UK PADI Dry Suit Diver Offer!

Diving in the UK is great, and with winter fast approaching dry suit diving keeps it great through the colder months.

Did you know you can integrate the PADI Dry Suit Diver specialty course when teaching the PADI Open Water Diver course? With just one extra dive, your new Open Water Divers will get the best preparation to allow them to continue enjoying the dive sites on their doorstep, even during the colder months.

If you’re not already doing so, make sure you let your students know about this option so they can choose to become not just new PADI Open Water Divers, but PADI Dry Suit Divers as well!

As an added incentive, PADI Members in the UK who order PADI Open Water (ultimate) crewpaks will also be able to purchase Dry Suit Diver Packs from just £30!

Offer Price for Dry Suit Pack (without DVD) – £30

  • PADI Dry Suit Diver manual (79901)
  • PIC (10020man)
  • Specialty wall certificate (40088)
  • A PADI red beanie hat (MKT80015)

Just the manual and PIC alone would normally cost £38.44 at member level pricing!

Offer Price for Dry Suit Pack (with DVD) – £40

  • PADI Dry Suit Diver manual and DVD (60995)
  • PIC (10020CP)
  • Specialty wall certificate (40088)
  • A PADI red beanie hat (MKT80015)

Just the manual, DVD and PIC alone would normally cost £51.87 at member level pricing!

All prices are excluding VAT if applicable and exclude shipping costs.

Please contact your PADI Sales Consultant for more information or to place your order:

Blue Abyss aims to build world’s largest, and deepest, research, training and development pool

Blue Abyss is an exciting project with the aim of building the world’s largest, and deepest, research, training and development pool. For use by divers, marine researchers and aerospace communities.

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Abut Blue Abyss:

Their plan is to create a state-of-the-art space; with hyperbaric chambers, a wide range of commercial diving and even micro-gravity facilities.  The pool alone will be 50 m long, 40 m wide and have a maximum depth of 50 m.  The provision of a large ‘table-like’ area within the main pool allows for a variety of uses, with tie-down points enabling the inclusion of mock wrecks, a simulated cave system, etc.  Simulated darkness can be achieved during the daytime or daylight created during the hours of darkness.  The pool is even big enough to allow the use of a full-size rigid inflatable boat (RIB) with an electric outboard to provide additional training opportunities.

There will be at least two hyperbaric chambers on site to provide onsite safety and to be used for research purposes. The overall complex will also feature six well-equipped training rooms. High definition video is available, with feeds from the pool allowing all training and exercises to be recorded for subsequent evaluation by trainees and staff.  A 120-bed hotel, 150-seat amphitheatre-style lecture theatre and free on-site parking or free pick-up from local railway stations completes the planned development.

How you can get involved:

Blue Abyss are now seeking support to keep the project moving forward, and have set up a crowd funding page where you can pledge a contribution from anywhere between £5 and £20,000 to support the project in return for a variety of rewards.

To pledge your support and find out more about the project, visit:
Blue Abyss @ Crowd Funder

 

Certificate of Recognition

Davy Jones Diving in Arinaga, on the beautiful island of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), recieved the PADI Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Customer Service on the 26th of May 2015.

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The Team of Davy Jones Diving with the PADI Regional Manager – Sascha Engeler

The owner of Davy Jones Diving, Brian Goldthorpe, has been diving since the mid-90’s and is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. He was awarded the PADI Elite Instructor certificate in 2013.

Before coming to Gran Canaria, he dived extensively in the UK at most of the popular sites including the Farne Islands, St Abbs, Oban and the Scottish West Coast, Plymouth, and of course inland sites such as Gildenburgh, Capernwray and Stoney Cove.

Brian has completed over 3500 dives and has dived in the Red Sea, Florida, Turkey, Cyprus, Corfu, Malta and other Mediterranean sites including the Medas Isles. With over fifteen years of diving experience in the Canaries, he is a wealth of knowledge on the Marine Life found in the Arinaga area, especially the secrets of the El Cabrón Marine Reserve.

His main interest today is digital underwater photography, for which he is also an instructor. In 2006 he was awarded a ‘Certificate of Recognition for Excellence’ by PADI for the teaching of their Digital Underwater Photography Course. He is also very interested in Angel Sharks, and has organised the three-year study with the University of Las Palmas into Angel Sharks in the El Cabrón marine reserve.

Congratulations once again to Brian and the whole Team of Davy Jones Diving for this Certificate of Recognition. Keep up the good work!

Record-breaking Santa Divers Take the Plunge for Vobster Santas

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With the festive season fast approaching, it’s time to dig out your Santa suit and get involved in the biggest and best record-breaking charity Santa diving event this side of Lapland – with the faint sound of jingle bells ringing in our ears, Vobster Santas is back!

Run in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI), Vobster Santas 2014 will take place on Sunday 14th December 2014 at Vobster Quay Inland Diving Centre near Radstock in Somerset.

Last year’s event was the biggest yet with a record number of Santa divers taking to the water – over 175 divers braved the winter weather to smash the world record!

Vobster Santas isn’t just about world records, though – it’s also about raising some serious cash for charity. Once again, Vobster Quay is aiming to raise some serious money for the RNLI by getting as many sponsored divers dressed in their finest Santa outfits onsite and in the water in a mass of fluffy beards and red suits. The event continues to grow in popularity with a record-breaking number of Santa divers donning their finest festive gear to raise over £25,000 in the last four years alone.

Santa divers attending the event will be invited to seek sponsorship for their endeavours through either individual sponsorship or via JustGiving. Vobster Quay will also be raising money for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance by raffling off a selection of great prizes. Every Santa diver that attends the event will automatically be entered into the prize draw and additional tickets will be available on the day for just £1 a pop! If previous years are anything to go by, this year’s event is going to be another fun-packed day full of festive belly-laughs.

Divers wishing to participate in the event can get involved by simply registering their attendance at www.vobster.com/santas. Once registered, you can then get involved in the fundraising in a choice of ways:

  • Direct Sponsorship – Attendees can download the Vobster Santas Sponsorship Form at www.vobster.com/vobstersantas and then pester their friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor them for the event.
  • JustGiving.com – Take all the hassle out of fund raising by simply pointing your family and friends to the Vobster Santas 2014 JustGiving page. They’ll be able to donate online and will even be able to take advantage of GiftAid.
  • Mobile Phone text donation – supporters can also donate to Vobster Santas 2014 via a very simple text message. Simply text ‘VSAN50 £XX’ where ‘XX’ is the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

Vobster Quay will be doing its bit to raise money for the RNLI too. For every £1 raised by Santa divers through sponsorship, Vobster Quay will donate an extra 50p to a maximum of an additional £1000.

For more information, visit the Vobster Santas Website.

Last chance to register for the PADI Business Academy in Bristol, UK

PADI Business Academy – Bristol, UK – 30th November & 1st December

Join us for the Bristol PBA taking place on the 30th November and 1st December.  This two day programme, conducted in English, will inspire, equip and motivate you, helping you prepare your business for unprecedented growth.

To register for the programme, complete the PBA Registration Form and return it to the Marketing department.  Additional registrants from the same Dive Centre will benefit from a 50% discount and each primary Dive Centre attendee will benefit from a £/€100 credit toward your 2015 Dive Centre renewal.

About the PADI Business Academy

PADI Business Academy (PBA) is the powerful, and hugely successful, business development tool only accessible to PADI members. If you’re looking to increase your business exposure, sales and bottom line profit you can’t afford not to become one of the thousands of successful international PADI Business Academy graduates.

Take a sneak peak at one of our 2014 Business Academies!  Watch the video below:

And now see what the PADI Business Academy can do for you:

View the latest brochure

We look forward to seeing you at one of our PADI Business Academy programmes!

Your PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Team

PADI Business Academy courses in UK and Malta – Don’t Miss Out!

PADI Business Academy – Malta – 14th & 15th November

Join us for the Malta PBA taking place on 14th and 15th November.  This two day programme, conducted in English, will inspire, equip and motivate you, helping you prepare your business for unprecedented growth.

To register for the programme, complete the PBA Registration Form and return it to the Marketing department by 14th October.  Additional registrants from the same Dive Centre will benefit from a 50% discount and each primary Dive Centre attendee will benefit from a £/€100 credit toward your 2015 Dive Centre renewal.

PADI Business Academy – Bristol, UK – 30th November & 1st December

Join us for the Bristol PBA taking place on the 30th November and 1st December.  This two day programme, conducted in English, will inspire, equip and motivate you, helping you prepare your business for unprecedented growth.

To register for the programme, complete the PBA Registration Form and return it to the Marketing department by 30th October.  Additional registrants from the same Dive Centre will benefit from a 50% discount and each primary Dive Centre attendee will benefit from a £/€100 credit toward your 2015 Dive Centre renewal.

About the PADI Business Academy

PADI Business Academy (PBA) is the powerful, and hugely successful, business development tool only accessible to PADI members. If you’re looking to increase your business exposure, sales and bottom line profit you can’t afford not to become one of the thousands of successful international PADI Business Academy graduates.

Take a sneak peak at one of our 2014 Business Academies!  Watch the video below:

And now see what the PADI Business Academy can do for you:

View the latest brochure

We look forward to seeing you at one of our PADI Business Academy programmes!

Your PADI Europe, Middle East and Africa Team

PADI Distinctive Specialty supports Bamburgh Castle Beach Wreck project

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In June last year, a graduate of the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust’s PADI Basic Archaeological Diver Distinctive Specialty course found a beach wreck in the shadows of Bamburgh Castle last year.

Following MAST’s archaeological and dendrochronological surveys, English Heritage designated the site under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as a Scheduled Monument in March 2014, making it an offence to damage it at any state of the tide.

The site made its appearance in the sand in June 2013. It was spotted by Steve Brown, an avocational archaeologist and recent graduate and now instructor of MAST’s PADI Basic Archaeological Diver Distinctive Specialty course.

Dr Roderick Bale of University of Wales, Trinity St David found not only that the timber was local to east England but noted a terminus post quem (the date after which it could have built) of 1768.

The wreck consists of the exposed remains of the port side of a wooden sailing vessel lying on its starboard side with its stern inshore. The rare survival and position of some of the features within the site – mast, pump and windlass – suggest that the buried structure could be mostly intact as the position of hull structure, deck beams and even deck fittings are all as would be expected from a mostly intact buried vessel. This is incredibly rare within the UK.

MAST conducted the survey with the help of volunteers from Bournemouth University and the PADI Basic Archaeological Diver Distinctive Specialty course who supplied their expertise and equipment. It was financed by both funds from the MAST course and from a grant from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Northumberland.

The discovery and survey of this unique and historically significant site shows how archaeologists and trained amateurs can work together in a cost effective way. With public funding for such projects being at its lowest in years, this marks a promising growth in the development of the network of heritage eyes and ears being developed by MAST – which, in this case, discovered a shipwreck of national importance.

Click here to read the English Heritage designation

Click here for information on the PADI Basic Archaeological Diver Distinctive Specialty course

Click here information on the Bamburgh Castle Beach Wreck

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