Dive Fest 2010
Over this May Bank holiday Cornwall was the host for the 2010 Dive Fest, with divers arriving at the Pentewan Sands holiday park from all over the UK. The gates were opened on Friday evening and the event was kicked off with live music and entertainment sponsored by Mares, including girl band Eden and People's String Foundation which was enjoyed by a mass of blue beanie toting divers who had each received their Seven Tenths Dive Fest beanies on arrival. Saturday was blessed with good weather and the bay was busy with ribs zipping to and fro, taking eager divers out for some fantastic dives. Hard boat trips were also organised from the nearby Mevagissey harbour. Those who remained on shore were not left out though with a number of activities provided during the day including circus skills and dance classes outside the main stage marquee and various demonstrations on how to rescue a stranded dolphin by British Divers Marine Life Rescue and a survival skills course. BSAC were also offering try dives in the park pool for the non-divers amongst the attendees. With the weather just on the nippy side, Fourth Element had by far the busiest stall with an offering of free hot chocolate, a very popular treat for the diver looking to warm up whilst waiting for their cylinders to be filled by Bauer and the kids enjoying the nearby entertainment. The 'Dive Hub' Marquee housed the exhibitor stalls which had a welcome level of manufacturer support including Apeks/ Aqualung, Mares, Oceanic, Seven Tenths and Suunto with reps available to answer all questions thrown at them and to proudly demonstrate their current range of products. Alongside the manufacturers were a number of holiday companies, other retailers and of course PADI and BSAC. Saturday was rounded off with evening entertainment in the form of a curry meal included in the price of the weekend ticket, with a bonfire on the beach. More entertainment was laid on from fire act, Poi Passion, followed by 4 Tons of Funk with soul singer Paul McGahan performing in the clubhouse. A late night party finished off the evening. Sunday held more diving and entertainment during the day with the 'Dive Hub' seeing a steady stream of divers checking out the latest products on offer. The event was pretty much brought to a close in the evening by a Caribbean themed party with rum tasting, a meal and a reggae band, topped off with a set from band, Rudi's Message. It was great to see so many people from so many different parts of the country, all coming down to enjoy the fantastic diving opportunities offered by Cornwall.