Why all divers should take the Rescue course

So you don’t think the Rescue course is something you should do?  If you dive, however little, think again. We all know that diving is a safe hobby but one that we also all recognise comes with some acceptable risks, and we still enjoy it anyway.  However, even if your idea of a strenuous dive is [...]

Wet suit or dry suit

The question of wet suits versus dry suits is not the same as the Marmite debate, and although people do undoubtedly have strong opinions, there is room and probably a need, for both. The real question is not wet or dry but where do you intend to dive and when? There is no doubt that [...]

“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 [...]

Underwater Navigation – a waste of time or a key skill for divers?

The navigation section of the PADI Open Water course is often something that students struggle with and generallyspeaking are not too confident in.   However once mastered the satisfaction of navigating your way back to a starting point in less than perfect visibility is always a buzz for me. So: Do you always carry a compass [...]

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.  [...]