Author Chantelle Wyatt

Chantelle is a Portsmouth based Author, Scuba Dive Instructor and Managing Editor of The Scuba News UK. Her passion lies in the adventure and exploration of dive sites and travel locations around the globe.

A Divemaster from London who suprised me!

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In the dive world things pop up that are not always directly scuba related but that you come across in that setting. I was just working out in Cuba and I met a guy who had a bit of a hidden talent. Working together on courses on a conservation project, I came across him sitting beside his students whilst they were buried in PADI theory videos. Not really paying much attention but scanning over I see him doodling. I peer over and he’s sat there drawing sea creatures. Loud Marc Dorrington from lovely London city is a huge personality and…

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RAID Opens Three New Dive Centres!

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RAID are leading the way in the UK diving industry with the opening of three brand new dive centers. Dive Blue Horizon in Wakefield, Severn Tec in Shrewsbury and The Fifth Point in Northumberland are dedicated RAID Dive Centres offering solely RAID training. It is clear that RAID’s fresh approach to diver training aligns with the core values of many UK dive centres. Adrian Fox of Dive Blue Horizon chose RAID “because of their high standards and progressive approach towards training”. It’s obvious that RAID UK and Malta staff have real influence over the people they meet. Rather than sitting…

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A trip to Iceland to observe whales in the wild with Reykjavik Sailors

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Whale watching is a totally unique and exciting experience and beyond impressive when you see a whale breach the surface. The intimate relationship that arises with you and nature is hard to describe but completely breathtaking. We went to visit Reykjavik Sailors in Iceland to explore the Icelandic ocean and to try to spot some of its marine life. Making our initial enquiry with a wonderful lady called Valdis Arnardottir, the process of visiting was easy. She provided us with all of the key information for the booking and trip and was quick to reply to questions. She also came…

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Snorkelling Silfra with Scuba Iceland

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So Silfra has been on my to do list for as long as I can remember and my interest in it has developed with every visit to Iceland. On this trip I wanted to see how accessible this famous site was to non divers. This cold water dive attracts people form all over the World but tour companies have realised over time that non divers also want to access this natural wonder. We met with Scuba Iceland to discover Silfra from a snorkelers perspective.​ Planning the trip with Scuba Iceland staff Byron and Lena was incredibly easy. Both guys have a…

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A dive company with a strong sense of adventure and exploration!

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Dive IS was an operator that was recommended to me by various friends. I have loved Iceland since my first visit and was always keen to return to Silfra. I was also keen to check out as many tour operators as possible to see what the difference is and this time it was about seeing if Silfra was easily accessible by backpackers and non divers. The frustrating thing with amazing dives around the world is when you don’t dive. I have lots of friends in this situation, avid travellers who just haven’t got round to learning to dive yet and…

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We visit Special Tours to see some special things in Iceland!

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Whale watching in Iceland is something that is a must and part of my role at The Scuba News UK is looking into the things divers and tourists might want to see on trips and what is offered. As a diver myself, I am hugely interested in all sea life and and am drawn to activities that allow me to learn about and interact with marine life and the sea world in a positive and non damaging way. Special Tours is a company that have based a business on celebrating the wide variety of wildlife that you can find at…

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We check back in with RS Divers in Portsmouth

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We at The Scuba News were recently introduced to a commercial diving operation down in Portsmouth and were lucky enough to get to know some of the divers who work there and find out more about what it is that RS get up too. Meeting Ruben Stephenson was a total pleasure and he gave us a good insight into the professional, working side of diving in the UK. We wanted to meet more of the team and look at the drive to work in other areas of the dive industry and what peoples motivations were. I went down to meet…

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Building positive relationships between Diving and Sailing

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Why is it so important to get young people engaged in the marine industry in the UK and where can it lead them professionally? Many young people find the school environment challenging and often present as difficult but when given the opportunity to work and learn in a totally different setting, flourish. We meet a very special young man who has broken the mould and shown his peers that he means business and we see how the gap between the sailing world and diving world meets. Joe Swindale, 15 from Trafalgar School is a motivated and determined young man who…

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A Beach Clean in Portsmouth

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We all know just how important the ocean is and how vital is that we help to support and maintain it as a resource and eco system but some individuals spend time and energy taking that to the next level to promote it locally and to instigate action. We meet Jim Cutting, a Portsmouth resident who has a passion for the environment and for its protection. Jim set out to get people together to clean his local beach in Southsea, Portsmouth and to encourage people to look after the place that they live in. By organising and executing a beach…

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The Scuba News UK take a trip to the London Aquarium

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Aquariums have become a normal part of society, in that most of us have visited one at some point or other. The question is do they work as a good educational tool for the ocean and its creatures and do they encourage conservation? What do people take away from a visit and are aquarium’s a positive experience? Here in the UK they are a way for us all to engage with a range of tropical creatures that we might otherwise not be exposed too but does that encourage a more positive and active drive to care for them in the…

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