8 November 2020

Transform your life with ScubaQuest


There are some moments in your life that you quite simply will never forget. Your first pet or car, your first kiss or true love. That warm feeling you get having returned to a longed- for place or when you return home after a long time away. These memories make us part of who we are.

Have you ever considered where your next memories might be made? How wide is your imagination? The list of possibilities is endless given all of the opportunities our brave new world has to offer us. Some believe only astronauts can dream of escaping gravity and experience the freedom of being weightless. Could their dream be yours?

Reality check! No, we are not going to pay for you to fly on Virgin Galactic, however, we can let you experience weightlessness at a fraction of the cost. Scuba diving for the first time, and for many people, every time, creates memories never to be forgotten. That initial breath as you slip below the waves, perhaps in the Red Sea in Egypt, the Mediterranean off Malta or some other exotic location - eyes wide open to a wonderful world you just cannot experience with your feet planted firmly on terra firma. Divers are fleeting visitors to a huge and mainly unexplored world full of wonder and excitement.

The truth is we do not belong there. We need to take equipment that allows us to merely be a visitor. The memories created are worth every second of the effort and for some divers leads to becoming a passion where one’s appetite for more is just never satisfied.
Whether you are an adventurous 8-year-old, or someone in their later years who have grasped the chance to experience something different and EVERYONE in-between, starting diver training can be a daunting and yet exciting endeavour.

Learning to dive is a multi stage process - find out more below.

Get Your PADI. Become a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver

Learning to dive

  1. Yes, there is some theory. No apologies to anyone who thought their school days were over. The theory, if well presented, in comfortable surroundings, can be an interactive, fun and enlightening experience.

    Learning can also be completed online through E-learning. Choose which ever suits your lifestyle or learning approach. ALL levels of educational and physical ability are catered for.

    Diving is an inclusive sport, although you do have to be medically fit.
  2. Next, there is skills training in the safety and warmth of a swimming pool. When you put on all of your equipment for the first time, maybe with some apprehension, your instructor and safety divers will be confident, professional and supportive.
  3. The final step, there is confined Open Water. This can be in the ocean or a lake. In the UK this would be primarily old stone quarries that have been converted into dive centres (like NDAC, where we teach our students). Perhaps not exactly exotic diving (unless you like perch...), nevertheless this is outstanding preparation for life below the waves.

    All that theory and pool training is put into practice over a weekend and at the end of it you will be an Open Water Diver who can dive anywhere in the world. How cool is that!

    The whole process is a minimum of four days but ScubaQuest has a commitment to ensuring our divers are safe and therefore the training can last as long as the student, and Instructor, believes is necessary.
Adventure On - Become a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

What happens after I'm an Open Water diver?

So, you are a scuba diver - congratulations! This need not be the end of your journey, perhaps just the beginning. Some divers will decide that enough is enough and we would say ‘that's absolutely fine’. However,  others will look at their instructor and think, ‘I want to be able to dive like them’. This is one of the beauties of diving - there is pretty much something for everyone. Underwater photography/ videography, fish identification, environmental awareness, wrecks, caves, mines. The list goes on. Showing family and friends holiday snaps and videos will never quite get the same restrained, uninterested and ‘please not again’ reaction.

All training agencies have a progression path and PADI or SDI are no different. The next step is to advance those skills learned on the Open Water course, build on them to include more depth, and advanced skills such as navigation and peak performance buoyancy. You can also get a flavour of the specialties available at this point aligned to your personal interests in diving, The speciality courses include Dry-suit, Wreck, Search and Recovery, Night Diver and Diver Propulsion Vehicles. It is very much the "cafeteria approach", where you can choose what you want to do with your diving journey in mind.

Experienced recreational divers will often ask themselves ‘What’s next?’. The dark side looms. This might be the time to consider technical training. Good advice and experience suggest, to take time to consolidate learning, practice skills, complete a few specialities. Perhaps Deep diving, Dry-suit or Nitrox, to extend your diving time? Get the most out of what interests you. Dive on a more frequent basis. There is no substitute for time in the water. Trust us, you will want to do it all the time.

Another consideration might be Rescue and First Aid training. Diving is not without risk. Being able to self-rescue and assist, especially in the more exotic places in the world, is a definite advantage. Emergency First Response that covers CPR, injuries and Automatic External Defibrillators is a fantastic community skill as well as a diving skill, and is recommended to everyone, diver and non-diver alike.

If you have ever had that urge to be the person you first met up front leading your passion for the underwater realm, you can start your professional-level diver training and become a Divemaster. This is the first rung on the instructor training ladder and essential for your future career as a dive professional, whatever your final goal. Whether that be at Divemaster level or full-time teaching professional in the UK or anywhere in the world.

Dive training is a journey from a spiritual, educational and geographical perspective. When you are afforded the privilege and freedom of the deep there is no more cathartic experience. You meet new like-minded friends, travel to some amazing places and see things very few of the world’s population ever get to see. So please join us on our journey as we prepare to take you anywhere you wish to go on yours.

Welcome to our world!

SDI diver exploring coral with flashlight

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