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Disaster strikes annual Scuba Santas event

Ok, so I got you with click-bait, kind of, but more on that later.

There’s a big change to Scuba Santas 2014… I (Lloyd Watkin) am no longer organising Scuba Santas!

8 long years ago I had a crazy idea to get together some people, dress up festively and go for a Christmas dive, mainly for fun but with the hope of raising a bit of money for charity at the same time. The RNLI was the official charity of the then great Yorkshire Divers and as an active member it made sense that this was the charity I chose. That event took place, people wanted to do it again, and hence Scuba Santas was born!

Race on 7 great annual events where we’ve raised over £22,000 for charity, been covered by press all over the world, spawned Scuba Santa events all over the world, and often been quoted by divers as “the best dive of the year” (which is my favourite bit).

Over those years its also taken more and more effort to organise. By 2012 was taking 2-3 hours of effort each day as the event approached (organising started in July) mainly between organising prizes, the website, queries, and updating social media. 2012 was also the year that the event moved from Vobster Quay to the NDAC and it was especially difficult to ensure people knew that Scuba Santas had moved. During the last 8 years I’ve also done less and less diving (due to moving, more work, dive partner giving up diving… the usual) so, sadly, its not so much a part of my life any more.

In 2013 I asked around to see if anyone would like to help organise Scuba Santas with me to lessen the load and a plucky fundraiser from the DDRC raised her hand and started helping out…

Which brings me back to my headline: “Disaster strikes annual Scuba Santas event”. Well, after last year’s event I decided I wanted a break from organising and Louise and Kathryn at the DDRC said they’d take it on (kindly still working to raise money for the RNLI too). I did worry that things might go badly wrong, not because of Kathryn and Louise but, due to my messy organisation of Scuba Santas and having relied on keeping lots of information in my head…

I needn’t have worried. Louise and Kathryn are doing amazing things with Scuba Santas and 2014 looks to be an awesome year! There’s a great list of prizes and lots of communication coming out of the website and social media too. In fact they’ve only really been in touch less than a handful of times which shows how good they are at what they are doing. I’m very confident that Scuba Santas is in safe hands and bigger, better hands than mine – umm, I hope you know what I mean :)

So lastly I’d just like to thank everyone who has made Scuba Santas what it is, the sponsors, the teams at the NDAC and Vobster Quay, and of course all of you Scuba Santas!  Let’s hope the event continues for many years to come. Merry Christmas everybody!

PS I was asked if I’d be getting back in the water again this year. I had hoped to, but due to my new found love of OTR racing I’ve done myself a bit of damage which requires knee surgery in the new year. Maybe in 2015 :) I’ll see you all on the 14th though.

No need to believe in miracles… NDAC to provide hot chocolate and Mince Pies!

No need to believe in miracles this christmas, NDAC will be providing gallons of hot chocolate and mountains of mince pies for attendees of Scuba Santas!

Why not hang around for a hot meal and drink at the view after the event?

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To see a list of the great diving raffle prizes in aid of the RNLI and DDRC please see: Scuba Santas 2013 raffle prizes. Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win this prize even if you aren’t attending Scuba Santas 2013. Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and the DDRC.

The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk. The 7th annual event in 2013 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to have a great, festive time and raise funds for the RNLI and the DDRC in the process.

Win a 400ft bungee jump

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Win a 400ft jump over the waters of the NDAC with the UK Bungee. The winner of this prize will have to opportunity to take part in the UK’s highest bungee jump worth around £125.

Drop up to 400ft above the waters o f the NDAC of a crane in what has to be one of the biggest adrenalin rushes you can get. A great prize from UK bungee… maybe even do the jump for charity and help raise even more funds!

To see what its like watch this video:

 Santa is *not* a fan of trying this, reindeer are scary enough!

To see more great diving raffle prizes in aid of the RNLI and DDRC please see: Scuba Santas 2013 raffle prizes. Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win this prize even if you aren’t attending Scuba Santas 2013. Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and the DDRC.

The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk. The 7th annual event in 2013 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to have a great, festive time and raise funds for the RNLI and the DDRC in the process.

Day of training with Dive-DIR

Garf_4Dive DIR donate a whole day of SCUBA training worth £150!

Gareth Burrows is a GUE Instructor Trainer and passionate cold water wreck diver. His zeal for wreck diving remains undiminished after more than a decade and more than a 1000 cold water dives. Although he predominantly dives in UK waters; his overseas diving include trips to Norway, Poland, Barbados and Croatia. Gareth has been teaching professionally since 2008, and has been coaching recreational and technical divers of every level since 2009.

His website at www.divedir.com is full of useful information on how to improve as a diver and remain safe in the water. In addition to teaching and coaching, Gareth also gives free talks to dive clubs on how to get yourself out of diving emergencies.

Dive DIR are offering a free day’s coaching for this prize, which is worth £150. This will be to work on whatever the prize winner wants, be it a particular skill that they are having problems with, or just improving confidence and safety in the water.

There is more information about the type of coaching they offer here: http://www.divedir.com/Coaching/what-is-coaching.html

 

To see more great diving raffle prizes in aid of the RNLI and DDRC please see: Scuba Santas 2013 raffle prizes. Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win this prize even if you aren’t attending Scuba Santas 2013. Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and the DDRC.

The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk. The 7th annual event in 2013 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to have a great, festive time and raise funds for the RNLI and the DDRC in the process.

Ever wanted to try a rebreather?

CCRTDI Rebreather Discovery day from Mark Powell

Mark Powell (of Dive Tech) has donated a prize of a TDI Rebreather Discovery day for up to 4 people worth over £600!

This day involves an overview of how rebreathers work, the advantages and dangers of rebreathers and the various configurations. It will also include a try dive on an Ambient Pressure Diving Inspiration.

That’s one pretty awesome prize! Read all about Mark Powell here.

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To see more great diving raffle prizes in aid of the RNLI and DDRC please see: Scuba Santas 2013 raffle prizes.

 

Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win this prize even if you aren’t attending Scuba Santas 2013. Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and the DDRC.

The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk. The 7th annual event in 2013 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to have a great, festive time and raise funds for the RNLI and the DDRC in the process.

Scuba Travel donate £100 voucher to charity raffle

Scuba Travel have just been in touch to offer a lucky winner a £100 voucher off one of their great diving holidays. Scuba Travel have supported Scuba Santas several times in the past and we’d like to say it’s great to have them back helping us to support the RNLI and DDRC again!

 

Scuba travel offer liveaboard and shore-based based holidays all over the world and have won numerous award for their excellent holidays and great customer support.

 

Please see their website for more details about scuba travel: http://www.scubatravel.com

 

To see more great diving raffle prizes in aid of the RNLI and DDRC please see: Scuba Santas 2013 raffle prizes.

 

Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win this prize even if you aren’t attending Scuba Santas 2013.

 

Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and the DDRC.

The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk. The 7th annual event in 2013 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to have a great, festive time and raise funds for the RNLI and the DDRC in the process.

Diving Matrix offer £200 voucher towards any training course

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Advanced diver training school Diving Matrix is offering a £200 voucher for any training course with them as part of the Scuba Santas 2013 raffle!

Diving Matrix is an Advanced Diver Training organisation operating throughout the world providing cave and technical diver training.

Their philosophy is to help you understand where you want to be and help get you there. They build upon skills you already possess and extend your abilities. Believing in positive learning and relaxing , nurturing style, but most of all fun!

Diving Matrix have an exciting year ahead where we are looking to offer something different! There are many diving locations in the world and they want to take you all somewhere different!
With that in mind, they have a range of new trips to Spain, Azores, Florida, France,Mexico and more.

Diving Matrix also fancy new unknown wrecks, new unknown caves, so they are going looking! They want to start you using the training you have been given. Those who want to train hard, let them give you the reason, targets and goals. Let Diving Matrix know your ideas and they can make them happen!

Diving Matrix is proud to support this worthy cause.

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Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and the DDRC.

The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk. The 7th annual event in 2013 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to have a great, festive time and raise funds for the RNLI and the DDRC in the process.

6 Fathoms dive wear donate prize to Scuba Santas charity raffle

6 Fathoms divewear from the south west UK are donating one of their great t-shirts in order to help support Scuba Santas 2013 in raising money for the RNLI and DDRC. The t-shirts are made from high-quality material and currently retail at £14.99 (+P&P) on their website.

6 Fathoms  – A brand new dive wear manufacturer located in the South West of England committed to producing hard-wearing, high quality scuba clothing and accessories. 6 fathoms also support The Shark Trust with a percentage of every sale donated to help support shark conservation

Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win this prize even if you aren’t attending Scuba Santas 2013.
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Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and the DDRC.

The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk. The 7th annual event in 2013 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to have a great, festive time and raise funds for the RNLI and the DDRC in the process.

Win a free holiday from Fleetdive

That’s correct once again FleetDive are donating a free diving holiday to the Scuba Santas raffle! The property is in the Costa Brava,  Spain and comes with a RIB for use. A prize worth over £1,800!

The trip includes:

  • Free mid-season use of a 6-person property for 1 week
  • Transfers to/from local airport
  • Tanks and weights
  • Free use of a RIB*
  • Free use of a 7-seater people carrier*

I’m sure you’ll agree this is an awesome prize from a great new diving holiday company who have worked hard to find a great prize to give away for scuba santas! Also suitable for non-divers as the property is in a beautiful area of the world.

 

Here’s some images to whet your appetite:

 

The prize will be part of the raffle. If you can’t attend and want to enter the raffle please get in touch and we’ll let you know how you can enter before the day!

Please check out their website for more details about their great offer!

 

Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win this prize even if you aren’t attending Scuba Santas 2013.

 

* Petrol costs must be covered, a local skipper can be found if required. Winners can change to high season trip by paying the difference in price. Flights/meals/air fills not included.

 

 

Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and the DDRC.

The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk. The 7th annual event in 2013 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to have a great, festive time and raise funds for the RNLI and the DDRC in the process.

Scapa Scuba donates ‘Wrecked in Scapa’ t-shirt to raffle

Scapa Scuba have donated on of their famous “Wrecked in Scapa” t-shirts to the Scuba Santas raffle once again this year. We have been supported by Scapa Scuba several times before and are grateful that they have chosen to support the event and the RNLI again this year.

Tickets can be purchased at the event, at the NDAC, or by making a donation on our justgiving page (and leaving your details).

Whether you are a complete beginner, an experienced diver, used to warm water or cold, dive Scapa Flow with Scapa Scuba -Orkney’s only PADI Dive Centre!
Home to the German High Seas Fleet that was scuttled there on 21st June 1919, Scapa Flow is undoubtedly one of the best dive sites in the world.

By offering a full range of dive courses and guided dives Scapa Scuba makes Scapa Flow accessible to all level of divers. Specialising in small groups and individuals so whether you are on you’re own, or part of a group they will be delighted to take you diving!

 

Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and the DDRC.

The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk. The 7th annual event in 2013 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to have a great, festive time and raise funds for the RNLI and the DDRC in the process.