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Just say, for the point of debate, you had your own inland dive site (say Stoney), what would YOU choose to fill it with?

I would assume some kind of boat is mandatory as it's very apt for training and the kind of thing that sometimes ends up on the bottom of the sea! but what else?

I was inspired by Jason Taylor's underwater art exhibits to see just what people would like to see on a dive. His creations are sublime and fantastic! I would love to see something like them in Stoney! :)

Underwater Sculpture
 

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All we wanted was a home... Manics
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a maze of mirrors at 48m for narky air divers??? or a perpetually ticking 'bomb'...

Seriously - a train carriage, aircraft fusilage, a politicians duck pond island, gnome gardens (because they are really useful), or half a sheep in formaldehyde

EDIT: what an idea!! underwater art gallery - Brian Sewell could go in permanently without scuba gear :D
 

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Personally, I'd have a maze of concrete tubes, with safety valves on the top which are a flap of rubber or something over the hole. Would give you a "safe" overhead environment to play in, without ever being unable to get out within a 20m swim. Would have loads of junctions and stuff to choose a route.

No dive site in the world would ever be able to build such a thing though.

In reality I'd quite like to see more vertical stuff underwater. It would require a lot of work, but things on which you can descend or ascend for me are always more interesting than something just lying on the bottom. The container with the helicopter on it at Capers is a good example, I always tend to ascend there as opposed to trying to find my way back to the entry point, because there's something to look at even looking down from 6m.

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Personally, I'd have a maze of concrete tubes, with safety valves on the top which are a flap of rubber or something over the hole. Would give you a "safe" overhead environment to play in, without ever being unable to get out within a 20m swim. Would have loads of junctions and stuff to choose a route.

No dive site in the world would ever be able to build such a thing though.

In reality I'd quite like to see more vertical stuff underwater. It would require a lot of work, but things on which you can descend or ascend for me are always more interesting than something just lying on the bottom. The container with the helicopter on it at Capers is a good example, I always tend to ascend there as opposed to trying to find my way back to the entry point, because there's something to look at even looking down from 6m.

Digs.
Taking Digger's idea for a veritcal attraction and Blu DL's idea for a train, I propose something like this:



EDIT: Love this photograph.
 

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Easy.

Household waste a lot more money in land fill, and it gets rid of another duckpond and will encourage divers to be where they should.

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ISO containers / training platforms with the top at sensible depths to training drills without silt
A big boat (like the staingarth) that you can look around or inside.
Fish - lots of them.
Rope / chains between different attractions so you can get from one to another when the viz is pants.
I like the idea of a maze to practice penetration.
A series of hoops in the shallows to get new divers to practice buoyancy

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Thanks for the suggestions! Keep em coming!

I like the idea of the enclosed swimthru's and the vertical stuff. Stuff like tat from Blackpool Leisure Front just doesnt appeal.

The sculpture of the ring of people looked amazing although how it would look in 3 foot of silt is anyones guess :)
 

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Buckland Lakes in Kent has an anatomically correct Great White shark complete with teeth at about 6 meters. Even though you know it's not real and are on the lookout for the thing it's still likely to make your heart skip a beat when you see it through the murky water.

I did hear that it's currently been taken out for refurbishment though.
 

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I was inspired by Jason Taylor's underwater art exhibits to see just what people would like to see on a dive. His creations are sublime and fantastic! I would love to see something like them in Stoney! :)
I reckon the bloke who sculpted this wins hands down;


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I like vobsters jesters although they are very spooky half covered in silt...Not sure if they are upright or not last time I saw them they were lying flat in the silt like dead jester bodies.


Gnome garden. I guess is the minature version of the jesters. I hope Minxy's idea to sink a load of gnomes off chesil works out but they will only stay there until the next big springs :(
Otherwise its always nice to have plenty of fish to see.
 

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what about a grave yard, small church with a light show and eerie sounds mechanical bodies rising from coffins and horror type stuff then you could place it in a quarry with shite viz and see sod all !!
 

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a maze of mirrors at 48m for narky air divers??? a train carriage
a maze of concrete tubes, with safety valves on the top which are a flap of rubber or something over the hole. Would give you a "safe" overhead environment to play in, without ever being unable to get out within a 20m swim. Would have loads of junctions and stuff to choose a route.
I like these ideas.

Am still waiting for the two Cardiff buses to get put in at NDAC, they've been patiently waiting on the side since I started frequenting the place in Oct 2009.
 

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stuff that is purposely there to be lifted and moved with lift bags - gives something to practice on
 

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Had quite a lot of fun with couple of sticks @ a piece of round plastic with my buddy once. Hav also tried moving a canoe sans liftbags + not realising it was weighted down with rocks - no wonder my SAC went thro the roof! Lol
 
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