Michael Andark Scholarship, Week 1

I’m looking forward to a summer full of diving, meeting new people and learning lots through the Andark Divemaster Scholarship.  I grew up in Kent and have just finished studying Geography at the University of Southampton, with a particular interest in climate change and environmental issues. The scholarship is a brilliant opportunity for me to learn new skills and have fun whilst doing so! I’d love diving to be a big part of my life and/or career in the future, perhaps even becoming an instructor. The Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response courses which I have just completed at Andark were challenging, rewarding and very enjoyable. I’m extremely thankful to Andark, PADI and Suunto for the scholarship, and look forward to meeting those involved in the planning and sponsorship over the summer, including an upcoming visit to Suunto.




Sophie’s First blog about the Andark Scholarship

I am excited to be doing the Andark Scholarship for PADI Divemaster this summer. I have just completed my PADI Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response with Andark and can’t wait to begin the Divemaster. I’m looking forward to visiting the Suunto factory in the next few weeks to thank them for the sponsorship. I met Mike Rushworth from Reveal Coaching last week to plan out my goals for this summer.

I’ve completed my first year at the University of Southampton studying Marine Biology. I began diving this year through a university society and absolutely loved it and I hope to be able to use diving for research in my future career. I grew up in rural Gloucestershire (quite far from the sea!) and I am a Girlguiding Rainbow leader in my free time.


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PADI’s Women Dive Day – 16th July

PADI’s Women Dive Day – 16th July

At Andark this year, we are hosting a PADI Women in Dive Day. We have lots of great activities, guest speakers and fantastic prizes on offer.


Women’s Dive Day was such a success last year that we will be running it again this year. The aim is to celebrate all the amazing Ladies that enjoy SCUBA and being in or around the water. Make sure you mark the 16th July into your diaries and join the event to stay updated on what we will be planning.

The itineray is confirmed;

0900: Meet at Andark for equipment hire and rental.

0930 Event begins at Andark Lake.

1000: Refreshers in the Lake.

1030 Start of Treasure Hunt in the Lake, brief the divers on
what needs to be found and how to claim it later.

1100 Terry Scott diving for the Underwater Photo booth.

1300 Discover Scuba Diving Experience in the pool.

1330 Marguerite St Leger Dowse Presentation on Women’s health and diving.

1400 Shelley Jory-Leigh, British Powerboat Champion Presentation.

1430 Emma Hewitt PADI RM Presentation on Women’s careers within diving and PADI.

1530 Prize giving for Treasure Hunt, Discover Scuba Diving and Photo Competition.

1630 Event finishes.


To book in for the Treasure hunt and photo booth call 01489 885811 or email aaron@andark.co.uk.

We will have reduced entry fees for those booking on to the treasure hunt, members £6.00 and Non Members £7.50 for the day.

To book the Open Water Refreshers in Andark Lake or the Discover Scuba Diving Experience in our indoor heated pool call Debbie on 01489 581755 or email debbie@andark.co.uk.


Refreshers – £35 including lake entry.

Discover Scuba Diving Experience – £25 with a chance to win your PADI Open Water Diver Course worth £379.

To hire equipment please book at Andark Shop, kit hire will be charged at Sunday Dive prices.

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Lady Power Boat Champion

[Hampshire based] [British] Power boat champion Shelley Jory – Leigh has made a spectacular return to power boating by snatching a British speed record in the Lake District.Shelley, who was forced to virtually retire from the sport due to crash injuries in 2010, took to the water at Coniston Powerboat Records week.

By the end of the week Shelley had achieved not only the record but the “Lady of the Lake” title and a K7 Gold Star.The record came for hitting a speed of 114.6 mph in the Vector Martini Team Powerboat. She teamed up with ace power boater Peter Dredge in the 40 foot, Canadian built, Vector marathon powerboat. Whilst this impressive race craft has a four litre engine capable of putting out 2,200hp, over twice a Formula 1 car, it’s not purpose built boat for speed records.
It’s more used to long endurance races with variable seas.Speed records are achieved by driving the powerboat in a straight line down a course of one kilometre. Whilst it may be a straight line the challenges from the huge Lake Conniston are plenty – flukey winds and choppy water can make handling difficult and the margins for error grow ever smaller as the speed increases. Over 100 miles an hour on the water would feel awesomely powerful on the road, somewhere approaching 180 miles an hour. The previous speed set for this record was 107.94 in 2011.
Following her world beating time Shelley said “I was pretty apprehensive about driving at high speed again. Whilst I have been back in boats I have not driven at theses speeds and I really wanted to prove to myself I could do it again. When the call came asking me to join the Vector Martini team there was a lot I had to do in a short time to prepare, including one of my dreaded “dunk tests” to prove I can still escape from a canopied boat. I also had to have a medical to get my international licence back. I am glad I made the effort and would like to thank Peter and the team for giving me the chance and Andy at Andark diving for “dunking” me. I feel I have really put the crash behind me now…”Shelley is currently planning a new marathon power boating venture“with a difference and to make a difference”.