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Coral Cay Philippines

Coral Cay was first introduced to me by a few friends who were studying Marine Biology at university. Several of them were heading out to take part in projects in the Phillipines...
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Dawn Kerngagis

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Richard Peirce's Sharkipedia

At the end of January 2016 the small town of Gansbaai in South Africa's Western Cape was in panic. The income from Great White shark tourism makes up a large part of Gansbaai's...
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Herb Crusted Trout with Lemon Beurre Blanc and Vegetable Spaghetti

Highlights From The Archive:

Issue 9 - Excuses for not Washing the Dive Gear

Issue 7 - At 100m No One Can Hear You Scream

Issue 12 - Letters

Cooking the Catch: Herb Crusted Trout

Andrew Maxwell

My open water diver certification card is a very rare thing - in fact, I'm sure it should be in a museum. There are only 25 like it in the entire world: it contains the name of my instructor: Paul V Toomer, OWSI...
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Dr Olivetti Firth, Diving Shaman

Diving was invented in 1974. Within minutes diving pestilence evolved. Thus Dr Oli Firth had to be built out of the finest elements known to humanity. Now he is here to answer all your diving medical queries. So get on it or we'll have to deconstruct him again and use his bits to build a ferocious squirrel, and no one wants that.
H2O Dive
The Dive Lectures at the Royal Geographical Society were a great success yet again in 2016, with a sell out crowd and a record amount raised for Scuba Trust. Check out our behind the scenes cam from the night.

The speakers were:
  • Lord Prescott (via video link)
  • Marine biologist Pat Spain
  • Author Graham Hancock

Latest entry from the blog:

Do you know your Toe End from your Mushroom? Or your Deadman's Head from No Teeth Bridge? Me neither bu

What’s in a name? 

Do you know where to find your Nuncle Dicks or your Tom Tiddler\'s Field? 

Here’s half a million reasons why Ordnance Survey (OS)  is helping HM Coastguard save lives.

 

A distress call comes in. HM Coastguard swings in to action, time is of the essence, but the chances that the caller has a grid reference, post code, road name or the official title of a landmark is by no means certain. However the caller might well know the local nickname or vernacular for the location and when that information can be accessed immediately, then vital minutes could be cut off the time to save lives.

 

We’ve been working in partnership with OS using a technology which has helped Coastguard teams with more than 20,000 call outs last year alone.

 

Now we can reference nearly 500 thousand coastal place names, which includes more than 6,000 local nicknames and vernaculars of landmarks along the coast of Great Britain; names which would rarely appear on a map or navigation device. The information has been collected over five year and the database, called FINTAN, is continually updated to reflect current nicknames, and any changes.

 

Deputy Director of Maritime Operations for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Chris Thomas, said: ‘We are here to save lives and our biggest priority, like all the emergency services is getting to people as quickly as we can. We are extremely enthusiastic about being the first emergency service to use FINTAN. There is no doubt that having this information at our fingertips cuts down our response times and saves lives.  A great deal of hard work has gone into creating this advanced database which delivers so much knowledge.  We would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts so far.”

 

OS Chief Scientist Jeremy Morley added, ‘This is just the start. Our work with the MCA has been a great success. Equipping HM Coastguard with our information is a major step forward and now we’re looking to move inland too. The hard bit has been creating software algorithms and a web application which is up to the task. Now our ambition is to make the service, as part of our public duty, accessible across every part of GB to support all our emergency services.’

 

FINTAN includes 1:50 000 Scale Gazetteer1:25 000 Scale Colour Raster and OS MasterMap Address Layer 2 as part of the database.

 

Since 1 January 2017 to 18 December 2017, HM Coastguard has responded to over 22,000 incidents which were graded as Alert, Distress or Uncertain.

 

Vicky


A message from Ed

Hello Tanked Up readers, and welcome to our UK Diver edition. By the time this issue hits your dive shops, our fate as a European nation will have been decided, and in hindsight our chosen theme for this issue is perhaps a little provocative no matter what the outcome, but nevertheless here we are, celebrating why it is great to be a diver in the UK in 2016.

Last month we enjoyed our 17th annual Dive Lectures at the Royal Geographical Society in London, in aid of our good friends at The Scuba Trust, and boy what a memorable night it was for all. Opening the Lectures this year was the infamous Lord Prescott, (via video link at the last minute thanks to a very important immigration bill) good ol' two-jags brought a lively and energetic presence to the stage and thankfully no one was in range of that deadly right hook! Our main two speakers Patrick Spain (all the way from Boston USA no less) and Graham Hancock (unconventional ancient ruin thinker extraordinaire), had our 600 strong audience enraptured from the start, and I am delighted to announce that we raised a record breaking £3051 for Scuba Trust.

The focus for this issue is UK Diving. With more and more people opting for ‘staycations' in the current climate, and British divers having a reputation for being, let's face it, the best around, we thought we'd pack this issue full of articles designed to aid those who want to get the most out of diving in the UK.

In our health section our docs talk you through cold water diving and share the best of patients UK based dive medical questions. We also take a trip to Portland and Weymouth in Dive Trip UK and look at the trials of being a UK diver with our resident techie Paul Toomer. Maybe you're not convinced that UK diving is for you? Take our quiz and find out.

I am also very excited to introduce our brand new Youth Corner into this issue on page 48, youth editor Maddie and her team are on hand to inspire the next generation of divers as they share their experiences of being a teen diver in the UK.

We also raise an important issue facing divers at the moment, the change in HSE medical guidelines. The new stricter rules are causing ripples in the sport and commercial diving industry as divers are forced to seriously reassess their health and fitness regimes in order to get their certificate.

As always we want to hear from you, our Tanked Up readers, what do you think of the stories covered in this issue? What would you like to see in the next one?

Ed.

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