanus), in the Egyptian Red Sea.

PLEASE NOTE: Divers must have a minimum of 30 logged dives to take part in this trip.

Sample Itinerary:

**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.

Day 1 – Gota Abu Ramada x 3
Day 2 – Big Brother
Day 3 – Little Brother
Day 4 – Daedalus
Day 5 – Elphinstone
Day 6 – Salem Express/Panorama/Abu Kaffan, Abu Hashish

Itinerary Highlights:

Big Brother
A 400 metre long island offering fabulous wreck diving and wall diving. The wreck of the Numidia lies on the northern tip between 10 and 80 metres. The north-west side of the island houses the wreck of the Aida. On every section of this reef the wall is covered with corals and life.

Little Brother
Boasts a very high concentration of life within a very small area. Fan coral forests, overhangs, hard and soft corals in a variety of astonishing colours and of course there are plenty of fish! With regular sightings of hammerheads, thresher sharks, grey sharks and white tip reef sharks, at the right time of year.

Daedalus Reef
This huge reef rises from the sea bed in the middle of the Red Sea. Easily recognized by its zebra-striped lighthouse, this massive reef offers some of the most amazing dives in the Red Sea. The sheer walls are covered in over-grown hard coral formations and a variety of reef fish. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by, but make sure you keep your eyes open on the blue! Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen… oceanic white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, a lonesome hammerhead shark or schools of them. The excitement and the sheer size of this reef means that you can do several dives and not get bored!

Elphinstone Reef
A Red Sea legend. One of the most beautiful reefs, with north and south plateau’s covered in hard and soft corals. This is a truly awesome reef.

All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

BOOK NOW!

£1,099 per person + £55 Visa*
Includes: Return flights LGW**-HRG (others many be available on request), transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder and weights.
**Other airports may be available on request
Terms: All divers must have a minimum of 30 logged dives to take part in this itinerary
Please contact John Campbell at Dive Style on 07527427380. Alternatively, email info@divestyle.co.uk for more information or to book on to this Red Sea safari!

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Dive Trip Spaces Available – Get them while they are hot!

Hello!

We have a few spaces for the following trips in our dive club, they are:

Plymouth £ 84 Diving costs (3 spaces) March 25th -26th

Lundy £165 diving costs (1 space) June  17th  and 18th

Please let me and John Campbell know ASAP if you want to join these trips

jc@divestyle(dot)co.uk

Please note these trips are advertised in various other sites and will be offered in first come first served basis.

Dive Space Available – Isle of Man – 29 June to 3rd July 2017 – Last Space Remaining!

Isle of Man – 29 June to 3rd July 2017 – Last Space Remaining!

Dive the island in the middle of the north Irish Sea – BOOK TODAY!

To book your place on this amazing trip, email membership@divestyle.co.uk

We have booked a four day package arriving Thursday 29th June and departing Monday 3rd July, with 8 dives in total – Friday to Monday inclusive.

The Isle of Man is renowned for some of the best diving in the UK where there are opportunities for sightings of basking sharks, diving birds and seals, as well of plenty of small marine life, with varied diving large colourful walls and some wrecks.

The trip is – £320.00

What’s Included:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • 4 days diving (8 dives in total)
  • Air fills (nitrox available charged extra, trimix by prior arrangement)
  • Full use of dive centre facilities
  • All linen and towels at the accommodation
  • Location – Situated in the south of the Isle of Man between the villages of Port Erin and Port St Mary our accommodation has been graded 4 star highly commended by our tourist board.

The property boasts stunning views of the surrounding area and is ideally located to the dive centre and local amenities.

The house is a 15 minute drive from the airport and a 30 minute drive from the ferry terminal.

Accommodation is in a house close to the dive centre. Split over 3 floors and has 5 bedrooms, 3 of the bedrooms are en-suite and there is a seperate shared bathroom for the other 2 rooms.

Each bedroom can be configured as a twin or double and one room can sleep 3 if required. Each room has a television and alarm clock

The dining room has a feature fireplace and a large table so that guests can enjoy meals as a group.

The kitchen is fully equipped including dishwasher and washer/dryer, electric range cooker, microwave, kettle, toaster, pots & pans, plates and cutlery.

The house has a relaxing lounge with television, DVD player and Sky TV free view. The lounge leads on to the rear patio and barbeque area (bbq supplied) overlooking stunning views of the surrounding area. In the evening as a sun trap this will be an ideal place to sit and relax after a hard days diving.

What’s Not Included:

  • Travel to isle of man
  • Ferry crossing.

To book the last slot, please contact john campbell at DiveStyle jc’at’divestyle.co.uk (replace ‘at’ with @)

Why Join The DiveStyle Pirate Club?

JOIN THE DIVESTYLE PIRATE DIVE CLUB TODAY!

OUR MEMBERSHIP IS ONLY £7.50 PER MONTH!!!

DiveStyle Pirate Dive Club

We are a scuba diving club based in Reading Berkshire but that doesn’t stop us getting out for a dive!

We’re a friendly and active club who place the emphasis on safety and fun. We are very sociable running not just diving trips, but also a wide range of social events that include BBQ’s, curries and annual oversea’s dive trips.

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OUR MEMBERSHIP IS ONLY £7.50 (that’s right!), £7.50 a month and you get some amazing benefits to boot!

Once you are a club member you will enjoy these fantastic benefits!

Your membership will include:

• 10% Discount on retail

• 10% Discount on courses

• 25% Discount off kit hire (save £20 on a weekend hire)

• £3 Air fills

• Full and active dive calendar

• Full and active social calendar

So come and join the DiveStyle family, make some new friends in a relaxing environment for all levels of divers and non divers alike!

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Joining the club is extremely simple!

Just email membership@divestyle.co.uk or contact us via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ijustwanttodive/

Scapa Flow – May 2017 – 2 Spaces Available!

SCAPA Flow – May 21st – 26th

Dive the pride of the German fleet, BOOK TODAY!

To book your place on this amazing trip, email jc@divestyle.co.uk

We have booked a week charter from Saturday – Saturday with 6 days diving (Sunday – Friday) aboard MV Huskyan. THE premier vessel in Scapa flow.

The trip is at the amazing price of £555.00!

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 days diving (2 dives per day)
  • The use of a single 12l or 15l cylinder if required
  • Use of lead weights (please bring your own belts)
  • Air fills (nitrox available charged extra, trimix by prior arrangement)
  • Complimentary tea, coffee & biscuits. After dive pints of tea served as standard!!!!
  • Accurate, in depth, multi-media dive briefings and history talks. We have over 30 years combined experience diving the German Fleet. We are the only boat offering this level of briefing in Scapa.

Accommodation is for 7 nights (Saturday – Friday inclusive) ashore in Stromness in Number 15 (Divers Lodge) – the large and luxury self- catering house opposite the harbour.

http://www.huskyan.com/about-us/accommodation-divers-lodge

Lunch can also be provided aboard. Their food is fast gaining the reputation as the best in Scapa. Fresh local produce is used and the home baking is fantastic! Pre-booking is essential and special dietary requirements can be catered for.

What’s Not Included:

  • Travel to scapa, we are looking at traveling as a group to make the cost as cheap as possible.
  • Ferry crossing
  • Additional accomodation, some have looked at having additional nights in Scapa, this is not covered in the package.