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Janolus cristatus from Weybourne
Seasearch Specialist
and general interest workshops


Digital Photography for fun and ID

Winter Warmer - 18th Feb and 14th March

Dutch Delight - May TBA

Norfolk - July or August TBA
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Caroline Istas from Sangalakki
Tutor: Rob Spray
     
Dates: 28th February and 14th March - Winter warmer (pool based),
                Dutch wide and macro workshop (May)
                Norfolk Seaside Special (Jully or August) to follow
                - available as a club, group or one-to-one course too
 
Time: 9:30 - 4:30 including practical sessions
 
Location:  Pool, Sibton, Suffolk
                    - Dutch practical diving - Zeeland
                    - Norfolk practical diving - Weybourne, Cley and/or Sheringham - weather permitting
 
Outline: Intended for everyone who wants to boost both their skill and enjoyment to get more out of their camera. This course will recap the basics of photography, then take them underwater. Covering useful jargon and translating it into step by step 'how to' guides. Bring your camera and have some of its mysteries decoded. Try a variety of different cameras and housings.

Hopefully by the end you'll know how to get the best out of your own set up and we can expect shots of all the unusual animals you see to start flooding in by e-mail.

The practical, diving part of the course will (weather permitting) allow a variety of subjects; wrecks and wreckage, macro and larger animals and some lumbering divers.
 
The theory portion of the course is flexible addressing attendees kit and concerns, it may go into more detail if the diving is affected or reduced by weather or visibility.
 
What you will need:
  1.     Underwater camera, a variety will be on hand for comparison too
  2.     Mask and snorkel - for quick snaps and observation
  3.     Wetsuit or drysuit - if you feel the cold, so you can concentrate on the camera not the temperature (28 degrees C)
  4.     Questions - problems you have had
  5.     Examples of your pictures - good and bad please
  6.     Towel and swimming stuff
  7.     Dive gear - including weight. There will only be 2 in the pool at a time so shared kit may be used
Costs: NB Costs may depend on numbers attending, especially where facilities must be hired
Pool based (1 day) - max 6 divers - 45
- Dutch workshop (4 days) - max 10 divers - 85 (Not including the trip of course)
- Norfolk (1 day) - max 12 divers - 45
Price per person including course materials (CD of documents) and refreshments (not meals)
Parking at Norfolk dive sites at attendees own cost
A cheque is required to secure your place
 
Agenda (guide only):
Day 1 (Pool course)
09:30    Arrive and sign in
10:00    Session 1 - photographic
11:00    Break
11:30    Session 2 - setup and physical properties
12:30    Lunch
13:30    Session 3 - underwater 
16:30    Review and feedback
19:30    Evening meal (optional)
 
Day 2 (Norfolk)
09:00    Dive 1
11:00    Review
12:30    Lunch
13:30    Dive 2
14:30    Review
15:30    End

Dive Days (Holland)
8:00    Breakfast
9:00    Today's topic and dive/mission briefing
10:00    Dive
12:00    Lunch and review
13:30    Your questions and dive briefing
14:30    Dive
16:30    Back to base for a 40 winks/wash down/spruce up
??:??    Evening food, photo chat and sight seeing
Food:
Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits are included for breaks
Meals are not included, a packed lunch for both days will allow the most flexibility for dive planning.
If you would like to join the review meal on the Saturday night please inform the organiser - a deposit will be required
 
Accommodation:
All options will fill quickly in August, book early!
Sheringham Youth Hostel offers rooms at 20 per person per night
Hotel - The Maltings Weybourne will be the venue for the group meal and has rooms
There are numerous B&Bs and campsites in the area
 
Diving:
The diving is optional
The practical portion of the course is shore diving on the two local wrecks at Cley and Weybourne
The dives are shallow (5-10m) and close to shore but require a walk (2-300m) and surface swim (50-100m)
Local airfills are not always available - bring 2 or more cylinders if possible
Many people could make both dives on one 12 litre cylinder
Normal Seasearch qualification requirements apply - Minimum Sport Diver, 20 dives, 10 in UK
 
Organiser:
Dawn Watson
1 Town Houses
Yoxford Road
Sibton
Saxmundham
Suffolk
IP17 2LX
 
Phone: 01728 660 598
E-mail: seasearch at 1townhouses.co.uk
 
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www.1townhouses.co.uk


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Constructive comments and corrections are welcome, as always :-)

Rob and Dawn