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Regulator & Equipment Servicing

Have your regulators been serviced recently.
It’s concerning to still see Apeks regulators coming in that have been serviced and not had the 2nd stage diaphragms changed.
This is a required update by Apeks that has been in place for over 10 years.
The diaphragm on the right is the old diaphragm that must be removed and replaced with a new one, shown on left.
The old ones tear easily causing a wet breath and the plastic disk misshapes.
You can see the tear in the middle photo and the misshaped disk in the 1st photo.

This regulator had been serviced recently in the United States and we have now upgraded it to the current diaphragm.

Need your equipment serviced?

Tec 45 Diver qualifies at Stoney Cove

Well done to Gary McFarlane who qualified as a Tec 45 diver today at Stoney Cove with Course Director Robert Varns.

The weather was not kind to us today with wind and rain but that didn’t put the dampeners on the diving. Gary worked  very well through all his skills with a few minor issues but my attitude is if nothing goes wrong you don’t necessarily learn anything in diving. As imple saying is “CANI”… Constant and Neverending Improvement.

Superb execution of dive planning and our missions for the two dive tours was to visit the Stangarth Tug boat wreck and the Helicopter.
Visibility was not the usual high quality that Stoney offers with a max of around 4 metres at it best. With no sunshine there was little light in 30 metres, so torches were essential.
Interesting how fast the water temperature dropped on descent with a mild 17 degrees in the shallows dropping right down to 8 degree’s below 27 metres. That’s a 1 degree drop every 3 metres. Bbbbrrrr..
Glad we had decided to switch back  to Drysuits for today’s dives. It’s been lovely diving wetsuit all through the glorious summer.  Drysuits today were essential for thermal protection at Stoney in this temp.

During our two dive tours we had large Pike, hundreds of Perch and large Roach, just to make the dive more interesting. It’s Gary’s 1st visit to Stoney and his view was “I will be back”.

Roll on the Tec 50  course soon and once again congratulation’s Gary.

Also thank you for our ever superb surface support from Carol who kept us supplied with Stoney’s Egg/Sausage & Bacon Cobbs and Hot Chocolate drinks.

 

Diving Stoney Cove Thursday 20th September 2018

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We are diving Stoney Cove next Thursday 20th September 2018.


Anyone wishing to join us there for a dive is welcome. Just email us for info.

Robert will be teaching Tec 45 dives 3 & 4 with student/s however it’s a great day to come along and buddy up for a dive or 2.

 

Lot’s of features underwater at 3 different levels. There are some huge Pike with many perch and roach swimming in shoals. Crayfish to be found in the rocks and crannies.

Diving Leybourne Sept 2019

Time for some more Sidemount diving

 

Cracking 2 morning dives yesterday and today at Leybourne.Getting sidemount configurations set up with Colin for some pleasure tec dives. As always there’s a certain amount of “faffing” over a couple of dives getting everything set “just right” for comfort and stability.
Then found the 2 sides vary in cylinder weight by ½ kilo and enough to put the trim out. Must remember for next dive to use 2 equal weight cylinders.
Thank you Colin for 2 great dives. Lovely to see James and helen in for a bubble and checking drysuit seals.
Yesterdays viz was better around 4+ metres and a lovely 19 degrees. Today’s viz dropped back to around 1-3 metres and patchy due to the late August algae blooming again.

Wreck Evening Boat Dive (Pentrych)

Our next evening wreck dive is the Pentrych, departing Brighton Marina with skipper Steve Johnson on Channel Diver,  Thursday 14th June.
Ropes away 17:30 sharp.
Advised to arrive on boat for 16:45.

Max depth 20 metres.

Details here: http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?190

Pentrych
This 3.382 ton British Steamer with a cargo of coal was sunk on 18 April 1918 by a torpedoed from the German submarine UB 40, she sunk to a depth of 22mtrs.
She is a good dive for novices with parts of the wreck standing some stands 7m high from the sea bed.
Although she is a well dived wreck, keep an eye out for the odd souvenir and have you seen the big gun on the stern, I have. The stern lays on its starboard side with the gun laying level with the seabed and pointing backwards towards the prop.

Telephone Dive Machine during normal working hours to book your place.
Tel:01732-773553 or email  Pentrych Dive 

£30 per diver. This is for PADI AOW or equivalent.

If you need kit hire, let us know at time of booking.

Brighton Pier Evening Boat Dive

Brighton Pier Evening Dive £25

Thursday 7th June at 17:30–19:30

Enjoy a pier dive from the comfort of a boat. Get dropped beside the pier and get picked up by Channel Diver on the opposite side of the pier.

Enjoy congor eels, starfish, mussels, tom pot blennies, scorpion fish, pipe fish and much much more.
Max depth 12 metres.

You need full equipment, a dive knife rerecommended on this dive, SMB an torch.

Ropes away 18:00 sharp.

To secure your place please call dive machine on 01732-773553 or email robert@divemachine.co.uk

Diving Vobster Quay 13th May

We are off to Vobster Quay this weekend. We will be diving Sunday 13th May.


It’s time to go and visit the new helipcopter that was positioned in the lake earlier this year, as well as taking a tour around all the other favourites including, the tunnel, crushing works and the airplane.

We will be doing Advanced open water and Tec training dives however anyone that wishes to join in the diving for the day to come and blow some bubbles is welcome to come along.
This is a great dive site for Advanced open water divers.

Watch out for our schedule of evening boat dives for late May and June coming shortly.

Looking for 2nd hand equipment? We have cylinders, regulators’s, BCD’s, wetsuits, drysuits dive bag’s and lot’s more now available to purchase at very low prices. EMAIL – US
Come grab yourself a bargain.

Call us in the dive centre or EMAIL – US
01732-773553 or robert@divemachine.co.uk

New Divemasters Qualified Today

Two new Divemasters completed today.

Big congratulations to Alex Denny & Mark Davey on completion of their PADI Dive Master Course.
Well Done Lads. You should both be proud of your achievements Mark Davey and Alexander Denney.

Great work done by Bill Wilson IDCS in getting them through the final stage of their Divemaster course. It’s been a long road of academics, pool work and Open Water work along with other team member Instructors from Dive Machine.

Great to have both both on board as PADI Professional Divemasters, plenty of wwork available to keep you busy using your newly aquired skills with students over the coming months.

Lake Diving this weekend 17th & 18th March

Lake pleasure and training dives.

We will be diving Buckland Lake this weekend, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th March.Sammy Varns

To meet at Dive Machine for 08:00 on Saturday.  If you would like to join us or require any equipment on rental then please contact us at the dive center beforehand.
This will allow us to prepare equipment and organize buddy teams for the day.

We will also be completing speciality dives for the Dry-suit & Wreck Diver courses along with Divemaster open water skills & rescue assessments..

For directions to the lake please click HERE.

Want to join in with us? Ring 01732773553 or email robert@divemachine.co.uk

Philippines Malapascua & Visayas Liveaboard (10 nights)

 

Start your diving adventure today…

Itinerary:  Malapascua & Visayas (10 nights)
Dates:      10th – 22nd October 2018
Aboard:    S/Y Philippine Siren


The Vessel…
The 40 metre S/Y Philippine Siren liveaboard was built on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2008. Hand crafted from ironwood and teak (traditional to the area), you will find no other diving 

liveaboard as beautiful in Philippine waters. Each cabin is air-conditioned and offers its own personal computer, audio-visual entertainment system and en-suite bathrooms with hot water. For added luxury bathrobes, hair dryers and towels are provided. The spacious, air-conditioned saloon benefits from a cocktail bar, 50 inch flatscreen TV and computer server which supports the inter-cabin network. Dining is outdoors under a covered area with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. An expansive dive and leisure deck provides ample space for kitting up, even when the vessel is full.

The Diving…
This 10 night liveaboard adventure allows up to 33 dives (including night dives) and takes you to the beautiful regions of Malapascua and Visayas, allowing you to experience some of the best diving in the Philippines.

Itinerary Highlights include…

Gato Island
A marine reserve and seasnake sanctuary, the island of Gato provides a diverse range of marine life; cuttlefish can be seen performing their mating rituals whilst white tip reef sharks seek shelter under bommies and a plethora of macro critters command the sea floor. There are several sites around the small island which we visit.

Pescador Island
The tiny offshore island of Pescador attracts large schools of sardines; just seeing the wall of fish is spectacular in itself but these sardines have also been known to bring some large friends with them! Fortunate divers have been lucky enough to see whalesharks and thresher sharks here. Other large pelagics include dog tooth tuna, potato groupers and yellow-tail barracuda. Oceanic triggerfish, midnight snappers and blue-lined fusiliers as well as trumpet fish, box fosh, turtles, angle fish and batfish are commonly seen.

Sumilon Island

Sumilon Island is where blacktip and white tip reefs sharks are known to frequent the waters. The sanctuaries also support numerous fish species and healthy coral growth. Sightings of tuna, batfish, trevally and unicorn fish are common and there is also a wide variety of crustaceans.

Apo Island

Apo Island Marine Reserve is one of most successful marine sanctuaries to be to be established in the Philippines. Night diving is unfortunately not permitted however a sunset dive at The Chapel provides a superb opportunity to watch mandarin fish mating.

Balicasag Island
The small island of Balicasag, just off the tip of Panglao is characterised for its many turtles, coral gardens and steep walls which provide overhangs, cracks and crevices in which to search for a variety of marine species.

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

£3,999 per person*
*30% deposit. Remaining due 12 weeks prior to departure.
Price is subject to change but will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Includes:
Return flights from London – Cebu.
10 Nights on board the liveaboard,
Certain transfers between liveaboard and local airport or hotel on days of embarkation and disembarkation, full board accommodation on the vessel based on double occupancy, Tea, fresh coffee from our espresso machine, fruit juice, soft drinks & beer, all diving on air, nitrox if certified, 12lt cylinder, weights & weight belt.


BOOK NOW!

Please contact Carol or Rob at Dive Machine on 01732 773553 or
email weborders@divemachine.co.uk to book on to this Philippines liveaboard trip please