PADI Tec SMS & PADI Tec 40 Package Deal

PADI Tec Side Mount & PADI Tec 40 Package Deal

Have you already completed your PADI SMS course? Ready to move onto the PADI Tec SMS but want to combine it with the PADI Tec40 course?

As part of the May madness from DiveStyle we have just the answer.

If you book your PADI tec SMS and PADI Tec 40 course at the same time, before the end of May, you will receive a £100 voucher to spend in store!

100 voucher

T&C’s

  • Offer valid until the 31sy May 2014
  • The voucher is valid once the courses have been completed
  • The voucher is valid for 6 months from the completion of your courses
  • The voucher can be used on anything in store (kit and courses).
  • Only 1 voucher per customer
  • Cannot be combined with any other offer

PADI Rescue Diver – Worth Doing?

PADI Rescue Diver = Confident. Responsible. Prepared.  A bit tired as well!

Book your EFRRescue Diver Course in May and receive a £30 voucher to spend in store when you have completed your course.

Divers who have completed their PADI Rescue diver always talk about the course being the most rewarding and often most demanding PADI course they complete.  Many instructors also tell us how much they enjoy teaching it.

PADI Rescue Diver Course

As I woke up surprisingly early on my first days holiday, I had distant school memories where the word rewarding was often linked to hard boring work.   With this in mind I worked across the hotel to the dive centre to start  4 days EFR and Rescue Diver training.   Hard work maybe but boring never!

After the paperwork was completed I was handed two brand new manuals, for EFR and Rescue diver respectively.  The theory and practical skills combine perfectly on this course which made the knowledge reviews great markers for progression during the course.  You really learn some amazing skills really simply.

What do you learn

-Causes of diver emergencies
-Accident management -Identifying a diver in need
-Common equipment problems -Diver rescue procedures
-First Aid and injury treatment -Missing diver procedures
-In/Out water rescue skills

First off you learn about the psychology of Rescue and the important question that is re-enforced over the course. Protect yourself first! Don’t become the 2nd victim.  The importance of of preparation should be familiar with all divers of any level, but in the Rescue course we take this further.  Do you have the right equipment for emergencies?  before I took the rescue course this was something I never really gave to much thought to.  Now I know exactly what is required.

CPR and First Aid

PADI Rescue Diver EFR

The EFR Primary and Secondary Care elements of the course were really interesting and provided me with skills that I know are not just for diving but can be used in everyday life.    Some of the primary and secondary skills you learn; Scene assessment, CPR not a skill to be taken lightly as those who have completed CPR training will know, Bleeding management and Spinal injury management.

This knowledge brings with it a confidence that I am now prepared to respond to an emergency correctly when needed .

Water Skills

The practical side of the course revolves around a number of rescue scenarios revolving around skills used to help either a responsive or non responsive diver at the surface or underwater.   Prepare to get tired!  Yes this is a pretty intensive part of the course but at the end of each day the tiredness is only second to the contented feeling you have.   Top Tip = Try and choose the smallest lightest person on the course as your buddy.  Thanks to my willing victim Nat!

One of the hardest parts of the in water rescue skills can be remembering the correct order of the actions you need to complete.  In fact you may even find you won’t notice how physical it is towing an unresponsive diver as you’ll be concentrating on providing rescue breath, supporting airways and removing equipment if the situation requires.  Each scenario though varied essentially boils down to the same core skills that by now your have learnt and are starting to master.

It’s an incredible course that gives you vast amounts of confidence while having fun and in quite a few circumstances leaves you looking like a rabbit caught in headlights!

Joking aside, the PADI Rescue diver course is a great course and takes you personally further as a diver as you now have the confidence and preparedness that can really transform your outlook.   I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

Ready for the challenge?  Contact DiveStyle now and get started on the course you’ll love.

Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
Offer ends 31st May 2014
With thanks to the PADI Blog

Is Diving Good for Your Health?

Each diver has his or her own personal reasons for diving but all of them share one common reason – the pleasure of experiencing the underwater world – an unfamiliar and exciting environment full of new discoveries and new encounters.

Learning to Scuba Dive has never been easier and with fantastic promotions. like those on offer from DiveStyle, why woud you not!

Scuba travel with Dive The World is good for your health!

 

But is scuba diving actually good for you? You bet it is! Scuba diving is an excellent way to improve physical and emotional health. Not only that, but you will also learn new skills and experiences, make friends and expand your environmental awareness.

Don’t believe that diving is good for your health? Then let’s take a closer look at some of the evidence …

Controlled Breathing

Scuba divers are taught to always breathe slowly and deeply during a dive. This is so that the air in your tank will last longer and means more time can be spent underwater but more importantly, deep steady breathing promotes a calm attitude and reduces the risk of a lung-expansion injury. However, this deep slow breathing has other benefits too; it increases lung capacity, strengthens the respiratory system and drains mucous. This in turn helps with the prevention of lung diseases and can actually improve existing ones such as asthma.

The calm, relaxed state produced through deep, slow breathing and through focusing on your underwater environment, reduces stress and balances the nervous system. A relaxed, calm state of mind has been proven to promote a positive attitude and prevent depression.

Deep breathing also means increased oxygen intake and this has numerous benefits too. According to world-renowned doctor and naturopath Paul Pitchford, of all nutrients, oxygen is the most essential and necessary for all normal physiological functions. Increased oxygen levels in the body raises energy levels, stimulates circulation, benefits heart and lung function and improves mental capacities. When there is sufficient oxygen in the body the need for intoxicants and stimulants diminishes.

Travel To Warm Climates

Most divers enjoy visiting other countries to experience scuba diving there, or you may want to make diving part of your family holiday. The likelihood then is you’ll be spending time in a warm climate and soaking up the sunshine! Many studies have revealed that sunlight has important health benefits and aids in preventing ailments such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), nutritional deficiencies and depression.

One of the most important benefits of sunlight is that it supplies the body with Vitamin D. As sunlight penetrates the skin a substance known as ergosterol, located beneath the skin, is converted into vitamin D hormones. This vitamin promotes the absorption of calcium in the gut and is also responsible for the transference of calcium within the cells. This provides strength to the bones and increases endorphin production in the brain which contributes to a healthy nervous system. Vitamin D also plays an important role in immune system health. Another significant benefit of sunlight is that it helps kill off bacteria and viruses therefore preventing infections.

Diving in another country brings other benefits too. They say that travel is the best form of education and most people relish in the experience of visiting new places, experiencing a different culture, and all the new sights and smells and tastes that go with it. Travelling and holidaying in general, means simply taking a break from work and the usual strains of life which reduces stress. Dive travel abroad also means you are likely to meet fun people from all over the world with whom you have a common interest. Have you ever noticed how people tend to be happier and friendlier in a warm climate?

Physical Fitness

Physical exercise in water, such as scuba diving, improves your fitness

Scuba diving on a regular basis steadily improves and maintains your general fitness and stamina levels. Why? Well first of all exercising in water is very effective due to the natural resistance water has against our bodies. Using your legs to fin at depth is great exercise and the sensation of being weightless makes it feel almost effortless. It has been scientifically substantiated that any form of exercise improves cardio-vascular performance and that translates into a reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes, circulatory problems and ailments in general.

Muscle tone and strength are also improved. This is due again to your movement through water but also the physical effort of carrying equipment such as your weight belt and diving gear. Increased muscle tone helps in relieving tension and improves ailments such as backache because, by strengthening the back muscles, pressure is reduced in the spine.

Physical activity makes you thirsty, and every good diver knows the importance of keeping hydrated. Water is one of the most essential elements needed to sustain life. All the different systems of the body are dependent upon water in order to function properly. Water takes nutrients to the cells and carries away from them wastes and toxins. Scientists and doctors such as Dr. F. Batmanghelidj have shown that drinking water can help improve minor ailments and also prevent the onset of more serious major diseases. It has also been well-known for a long time that drinking sufficient water can help slow the ageing process.

The Watery Embrace

The emotional benefits of diving are many too. It is a well-known fact that watching fish in an aquarium has a relaxing affect on the mind. Compare that to actually being in that underwater environment and those calming effects are intensified. This is one of the reasons divers keep going back for more, they find it a great way to unwind, relax and forget about all the stresses of daily modern life.

Weightlessness has other benefits too. Flotation therapy was invented in 1954 when Dr. John C. Lilly, an American neuro-physiologist and psychoanalyst developed the flotation tank. He was also well known for his research into the relationship between dolphins and human beings. Flotation therapy is essentially a way of placing the body into a state of total relaxation. Floating weightless in a quiet atmosphere breaks down stress responses and allows the mind and body to rejuvenate themselves.

There are close similarities between the soothing effects of the buoyancy of water and the Eastern techniques of meditation. Indeed some divers say that their time spent underwater captivated by the sights of fascinating marine life with the only noise being the sound of their own breathing, is in itself like a form of meditation for them.

Interacting With Marine Life

The pure pleasure, wonder and awe of interacting with and being up close to amazing marine creatures produces a feeling of increased well-being. This feeling is heightened when we have an encounter with a species we feel a certain attraction to, or particular respect for, such as sharks or sea turtles. This produces within our nervous systems similar positive feelings as when we lavish affection on our cherished pets.

And what about the effects of watching the different rainbow colours of reef fish? It has been proven that colour has an effect on humans too. When we are exposed to a particular colour it has a profound affect on our moods and emotions. It has been found that looking at bright intense colours, like those of fish, generally has an uplifting effect. It has also been found that exposure to blue light has a calming, soothing effect and normalises high blood pressure. The colour red on the light spectrum is filtered out by water within a few metres of depth producing a calming, mainly blue colour in the underwater environment.

Life Lessons and Shared Experiences

Diving increases happiness and reducing illnesses caused by stress

When you dive, you meet other like-minded people who often become good friends as you all share that common interest. It’s easy to make friends among divers as you will find a sense of community among them. It’s an exhilarating feeling to surface from a dive full of wonderful memories of your experience and then to be able to talk about and share them with good companions who are just as excited as you are! There is always a lot of smiling and laughter going on aboard a dive boat or liveaboard.

Scuba diving means you need to learn to be responsible for both yourself and your buddy and to look after your own safety. You will learn to stay calm at all times and that can help you during stressful situations in your every day life. In the beginning, learning to dive requires courage too but once you’re more experienced, you’ll find diving physically and mentally relaxing.

The Feel-Good Factor

There is nothing better than the joy of finding yourself on the way to a dive site, full of anticipation for what you’re about to experience under the water, with smiling faces all around you!

Scuba diving can be exhilarating, awe-inspiring, relaxing, calming, rejuvenating, fun and above all good for you! Your time spent underwater can be so fascinating that you become absorbed by the world around you, you relax and your worries just melt away. Diving, done right, really can be good for you!

Courtesy of Scuba Travel

Book A Diving Course And Get Up To £100 In Gift Vouchers

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The summer might not be quite here but we have a fantastic May offer just for YOU. Book one of the following courses by the 31st July and you will receive a gift voucher for as much as £100 once you have completed the course! Option 1 Book your Open Water Referall and once you have completed the course you will receive a £20 gift voucher to spend in store PLUSFREE DSD for one of your friends or family. £20 voucher Option 2 Book your Full Open Water course and once you have completed the course you will receive a £50 gift voucher to spend in store. £50 voucher Option 3 Book your Full Open Water course plus your Advanced Open Water and once you have completed both courses you will receive a £100 gift voucher to spend in store. 100 voucher Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer Offer ends 31st July 2014

Safety messages issued for the start of the dive season

Safety messages issued for the start of the dive season

About the author

Luke Blissett
Public Relations Officer at RNLI HQ, Poole.

Start quoteSimple steps like checking your kit is in working order after a winter in the garage and practicing in a pool or in shallow water before the first dive of the season can help ensure your safety.End quote

With the start of the season fast approaching, the RNLI has worked together with other members of the British Diving Safety Group (BDSG), to produce seven top tips for divers to follow before they embark on their first dives of the season. 

Nick Fecher, Coastal Safety Product Manager, said: ‘With Easter traditionally heralding the start of the diving season, the British Diving Safety Group has come together to produce and promote a set of consistent safety tips for divers.

‘We are encouraging divers to follow our seven top tips to ensure they enjoy the start of the diving season safely.

‘Simple steps like checking your kit is in working order after a winter in the garage and practicing in a pool or in shallow water before the first dive of the season can help ensure your safety.’

The seven top tips are:

• Have your kit serviced in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
• Check all your kit is in working order, such as suit seals and rubber straps for perishing, zips and SMB reels.
• Practice your skills in a pool/shallow site before the first dive of the season.
• Plan some work up dives to ease yourself back into the water if you have not dived since last year.
• Be realistic about your fitness levels before commencing the season.
• Don’t let complacency creep in. Inform the Coastguard of your plan and undertake a thorough buddy check before each dive.
• Do not underestimate the risks; accidents do happen to people like you.

Notes to editors:
For more information please contact Luke Blissett, Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email luke_blissett@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively, contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk.

Lifeboats News Release

  • Date:
    14/04/2014
  • Author: Luke Blissett