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Scuba Santas 2012 review from DDRC Plymouth

Received a very nice review of Scuba Santas 2012 from the DDRC and thought that we’d share it with you…

 

“Massive congratulations to all who took part in the Scuba Santas event at NDAC this weekend. The day was amazing, as the pictures show. The fundraising was incredible. The whole thing made us smile – lots! DDRC are really excited about being more involved next year and we look forward to seeing lots of Scuba Santas again on Sunday 15th December 2013. MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

 

 

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.

Event Summary

With Scuba Santas 2012 done and dusted, its time to look back on another great event and then start rushing headlong into planning for Scuba Santas 2013!

 

We’ve written up a review of the 2012 event here: Scuba Santas 2012 event summary, we hope you’ll agree with our appraisal and it would be great to hear from your via the comments section, on facebook, or via twitter (as always – we love hearing from all Scuba Santas!).

 

The summary covers:

  • Success!
  • Photographs and the RNLI Book
  • Raffle prizes and sponsors
  • Fundraising
  • Scuba Santas 2013

 

Scuba Santas 2012 event summary

 

Finally….

As always Scuba Santas 2013 will be held on our traditional last (sensible) Sunday before Christmas. That makes Scuba Santas 2013….

 

Sunday 15th December 2013

 

Hope to see you there, have a great Christmas and an awesome 2013!

We’ve reached a milestone…. £20,000 raised for the RNLI!

Firstly thank you to everyone that came to Scuba Santas 2012 yesterday, it was an amazing day (update to follow). But firstly, whilst still awaiting confirmation of amounts from NDAC and collections by the RNLI on the day I’d like to announce that we’ve reached an important milestone….

 

£20,000 raised for the RNLI by Scuba Santas!

 

Yes that’s right! In total over the past 6 years together every single person that has been involved in Scuba Santas be that the organisers, volunteers, sponsors, dive site employees, and most importantly the divers, have all worked together to achieve this amazing amount.

 

Scuba Santas is firstly about having a great fun dive at Christmas time with the charitable donations being an awesome side effect, but this is something we can all feel really proud about.

 

The RNLI still needs more money and more support so please keep giving generously and nagging friends, family, and co-workers to help out such a great cause: http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk/donating-to-scuba-santas/

 

So kick back this Christmas, have an extra mince pie, and protect yourself from the fuzzy warm feeling that comes from being part of doing something amazing for the volunteers of the RNLI. Merry Christmas everyone!



Last minute information for Scuba Santas 2012

We hope you are as excited as us for the 6th annual Scuba Santas event?

We thought we’d bring you some last minute information that may help your day. Hopefully if we’ve done everything right this should be list of links to other posts on our site (strong emphasis on the ‘if’).

Modifying your Santa suit

Please see the heading ‘Do I need to make any special equipment changes for the dive?‘ under our FAQs (http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk/about/frequently-asked-questions/).

Essentially if wearing a dry suit you need to cut a hole to expose the dump value in your suit. A santa suit can get caught and prevent venting in the worst case.  Other modifications may be required to ensure that you can gain access to any other equipment or pockets.

 

When should I arrive?

The NDAC opens from 8am, but there’s no need to rush to get on site as they have a huge car park available. The registration desk will be open from 9am where you will find myself and a couple of helpers (hopefully not shivering around a cup of tea) at the classroom at the far end of the car park :)

The welcome starts around 10am so please ensure that you are signed in and ready in your santa suit for then. We have a photographer from the RNLI attending who is going to take photos for a book to be published in the new year.

For the event programme please see: http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk/scuba-santas-2012/event-programme/

 

Donating on the day…

Once again we’ve got member from the Chepstow RNLI coming along to help us run the day, they are also bringing RNLI mascot Stormy Sam with them so if you’d like a photograph with him for the kids please feel free to do so.  Please give all money direct to the RNLI who will be taking the funds away at the end of the day and updating us of the total later.

We’d suggest any money you do donate goes to raffle tickets so you get the chance to win on of our excellent diving prizes on the day (http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk/scuba-santas-2012/raffle-prizes/).

If you’ve got funds donated via sponsorship form etc it may be easier to make the donation via justgiving, that way the RNLI will also get the additional funds from ‘gift aid’ amounting to an extra 20% for charity.

 

What about the dive?

There are no special plans for the dive itself. Once you get down to the water and kitted up we’ll give a shout for people to start entering the water. We’d suggest you keep the dive fairly shallow (stick to the top end of the quarry) for a couple of reasons:

  • It’s cold, so much safer to do so
  • Scuba Santas is about having a fun dive, go where everyone else is going for maximum hilarity :)

 

After the dive…

After the dive we’ll gather back at the classroom for the handing out of goody bags, drawing of the raffle, and thanking the sponsors. There may be some media folks around to interview a few poeple if you are interested.

Again please see http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk/scuba-santas-2012/event-programme/

The NDAC are also specially putting on hot chocolate and mince pies after the dive for all to enjoy so feel free to tuck in and warm up.

Bringing a camera?

Bringing an underwater camera? We have a photographer from the RNLI who is producing a book, and some local media who would be interested in using your shots and crediting you for them.  Please make yourself known to one of the team at registration and we’ll hook you up with the right people.

If you are bringing along a camera underwater or not we’d love to see your photos and to share them with others on our website. Please get in touch after the event with a link and we’ll share this with all the divers and the world :)

 

See you all tomorrow at Scuba Santas 2012!!!!!!

 

December newsletter – less than a week to go!

The December 2012 newsletter is out, please follow the link to view it: Scuba Santas December 2012 Newsletter

In this issue we cover:

  • Raffle prizes for the 2012
  • Event programme for the day
  • Get ready….

If there’s any questions that follow on from the newsletter please do not hesitate to get in touch. See you all on Sunday!

Merry Christmas, Scuba Santa.

 

Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win a raffle prize even if you aren’t attending Scuba Santas 2012.

 

Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkinand  members of the Yorkshire Divers diving club.


The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk.The 6th annual event in 2012 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to raise funds for the RNLI and have a great time in the process.

 

Scuba Travel donate £100 to Scuba Santas 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 over the past 6 years and we’d like to say it’s great to have them back helping us to support the RNLI once 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 please see: Scuba Santas 2012 raffle prizes.

 

Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win this prize even if you aren’t attending Scuba Santas 2012.

 

Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and  members of the Yorkshire Divers diving club.


The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk.The 6th annual event in 2012 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to raise funds for the RNLI and have a great time in the process.

 

Hidden depths scuba donate ‘Discover Tec’ session to scuba santas raffle

Hidden depths scuba are proud to offer one lucky Santa the chance to take part in a Discover Tec Session*, worth £50!

 

This one day taster session will introduce you to the world of tec diving, will dispel any myths you believe about tec diving, and will gently take you through two open water dives using full open circuit technical diving kit, all under the supervision of a fully qualified Technical Diving Instructor.

 

All of the technical kit that you will need for the session is provided; all you need to do is bring your drysuit and core SCUBA kit like your mask & fins, hood & gloves (snorkels are not necessary!).

 

Hidden depths scuba is Bristol’s newest diving shop. A no politics Scuba Diving School, to get anyone and everyone enjoying the fantastic underwater world! Please see their facebook page for more details.

 

Learn to Dive Today!

 

Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win this prize even if you aren’t attending Scuba Santas 2012.

 

* To take part in the session you must hold at least your PADI Advanced Open Water, or equivalent, and you will need to complete a liability release and medical statement prior to the session

 

Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and  members of the Yorkshire Divers diving club.


The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk.The 6th annual event in 2012 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to raise funds for the RNLI and have a great time in the process.

DDRC Diving doctor on-hand at Scuba Santas 2012 to answer questions

As well as supporting Scuba Santas 2012 with a prize donation the DDRC will be on-site at the NDAC at help out with the running of the Scuba Santas event.

 

Further to this they will be bring a diving doctor along with them who will be happy to take any questions regarding diving fitness and other diving related medicine with you on the day. If you have a question regarding diving fitness Scuba Santas is the place to bring your question for an answer – I’m sure there will be plenty about the effects of cold and laughter on the body whilst diving :)

 

Don’t forget that you can still enter the Scuba Santas raffle even if you aren’t attending.

 

Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and  members of the Yorkshire Divers diving club.

The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk.The 6th annual event in 2012 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to raise funds for the RNLI and have a great time in the process.

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6 Fathoms Divewear donate t-shirts to Scuba Santas raffle

6 Fathoms divewear from the south west UK are donating 3 t-shirts (1 x medium, 1 x large, 1 x X-large) in order to help support Scuba Santas 2012 in raising money for the RNLI. The t-shirts are made from high-quality material and currently retail at £12.99 (+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 2012.

 

Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and  members of the Yorkshire Divers diving club.


The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk.The 6th annual event in 2012 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to raise funds for the RNLI and have a great time in the process.


Don’t forget to look us up on Twitterfacebookyoutube for more fun and information

 

Analox donate £50 voucher for one of their sensors to Scuba Santas 2012 raffle

Analox, the defacto brand for gas analysers for recreational and technical scuba diving are donating a £50 voucher to the Scuba Santas 2012 raffle.

 

Established in 1981, Analox Ltd are experienced in working within the commercial and military market places in 2001 we entered the sport diving market. They are now recognised as the providers or an elite range of sport diving analysers including nitrox, trimix, and carbon monoxide analysers.

 

The infamous range of analysers include: O2EII nitrox analyser, ATA pro Trimix analyser and the EII Co carbon monoxide tester – all designed by Analox with quality assured.

 

Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win this prize even if you aren’t attending Scuba Santas 2012.

 

Scuba Santas is an annual World record holding event held each year and organised by Lloyd Watkin and  members of the Yorkshire Divers diving club.

The official website of scuba santas is http://d2587961.u189.pipeten.co.uk.The 6th annual event in 2012 will be held at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), near Chepstow where we will hope to raise funds for the RNLI and have a great time in the process.

Don’t forget to look us up on Twitterfacebookyoutube for more fun and information