Author Mark Milburn

Mark Milburn started diving late in life, at the age of 36 he did his PADI Open Water course. It wasn’t long before he got the bug. Now running his own dive centre, Atlantic Scuba, at Mabe near Falmouth in Cornwall, where Mark completes most of his 300-400 dives a year. As Mark says “it’s a mixture of teaching, commercial and fun dives, that gives me a healthy amount of underwater time each year”.

Divers Release 700 Juvenile Lobsters for the National Lobster Hatchery

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A group of volunteer divers, led by Mark Milburn, went out into Falmouth Bay yesterday to release seven hundred juvenile lobsters for the National Lobster Hatchery. Their chosen location was just off of Rosemullion Headland. Diving in two groups, Mr Milburn dived with the first group, they descended and released around half the lobsters. They then headed along the reef to do a little exploring. It wasn’t long before they came across a piece of net, standing 4-5m from the sea bed. They then realised that it continued a long way and was stretched across the reef. Within a few metres…

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Some Thoughts from Scubafest 2017

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“Scubafest Cornwall 2017 offered more than it had for many years. Diving was always on offer, from several boats, or from the shore. This year there was more to do and see, for the non divers and divers alike. Trade stands were in the small marquee, including representatives from Big Blue, Ratio, Ursuit, Project, Suunto, Mares, Atomic, Bare, Typhoon, Oonas, DiveRite, IST, Orca light, Pinnacle, Bonex, Sea & Sea, Underwater Kinetics and Komptec. Around the site there were representatives from several diver training agencies including PADI, SDI, TDI, SSI and BSAC. Local dive centres appearing included Atlantic Scuba, Dive Newquay…

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Combined underwater and beach litter pick, Falmouth

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Ten volunteer divers decided to turn up to try to help with the underwater litter pick, even though the conditions all week had been quite awful. Mark Milburn had been keeping a close eye on the weather and beach conditions. The decision was made to dive only from Gyllyngvase Beach, the conditions at the other beaches were either not suitable or not safe. Fathom’s Free set up their gazebo as a meeting point, for both divers and non divers. Once the meet time had passed, the ten keen divers kitted up, ready to enter what now looked like an inviting…

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The plight for a clean Falmouth

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For several years, Mark Milburn and his team of volunteer divers have been collecting rubbish from underwater, around Falmouth. This year they are teaming up with Fathoms Free, Falmouth Bay Residents Association and Falmouth Town Council, to complete underwater, beach and street litter picks, around Falmouth and it’s beaches. Over the years all sorts of rubbish has been removed from underwater, including old nets and rigid plastic safety fencing. The volume of rubbish gradually gets less and less each year, as most divers now pick up rubbish even when they are not involved in a specific event. The hope is…

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Divers Off Cornwall Discover Poldark Shipwreck

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Divers have rediscovered a 17th century shipwreck off Gunwalloe Church Cove in Cornwall, at exactly the spot where the shipwreck scene was filmed in 2014 for the TV series Poldark.  First seen by a local diver in 1971 and designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, the wreck of the Schiedam had been buried for many years under the shifting sands of the cove. The site is now managed by Historic England and dived by a keen local team. The two divers who rediscovered the site this year, novelist and archaeologist David Gibbins and Mark Milburn, of Atlantic Scuba…

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