Scuba club return from paradise waters

A SCUBA diving club in Ipswich is today trying to raise the profile of the hobby after returning from a trip-of-a-lifetime in the Maldives.

A SCUBA diving club in Ipswich is today trying to raise the profile of the hobby after returning from a trip-of-a-lifetime in the Maldives.

O2 Dive wants to attract new members so they can embark on more excursions like their recent eye-opening encounter earlier this month with marine life in the Indian Ocean.

The group of 18 flew to Male in the Maldives before boarding a boat, which took them to a range of atolls and brought them face-to-face with sharks, manta rays and a variety of fish.

Steve Lowry, who spent 18 months organising the holiday, said: “It was the best trip we have ever had. The fish life was abundant and we were lucky to see sharks on almost every dive, which is a sign of a healthy reef.”

Mr Lowry also wanted to highlight more positive news among the diving community in Ipswich after a group from Galaxsea Divers had their dream trip to Egypt cancelled in the wake of the XL Leisure Group collapse.

O2 Dive, which is a member of the British Sub Aqua Club, trains in the Ipswich School pool on Wednesdays and meets afterwards in the Greyhound pub.

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If you would like to join the club or for more information, please call 07005 801037 or e-mail secretary@O2DIVE.org.uk.