Y40 is on a couple of Dive Rutland's club members bucket lists as they wish to dive the "deepest pool in the world"... well it is for now anyway and I am sure when the next deepest pool is built we will be asked to go there to.
But you know you want to get a tick in your dive log for diving the deepest pool in the world.
Diving in the UK is exciting, challenging, and well getting colder but with a drysuit, full face mask and good quality thermal protection its a great all year diving location.
When you realise that you only have 16 dives until dive 300, its quite a terrifying thought that will put Bridge someone around March - well it is for Bridget anyway, as NO ONE wants to dive in a bikini in Stoney in March! March means Easter is coming, and by Easter as a teacher will certainly need a break.
So, as Bridget has always wanted to go to Venice, and with Y-40 boasting the current deepest pool in the world, it seems like a great place to help her celebrate dive 300 while checking off a bucket list item. The fact that it is temperature controlled certainly will not hurt!
Not only does Y-40 check off dive in the deepest pool in the world, but you can also add the only pool that is supplied and temperature controlled by thermal waters. If that does not do it for you, you can swim in the same waters an Enzo Maiorca, Umberto Pelizzari, Ilaria Molinari and well the list continues
Bridget has visited Nemo 33 with us on a previous club trip and is excited to add Y-40 to her logbook next April. A location that has diving options for all levels of divers, but if you want to hit the deepest depths brave the cold and dive Stoney at its best, then feel free to join us on the first and last Sunday of every month.
Last Sunday the water was so clear it was incredible.
Why not schedule yourself in for your Advanced Open Water certification, which allows you to dive to 30m or even your deep speciality giving you nearly full access to Y-40!
Book on to the club trip and join us while we tick another two things off Bridget's and a few others diving bucket lists…at least until a deeper pool is dug!
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.
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