Welcome to the Big Squid Newsletter for June – July 2017
Thirsty Squid drinks will on Tuesday the 6th June and the 4th July at the Railway pub in Clapham.
We will be there from 7pm onwards. All are welcome to attend.
Girona gold: How a diver discovered 400-year-old treasure
When Belgian Robert Sténuit discovered pieces of eight in the murky, freezing seabed off Northern Ireland’s north coast 50 years ago he knew he’d finally found it.
Gold and artefacts deposited at the resting place of one of the most important ships in the Spanish Armada – the Girona. Read more
Porthkerris, Cornwall, 22-23 July 2017
Come and join us on our dive trip to Cornwall. We will be staying in beachfront accommodation and diving from a hard boat with space for 12 divers. We will complete 4 dives over 2 days and there will be the opportunity for shore dives on the Friday we arrive.
In the evening weather permitting we will have a bbq on the beach
Over 100 ships are known to have been wrecked here, including the “Mohegan” which some divers claim is haunted! Along with the obvious wreck diving, the Manacles offer superb scenic dives at a range of depths on rocky pinnacles such as Raglan Rock, Penwin and Vase Rock. The area is teeming with anemones, crustaceans and fish.
Another nearby dive site is the wreck of the cargo ship “Volnay” which sank, without loss of life, in mid December 1917. This steamer was arriving from Canada with supplies of ammunition for the Western Front – but also coffee, sugar, jam, butter and other luxuries that were scarce during the Great War.
Watch the video on the sites we will dive below
Big Squid Dive Shop
Big Squid are supplier for numerous diving manufacturers and we aim to offer the most competitive prices in the UK
We recommend that you do your research on line see what prices you find and come back to us to see if we can beat it.
Why Slimy Fish Lips Are the Secret to Eating Stinging Coral
The tubelip wrasse has evolved a strategy for preying on an animal most reef creatures avoid.
WATCH: This fish can feast off corals’ sharp skeleton with the help of its mucus-secreting lips.
Big Squid needs you!
Our dive centre has gone from strength to strength, growing steadily over the years and the fact is we now need Instructors and Divemasters more than ever to help us cover our courses! Please contact us if you can help
Portland 19th – 20th August
Whether or not you have experience of diving in British salt water you are welcome to join Big Squid on a weekend scuba diving trip to Portland.
We usually dive around Portland Harbour or Balaclava Bay. With 4-5 dives over two days on a mixture of dive sites comprising wrecks and reefs.
On Past visits to Portland we have spotted: Red Mullet, Turbot, Dogfish, Greater Pipe Fish, Lesser Sand Eel, Garfish, Tom Pot Blenny, Pollack, Mackerel, Cork Wing Wrasse, Cuttlefish. Trigger Fish, Giant Jellyfish and Spider Crabs,
Location & Accommodation
Arriving on Friday evening, we stay for 2 nights in the Royal Breakwater Hotel, steeped in rich naval history.
We depart from Portland on Sunday afternoon. Big squid cannot offer transport to and from Portland however we can try to arrange a lift for you with other members of the group on a fuel share basis.
Big Squid Trips 2017 – 2018
We run several scuba diving trips abroad each year. These trips are ideal for qualified divers, and those wishing to extend their diving capabilities. Click on the links for more information
|Project Shark, Egypt||13th-20th October 2017||£1299||Advanced Open Water – Trip Full|
|Marsa Shagra, Egypt||15th-20th March 2018||£899||All Levels|
UK DIVE TRIPS 2017
|Porthkerris||22-23 Jul 17||£295||All levels|
|St Abbs||05-06 Aug 17||£295||All levels|
|Portland||19-20 Aug 17||£195||All levels|
|Portland||23-24 Sep 17||£195||All levels|
|Portland||07-08 Oct 17||£195||All levels|
Upcoming Course Dates in June and July
Open Water Referral Course Dates
Refresher Course Dates
Discover Scuba Dates
Advanced Open Water Course Dates
Dry Suit Course Dates
Enriched Air Nitrox Course Dates
Emergency First Response Course Dates
Rescue Diver Course Dates
Open Water Qualifying Dives Dates
You don’t need to have a buddy for this and we can usually pair you up with someone. We always provide dive supervision for your safety and have equipment for hire if you don’t have your own. (You do need to book this in advance)
- No equipment £10.00
- Just tank and weights £15.00
- All equipment £30.00
Full course information is available here
Wraysbury Fun Dives
The Big Squid van will be at Wraysbury on the the 18th June and the 16th July. Let us know if you wish to join us diving and we can pair you up with a buddy. We can provide full kit rental or just tanks and weights.