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This month, explore the underwater world of Wales in Best of the West

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We’re delighted to be sharing with you this month an exciting new video series that takes you beneath the waves off the Welsh coast.

Here’s an introduction from Jake Davies:

Wales Best of the West (Cymru Gorau’r Gorllewin) is a bilingual online series that takes viewers on a journey from North to South Wales to discover four favourite shore dives.

The series provides viewers with the sense of being underwater to explore the diverse range of marine life and habitats found along the Welsh coast. As part of the online series we ensured that most of the content was captured below the waves with the majority being presented underwater amongst the habitats and with the marine life. 

Sites were chosen by their natural importance, personal significance and importantly accessibility to provide the viewers with the details to explore the site themselves. To expand on the adventure, sites were also dived at night to reveal the changes in the communities and bringing in some exciting techniques to provide a new prospective on sites such as seagrass.

Through filming the series we captured footage of a diverse range of marine life that’s found off the coast with many species that aren’t seen often such as the Anglerfish. The time to organise, film, dive and develop the series in the edit room was driven by the passion of the team to showcase the habitats and marine life found below the Welsh coast. Showing it’s not always cold, dark and gloomy but quite the opposite.  We believe that we are fortunate to head below the waves but many aren’t. Therefore, by revealing this through the Wales Best of the West series and bringing in details of species, habitats and issues that does face the marine environment is important. With the overall aim of onnecting people with their local coastline. 

The sites we explore as part of the series are: 

  • Episode 1 – Porth Ysgaden
  • Episode 2 – Porthdinllaen
  • Episode 3 – Martins Haven
  • Episode 4 – Stackpole

Wales Best of the West is a series from Dan Dŵr Cymru – a Welsh based independent natural history production company, specialising in underwater natural history, maritime history and storytelling with extensive local knowledge of filming marine life and scuba diving off the Welsh coast. Scubaverse contributor Jake Davies is one of the team that also includes Lloyd Jones and Ollie Putnam.

Huge thanks to Dan Dŵr Cymru for letting us share this trailer and the complete series. We will be sharing one episode each week during the month of February 2022.

You can find out more about Dan Dŵr Cymru (Under Water Wales) at https://dandwrcymru.wordpress.com.

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New North Wales dive boat for 2023 season

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Duttons Divers, the North Wales based Scuba diving company, have been going from strength to strength with the expansion of a new dive centre last year, and now the addition of a second dive boat.

Duttons already offer guided shore and boat dives around the North Wales area, with their current dive boat, Little Viv, taking divers around the Llyn Peninsula. The area offers an array of marine life and variety of dive sites, including wrecks, caverns, scenic wall dives and of course their colony of curious seals at the Tudwals Islands.

The new hard boat has a diver capacity of 10, which can be booked as a single diver or as a group charter booking. The boat has toilet facilities, a kitchen for refreshments between dives and dedicated storage areas for kit.

Clare Dutton says: “We are extremely excited for the addition of the new boat. Little Viv is a great asset to our activities, but now being able to offer dive space only trips too for divers to explore the stunning area around here will make it even better.

The dive sites within this location offer something for all level of diver interest, from shallow interactions with the seals to deeper wrecks with tonnes of history. We are all very excited for the 2023 season!”

Duttons are now taking bookings for the 2023 season. Follow the link for more information: www.duttonsdivers.com/dive-boat

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Palaemon Divers to open new dive centre in Warrington

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Hugely popular scuba dive centre in the North West, Palaemon Divers have expanded and are opening their second dive centre, this time in Warrington!

Spreading across two floors, the new dive centre will become the only scuba centre in Warrington, with an in house compressor to provide air fills to both members and the public, classroom, workshop and fully stocked retail scuba floor.

With the new site opening, also comes a second pool night for those new to the sport and experienced divers to jump in and try it out or practice skills. With a pool night already on a Wednesday in Speke, and the second pool night starting on a Tuesday in the Warrington area it will allow easy access to training nights.

The existing 5 Star PADI dive centre in Liverpool offers training and scuba experiences within the dock itself along with a scuba club in which the divers take monthly litter pick dips and regular trips around the UK and abroad, and try dive experiences available for beginners all the way through to professional level courses.

After opening the site in Princes Dock in January 2022, the site has trained and introduced 100s of new divers from Merseyside to the sport, ran regular scuba kids clubs (aged 8+) in the pool and the Docks and numerous team building exercises for companies in and around Merseyside and is looking to introduce Warrington to the same!

Director Leanne Clowes said:

“We are really excited to open our second dive centre after the huge success of our Princes Dock site in Liverpool, and can not wait to introduce the Warrington community to the amazing sport that is scuba diving!

We have been looking for a while where our second site would open, and we have had are minds set on Warrington the entire time so really happy to find our perfect second centre at Evans House Business Centre, Norman Street WA2 in a previously converted micro brewery site!

Palaemon Divers Warrington will be open fully from January 2023, however we are available now to get in touch with for queries regarding courses starting in the new year. For further information on our open day please check out our socials!”

David (Director of Evans House Business Centre) says:

“We can’t wait to have Palaemon Divers on board, they will be joining an impressive number diverse companies that call Evans House Business Centre their base from an Escape Room, to specialist fitness suites, craft workshops and a number of trades. Evans House Business Centre really is an excellent facility to visit!”

Whether you have always wanted to see what scuba is like or you are a certified diver looking to join in all over the UK and abroad on sociable dive trips – get in touch, Palaemon Divers would love to have a chat!

To contact the Palaemon Divers team or find out more:

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