With many of us confined to our homes we've come up with a calendar of special interest webinars to help keep us all connected with the sport we love.

We have many knowledgable speakers in the BSAC community and many are now working to put talks together to share with fellow members. We have also included webinars and online events from our partners and friends in the wider diving community that we thought you may be interested in.

Please note all times are UK (BST - GMT + 1hr) unless otherwise stated

Click on the link 15 minutes before the start of the webinar, there is no need to register for most of the special interest webinars. If the blue button says 'Sign up' please sign up in advance.

Any hot topics you'd like featured? Or guest speakers you'd like us to ask? Please email us and we'll see what we can do!

Week beginning 25 May

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Tue 26 May
12:30 - 13:00

M.L286 Eothen, A Litte Ship with a big anniversary

Exploring the unique and vibrant biography of motor launch (M.L)286 from her life as a WW1 submarine chaser, to her life as Eothen and a Dunkirk Little Ship, in honour of the 80th Anniversary of Operation Dynamo:26 May - 4 June 1940. More info

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Suzanne Marie Taylor MA, Birkbeck, University of London

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Week beginning 1 June

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Mon 1 Jun
19:30 - 20:30

Dorset Shipwreck Project

This webinars covers the expedition and project diving involved in the Dorset Shipwreck Project. If you have an interest in diving with a purpose or would like to know how to pull together a diving project this is a great start point. Cameron has started the South Coast Expedition Interest Group and will be running diving projects in 2021.

Cameron Cromwell, First Class Diver and Advanced Instructor   Join
Tue 2 Jun
12:30 - 13:00

TradEGY

Egyptian traditional riverine tangible and intangible heritage rescue project. A rescue project to record the remaining fragments of Egyptian riverine traditions. Discover the background, preliminary results and methodology, and what the future holds for the project. More info

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Ziad M Morsy, University of Southampton

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Wed 3 Jun
19:00 - 20:00

Project Highball (part one)

Project Highball was an expedition that was awarded the Duke of Cambridge Scuba Prize and set out to recover 2 Highball bouncing bombs from Loch Striven. Part One covers the history and planning.

Kevin Phillips, Advanced Diver, ex-DO of East Cheshire Sub-Aqua Club   Join

Fri 5 Jun
19:00 - 20:00

Project Highball (part two)

Part two covers the expedition itself with lots of film and footage from the expedition.

Kevin Phillips, Advanced Diver, ex-DO of East Cheshire Sub-Aqua Club   Join
Sat 6 Jun
11:00 - 12:00

Diving the wrecks of Vis, Croatia

This webinar covers organising the trip to Vis and the diving on offer. This is mostly a slide show covering the dive details and images of the sites. The island, dive operator and facilities will also be covered.

Simon Fryer, Advanced Mix Gas CCR instructor   Join

Week beginning 8 June

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Mon 8 June
19:00 - 20:00

Synoptic charts and dive planning

How to use a synoptic chart to help you plan your diving. Useful for any Dive Manager or an instructor who wants to learn how to teach this. 

Steve Batt, National Instructor   Join
Tue 9 Jun
12:30 - 13:00

TBC

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Wed 10 Jun
19:00 - 20:00

Diving in the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia

A session outlining some of the diving available in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), along with an
overview of some dive sites and the logistics involved in diving in KSA. With some photos and video from two years of diving in KSA.

Kevin Phillips, Advanced Diver, ex-DO of East Cheshire Sub-Aqua Club   Join

Week beginning 15 June

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Mon 15 Jun
19:00 - 20:00

Diving the wrecks of Bell Island

Off the coast of Newfoundland is Bell Island. A little diving mecca suitable for this who love wrecks as well as those who love the more challenging aspects of mine diving. There are four World War II wrecks all within sports diving depths, and Lisa will present on these, as a follow up from her article in the May SCUBA magazine. Phil will then join and present on the Bell Island Mine, once a working iron ore mine, a significant amount now is all underwater so only accessible to divers.

Lisa Shafe, Eastern Regional Coach & Phil Short   Join
Tue 16 Jun
12:30 - 13:00

TBC

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Wed 17 - 21 Jun

Seasearch Online Observer course

Wed 17 Jun 18:00 - 19:30
Part 1: Introduction to Seasearch, recognising habitats and sea bed cover
Thu 18 Jun 18:00 - 19:30
Part 2: Marine life identification and ID guides
Fri 19 Jun 18:00 - 19:00
Part 3: Introduction to the Seasearch Observation form & position fixing
Sat 20 Jun 14:00 - 15:30
Part 4: Completing Seasearch Observation form, Seasearch diving techniques
Sun 21 Jun 14:00 - 15:00
Part 5: Simulated video dive to practice form filling

This is an introductory course aimed at divers new to recording British marine life and habitats. It enables you to recognise and record essential seabed habitats and marine life using the Seasearch Observation form. It will prepare you to undertake Seasearch dives independently, with you club or on organised Seasearch events.

The course fee is £40, which includes a course pack and qualification book. More info

Wendy Northway, BSAC Advanced Diver and NW Seasearch Coordinator Sign up The course fee is £40, which includes a course pack and qualification book.
Thu 18 Jun
19:00 - 20:00

Introduction to Commercial Scuba Diving

Mark Lewis whilst a recreational scuba instructor also dives commercially. This webinar aims to introduce the differences and how to enter the professional side of diving. Mark will run a Q&A session at the end.

Mark Lewis, Advanced Instructor   Join
Sun 21 Jun
19:00 - 20:00

What is an Expedition?

Andy Hunt, BSAC Expeditions Officer explores what this is and how it may differ from a normal club trip or a project and how members may participate in one, regardless of their diving or snorkelling qualification.  He will review some examples of past expeditions that he has encountered in his time as both the BSAC NDC Expeditions Officer and as First Chief Examiner and outline a typical process to follow to get one off the ground and some ideas for future expeditions in line with the objects of the BSAC.

Andy Hunt, National Instructor and BSAC Expeditions Officer

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Week beginning 22 June

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Tue 23 Jun
12:30 - 13:00

TBC

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Thu 25 Jun
19:30 - 20:30

Bathymetry: what's the use for divers

This talk is a short introduction to some of the changes that digital bathymetric survey data has brought to the wreck diver.

Ray Cramer, Advanced Diver   Join

Week beginning 29 June

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Tue 30 Jun
12:30 - 13:00

TBC

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Thu 2 Jul
19:30 - 20:30

Chart-plotters and GPS

This is an introduction to how they work, their uses and how we use them to locate a dive site. Includes live feeds from a chart-plotter.

Bill Elliott, DCA and Yachtmaster Examiner

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