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!!!!!!