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Anyone Here from the U.K???

Discussion in 'Europe & Mediterranean' started by Nath, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. Nath

    Nath New Member

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    My Wife & I May be moving over to the U.K in the next 6 months or so. Is there any freedivers there or around that area. That I may be able to dive with. thanks heaps

    Nath
    NSW Australia :)
     
  2. Alun

    Alun Well-Known Member

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    there are many around.... you can join the UK freediving email list by following my www link below. there are only really two places where you can dive to any depth - South Wales and North Wales. i'm based in North Wales. there's a group of people who at the South Wales location - they head over from all over Southern England... check www.saltfreedivers.com -and the saltfree section of the DB forums. if you're heading to the North then drop me a line.
    cheers
    alun
     
  3. samdive

    samdive Mermaid, Musician and Marketer

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    excellent news, the UK needs more freedivers
    come and dive with saltFree - who needs any other reason to move here!

    www.saltfreedivers.com

    Sam
     
  4. Ben Gowland

    Ben Gowland Aplysia gowlandicus

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    By all means contact me if you are coming to Scotland.

    A good site to get contact details for various people and places where you can go in the UK is:

    www.britishfreediving.org

    Hope things run smoothly,

    Ben
     
  5. Nath

    Nath New Member

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    Hey guys thanks for the quick respose few questions where do you guys think the best place to live is, Can you dive all year round & anyone got any work available haha
    Thanks heaps

    Nath :)
     
  6. Alun

    Alun Well-Known Member

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    you'll find a whole range of environments in the UK - it depends what you're looking for. if you like the mountains and sea like me then you probably want to head north and/or west. bear in mind, some of these places can be pretty remote and could be a major culture shock for you.
    for city life - then London, Bristol, Manchester? as we have said the only two places where you can dive deep is in Newport (south wales) or Snowdonia (north wales). the best sea diving (shallow, scenic, spearing) is along the south coast (English channel), west Wales and Scotland. the best places in Scotland are *really* remote and you'll probably have a hard time finding work there. unfortunately there is not much work available up here in North Wales either. it's easier to find work down in the south.

    cheers
    alun
     
  7. Nath

    Nath New Member

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    How far away are the cities from Newport & Snowdonia, & is it expensive to rent appartments & Houses??

    Thanks Heaps
    Nath :)
     
  8. Alun

    Alun Well-Known Member

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    nearest cities to Snowdonia are Liverpool (1.5hrs away) and Manchester (2hrs away) and maybe Birmingham (3hrs away).
    nearest citites to Newport are Cardiff (30mins), Bristol (30mins), Birmingham (2hrs?), London (3?hrs).

    accommodation costs vary a lot... prices generally increase the closer you get to the south east / London.
     
  9. samdive

    samdive Mermaid, Musician and Marketer

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    Bristol rocks! near Chepstow, nearish the south coast, near Cornwall for good sea diving and on the main motorway and train networks for anywhere else. Not to city-fied, clean, friendly and manageable..... plus we have pool sessions twice a week and open water dives once a month...

    having lived all over the place, its my favourite..

    Sam
     
  10. guy

    guy New Member

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    If you're regularly going away for the weekend, London sucks. Friday and Sunday evenings were a nightmare last summer. Sitting in traffic for 2 hours can quickly remove all that weekend relaxation.

    If you fancy London, but don't really fancy London - try Brighton. Lived there for 2 years and it was nice - it also has a sea of sorts. Expensive, though.

    Manchester has good access to lots of national parks (the Lakes, the Peaks, Snowdonia, North York Moors), if you're not able to dive.

    Good luck.

    Guy
     
  11. Cornholio

    Cornholio Well-Known Member

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    Nottingham is a beautiful city. I love it here and have worked with and met a lot of visitors who feel the same. It's not too big and not too small. There are good road and rail links and East Midlands airport is only twenty minutes away. The nightlife is well regarded (apparently; I don't partake myself), the shopping is good and we brew some very fine ale. There are also sports a-plenty including Trent Bridge cricket ground, two football clubs (one of which is the oldest in the world) and the National Water Sports Centre. You shouldn't find it too hard to find employment as there are many opportunities (although sadly none where I work).

    The only trouble is, we're bang in the middle of the country and there's no good diving for hundreds of miles. If you want to scuba, Stoney Cove (a flooded quarry) is 45 minutes away, but they don't welcome freedivers. There's not even a pool-based freediving club within sensible travelling distance. Grrr. I've had to join a scuba club who don't mind me training at their pool sessions.

    Any other Nott's Lads / Lasses out there who feel the same way?

    Wherever you settle, I hope your time in England is a good one!
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2004
  12. Nath

    Nath New Member

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    Thanks guys

    We are organising visas & stuff next week Jewls has been already applying for dietician positions around the country,
    (she's organised :eek: that’s my girl.)

    In regards to dive gear are there many shops that stock freediving/spearfishing gear or is it all done by mail order.

    Thanks for your responses I realy appreciate it. Its'shelping heaps

    Thanks
    Nath

    :D
     
  13. Ben Gowland

    Ben Gowland Aplysia gowlandicus

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    There are very few shops in the UK that sell freediving equipment, and if you want to get a good range of stuff - you have to go mail order.

    Due to the very small market, difficulties with availability, and of course cost; I end up either:

    Buying straight from the UK importer,
    Buying abroad (mail order and whilst on very, very rare holidays),
    Buying standard stuff and adjusting it for freediving, or
    Making it from scratch

    It would be great to stroll down to the shops to buy kit, but it just isn't realistic here.

    Ben
     
  14. dave

    dave Dicentrarchus labrax

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    As far as I know the only British specialist spearfishing retailer that actually holds any stock, is my company, Spearo UK Ltd, www.spearo.co.uk .
    We are based in Cornwall, but do mail order all over the world
    cheers
    dave
     
  15. Ben Gowland

    Ben Gowland Aplysia gowlandicus

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    :duh

    Sorry Dave, I should have mentioned you.

    I've always thought of you as an importer that also does mail order, but I suppose that it is now primarily the latter.

    Are you going to open a 'shop', or is it just not economical?

    Any new equipment or new manufacturers in the pipeline? Not that I can buy anything due to the :girlie being ready to :rcard

    :(

    Ben
     
  16. Pekka

    Pekka neoprene dreamer

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    Nath,

    If you havent settled for one of those big cities, Cornwall is the top place for diving all together. At summer months cristal clear water and depth up to -60m only 200m from the shore.. I recomend a trip to Cornwall during summer if not actually moving there..:)
    And let me know if you are coming I'll come along with my gun and get some lunch... zzz

    Pekka :)
     
  17. Nath

    Nath New Member

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    Hey guys thanks heaps for your posts :)

    What sought of marine life is there, any spearable fish?

    Thanks heaps Nath
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2004
  18. AJ wybrew

    AJ wybrew New Member

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    Hi Sam just started out freediving, live in the midlands UK :)
     
  19. AJ wybrew

    AJ wybrew New Member

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    Hi Sam hope your well just started out freediving live in the midlands UK :)