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Dave's had the rather top idea of a jaunt to this site to dive with the Raggie Sharks and other marine beasties.

I'm good for it, I assume Dave you are, seeing as you punted it, so all we need now is a squad and a date and, er, the place to be available. Who's gonna 'own' the task of doing the checking of availability??

FYI - You have to be (if memory serves) PADI AOW (or equiv) or above. The dives are conducted without fins also.

Roll-up-roll-up, sign your names up for the Great Northern Shark-fest.

(Edited by Bren Tierney at 8:59 pm on July 16, 2002)
 

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Eh, there's nowt like a good press-ganging:) Done deal, I'll sort it. What about dates for you guys? I can pencil in virtually any weekend, assuming we're not diving, or a week day evening, assuming I'm not in the far-flung with work. Late October's out for me as we're in the Maldives.

So come on lads, check those packed social/work diaries and spring forth with dates!!
 

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The first step might be to ring the place and see which dates are actually available Bren as I fear they might be very limited, then it'll just be a matter of letting the gang know and we're just gonna have to bite the bullet and get in when we can... I'll make myself available at anytime, evenings or weekends

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I'd see just how much it is going to cost you and waht you get for it. Memory serves to tell me that 'we' thought we were being ripped off when we enquired.
I recall over £65.00 for 15 mins.
Being a Yorkshire Man I like to be kissed 1st :)
 

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All,

I'll make all the necessary contacts tomorrow and post here the requisites for ya then. Here's to getting kissed 1st!! LoL.

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I seem to think its 40 quid for the shark dive, and 5 quid if anyone wants to tag along and not go in the water.  Which isn't bad compared to the entrance fee...
 

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Blue Planet Dive nights - For groups of qualified divers
Qualified divers can enjoy the delights of the reef in the company of their friends. Groups are escorted through the reef, while spectators and other divers are free to observe from the dry of our 71m viewing tunnel. Costs are £55 per head for divers and discounted rates of £5 per adult and £2.50 for children apply to spectators. Please contact Steve on 0151 357 8804 for booking details or more information
 

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Hey Jay,

With respect mate, unless you've done it, how do you know til you've given it a bash?? Also, you own this site and we expect you to go large and plenty in order to lead the throng in group manoeuvres.

OK we MIGHT find out that it might not be worth the money (happy to find that out AFTER the fact, at least we tried it and gave it a shot) - questionable, given that some of the members here never dive in waters clearer than UK conditions!! But hey, here's the opp to dive in gin-clear viz in the UK and see sharks and Red Sea reef conditions!! Got to be a result and not the 8 month drive up to Abbs (for most of 'em at least) - glorious though Abbs is.

Muster at the next posting for this play all.

Cheers,
 

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Quote, 'you own this site and we expect you to go large and plenty in order to lead the throng in group manoeuvres.
', does that mean that unless the site owner doesn't come on a dive then no one goes?
 

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"With respect mate, unless you've done it, how do you know til you've given it a bash??"

Doesn't the same argument apply to using heroin, homosexuality (nothing wrong with it, just know its not for me), murder and setting myself on fire?

Seriously though - I'm not knocking it - theres just a few more things I can spend £50 on at the minute (moving house etc). I'll delegate this one to Davey Boy as he seems keen.

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Hey Heads, a little extreme there fella!! But good luck with the house move.

Righty then,

Here the necessary for the Blue Planet Aquarium for you guys. Map, directions and address on this URL.

http://www.south-wirral.org.uk/eport/aquarium.htm

Requisites:

* You will need to be a minimum of PADI AOW or equivalent.
* Need to have dived in the last 6 months (bring log book as proof).
* Need to have own kit.
* No fins to be worn.
* Groups of 12 divers at a time (then split into 3 groups of 4), you will be hosted by two DMs.
* Dive times of either 16.00 hrs or 18.00 hrs (be there earlier to kit up!)
* Water temp is approx 24'C - they recommend a full length suit (3 or 5 mm) and no shorties.
* Max depth we'll dive to is a staggering 4 metres (Trimix optional then eh?!)
* Cost is £55 per person for half-an-hour's 'dive' - you'll actually be "walked around the exhibit"
* If you're PADI AOW or above, you can self-certify from a medical standpoint (I think this might be on the PADI Web-site) or just sign the medical indemnity form on the day.

Next available date for a weekend gig will be FEB next year!!

The next available mid-week (Mon-Fri) dates are 23rd Sept, 02nd Oct & 03rd Oct. If we want an available Friday, next one is 15th November.

So, who's up for it now that we've got a heads-up on the details??

(Edited by Bren Tierney at 3:32 pm on July 19, 2002)


(Edited by Bren Tierney at 3:40 pm on July 19, 2002)


(Edited by Bren Tierney at 3:41 pm on July 19, 2002)
 

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Me!!!!!!

I'll fit on any date, weekend/midweek/anyday so just fit it around who ever else wants to come, theirs and your convenience Bren.

I'm off to start practising sphincter control.... squeeeze.. hold... squeeeze.. hold... squeeeze..
 

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Hehe - sorry about that. The only newspaper left in the shop this morning was the Daily Mail - guess its kind of affected me somewhat today. I am now of the firm belief that Shark Diving is not safe and that it is, in fact, a gateway to harder forms of diving!

Don't worry - it'll have worn off by the time I get my Daily Sport tomorrow!
 

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Hey Heads,

LoL!! The Daily Sport bringing a whole new meaning to 'getting wet'?

..............I'll get mi coat.
 

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Bugger, but that made me larf!
From my experience of Blue Lagoon, you're probably safer in with the Sand Tiger Sharks than p*****g it up round Huddersfield town centre on a Saturday night.
Whilst you're busy sifting the sand for shark teeth the DM's are ever vigilant and knock a couple of gert bolts together in a pre-arranged code if one of the big boy's is cruising too near, giving you enough time to bow your head in deference/rectum-wrenching fear (delete as applicable).
Me, being of a curious nature, heard the signal and LIFTED my head to see where the bugger was and promptly stared into the ugliest set of gnashers in my life! Made Shane McGowan (Pogue's) look positively Californian!
Is it worth the cost?
Is a pint of ale, 98% water, worth the cost?
Probably not, but you gotta do it! A great experience and 12 divers equates to 120 foot passengers through the door, so you're doing a lot towards keeping the place open.

Does anyone know if they are allowing divers in the sister aquarium, The Deep Blue in Hull, yet?
 
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