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Santas dive for the lifeboats

Santas prepare to dive off Portland (Jurassic Aqua Sports)
Santas prepare to dive off Portland (Jurassic Aqua Sports)
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Weymouth charter-boat operator and dive-school Jurassic Aqua Sports ran its annual Christmas Charity Santa Dive on Saturday, 17 December, and once again raised more than £1,000 for the RNLI.

All proceeds of the two-dive trip out from Portland Marina on Jurassic’s boat Waverider were earmarked for the lifeboats. “The first dive was on the wreck of the British Inventor with 3-4m vis in a lumpy sea,” said training director and skipper David Collins. 

“We returned to the calm waters in the shelter of Portland Harbour, where we served up our legendary hot pasties and hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows to fill all the Santas’ bellies…

Santa at the helm (Jurassic Aqua Sports)
Santa at the helm (Jurassic Aqua Sports)

“The second dive was on the wreck of the Countess Of Erne, with improved underwater vis of 6m, after which even more hot chocolate was served up, with hot mice pies.” We hope he meant mince pies.

A total of £1,075 was raised for RNLI Weymouth, and Jurassic Aqua Sports thanked O’Three Drysuits and BSAC for the donation of raffle prizes.

Inland a week earlier, Vobster Quay near Frome in Somerset had hosted a much longer-running Christmas scuba institution – its annual Santa Dive. This year the dive-centre really was a winter wonderland, with the event held in thick snow and sub-zero temperatures.

A strong turn-out of Santas despite freezing conditions at Vobster (Vobster Quay)
A strong turn-out despite freezing conditions at Vobster (Vobster Quay)

Vobster’s Santa Dives have raised more than £40,000 since they began back in 2007, and again it was the RNLI, as well as Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, that benefitted from the charity event.

Almost 100 divers raised £1,000-plus in sponsorship, and Vobster donated an additional £500 to each charity, while a raffle, with prizes donated by Fourth Element, Otter Drysuits, Nautilus, Apeks Diving, KUBI, Nammu-Tech, Kent Tooling, the Go Diving Show and DivedUp Publications, raised a further £1,400. The event was captured on video.

Also on Divernet: Behind The Scenes At The RNLI, Lifeboat Crews Commended For Divers’ Rescue, Devon Lifeboat Crew Rescue Drifting Divers, Freediver Rescues Off Devon

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