The wonders of the deep

APPLEDORE Sub-Aqua Club is holding an event especially for qualified divers in the area. A free presentation, including an informative talk and stunning slideshow is being held in the form of an open evening aboard the MS Oldenburg alongside Bideford Qu

APPLEDORE Sub-Aqua Club is holding an event especially for qualified divers in the area.

A free presentation, including an informative talk and stunning slideshow is being held in the form of an open evening aboard the MS Oldenburg alongside Bideford Quay at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 25.

Following the success of a similar evening last year which helped the club boost membership by introducing qualified divers to the underwater wonders of Lundy's Marine Conservation Zone, the club is again looking to recruit.

Those divers privileged enough to be le to experience the reefs and wrecks around the UK's SW Peninsula will discover some of the best diving in UK waters.


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The seas around Devon and Cornwall are always popular destinations for UK divers and Lundy Island is considered the jewel in the crown.

During almost four decades of diving, members of Appledore Sub-Aqua Club have built up a wealth of experience and knowledge and have introduced many divers to the abundance of marine life in local waters.

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Mike Deaton, club chairman, said: "Despite the predicted barbecue summer of 2009 failing to materialise, our members had an eventful summer diving around Lundy Island, the Isles Of Scilly and the Cornish Coast.

" One particular highlight was the club's success in the Lundy Island Splash-In Underwater photo contest.

"There has been a trend in recent years towards people learning to dive on holiday in tropical waters, but those who take the plunge and transfer their skills to UK waters are surprised by the vibrant colours and diversity of the fish, invertebrates, marine mammals and corals that abound our own shores."

There are opportunities for local divers to discover underwater photography, archaeology, shipwrecks and to enjoy the marine life and benefits of diving within a local club.

These include, advancing diving skills, regular hard boat trips and air fills for members. For membership information call Damian Board (Diving Officer) on 07831152021or visit www.asac.org.uk

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