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Whether you're a scuba diver or an open water swimmer, Vobster Quay offers the perfect blend of great fresh-water diving and swimming, first class service and the warmest of welcomes - isn't it time you discovered the UK's friendliest inland diving centre for yourself?


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WIN AN AQUALUNG
REVEAL X1 MASK
POSTED: 16th December 2017

Are you ready for Vobster Santas? We'll be throwing open the gates at 8:00am sharp tomorrow morning for a rush of Santas to converge on Vobster Quay for a festive dip in aid of charity.

Before the fun starts, though, we've got one more festive prize to 'reveal' to you - a fantastic 'Reveal X1' mask from Aqualung. The Reveal is a premium diving mask that delivers ultra-comfort and a perfect fit thanks to both a super soft, top quality crystal-clear silicone and an ergonomic skirt profile. The new buckles, attached directly to the silicone skirt, feature a single quick-button release system and the mask is equipped with an innovative spherical silicone head band strap.

For more information on the innovative Reveal X1 mask, visit [WEBLINK]

Tickets for our prize draw raffle cost just £1 and every penny goes to the good folk at the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. You can buy tickets at Vobster Santas on the 17th December or in advance through the Vobster shop or over the phone - for telephone orders, all we ask is that you buy a minimum of five tickets.



HAVE A FESTIVE WARM
HEAD THANKS TO OTTER
POSTED: 15th December 2017

Coming to Vobster Santas 2017 this Sunday. We've got another great reason to make sure that you're registered and through the gates nice 'n' early thanks to the good folks at Otter Watersports Drysuits.

Otter have very kindly donated twenty toasty warm woollen beanie hats which we'll be giving away to Santa divers who are *registered* for the event. Coming along but not registered yet? It takes no more than a minute and is completely free - register your details at [WEBLINK]

It's gonna feel like Christmas has come early at Vobster Santas this year. Not only will we be giving away these great Otter beanies but our good friends at Fourth Element have donated 30 of their festive-themed beanies too and we've got a few other bits and bobs to give away too. Don't miss out - grab yourself a Santa suit, register with us and make sure you're there on Sunday!

Full details on the event including a detailed schedule of timings, useful tips and tricks and so on can be viewed here - [WEBLINK]



WIN A SUUNTO
SK8 COMPASS
POSTED: 15th December 2017

We've got another superb raffle prize to share with you today courtesy of the good folk at Suunto Diving UK.

Worth £59, the new Suunto SK8 compass is a favourite amongst recreational and technical divers alike. The latest edition of Suunto’s leading dive compass delivers even better underwater performance with faster stabilisation and enhanced readability. Both northern and southern hemisphere models can be used over a wider area of the globe thanks to an upgraded magnet. Available in both strap and bungee mount versions, the SK8 will ensure that you never get lost again!

Tickets for our prize draw raffle cost just £1 and every penny goes to the good folk at the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. You can buy tickets at Vobster Santas on the 17th December or in advance through the Vobster shop or over the phone - for telephone orders, all we ask is that you buy a minimum of five tickets.



THE COUNTDOWN TO VOBSTER
SANTAS HAS BEGUN...
POSTED: 14th December 2017

Looking forward to Vobster Santas this coming Sunday? We're hard at work making final preparations for the big day and hopefully you are too - don't forget to cut a hole in your Santa suit for your drysuit dump valve and a bit of bungee to keep your Santa hat in place works wonders too!

Vobster Santas is always a popular event and it does take time to get everyone through the gates, signed in, parked and kitted up so we advise you to arrive early. To help things run nice and smoothly, these are the all-important timings...

08:00 - Gates Open

08:30 - Event registration opens

10:00 - Dive kit assembled and all divers in Santa suits

10:30 - Dive brief on Quayside

10:35 - Group photo on Quayside

10:45 - All Santa divers enter the water

13:30 - Prize draw raffle is drawn

The full schedule for the day is presented above. Please do not enter the water before the designated time - in order to qualify for the record attempt, all divers must enter the water at the same time! Event Marshalls will be on hand to count you into the water.

For even more handy information - including lots of very useful practical advice - check out this handy guide that we sent out to all registered Santas earlier today...

[WEBLINK]



WIN A PRESSURE
GAUGE FROM MIFLEX
POSTED: 13th December 2017

Always keen supporters of Vobster Santas, Maxshow Ltd - the official distributor for Miflex hoses - has very kindly donated another great prize to this year's Vobster Santas raffle in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

For just £1 - that's all a raffle ticket costs - you could be the proud owner of this rather swanky pressure gauge and 75cm HP Miflex hose combo. The combination includes a 300-bar black faced brass gauge with a tempered glass front connected to a tough yet ultra-flexible 75cm Miflex 'carbon HD' hose worth a 'not to be sniffed at' £87. Anyone who owns a Miflex hose will know how good they are - tough yet so flexible you could tie knots with them, they're standard fitment on stuff like rebreathers and other 'mission critical' dive equipment.

Want to be in with a chance of winning? Tickets for our prize draw raffle cost just £1 and every penny goes to the good folk at the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance charity. You can buy tickets at Vobster Santas on the 17th December or in advance through the Vobster shop or over the phone - for telephone orders, all we ask is that you buy a minimum of five tickets.



WIN A HUMAN
FACTORS MICRO-CLASS
POSTED: 12th December 2017

We're very pleased to announce another set of superb prizes for our Vobster Santas prize draw raffle this Sunday. Donated by Gareth Lock of Human in the System Consulting, two lucky prize draw winners will each win a human factors skills in diving online micro-class gift voucher worth £45.

Billed as 'Fundamentals... for your head', this superb micro-class will give you the skills and knowledge to become better, safer and far more aware of the factors that contribute to the onset of an accident and how to avoid them. Since it's launch last year, some of the biggest names in technical diving from across the industry have embraced the invaluable lessons that the course provides.

TDI instructor Tim Gort took the course and this is what he thought of it - "Is it worth doing? Absolutely. Regardless of agency, current skill set or certification, this course will increase your overall awareness of awareness, stress management and leadership resulting in a more effective individual and team performance, both in diving, and in ‘the real world."

For more information on Human Factors training, visit [WEBLINK]

Want to be in with a chance of winning? Tickets for our prize draw raffle cost just £1 and every penny goes to the good folk at the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance charity. You can buy tickets at Vobster Santas on the 17th December or in advance through the Vobster shop or over the phone - for telephone orders, all we ask is that you buy a minimum of five tickets.



HAVE YOU
REGISTERED YET?
POSTED: 11th December 2017

Coming to Vobster Santas this Sunday but have yet to register for the event? We totally get it - no one wants to give all their personal details away to a faceless computer but registering for Vobster Santas is both safe and jolly well useful.

Just to put your mind at ease, registering for Vobster Santas is easy and hassle free. The very limited data that you provide (your name and email and nothing more) is only used to help us run the event and it's totally secure - at the very simplest level, it's there to help us gauge how many of you are planning to attend so we know how many staff to have onsite to look after you and - of course - to ensure we don't run out of tea bags (pretty important that one).

The only time we'll use your data is to send you an email containing all the information you need to know to make your day pleasant and hassle free - start times, safety guidelines and so on. We'll be sending this information out on Thursday so get your (ice) skates on - register now! It only takes a moment so pop across to [WEBLINK] and do it now :-)



EX-VOBSTER STAFFERS TAKE ON
THREE LAKES CHALLENGE
POSTED: 11th December 2017

We're just a little bit proud of two ex-Vobster staffers who are taking on a gruelling 24-hour diving and mountaineering fundraiser that will see them dive the UK’s three highest altitude lakes.

If you've visited Vobster Quay in the last few years, you cannot help but recognise ex Vobster Divemasters Sarah Tingey and Rachael Priest. This plucky pair are the first women to tackle the Three Lakes Challenge - a mission that will take them to lakes located in Scotland, England and Wales - all in the space of just 24 hours. The pair aim to raise £2,500 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Service, a cause close to their hearts.

Please join us in wishing them the very best on this amazing challenge. Know them both as we do, we just know they're gonna smash it! #ThisGirlCanDive

Read more about their challenge over at Scuba Diver magazine - [WEBLINK]



WIN A KENT
TOOLING RATCHET REEL
POSTED: 10th December 2017

How's this for a seriously cool raffle prize?! Thanks to the good folk at Kent Tooling Diving Products, we've got not one but TWO superb ratchet reels to give away at Vobster Santa Dive 2017 next weekend.

Made from only the highest quality marine grade steel, these fantastic ratchet reels are the choice of serious wreck divers. Featuring 50 metres of high visibility line, they can be used in either free-spool or ratchet mode - just the thing for deploying an SMB and then safely using it to ascend to the surface whilst automatically 'locking off' the line. We've got two of these reels to give away - one with yellow line and one with orange line.

For more information on the full range of Kent Tooling products, visit their website at [WEBLINK]

Want to be in with a chance of winning? Tickets for our prize draw raffle cost just £1 and every penny goes to the good folk at the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance charity. You can buy tickets at Vobster Santas on the 17th December or in advance through the Vobster shop or over the phone - for telephone orders, all we ask is that you buy a minimum of five tickets.



WIN AN OTTER MADE
TO MEASURE UNDERSUIT
POSTED: 07th December 2017

Have you bought your Vobster Santa Dive 2017 raffle tickets yet? Our good friends at Otter Watersports Drysuits have donated a toasty warm Otter-brand undersuit worth upto £170.

Of course this isn't any old undersuit. No siree - it's a fully made to measure suit which means that the good folk at Otter will make the suit *just for you* using your own unique measurements. Nett result? You get an undersuit that's definitely a cut above the rest. You can choose between two types of Otter-branded undersuit - either quilted or Polar-D. Whichever you choose, we know you're gonna be warmer than a polar bear in a sauna!

Tickets for our prize draw raffle cost just £1 and every penny goes to the good folk at the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. You can buy tickets at Vobster Santas on the 17th December or in advance through the Vobster shop or over the phone - for telephone orders, all we ask is that you buy a minimum of five tickets.

More info at [WEBLINK]



WIN A BACKUP MINI
TEC TORCH FROM LFM
POSTED: 07th December 2017

Have you bought your Vobster Santa Dive 2017 raffle tickets yet? We've got another seriously cool raffle prize to announce today and this time it comes in the shape of this rather gorgeous Backup MINI TEC torch from light-for-me.com.

Made from solid aluminium, the Backup MINI TEC is as good looking as it is tough. Backup sealed with two o-rings that make it watertight and protect against water, minimal maintenance is required – simply clean and grease the sealing o-rings. Inside is an ultra bright LED head that outputs 330 lumens of focused light at a 7000K colour temperature. Retailing for just £55, this little number sure packs a punch!

Tickets for our prize draw raffle cost just £1 and every penny goes to the good folk at the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. You can buy tickets at Vobster Santas on the 17th December or in advance through the Vobster shop or over the phone - for telephone orders, all we ask is that you buy a minimum of five tickets.

More info at [WEBLINK]



WIN A PAIR OF
APEKS RK3-HD FINS!
POSTED: 06th December 2017

Have you bought your Vobster Santa Dive 2017 raffle tickets yet? We've got some seriously cool prizes up for grabs including this rather sexy pair of RK3-HD fins donated by the lovely people at Apeks.

The RK3 HD is the next fin in the popular RK3 range of fins. The RK3 HD is made from a higher density material than the standard RK3, which makes the fin stiffer and heavier. The RK3 HD was developed in response to feedback from divers who prefer a heavier fin. The new compound of the RK3 HD adds more weight to make it negatively buoyant. They're the perfect fin for dry suit diving.

Tickets for our prize draw raffle cost just £1 and every penny goes to the good folk at the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. You can buy tickets at Vobster Santas on the 17th December or in advance through the Vobster shop or over the phone - for telephone orders, all we ask is that you buy a minimum of five tickets.



THE VOBSTER SANTAS
RAFFLE IS BACK!
POSTED: 05th December 2017

Want to raise some serious money for a very worthy charity *and* be in with a chance of winning some serious prizes? Yes folks, the Vobster Santas 2017 prize draw raffle is back!

We've teamed up with some oft he biggest names in diving to bring you the opportunity to win some seriously cool prizes. Full details will be revealed over the coming days and weeks but we can already reveal that Apeks, Otter, Light-For-Me and BlueO2 have donated prizes with a lot more to follow.

All proceeds from the raffle will go to a charity that is very dear to our hearts - the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Want to do your bit and be in with a chance of winning? Simply pop into the Vobster shop, call us with your debit card or simply grab a hand full of tickets on the day - it really is that simple.

Of course there's still time to get involved in Vobster Santas if you fancy joining the mass flurry of fluffy beards and soggy pantaloons. Virtually skate across to www.vobster.com/vobstersantas and sign up now.



BAG YOURSELF A FREE
FOURTH ELEMENT HAT
POSTED: 04th December 2017

Christmas is the time for giving, right? To celebrate another fabulous Vobster Santa Dive 2017, we'll be giving away 30 of these rather swanky Fourth Element fleece hats to the first 30 divers to come through the gates on the 17th December!

Expertly modelled by Douglas, wearing one of these toasty warm hats is guaranteed to put a festive smile on your face - just look at how festive and jolly Douglas looks! Hugo, on the other hand, always looks this happy. We worry about him sometimes...

Not signed up for Vobster Santas yet? There's still time to get involved folks so pop across to www.vobster.com/vobstersantas to get the facts. And don't forget folks - as Smashie would say 'it's all for cheriddy'.



GIVE THE GIFT OF
TEKCAMP THIS CHRISTMAS!
POSTED: 01st December 2017

Looking for the perfect gift for the diver in your life? Want to give them something that will keep on giving? Then give them the gift of TEKCamp this Christmas!

Set to run between the 3 - 6 September 2018 here at Vobster Quay, TEKCamp is a unique opportunity to train under some of the biggest names in technical diver training. Whether you're a hardcore techie already or simply dipping your toes in to see if tech is for you, our biennial TEKCamp masterclass event is not to be missed. Regardless of your experience level, TEKCamp will make you a better, safer and more confident diver with the skills and knowledge to take your diving to the next level!

Attending TEKCamp costs as little as £295 for a 2-day ticket and - best of all - all you have to pay is a deposit of £125 now and the balance isn't payable until June 2018! Book now at www.tekcamp.co.uk and look forward to a tech Christmas!



CHRISTMAS 2017
OPENING HOURS
POSTED: 01st December 2017

Is it really that time again? Yes folks, the festive season is (almost) upon us and we're sure you'll all want to enjoy a hearty dip so here's the low down on our Christmas opening hours for divers and swimmers alike. See you at the quayside!

ALL days up to 23rd Dec - OPEN

24th Dec - CLOSED

25th Dec - CLOSED

26th Dec - CLOSED

27th Dec - OPEN

28th Dec - OPEN

29th Dec - OPEN

30th Dec - OPEN

31st Dec - OPEN

1st Jan - CLOSED

2nd Jan - OPEN

3rd Jan - OPEN 7 DAYS PER WEEK

IMPORTANT NOTE - Contrary to an earlier post, we are NOT open on Boxing day. We need time for our bodies to recover from all that Christmas Turkey and liquid 'cheer'.

Not quite ready to hang up your Christmas stockings? Don't forget Vobster Santas - our charity fundraising event in aid of the RNLI on Sunday 17th December. There's still time to get involved so pop across to www.vobster.com/vobstersantas and sign up today. Let's make this year's event even bigger than previous years!




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WIN AN AQUALUNG REVEAL X1 MASK

Are you ready for Vobster Santas? We'll be throwing open the gates at 8:00am sharp tomorrow morning for a rush of Santas to converge on Vobster Quay for a festive dip in aid of charity.

Before the fun starts, though, we've got one more festive prize to 'reveal' to you -... [more]

POSTED: 16th December 2017

Vobster Quay is looking for Divemasters for paid work in 2018.

Andrea has just completed the new accelerated divemaster training programme at Vobster Quay, consisting of a four day development course, before moving on to course assists in the New Year. Congratulations are due for her effort this week!

If you would like to take the first step on the professional diver... [more]

POSTED: 16th December 2017

HAVE A FESTIVE WARM HEAD THANKS TO OTTER

Coming to Vobster Santas 2017 this Sunday. We've got another great reason to make sure that you're registered and through the gates nice 'n' early thanks to the good folks at Otter Watersports Drysuits.

Otter have very kindly donated twenty toasty warm woollen beanie hats which we'll be giving away... [more]

POSTED: 15th December 2017

The next time your favourite wreck or carefully laid plan is blown out, remember the magical world of mud. Mud and fine sediment are there because it's a sheltered environment, which means it's also a possible bad weather weather alternative. No excuses for not diving, learning and discovering something you haven't seen before! Cheers, Tim

POSTED: 15th December 2017

WIN A SUUNTO SK8 COMPASS

We've got another superb raffle prize to share with you today courtesy of the good folk at Suunto Diving UK.

Worth £59, the new Suunto SK8 compass is a favourite amongst recreational and technical divers alike. The latest edition of Suunto’s leading dive compass delivers even better underwater performance with... [more]

POSTED: 15th December 2017

THE COUNTDOWN TO VOBSTER SANTAS HAS BEGUN...

Looking forward to Vobster Santas this coming Sunday? We're hard at work making final preparations for the big day and hopefully you are too - don't forget to cut a hole in your Santa suit for your drysuit dump valve and a bit of bungee to keep your Santa hat... [more]

POSTED: 14th December 2017

Vobster Santas Temp and Viz update: The forecast is for sun and clouds, with light SW winds. Underwater, we have a temp of 9 degrees at the surface and 20m viz in places. More importantly, we have around 140 divers forecast to attend - if we can get a few more, we might even be able to top the record of 188 to celebrate 10 years of Santa diving at Vobster Quay. Please remember to collect heaps of sponsorship money for the RNLI and Air Ambulance - the reason for Santa diving is fundraising to save lives. Cheers, Tim

POSTED: 14th December 2017










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