The Fifth Point Dive Centre in Blyth celebrates its 1st Birthday
The Fifth Point celebrated its first year in business with a BBQ and drinks with some of the people who have supported them. As per usual their resident dive dog ‘Haldane‘ stole the show as they partied the night away.
The Fifth Point opened their state of the art dive centre in Blyth last year, complete with indoor training tank and dive shop. They have gone from strength to strength ever since, championing the call to look after our beautiful north east beaches with regular beach cleans. The adopted Cambois beach and have collected an eye watering amount of rubbish off it with the help of their dedicated volunteers. And all their hard work has been recognised as they picked up EBPC Volunteer Group Of The Year just last week.
The Fifth Point are committed to keeping the sea trash free! They take a proactive approach that involves their divers and members of their local community. They have pledged to conduct a beach clean up with data reported to the Marine Conservation Society at one of these beaches each month. Every dive conducted by them is also a Dive Against Debris. They will remove every piece of litter they find underwater, and organise specific dives following reports of ghost fishing tackle or larger items of debris. This really goes to show their commitment.
They were even featured on the BBC news for there amazing efforts to clean up our coastline:
A dive centre with a difference The Fifth Point was the brainchild of owners and founders, Nic and James. All courses, from beginner to professional, focuses on the importance of buoyancy and trim. These fundamental skills are vital in creating divers that can protect marine ecosystems. The Fifth Point is a no touch, no take Dive Centre. This means that nothing will be removed from the ocean, except for litter and marine debris of course! The Fifth Point prides itself on being one of the only dive centres in the UK that puts lobsters BACK in the ocean instead of taking them for dinner!
The friendly and laid back set up is crucial to what they do. The interior, made from as much reclaimed material as possible, has a homely feel. It’s warm and welcoming – the perfect learning environment. It comes with an impressive onsite 3.2m training tank, changing facilities, classroom and kitchen. Deeper than your average swimming pool the cold water training tank has a shallow water platform, designed for practising initial skills, can be lifted to create ample room for further teaching below. With viewing windows downstairs, spectators can observe as divers progress through their training.
The Fifth Point’s aim was to provide…
- A warm, approachable and friendly Dive Centre
- Modern diving with cutting edge techniques and equipment
- Experienced and professional instructors
- Regular dive trips
- Equipment retail, rental and servicing
- An onsite training tank for relaxed and flexible course schedules.
To learn more about what The Fifth Point, check out their website here.
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