What is Tec Rec all about ?

One of the greatest challenges we face as Scuba divers is “how can I extend my bottom time?”  You are probably already qualified as a Nitrox diver which obviously helps a great deal, but what if you just need more gas!!  There is no way we can get more time without more gas, especially on [...]

Have you been on a great wreck or reef and found yourself running out of time before you run out of gas?…. Then Tec diving might be for you

So what’s Tec diving all about? Well it isn’t just about depth. It is about much more than that…… Tec Diver with pink cylinders! I thought it all had to be BLACK The key thing is that technical diving requires a change in your attitude and approach to diving. To some this is more important [...]

Am I ready for the PADI Advanced Open Water Course?

 That’s a good question – and in truth it is entirely up to you!!!! As well as this article you should also read the blog entitled “should I do the Advanced in the UK or overseas” As already stated the “Advanced Course”  is not a great name for this because you really can’t consider yourself [...]

“The Cove” – The Movie

This post has been written by guest blogger David Beer a very experienced diver and Divemaster at the club. At our dive club we often have movie nights and this was the highlight of last year.  The impact on the audience of divers was quite startling and not what we expected.  Reactions varied from anger [...]

Which is better – Neoprene or Laminate dry suit?

When people come into the dive centre this always used to be one of the question I least liked. I could spend hours explaining all the technical differences, and the benefits of different types of materials and valves but I could never really answer “which is best for me” as that really was (and still [...]

What is the point of diving in the UK?

 mmm tough one this!!!! – actually, on second thoughts,  it isn’t Diving in the UK is clearly (no pun intended) very different to diving in say, the Red Sea or the Philippines.  Notice I didn’t say that it was not as good !!  and there are many points in its favour let’s look at a [...]

What is it like to dive in a typical English Lake ?

Easy – gin clear water, very warm, beautiful and colourful marine life, fantastic wrecks, and totally uncrowded and unspoilt – Perhaps not!!! We would all like to dive in conditions like that but it is not always possible.  So the question is “what is it  like to dive in an English lake and is it [...]

Should I do the PADI Advanced Course in the UK or overseas?

Before I begin to answer this question let’s just clarify a few things.  Strictly speaking there is no such thing as the Advanced Diver Course!!!  I thought that might get your attention.  What PADI designed is the Adventures in Diving Programme, which as it says is a series of unconnected dives that are designed to [...]

What is the basic Scuba Diving course and what can I do once I have got it

What is the basic Scuba Diving course and what can I do once I have got it This is not as simple as it seems.  There are three “basic” scuba courses for people who want to learn to dive via PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors).  Each course is designed for a different purpose, and you [...]

10 questions to ask when booking a PADI Open Water course

It would be ideal if everyone read this before booking a course.  Remember you only learn to dive once and the cheapest is definitely not always the best ….. 1. How much is the course and what do the costs cover? When I speak to prospective students, this is almost always the first question asked.  [...]