Congratulations to Arabella and Harry who completed the Master Seal certification during Saturday's pool session
Diving Equipment YOUR Life Support system should be maintained, washed, dried and well looked after.. including regular servicing by a professional
There is SO much YOU can do, so it doesn't look like this picture.
The PADI Equipment Speciality is for you.
You will also learn how your equipment works and about routine care and maintenance procedures, as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. Your instructor (our in-house service technician) will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions as well as any of your tricky servicing and testing questions.
Don't let this be your Regulators on our Service Technician Bench!
Its to cold for a course - we hear you cry... Wrong - Its a dry course for any diver over 10 years old and a great way to spend these colder times.
Our Next Course is on Saturday 25th January
Oxygen, water, and food are fundamentally important to all animals. Of these three basic essentials for the maintenance of life, the lack of oxygen leads to death most rapidly.
First aid with emergency oxygen is useful or necessary as a treatment for many injuries, diseases and intoxications that interfere with oxygen reaching the blood or tissues.
Want to be that person who ACTUALLY helps in an emergency and not just stand there or even stand and take pictures. You CAN make a real difference by being able to administer Oxygen in a diving emergency or knowing how to build the Oxygen equipment and assist the incident manager.
Oxygen is preferred as 100% but Enriched Air is also the next best thing as it has a higher percentage of oxygen and something is better than nothing.
Find out more on our Emergency Oxygen Provider webpage and get yourself booked in. Our Next Emergency Oxygen Provider course is on the 18th January
Find out more about Enriched Air (Nitrox) by reading our web article and come and join us on one of our regularly running courses so that you can take advantage of the benefits of using.
It is a dry course so ideal to complete whilst planning for the 2020 Dive Season... Next course Saturday 11th January and there are spaces.
This may sound familiar to some of you out there and you may be doing just the same thing I was doing until I made the decision to break the circle.
The holiday season comes around, you fly off to the sunny destination of your choice for some well deserved rest and time away from work with your loved ones. While you are relaxing around the resort you see the blue PADI flags & banners so you decide to sign up to do a discover scuba diving session. You spend a short time in the pool, in a confined water site or maybe both. You experience the wonders of breathing underwater, the sense of weightlessness, maybe you get a glimpse of some of the stunning, diverse and colourful life that inhabits this underwater world. But then all too soon, as they say “all good things come to an end”, the discover scuba diving session is over and you are back on dry land telling your family or friends about the experience you have just had.
The holiday comes to an end and all of this is a distant memory until the next holiday comes around. When you get to the resort you again see those PADI banners, remembering how good it was the last time you sign up for another Discover Scuba Diving Session, the next year you do the same and the year after the same again.
That was me, the first Discover Scuba Diving I completed was in the Dominican Republic in the early 2000’s, a gap of a few years then a further 4 or 5 DSD’s in Malta were carried out over the next decade before I eventually decided that enough was enough, I wanted to see more of this underwater world, see more of the diverse life that lived on the reef and to explore deeper taking in and exploring wrecks.
When I arrived home from our holiday in Malta a quick search in Google showed the dive centres local to me, a quick phone call followed by a trip to the Dive Rutland dive centre for an informal chat over a coffee and I signed up for my Open Water Scuba Diver Course. Half a dozen pool sessions, some theory sessions in the classroom and two Sundays at Stoney Cove and I was qualified as a PADI Open Water Diver with a bonus of the dry suit speciality as well. My instructor? Well she was a lady called Tracey Roberts, a newly qualified PADI Instructor.
Over the following years I increased my dive count, dive skills, certifications and confidence. Dive Rutland Club trips to dive sites around the UK as well as foreign destinations in addition to the regular family trips to Malta clocked up the dive count in my logbook. Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver and a plethora of specialities from equipment specialist to Deep and Wreck specialities meant I achieved the highest recreational PADI qualification of Master Scuba Diver, but that same instructors name kept appearing on my certification cards! You may ask why is that so relevant? Well it is all about trust and the relationship you build up with not only the instructor but the whole team at the dive centre. If you are confident and feel safe with the team then you are more relaxed, diving shouldn’t be stressful.
So, what do you do next? that was the question I asked myself and where to go to for the advice. Well the second part of that question was easy to answer, go to where you trust. A quick chat with Tracey at Dive Rutland and the decision was made to start on the professional ladder by starting the Divemaster course. This is undertaken as an internship with one of the instructors mentoring you, everything you need for this is learnt from theory and practical sessions. Mastery of the skills circuit involves a lot of polishing up of your own dive skills to presentation standard on all 24 skills. Learning what is required of you on dives with students means shadowing a qualified divemaster to learn the ropes and then taking the feedback from them and your instructor to learn and grow into the role. A host of other things, far too many to list here are required to complete your Divemaster course but if you want to know more, just ask one of the team.
You may be wondering Where am I now?
Well having completed my Divemaster course I have stuck with the team I trust, I am now a member of the Dive Rutland Team and currently taking the next step up the PADI Professional ladder to qualify as an assistant instructor.
So now my question to you is “what are you going to do? “
Discover Scuba Diving anyone or are you taking the next step?????
Written by Rick Smith
So, with the water temperatures dropping you might be considering hanging up your dive equipment until next year or you might be planning your holidays or just generally dreaming about diving.
After all the Enriched Air Speciality is a dry course, so can easily be completed over the winter months AND it counts as:-
Why should I complete the Enriched Air Speciality? Well its all explained in our article here
and who would not want longer bottom times?
And if that does not tempt you then how about this?
Complete your Enriched Air Speciality with us here at Dive Rutland BEFORE the 31st January and for a combined package price could become the proud owner of an Aqualung i300c or Aqualung i20oc
Enriched Air Speciality with Aqualung i300c - £299*
Our normal price would be: £357
Enriched Air Speciality with Aqualung i200c - £360*
Our normal price would be: £439
So, come on... what is stopping you? Contact the shop and get yourself booked in
*no other discounts will be applied
Last week we posted about the completion of our PADI Assistant Instructor course, this week we have congratulations of a different sort. Some of our staff have undertaken a RAID professional crossover. The main goal is to support Charlie in his technical course delivery, but there is always something to learn regardless of agency or instructor level.
RAID has a lot of similarities to PADI, after all dive theory can't change that much just because someone else is writing the manual. There are some differences to highlight as well. RAID is 100% online theory, but the instructors see the results making it easy to consolidate and reinforce the learning. The skills taught and mastered are the same with the emphasis on true neutral buoyancy which we here at Dive Rutland already teach and enforce with all of our students, as diving is not about kneeling.
With quite a bit of pre-reading to cover off the required theory prior to last Sundays dry Crossover day, we spend the day learning the RAID platform (after the course pre-requisite of chocolate cake!) and receiving more homework we were sent off for our wet training day with Garry
The Wet Day has involved spending the morning briefing and learning what our in water skills were, all a bit different since we were using long hose configurations. After a long briefing and kit up, we hit the water around 1:00! Seeing the skills delivery and even playing with the no fins hover made for an interesting day. There may have even been some oops moments and frustration from Garry himself, hating being in a BCD.
We have had a fantastic two days learning and cannot wait to put it all to practice.
So the question is, what are you doing to progress your professional skill set?
A great weekend continuing from last Saturday, starting with PADI Standards and General Theory papers. Confined water presentations, with the debrief carried out in the pub – yes all the best debriefs get carried out in the pub – it allows Tracey to play with beer mats whilst debriefing!
Weekend finished with Open water presentations in the rain and Rescue Assessment – unresponsive diver at surface – guess where the debrief was done!
Great work everyone and congratulations on taking the next steps in your PADI professional development
As a PADI Open Water diver you have started on your exploration journey to seeing that 71% of the earth that only divers can see, but the journey does not stop there. There is always something to learn.
The Advanced Open Water course allows you to continue to expand your diving skills as well as gain additional knowledge and use new equipment, YES it extends your depth range BUT depth is a number it’s not the be all and end all and along the way you will also complete a navigation dive. Most people believe that a compass is for those divers that dive in less than ideal visibility but it is a piece of equipment for ALL divers, imagine getting in the water which has lots of visibility but you get dropped off and separated from the reef – if you had taken at least one bearing on the surface before descent, you would be able to make your way safely to the reef and go diving. It is much better than getting back on the boat and missing the dive.
Then there are three other dives which will give you more skills or experiences… use those dives to have a go at something maybe a Full-Face Mask dive (needs a pool dive first for orientation).
If you are the holder of a speciality it can be used as a credit towards your Advanced open water dives, maybe you did the Drysuit speciality with us… that counts so only four dives in total. Maybe join the Equipment Speciality course on 19th October, you never know when you need to resolve an equipment issue and it’s a great course and suitable for everyone from Scuba Diver.
Maybe you have a long-term goal, pop in and have a chat we can map out a route to your long-term goal.
Win a trip to the Caribbean, Maldives or Thailand! Take the Master Scuba Diver Challenge with us - full details of what you could win are in the video.
To become a Master Scuba Diver you need :
1. To Be PADI Rescue Diver;
2. Hold Five PADI Specialities; and
3. Have completed 50 dives
And whats better if you are a Dive Rutland GOLD club member we even process your Master Scuba Diver certification Free.
So pop in and plan your route to Master Scuba Diver with us here at Dive Rutland, your local friendly Dive Centre.