So you want to become an active diver? You're determined to dive every week, anywhere you can? GREAT! This is the best package for you!
It teaches you from beginner level - PADI Open Water Diver & PADI Advanced Open Water Diver - and then gives you 3 specialties that we believe to be essential for UK diving - DSMB Diver, Dry Suit Diver and Enriched Air Diver.
PLUS you get a 1 year club membership with us.
What does the PADI Open Water Diver Course involve?
Before booking onto your practical sessions you will need to complete your Knowledge Development on the PADI online learning platform.
You will then go on to complete 5 confined water sessions on a Friday evening at The Dolphin Centre in Poole.
Once these are completed you will go into the 4 open water sessions that are conducted over 2 Sundays (normally at the end of the month).
What does the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course involve?
Before you start any practical learning you will need to complete the Knowledge Development sections on the PADI online learning platform.
You need to complete 5 adventure dives to complete the course. Two are mandatory (Deep Diver and Navigation Diver) and the other 3 are your choice!
What is DSMB Diver and what does it involve?
Surface marker buoys (SMBs) allow scuba divers to mark boundaries for mapping or search and recovery, alert boat traffic, or provide a line as a visual reference for ascending divers. During two dives, learn the proper techniques and protocols for using surface marker buoys and delayed surface marker buoys (DSMBs) in the local area.
You will learn about the different types of buoys and reels and during the 2 qualifying dives you will practice bottom and mid water deployment of a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) and their use during a dive and on ascent.
What is Dry Suit Diver and what does it involve?
Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry. A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.
The course includes some online theory to complete before you attend your first Dry Suit session. You will then be invited along to a confined session in our dive pit (3.8m) to learn new buoyancy skills and work on dive safety procedures. Once your confined session is completed you'll spend a day in open water completing 2 dives with the skills you mastered in the pool.
What is Enriched Air Diver and what does it involve?
This is PADI’s most popular specialty course. You won't find many divers without it! Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.
You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and an optional scuba dives you’ll:
- Discuss managing oxygen exposure.
- Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.
- Set your dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.
There is some online learning to complete before your course. Once this is complete you'll need to contact us to book a time to come into the centre and complete your practical session. The practical session lasts around 2 hours and doesn't include any diving.
What else do you need to know?
All kit hire and air fills are included. However, at this stage in your diving, being an Advanced Diver is a time where you should start considering purchasing your own diving equipment. Pop into our dive centre for help & advise on choosing the right equipment for you and your style of diving. For hygiene reasons, you will need your own mask, snorkel and neoprene wet boots. For the Dry Suit section of your course you would need to have your own Dry Suit.
Site/boat entry fees and/or parking costs may apply - dependent on the chosen location for your course. Open Water days will be on a Sunday, if you're unable to make a Sunday please contact us to discuss possible alternative days before booking the course, there will be an extra charge for this. For the Open Water Course dives we use a site called Vobster Quay in Frome, you will need to make your own way there for this.
Site/boat entry fees and/or parking costs may apply - dependent on the chosen location for your course. Please be aware that we may use training sites in Frome and Wales. Additional training fees may be incurred if you chose to train off a boat.
Saving is only valid when purchasing the package as a whole.
You will receive your Open Water learning first, followed by the remainder of your learning materials once your PADI Open Water Course is completed.