What is Project AWARE and what does it mean to me?

Project AWAREis a non-profit, worldwide, organisation dedicated to “Conserving underwater environments through education, advocacy and action.” The foundation was established in 1995 by PADI in response to what many divers saw as the increasing potentially negative impact of both recreational and commercial activities on coral reefs and marine life in general. For many divers the [...]

Top reasons to buy a dive computer

Once you have qualified as a diver your attention may start to turn to which pieces of equipment you will need to buy for yourself. I know I did and as a typical bloke “bright and shiny” things where high on my agenda.  All joking apart, a dive computer is an almost essential piece of [...]

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.  [...]