PADI Discover Scuba Diving at Anglesey ScubaFest 2014
ScubaFest, exactly what the name implies, is a celebration of all things Scuba! Can there be any better event for avid British divers, I don’t think so. . .
Held in Angelsey every summer, ScubaFest is a great event for divers of all experience levels, whether their preference be warm or cold water diving. This is the second year that Reefers and Wreckers have attended ScubaFest, and certainly the most fun, for several reasons.
Seven of the Reefers team attended this year and 5 of us stayed in a Yurt at the Angelsey Outdoor Centre, we have never ‘Glamped’ before but I think I speak for all of us when I say that we are now Glamping converts. Very spacious, yet cosy with a built in wood burner, with some of the comforts of home, the wood burner is a lovely touch and we lit it up in the evening, not because we were cold but just because we could!
For those who prefer proper camping, to our soft option, there was more than enough space to set up camp and some took their caravans (posh!) and others chose to stay in the local Hotels and B&B’s (even posher!). On site there is a well stocked bar serving home cooked grub and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The Hog Roast and Live Band on the second night was a great excuse for all to chill out over a few drinks with chocolate cake and strudle for dessert.
During the day Porth Dafarch beach was a hive of activity with stalls from Scuba Diving training agencies including PADI, as well as some of the major equipment suppliers such as Apeks, Mares, Typhoon, Suunto, Aqualung and Sport Diver Magazine. We were able to sample some of the latest Scuba equipment and ask the experts about future training and professional Scuba Diving opportunities.
The British weather, true to form, did prevent some of the planned RHIB diving but us Brits, also true to form, overcame and dived from the picturesque beach instead, after all there was still blue sky and wet water. Reefers and Wreckers were busy elsewhere . . .
Seven instructors from Reefers and Wreckers, in partnership with PADI, offered free Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) experiences and Bubble Maker experiences to anyone that wanted to try their hand (fins) at Scuba. In total we took 42 DSD’s and 21 Bubble Makers , as well as the many snorkelling and skin diving experiences (of which there were many). For the instructors it was exhausting and exhilarating. All of the students were a privilege to teach, the look of excitement and in some cases life changing realisation, of the underwater world that is now open to them, was a real highlight for all of us. The only downside (although small) was the prune-like complexion with which we emerged from the pool after two four hour sessions in the water .
ScubaFest encompasses what Scuba Diving and British diving is about, a passion for all things underwater, bringing like minded enthusiasts together, where we can share different experiences, opinions and perhaps a bottle or two.
We hope you can join us next year!