Vobster Santa Dive

On Sunday 11th December our favourite Inland Dive Site, Vobster Quay, was taken over by Scuba Diving Santas !!


This fantastic event takes place for charity annually and this year it was to raise money for the RNLI and the Dorset And Somerset Air Ambulance.


A team of Santas from Scuba Blue met at Vobbie early and were greeted by heavy snow making the site look like a winter wonderland. There was a fantastic atmosphere as we all donned our red outfits and prepared to dive.


At 10am, there was a mass entry with around 100 Santas plunging into the chilly water to explore the lake. It is a very surreal sight to see three Santas come past you with DPVs disguised as reindeer!



Following the dive, there were lovely hot mince pies and a raffle to raise as much money as possible for these two very deserving charities. A great event and a huge well done to the staff at Vobster for running the whole thing so efficiently.

Egyptian Adventure To Sharm El Sheikh.

October 2022 saw 22 Scuba Blue members jet off to the dive mecca that is Sharm El Sheikh. Sharm is located on the most southerly tip of the Sinai Peninsular in Egypt. The crystal clear aquamarine waters provide world class diving with stunning coral, supporting huge amounts of marine life.


We spent our week at Camel Dive Hotel which is situated right in the middle of Sharm, so an ideal base not only for diving, but also to allow us to sample everything else the town had to offer. The jetty from which the boats left each day was a short minibus drive away and once back after a days diving there was no better place to enjoy ‘Happy Hour’ than the Camel Bar Roof Terrace. We loved being in the centre of everything.


We were treated to 2 dives a day, with an optional 3rd dive for those who could just not get enough diving… we all know that the good stuff always appears on the third dive of the day!! As well as all the usual amazing sea life you expect to find in the Red Sea, we also had appearances from Turtles and even a Hammerhead Shark whilst at Tiran. The air temperature was a very warm 33 degrees but we were kept cool by the sea breezes and once in the water, we enjoyed a wonderful 28/29 degrees.


One of the many highlights of the trip was an expedition across the desert to Dahab, where we dived the infamous Blue Hole, followed by the stunning “Canyon” dive. These two dive sites are right next to each other so a perfect dive combination, followed by a fantastic group lunch in Dahab itself.


Sharm provided a huge choice of eateries and bars every evening and it was wonderful to be able to wander the streets after a days diving to check out the amazing array of merchandise on offer in the hundreds of shops, street stalls and bazaars.


A fantastic trip and we are already looking forward to our next Egyptian adventure in October 2023, when we will be cruising the Red Sea aboard the luxury motor cruiser ‘Blue Melody’ and diving the sites that cannot be reached by the day boats of Sharm.


Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details of all our trips both foreign and in the UK!!

The Seadogs of Lundy Island

The day starts with an early morning road trip down to the North Devon harbour town of Ilfracombe. The sea comes into view and in the distance the beautiful island of Lundy can be seen. A sense of anticipation has been growing ever since we left home and arriving at the harbour we can see we are not the only ones excited about today’s trip to dive with the super friendly seals that inhabit the rich coastal waters surrounding Lundy Island.




The rest of the Group have already arrived and are setting up their dive kit, ready to load onto “Obsession 2” the high speed “Cat” that Scuba Blue have chartered for the day. The skipper and crew are always hugely welcoming and we particularly enjoy taking less experienced divers to Lundy as it is an ideal first sea dive for those still new to the sport !!



Then, we are on our way and in just over an hour we are pulling into the calm clear waters of “Gannets Bay”. As we find our mooring line, the “residents” are seen sliding from the rocks which they have been basking on, into the sea, ready to interact with the new group of playmates that have just arrived. Heads then bob up out of the water to see what is taking the new arrivals so long, whilst we all kit up as quickly as we can to drop in and experience one of the highlights of UK diving.


Finally, the skipper opens the gate at the back of the boat and announces that “The pool is open!” and in we all go. We descend to the kelp covered bottom in only 3 or 4 metres of water and settle in to wait. The trick with seals is to ignore them…they can’t bear it !!! If you see one and swim after it, the seal will disappear…but pretend you haven’t seen it, or even better, ignore it, and it will soon be chewing and tugging on your fin, begging you to interact !!


It really is an amazing experience to have a wild animal, that is possibly 2 metres long with huge puppy eyes, begging you to scratch its tummy…..but you still ignore it…it may then “paw” your hood or gently chew your gloved fingers, in exactly the same way a friendly Labrador would, and in the end might even rub its tummy on your hand. We are briefed not to touch the seals but if they touch you, what choice do you have? Then you have them, their friends might also turn up and you have three, maybe four, of these very friendly, incredibly acrobatic marine mammals swooping around you and having the time of their lives!!!


All to soon, it is time to swim back to the boat…don’t be surprised if you feel some resistance on your fins…the seals don’t want you to get out, they want to keep playing and will grab your fins to try to persuade you to stay!! The diver lift gets you effortlessly back onto the boat and the dive deck is alive with chat about the experiences we have all had. Coffees, teas, hot chocolates and biscuits are served up by the fantastic crew and we all relax for an hour or so before jumping back in the water to do it all again !!!



Then, it is full steam ahead back to Ilfracombe. Sadly, I am unable to describe much about that journey as you will usually find me snoozing, all the way back, somewhere in the wheelhouse. Before we know it, we are back in Ilfracombe, the boat is unloaded and we finish the day, in the only way you can when at the seaside…fish and chips on the harbour wall.

The Pool Session

I am driving into Taunton town centre in the rain, on a dark January evening, thinking how nice it would be at home with my feet up tucking into some food… but I know that within about 10 minutes, I will be reminded why I am the luckiest man in the world not to finish work till about 10pm on a Tuesday night !!!


Arriving at King’s College, I am always amazed at how early our hugely enthusiastic staff turn up for the pool sessions, they just can’t stay away !! A quick chat and catch up, then students and members of the Scuba Blue Club begin to arrive. Try Divers looking a little apprehensive, but excited about the new activity they are going to experience…Open Water students looking forward to a session of learning skills and catching up with their new “Dive Buddies”, experienced divers who haven’t been in the water for a while and want to brush up on their skills and club members just wanting to blow a few bubbles and to hone their underwater skills.


The group then splits between the classroom and the pool…students complete any theory work with our instructors in the warm classrooms right next to the pool, whilst the rest of the Scuba Blue team unload all  the kit for the evening and set up ready for the pool. It always stuns us  that members and students alike always want to help the staff with the unloading, it just seems to engender a team feel and we love it. After what feels like 5 minutes, it’s time to get changed and do what we have all come here for…..SCUBA DIVING !!!


All our staff have been fully briefed and are ready to look after our guests for the evening…There is nothing worse than standing on the edge of a swimming pool, in your swimming things, not knowing quite what to do. So we make sure you are greeted at the poolside, whisked away, provided with whatever kit you require and then welcomed into the small groups you will be spending the session with.


One of the great joys of our Tuesday pool sessions, is that Try Divers and newer students have the opportunity to see a huge range of abilities in the pool. Some members might be practicing their SMB skills, others trying out their new twinsets or even rebreathers…it gives a great illustration of the endless possibilities diving can offer.



If I get a moment, I will take a minute to myself to just hover in the deep end and take in the view of between 20 and 30 people all having the time of their lives on a cold, wet Tuesday evening in Taunton… Bizarre isn’t it !!Then, before we know it, the time has come to get out and back to normal life.




HOWEVER, for me the highlight of the evening is hearing the chat and laughter in the changing rooms and reception area once the pool session is over. There are no signs of nerves or shyness from the Try Divers anymore, they are full of smiles and desperate to talk about their first breaths underwater and “How can I take this new interest further?”, Open Water students are chatting with everyone about the new found confidence they have and making plans for their “Open Water Weekend” and the experienced divers, who have come along for a refresher session, are remarking that the skills they have been put through have never left them… “It’s a bit like riding a bike” and…”Why did I leave it for so long?”


Then, just as you think everyone will want to get away as it’s up for work in the morning , EVERYONE gets involved in packing the van. We tell them that they are guests but they insist they “Want to get involved.” The van is loaded in minutes but STILL people don’t want to leave.


Finally, I HAVE to bring the evening to a close, so everyone disappears to their cars still chatting all the way and I turn off the lights and lock the doors!! After a drink, a quick bite to eat and a bit of a debrief with any staff and students that want to join us, I am on my way home with a huge feeling of satisfaction and a real joy that we have just been able to provide the base for people to come out, get active, try something new, make new friends and simply have a great time !!


By 11pm I’m drifting off, dreaming of crystal clear waters, coral reefs, pristine shipwrecks and talking sea horses zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………..

Just need to unload that van in the morning !!!!!

Breathe Easy !!!

So a relatively unfashionable subject but one which is absolutely crucial to us divers, we all happily kit up, stick a reg in our mouth and go off to explore the underwater realm we all love so much, but how pure is the air in your cylinder.

Here at Scuba Blue we take air purity very seriously and have our air/compressor checked every three months……I have never taken much notice of the specs involved in our “Air Purity” tests but it struck me that I was interested in the CO2 content…… so following the most recent test I spoke to the fab people at Aquatron breathing air systems who do our air testing and discovered that the UK has some of the strictest tests in the world.

With regard to CO2 content ours is a great pass at 440.8 parts per million………in the states you can pass with anything up to 1000 parts per million !!!!

Just for your interest the test involves Aquatron sending me a small “Crack” cylinder which is then filled directly from our compressor, this is then sent back to Aquatron who do their analysis and then send the air purity certificate.

So you can all “Breathe Easy”😂😂 safe in the knowledge that all cylinders filled at Scuba Blue are full of the freshest safest Somerset air …..also the test is done every three months to ensure standards are kept as high as they can be!!!

Our day began from the wonderful Swanage Pier

PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019

Here is a blog from Vicky Hayes who organised the recent Scuba Blue PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019.


Those of you who know me, know that I don’t need any persuasion to jump off a boat and explore the underwater world but this day was particularly special as it was a celebration of the growing numbers of women that are getting into the sport of SCUBA diving. 


At Scuba Blue we are really proud of the high number of women that dive with us with many of our trips being a 50/50 male/female split. 


The Valentine Tanks off SwanageAfter the successful shore diving at Brixham last year, this year we decided to take a trip down to Swanage and head off to explore the Valentine Tanks with ‘Sinbad’ from Swanage Boat Charters. The tanks are WW2 amphibious vehicles that lie at 15m in Poole Bay, 30 minutes out from Swanage. 


With ropes off just after midday, the excitement built as we gathered on the pier ready to jump aboard ‘Viper’ and head out to sea. It was great to see so many ladies from last year’s dive day and this year we also had some new faces join us, which is always fantastic. 


The Women of Scuba BlueFor a few of the group, this would be their first trip on a dive boat and along with excitement, naturally came some apprehension. Scuba Blue Dive Masters Carla, Jo and myself were on hand to guide, explain the process and build confidence in those who hadn’t boat dived previously. 


Aboard the ViperI love diving on the tanks. It will always be a Swanage favourite for me, as it was my first boat dive 3 years ago when I learnt to dive. I’ve been lucky enough to revisit the dive site several times since, but once again it took my breath away as we descended down the shot line and found ourselves surrounded by vast quantities of shoaling Bib. 


Conger Eel

The amount of marine life that the Valentine Tanks has to offer is amazing, especially given the limited size of the wrecks. Everywhere we looked we spotted life. Tompot Blennies, leopard-spotted gobies, large Wrasse, Edible Crabs, Velvet Crabs, Common Prawns and Conger Eels were all inhabiting the wrecks.


On the swim between the two tanks (roughly 70 metres – following a rope) we spotted a Dahlia Anemone and there was also a cuttlefish sighting by another buddy pair. We could tell that we were nearing the second tank because once again we found ourselves surrounded by fish. 

THe Ladies of Scuba Blue relax post-diveBy the time we had finished the dive the swell had picked up rather a lot, which made for quite an eventful exit for some of us ladies… along with lots of giggles!!


After some light refreshments at the pier cafe, some of us then headed off for a second dive under the pier. 


We finished the day off nicely, with fish, chips and ice cream. It was a fabulous day, great company, brilliant diving and loads of laughter.


Last year we had 9 ladies join us on PADI Women’s Dive Day, this year 12… who knows what next year will bring as Scuba Blue has already certified over 25 new women divers this year!!  


If you would like to join the next Scuba Blue PADI Women’s Dive Day then get in touch with us; check out the Scuba Blue website. If you fancy organising your own trip to Swanage then we can offer advice, contacts and kit hire.  Thanks to the fantastic folk at Swanage Boat Charters for looking after us all so well.

Carla enjoying some warm water diving

The Best Decision I Ever Made…Becoming a Scuba Blue PADI Divemaster

We are very proud to present a very honest account from Carla, one of our first group of trainee PADI Divemasters.  When Scuba Blue began we were pleased have six friends and dive buddies who wanted (OK, we did have to persuade one or two!!) to become PADI Divemasters with us. We were determined that their experience would be second to none and we worked hard to plan and deliver a great course for them.


It has been an honour to work with these fabulous people and it is so rewarding to hear about the course from the other side.  The bar was set high; all standards had to be clearly met and assessments were rigorous throughout. Having a group of trainees worked really well; they supported, cajoled and helped each other but throughout the level of humour and banter never failed!


Scuba Blue is now planning for a new group of Trainee Divemasters “The Class of 2019/20”.  If you want to join them then get in touch with Midge at Scuba Blue and reserve your space quickly. You can find out more about the course on this site and on the PADI website


I am not going to lie, when Midge talked to me about training to become a PADI Divemaster for Scuba Blue I had my doubts, mostly due to my limited confidence in my abilities as a diver and what I perceived as my lack of patience when dealing with others. I think I decided to start the course because there was a group of us who dived regularly together all agreeing to undertake the training.


Brian, one of Scuba Blue’s instructors, delivered all of our PADI Divemaster training; he was hugely knowledgeable, supportive and patient. The Scuba Blue approach to delivering the course was great fun, we would all gather around the kitchen table at Brian’s and go through the theory, it was great to have the support of everyone else and there were many laughs. Big shout out to Janet (Mrs Brian) for providing excellent cake each time! (Note: Mrs B says you were all a nightmare to cater for with highly specialised cake preferences .. how can anyone not like lemon drizzle cake???)


Not long after starting my course, my confidence took a huge knock when I had a bad dive at Swanage. I am the sort who is really hard on themselves and I remember getting back on to the boat and demanding a course refund! We still had another dive to go that day so I put ‘my big girl pants on’ and got back in and had a fantastic drift dive with no issues. Nevertheless, I  still had doubts about my ability to be a good divemaster and not let Scuba Blue down.


Shortly after this adventure/disaster, it was time for one of my PADI Divemaster assessments in the pool. As part of the course, I have to demonstrate one of the skills that a diver on their open water course needs to be able to complete. I was working with Midge on this occasion and he had briefed me beforehand on what skill he would like me to demonstrate, so I was all prepared. Unfortunately, Midge’s regulators malfunctioned and he was not able to effectively demonstrate the skills to the students so as the DM it fell on me to work through the skills with the students. This is the best thing that could have happened to me, I had not prepared for this but I had to come across as confident and professional to the students. They all paid close attention to me and successfully completed all of the skills. I was hooked from that moment on!


One student in particular, who I was lucky enough to work with closely throughout their open water course, only helped me further to realise that deciding to become a DM was the best decision I ever made. If I didn’t have a mortgage to pay, I would love to do this all the time! The student struggled at first with mastering one of the skills needed to qualify as an open water diver, I got the opportunity to work with them one-on-one and give them the confidence and a couple of tips to help them nail the skill. I think it helped that I had struggled with some of my learning so I understood how they felt.


That is one of the things I love about being part of Scuba Blue, they never rush you or make you feel silly, they do all they can to support you through any difficultly.


If anyone were thinking of undertaking a PADI Divemaster course, I would highly recommend doing it with Scuba Blue. We got to work with real students, had fantastic support from the rest of the team, who are highly professional but most importantly love to dive. I completed the course within 8 months, building up constant experience in this period. The Scuba Blue family has a passion for diving and teaching diving well and this passion is infectious.


Scuba Blue totally believes in their ethos of ‘start diving, keep diving’ and this is clear throughout everything they do and I will make sure I help support this in my time as a Scuba Blue Divemaster!  Scuba Blue is not all about how many courses you can do; Scuba Blue is about going diving, supporting each other, socialising and having fun.

THe beautiful shores of the islands surrounding Truk lagoon

Bucket List Diving – Truk Lagoon

Tony Reed is a passionate and highly experienced diver. We are so fortunate to have Tony associated with Scuba Blue; many of the photographs on the site are Tony’s and he is always willing to come along and help record the varied events and activities that go on at Scuba Blue.   Check out his brilliant website at https://cheapandcheerful.blog/ to see what brilliant photographs can be taken underwater using quite basic equipment.  Here Tony writes about a real bucket list dive destination – Truk Lagoon.


A poignant reminder of the people who once crewed these ships

Chuuk lagoon, also known as Truk lagoon’ is on many diver’s bucket list, and rightfully so. The lagoon is home to a vast number of wrecks that were sunk in 1914 from Operation Hailstone. Hailstone was an operation that lasted 2 days and saw the destruction of the Japanese fleet by the US in retaliation from the attacks on Pearl harbour.


Chuuk Lagoon is one of a small group of islands which form the federated states of Micronesia. Located in the Pacific the distance from the UK makes it a task to get there!  My trip there was broken up into 2 days. From Gatwick to Istanbul – Japan where I stayed overnight, then from Japan to Guam and then on to Chuuk.


I travelled as light as I could and with different baggage allowances throughout the journey it worked out quite well with a quick swap over of a couple of items in Japan. I flew Turkish airlines from UK to Japan with a 40-kilo allowance. From Japan to Chuuk I flew United Airlines with a 23-kilo allowance but the hand luggage was only restricted to size not weight. So the Olympus TG4 was perfect to take with me! I also took a couple of GoPros for footage and wide shots! Along with a small but powerful video light I had what I needed. This is the setup I now use for my photography!


I arrived at midnight and got shown to my room where I quickly found my bed. I woke in the morning to a view that took my breath away..it was paradise..clear turquoise sea, blue sky, green grass and palm trees. I was excited about the day ahead. I made my way to the restaurant for breakfast walking through the lush green trees. There were lots to choose from on the menu which was nice. I also noticed all the information needed for new arrivals on the reverse of the menu so I had everything I needed.


Inside the wreck

After breakfast I got my dive kit sorted and headed over to the dive centre. The set up was really good with a guide and skipper allocated too a small group of divers. For most of the week, I was on the boat with 3 other divers Dean, Sue and Paul.


The boat journey to the dive sites is usually no longer than 25 minutes so it’s not long before you are descending down the buoy line. The first wreck was the Fujikawa maru which is a favourite to start with. The viz was pretty good and it wasn’t long before the dark shape below resembled the bow of a wreck. The excitement from the start of the holiday only got more intense as we explored the magnificent wrecks one by one. Trying to take in all the different artefacts that remain on each wreck is a challenge so having a couple of cameras helped a lot with that! Between the 2 dives in the morning, we made our way to Etton island for a surface interval where the locals climbed the trees and cut down coconuts for us all to drink from! it was a lovely way to spend the interval.


unexploded ammunition

Etton island was a landing strip which resembled the shape of an aircraft carrier which confused the Americans as they kept bombing the island and reporting back stating it still had not sunk! There are a number of aircraft scattered around the end of the island. The betty bomber, the Emily seaplane, a Zero fighter and some wings of fighters. The betty bomber and Emily seaplane were great dives with quite a bit of life on them. The Zero fighter is in 6 meters of water so was a good surface interval snorkel.


Over the 8 days diving, I managed to do 18 different wrecks, some were done twice as a new group came through. A wreck playground for the metal fans but also plenty of life around the wrecks! Sharks, hundreds of fish shoals and a fair bit of macro! A great combination for the photographer. On the last day after diving, the guide took us to another island for a farewell BBQ! It was an amazing end to a fantastic 8 days diving! On the tiniest island miles from anywhere else sipping beer, eating good food sitting in a hammock watching the clouds go by! Perfect!

HSE presentation

PADI Diver Safety UK Event

Scuba Blue take Diver Safety very seriously. Whether it is a course, training session or dive trip, we plan carefully to make sure the activity is successful, safe and, of course, fun. When the opportunity arose to take part in a Diver Safety UK event at PADI’s European headquarters, based inRNLI Presentation Bristol, we jumped at the opportunity. Brian Scowcroft, Scuba Blue Staff Instructor, represented the team.  Inevitably his first report back concerned the quality of lunch provided, but once over that hurdle we got down to discussing the course content.


PADI must be congratulated on bringing together key speakers from all the main organisations involved in making sure diving in the UK is as safe as possible. The event was presented by Mark Spiers, PADI EMEA Vice President for training, sales and field services and showcased industry influencers from:


  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
  • Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)
  • Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Divers Alert Network (DAN)
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
  • British Diving Safety Group (BDSG)
  • Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC)

Guest speakers shared the latest best practice and techniques to improve diver and boating safety and were available to chat with through the day.


RNLI Presentation and video

One highlight was the opportunity to apply for Instructor status for a new speciality, the PADI/RNLI Sea Survivor Diver.  This looks like it will be a great addition to the range of specialities Scuba Blue offer.  Essentially this course covers the skills, experience and knowledge a relatively new diver needs in order to be a confident and safe diver in the sort of diving we find in the waters around the UK. It includes dive planning and preparation, safety kit to carry or which we find on dive boats, diving in low visibility, gas management, SMB use and more. AS well as knowledge development the student takes part in two open water dives where they can apply and develop their new knowledge.  An initial thought is that it would be a fabulous course to offer less experienced divers who might be a bit nervous about actually going out diving in the UK.


As well as the brilliant presentations Brian came back with free stickers, a poster, badge and a keyring….. a Happy Bunny!.

Jonathan obviously enjoys rebreather diving

Trying out the VMS RedBare Rebreather

Andy with instructor, Tim ClementsScuba Blue concentrates on training recreational divers but that’s not to say that we don’t also take an interest in more technical diving and equipment.  Tim Clements of Vobster Quay Dive Centre provided a day introducing Scuba Blue Divemasters, Andy Braithwaite and Jonathan Madeley to Rebreather Diving.  An arm of the Vobster operation both manufactures and offers training on the VMS RedBare Closed Circuit (CCR) Rebreather.


Both Andy and I are used to the early morning start for a trip to Vobster Quay, but this morning was different; today we were going back to being the students. The night before we had both packed all our kit and had exchanged suitably excited messages about meeting up in the morning. We had been looking forward to this since a brief conversation with Tim at the Dive Show last year. While I was waiting for Andy I was thinking how lucky we are to live where we do, we have fantastic sea dives that can fill anyone’s needs, wrecks off the south coast, blue sharks out of Plymouth, seals at Lundy but also facilities like Vobster Quay all on our doorstep.


Learning about the unitWe arrived at Vobster nice and early and after getting the obligatory cup of tea, we met Tim, went upstairs to learn about the RedBare rebreather, have a general look at rebreather technology and some of the unique features on the RedBare. It was an interesting couple of hours and Tim spent time not only explaining the technology but also the reasoning behind it and how things had moved on in the last few years. Although there is no denying that there is a lot of “science” in rebreathers the morning passed quickly, both Andy and I came out of it with a much better understanding and we had a few laughs along the way.


Now it was the bit we had both been waiting for, our chance to dive with the RedBare rebreather. Tim spent some time adjusting the harness to try and place the counterlung on the rebreather in the correct position, as getting this wrong can lead to it Andy adopting the "Cool, Tough Diver" pose.needing an increased effort to either breath out or in. Once he was happy with the position, we were ready to go. The plan was to start in the enclosed water area to check that we had the correct weight and to practice some drills, mainly switching from the rebreather to the open circuit stage cylinder that we were carrying. The issue with switching is that you cannot just remove the rebreather mouthpiece as unlike a normal regulator it is not sealed so it will flood the whole system and will turn the sofnolime that is used to remove the carbon dioxide into oven cleaner, which is not a good thing. Therefore, before you remove the mouthpiece you need to turn the switch on the front so that it is closed and sealed. Once we had run through this drill and were happy that we could switch from the rebreather to the stage cylinder and back again, we were ready to go and explore.


Both Andy and I have done many dives at Vobster so we knew the planned route. What I was not ready for was the silence. The biggest change for me was buoyancy; the way a rebreather works means thatTim is very helpful! breathing in or out does not change your buoyancy. (Tim had already warned us to go around the escort rather than just take a deep breath and rise over it as we normally would. I think his exact words were we would just run into the door!) The exhaled gas is not expelled as bubbles but is held in a counterlung (bladder) and then “cleaned” and reused. This meant that if you were swimming at a set depth then once your buoyancy was right it would stay perfect until you changed depth. Whilst this is great when you are not changing depth, it does cause an issue when you start to reduce your depth. As the gas in the counterlung will start to expand as the pressure on it reduces. This causes your buoyancy to become positiveWhat time is it? and means that there is no spare volume for your exhaled breath. To counteract this you breathe out through your nose thus removing gas from the system. In reality, this sounded much more complicated than it was in practice and both Andy and I soon got the hang of balancing the amount of gas in the system. I suppose the big question now is do I want one. Well that is easy. Yes!!! However, the current diving I do does not warrant that investment. Now if Vobster brought out a cheaper version that was aimed more at a recreational diver to a max of 40m with upgrade options then I think I may be tempted


If you want to take part in a similar experience then you can check out the details of the Vobster Rebreather Training. You can also chat with Jonathan and Andy at a Tuesday Scuba Blue pool session or via the Scuba Blue Club Members Facebook Group.  Find out about the club here