midge in the shop

Look around the Scuba Blue Shop

Welcome to our shop based in Dunkeswell in North Devon, just 15 minutes away from J26 on the M5. Because of our close link with Fathom Diving we have immediate access to a huge range of diving and snorkelling equipment from the OMS, Sherwood and Akona brands. Fathom also manufacture a range of drysuits on site so come up and get measured up for a new MTM drysuit.  Check out our video tour here.

 

 

 

Happy try divers having a scuba experience

Come along for a Try Dive and discover the underwater world

Anyone Can Try Scuba Diving !! ⭐A pre try dive briefing

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to breathe underwater or to be completely weightless like an astronaut? Well wonder no more, come and experience it for yourself on a “Try Dive” with Scuba Blue 🌊

 

We run “Try Dives” every Tuesday evening, you need no experience and all you will need to do on the evening itself is have FUN !!!

 

Putting the scuba kit togetherA “Try Dive” is cheaper than you might imagine, £30 per person or if you come as a pair it is £50 for 2 people. Bring the kids along 👫 anyone over the age of 8 years old can have a go !!

 

Live life….try something new….come and join us for a “Try Dive with Scuba Blue who knows where it might lead !!!

 

📲 Call us on 01404 891808 for a chat…… we would love to hear from you!!

Tompot Blenny

Underwater Photography with Tony Reed at Scuba Blue

seahorse from Babbacombe in DevonA huge thank you to Tony Reed for a fantastic workshop on Underwater Photography last night at Scuba Blue HQ. A really interesting insight into producing high-quality underwater images. The fabulous thing was that he only uses a camera worth £250 to get the incredible pictures he produces meaning that everyone at the workshop could see that it is accessible to all.

 

We now move to the next part of the workshop….in the field, so to speak. This weekend at Porthkerris we have been challenged by Tony to put the theory into practice.

 

Lobster at Babbacombe

There will be prizes for the best “Still” Photograph and also for the best “Short Film” of the weekend.

 

Tony will be on hand all weekend to help you get the winning images !!

 

Thanks to all that came to a great evening, I don’t think Tony was expecting quite as many people, we are very appreciative of your support.

The women of Scuba Blue at Brixham Breakwater Beach

PADI Women’s Dive Day outing to Brixham

Since 2015, women from all around the globe have been getting together to celebrate PADI Women’s Dive Day to bond over their love of the ocean and a passion for scuba diving!

 

Ballan Wrasse at BrixhamThis year, Vicky from Scuba Blue invited ladies from Somerset, Devon and Dorset to meet at Brixham to enjoy a scuba dive out to Ladybird Cove followed by a second dive along the Breakwater. Here is her report.

 

Jellyfish at BrixhamAmong the group were relatively new divers, divers with years of experience and some who were just getting back after having a year or so out from diving. It was wonderful to see some new faces to Scuba Blue as well as catching up with the usual lovely ladies from the dive group.

 

The viz wasn’t great, but in places we enjoyed 3-4m and there was enough life to keep us entertained!! Large edible crabs, lobster, compass jellies, free swimming scallops and some lovely examples of Ballan wrasse.

 

After the first dive, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Breakwater Bistro, chatting away and sharing ourSnakelocks Anemone dive experiences from the UK and further afield. We also discussed the upcoming Scuba Blue trip to Curaçao, which many of us are booked on and getting extremely excited Yet another jellyfish!about!!

 

Following lunch, we headed back into the water for our second dive. We emerged to find glorious sunshine for the rest of the afternoon and, after packing all the dive gear away,  we enjoyed Sue’s fabulous homemade cake and, of course, plenty of Haribos, whilst sitting on the beach.

 

A brilliant day had by all and I’m already looking forward to the next Scuba Blue dive trips to Swanage on the 5th August and Porthkerris on the 18/19th.

 

Yes we did get in the water

 

Contact us at Scuba Blue to find out about forthcoming dive trips. We run regular trips but also just go diving locally on a regular basis. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a dive buddy, we can sort that out for you. Sign up for our email newsletters and follow us on Facebook to stay in touch.

 

If you haven’t been diving for a while we can organise a skills review to build your confidence again. Whatever it takes to get you diving.

 

Happy diving everyone!

 

Vicks xx

The Scuba Blue divers on Mary Jo. Happy folk after a great dive

Swanage Dive Trip 8th July 2018

The fabulous summer weather continued as a group of 12 divers made their way to Swanage last weekend. As usual, we all met for the traditional pre-dive breakfast in the sunshine overlooking the sea.

 

The Kyarra before meeting its end after being torpedoed in 1918We dived with Swanage Boat Charters and their very friendly and helpful skipper Bryan aboard “Mary Jo”.  Loading the boat in near 30-degree heat was a challenge but we were soon cooling down en route to our first dive site. We were off to dive the historic wreck of the “Kyarra”.

 

The Kyarra had various roles, from a luxury liner to troop carrier and even a hospital ship. The wreck had just passed the 100th anniversary of it’s sinking in May 1918 when it was torpedoed by a U-Boat. The South West of the UK has so many wrecks waiting for us to explore.  This wreck lies in approximately 30metres of water with the top of the wreck at approx 25 metres.  Damage by the torpedo and time is evident but it still provides a glimpse of what she would have looked like. There are numerous swim-throughs and a chance of finding treasure including old perfume bottles, ceramic tiles and even false teeth !!!!

 

Getting the kit set up before the diveAs we descended the shot line it was clear this was going to be a fabulous dive with visibility well over 10 metres. We were greeted at the bottom by an enormous Conger Eel and the wildlife just kept on coming.Bryan, the skipper of Mary Jo There were huge shoals of Pout Whiting that almost engulfed us. Bib, Wrasse, Lobsters, Tompot Blennies and all the usual sea life suspects are there. As we were diving on air our no deco time was up much too soon and we returned to the boat for between dive refreshments.

 

The second dive was a drift dive over the famous Peveril Ledges with a depth ranging from 10metres to 18metres. This turned out to be another fabulous dive and whilst it didn’t have the high octane speed of an “Old Harry” drift, the current was just right to allow us to see any wildlife we passed along the way. We spotted huge Wrasse, crabs, scallops and an undulate ray but the amazing topography of the seabed was the highlight for me.

 

Back onto the boat for more refreshments and then back into Swanage to offload at the pier. We then enjoyed fish and chips in the warm evening sun whilst sitting on the Swanage sea wall outdoing each other on sightings from the daysTompot Blenny diving.

 

A fabulous day with a fantastic group of divers and loads of laughs. If you would like to join us on one of our trips keep an eye on the  Scuba Blue website and facebook pages for details or call the shop on 01404 891808.

 

To see the wealth of wrecks near Swanage check out this amazing interactive map on the Swanage Boat Charters website – https://kyarra.com/map/map.html  and to book a trip with Bryan at Swanage Boat Charters go to their site at https://kyarra.com/  They take bookings by buddy pairs and all their upcoming trips can be seen and booked online.

Divers enjoying our first pool session

First Pool Session For Scuba Blue

On Tuesday evening we had our first pool session at Kings College, Taunton. With new kit, new students and new Divemasters we approached this first session hoping that all would run smoothly!!

 

The weather was beautiful allowing us to run through the theory section of the courses sitting in a fabulous outdoor amphitheatre. This created a lovely, relaxed atmosphere for Open Water and Rescue students as well as those trying Scuba for the first time.

 

The Divemasters got all the kit ready pool side so when it was time to get into the pool everything ran like clockwork. The new kit all performed just as we had hoped and all the courses ran brilliantly with everyone having a great time.

 

We must have done a great job as all of the Try Dive Divers decided to sign up to do the Open Water course which is fabulous and makes us very happy bunnies !!

 

Thanks so much to the whole Scuba Blue team for a brilliant effort in making our first pool session go so smoothly.

The new PADI Divemaster course takes off

A brilliant start to the new PADI Divemaster course today when six students started out the first level of PADI Professional training. After meeting together today and getting an induction and introduction to the role of the divemaster, their next steps will be to work in the pool next week to support Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver courses as well as helping out with some Try Dives.  Our trainee divemasters will learn alongside experienced instructors and divemasters who will mentor them as they fine-tune their dive skills and refine their rescue skills. They will learn to predict and solve problems, gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so they become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a PADI Divemaster, they will lead others, supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. We hope they will want to join the Scuba Blue Pro team when they finish the course but maybe some will see it as an opportunity to work at a faraway dive destination.  Whatever they choose, they are taking the first steps towards a fantastic adventure.

If you are a PADI Rescue Diver or have a similar qualification from another dive organisation why not get in touch with Scuba Blue and join the next group of folk aiming to become PADI Professionals.  We take pride in offering a well-planned programme where you are supported throughout and have time to practice and hone your skills so you will become a confident, skilled and knowledgeable divemaster.

You can find out more about the Divemaster course here – “PADI Divemaster Course” but why not give us a call or pop into the shop so we can start to plan your adventure together.

New student scuba kit

New School Kit Arrives

Blogging at Scuba Blue

We are putting together a series of occasional articles which will cover a whole range of subjects related to diving.  We will showcase some of the gear we hold in stock, give advice on choosing kit – always a challenge when you are new to an activity, look at dive skills and techniques. showcase local dive sites. These should be well worth a visit now and then and hopefully, they will give you some new ideas and help sort out some dive related issues.  let us know if there is a topic you want us to cover.

In case you were wondering the image was taken at the 2017 “Scuba Santas” event at Vobster.  You must come in 2018 and help break the “Greatest number of Santas diving simultaneously.” world record!!