We are delighted to announce that once again, Suunto UK are sponsoring the ScotSAC Annual Award for Volunteering, and have generously donated a top of the range DX Dive Computer.
This award is designed to reward an individual's exceptional contribution to our sport. It recognises an outstanding individual who has performed as a volunteer beyond the normal call of duty. They need not hold a position of great power. Their contribution could be effort that has encouraged new people to become divers, encouraged existing divers to complete further development training, the organisation of dive expeditions, or some other activity that has raised the profile of diving in a positive way. It may also be an Instructor or a club committee member who has encouraged and developed new divers and delivered training. If you know of any individual within ScotSAC who has made a significant contribution to the sport, in any way, now is your chance to nominate them for recognition.
There will be 1 prize of a Suunto DX (D ten)- the world's first watch-sized CCR dive computer, worth a whopping £850! The DX is the perfect combination of functionality and style for underwater adventures and everyday wear. The newest addition to the D range of Suunto computers, it's capable of monitoring dives conducted on air, nitrox and trimix on both open circuit and CCR. It possesses all the typical features expected of a high spec. dive computer including 3D tilt compensating electronic compass, with gas switching between up to eight gases & five modes - CCR, Air, Mixed Gas, Gauge and Off (Normal/Time Setting).
Nomination forms are available to download here. Judging will be by a panel consisting of the Chairman, National Diving Officer and General Manager of Suunto Diving UK. All Nominees must hold current membership of the Scottish Sub Aqua Club and may not be current members of the Board or National Diving Council. The closing date for nominations is 6th November 2015.
ScotSAC HQ is open again following illness. There's quite a lot of work to catch up on, but please be assured that I'll do my best to respond to all queries that have come in as soon as I can.
Thanks for your patience.
Tomorrow is your last chance to buy your tickets in advance for the Scottish Dive Conference this Saturday. You can buy yours here until 6pm tomorrow (Thursday 13th November).
A complete line-up can be seen below, and on the SDC Facebook page, along with a schedule so you can plan ahead and get the most out of your day with us.
Raffle tickets for the prizes, worth over £1000 in total, will be on sale throughout the day. Two more prizes have just been added:
- Deep Sea World are offering a Junior shark encounter (valid until 1/9/15). This is valid for children (age 8-15) regardless of having dived before or not. They'll be diving on a platform in their main tank with the sand tigers coming real close.
- William Shiel is offering a day's diving for 2 people at the Farne Islands.
The photography competition rules and fantastic prizes can be found here, so bring your prints with you on the day.
And finally, don't forget about our disco/ceilidh taking place in the Stirling Court Hotel where you'll be able to relax along with the speakers and helpers. Tickets are available here.
We look forward to welcoming you all to Stirling University on Saturday.
There are just two more days to buy your tickets online for the Scottish Dive Conference at Stirling University, and the speakers and raffle prizes just keep rolling in!
Andrew Fox from Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions comes all the way from Australia to talk to us about shark diving with a difference!
Steve Millard of Learn2freedive will talk on Freediving. He is Apneists UK Head Coach and an AIDA Instructor Trainer.
You can take a look at the full line up of speakers on our Facebook page here. Not sure who to see? Use our conference speaker schedule below to plan your day.
The atrium area of the University will hold a number of brilliant stands and stalls, more information for which can be found here.
And of course we have our fantastic raffle, with over £1000 worth of goodies to be won:
AP Diving are giving the chance to win a New Commando Escape Travel B.C.D.
Forth Element have developed a new top quality, super warm under suit. Be one of the first to own one!
Otter Dry Suits has sent us an accessories collection
Basking Shark Scotland will give their winner a branded BSS hoodie
Safari Diving Lanzarote are going to include a voucher for 2 persons for a week’s accommodation and 6 dive pack each
Scottish Sub Aqua Club will be giving 2 free memberships & log books
BDMLR are giving away a free membership to one lucky winner
Crest Dive Centre, St Raphael Marina, Limassol, Cyprus offer the winner 2dives on the Zenobia wreck & lunch
A pair of Scubapro Seawing Nova fins are available in 4 sizes and 5 colours, with the winner to collect them from their nearest authorised Scubapro dealer
Interested? Not bought your ticket yet? Click here to buy your advance ticket for £20, but be quick - you only have until 6pm on Thursday 13th November to buy your ticket online.
After you have spent your day buying new gear and listening to all the interesting talks, why not stay a bit longer and relax along with the helpers and speakers in the Stirling Court Hotel in the University grounds. We have a combined Disco/Ceilidh organised with a traditional stovies supper at half-time to keep you going. Tickets are available here.
Folk can start arriving from 7:30 with the dancing kicking off at 8pm. You may find some folk propping up the bar earlier. We will have a couple of traditional games to keep you on your toes, but the main thing is to relax and enjoy yourself. Dress code is come as you like, but we advise against wearing your dry suit, a kilt would be quite warm enough!
We have a specially discounted rate for Conference goers that want to stay over in the Stirling Court Hotel, so contact them directly - call 01786 451666 (www.stirlingcourthotel.com) and explain you are there for the Dive Conference. If you are unable to obtain discount contact the SDC mailbox (email@example.com) and we will try to ensure you get the special rate. Alternatively there are loads of hotels and B&B nearby (for example, have a look at www.destinationstirling.com/book-your-stay/).
We look forward to seeing you there!
With just over a week left until the Scottish Dive Conference at Stirling University, tickets are selling out fast. Sales are limited due to the maximum capacity of the main lecture theatre, so if you still haven't bought your tickets yet make sure you act fast to avoid disappointment. You have until 6pm on Thursday 13th November to make your booking for what is all set to be an amazing event. You can buy your advance tickets from the website here.
The full schedule of the day’s events will be available shortly. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with all future SDC related announcements through our "Scottish Dive Conference" Facebook page.
As usual we will have a fantastic raffle with great prizes from top brands, including:
- AP Diving - B.C.D
- Fourth Element - Under Suit
- Crest Dive Centre - Accommodation & Diving Package Cyprus
to name but a few. So don't miss out! In addition, there will be plenty of trade stands with lots of dive kit for sale at excellent prices, plus each attendee will be given a goody pack containing a schedule, leaflets, pens, and slap strap.
On-line Ticket Sales
Tickets can be purchased on-line here.
Tickets cost or £25 on the door, but pay only £20 when you buy in advance from our website.
Tickets for the evening are £15, and can be bought on the door to the conference.
Finding the Conference
From the East, South or West take the M9 to Junction 11. At the junction there is a roundabout which marks the end of the M9. From here you should take the exit for Bridge of Allan, follow the road through the town itself, and after about 200 metres you will find the University entrance on the left.
From the North take the A9 to the same roundabout and follow the same route through Bridge of Allan as above.
By Bus - see here and click on the Bus tab.
By Train - Regular services run from Edinburgh and Glasgow, which are both key interchanges for the rest of the UK national rail network. Those travelling from the North can get to Stirling via Scotrail services from Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth
There are two categories for the photo competition "Above the water" and "Below the water".
To enter just print out your pictures and bring them along with you on the day. Voting will be made by those attending the conference, and winners will be announced that afternoon.