As a UK diver, have you been diving in the sea as much as you have inland dive sites? As a UK dive instructor, do you regularly teach courses in the sea, rather than just inland dive sites?
The answers to these questions often show that we are not getting out to the coastal sites as much as we should. Instead we are often restricting ourselves to the very good, but limiting inland dive sites. Our dive centre survey conducted in 2017 showed 73% of UK based dive centres are primarily using inland sites for their training courses.
None of our divers initially started diving because they wanted to only dive in a quarry! This is an amazing experience and provides great learning platforms, but it is not the ultimate diving dream! We all want to have the chance to see amazing marine life, incredible ship wrecks steeped in history and be immersed in a body of water so vast we cannot even fathom it!
We must ensure we are meeting these desires of our students and divers, otherwise they may go elsewhere, or stop diving altogether and find another activity.
The immense UK coastline, offers an array of various dive sites suitable for all levels. With many dive centres located along the coast lines there are plenty of spots to fill tanks, get local information and charter boats.
In addition to the fun and new knowledge your students will gain, it is also great for us as instructors to get into new and varied diving conditions as much as possible. This heightens our skills and keeps up our motivation and interest in our job/hobby.
In addition to this we are providing ourselves brilliant opportunities to teach other courses, for which we may be restricted at an inland site, for example Boat Diver Speciality, Deep Diver Speciality and Drift Diver Speciality.
For more information about running trips to or teaching your PADI courses at UK coastal sites, please contact your PADI Regional Managers – Matt Clements – [email protected] and Emma Hewitt – [email protected]