Scapa Flow – May 2017 – 2 Spaces Available!

SCAPA Flow – May 21st – 26th

Dive the pride of the German fleet, BOOK TODAY!

To book your place on this amazing trip, email jc@divestyle.co.uk

We have booked a week charter from Saturday – Saturday with 6 days diving (Sunday – Friday) aboard MV Huskyan. THE premier vessel in Scapa flow.

The trip is at the amazing price of £555.00!

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 days diving (2 dives per day)
  • The use of a single 12l or 15l cylinder if required
  • Use of lead weights (please bring your own belts)
  • Air fills (nitrox available charged extra, trimix by prior arrangement)
  • Complimentary tea, coffee & biscuits. After dive pints of tea served as standard!!!!
  • Accurate, in depth, multi-media dive briefings and history talks. We have over 30 years combined experience diving the German Fleet. We are the only boat offering this level of briefing in Scapa.

Accommodation is for 7 nights (Saturday – Friday inclusive) ashore in Stromness in Number 15 (Divers Lodge) – the large and luxury self- catering house opposite the harbour.

http://www.huskyan.com/about-us/accommodation-divers-lodge

Lunch can also be provided aboard. Their food is fast gaining the reputation as the best in Scapa. Fresh local produce is used and the home baking is fantastic! Pre-booking is essential and special dietary requirements can be catered for.

What’s Not Included:

  • Travel to scapa, we are looking at traveling as a group to make the cost as cheap as possible.
  • Ferry crossing
  • Additional accomodation, some have looked at having additional nights in Scapa, this is not covered in the package.

Arborfield & Other Road Closures

Arborfield Road Closure

Please be reminded that Arborfield Road will be closed from 21:00 hrs on Friday 20th January  to 06:00 hrs on Monday 23rd January for drainage reinstatement and full depth carriageway reconstruction, near to the Magpie and Parrot public house. 

Temporary traffic signals will be installed on Arborfield Road from 20:00 hrs on Friday 20th January to mobilise the equipment, allow the required marking out and therefore maximise our activities from 21:00 hrs to midnight.  

Access to all residential and business properties will be available for the duration, although this may not be via your normal route.

Shinfield Road / Cutbush Lane Junction

Shortly before Christmas we were able to open the right turn out of Cutbush Lane onto Shinfield Road.  However, at that time we did pre-warn residents that we would require further temporary closures of the right turn before the project is finished. 

With this in mind, between 09:00 hrs on Monday 23rd January and 18:00 hrs on Thursday 26th January, we are being permitted to close the right-turn to carry out the permanent surfacing and provide a safe access to remedial works on the neighbouring islands.  During this closure traffic will need to turn left out of Cutbush Lane and then return via the roundabout at Church Lane.

Cutbush Lane junction with ERR

We will be carrying out the final surfacing and road markings at the new Cutbush Lane (East) / SERR junction from 21:00 hrs on Monday 23rd January to 06:00 hrs on Tuesday 24th January.  At this time Cutbush Lane will be fully closed from the point at which the new relief road crosses it towards the M4.

Residents / businesses requiring vehicular access overnight, or before 06:00 hrs on Tuesday morning, should park on the Shinfield side of the new relief road before 21:00 hrs on Monday.  Pedestrians will need to be marshalled through the works and emergency services access will be maintained.

A further night-time closure is required and is currently planned for Tuesday 24th January; however, this has not yet been fully agreed.  We will write to immediately impacted residents and businesses on Monday 23rd January to confirm whether this second closure is going ahead as described. 

Shinfield Road

We will soon be carrying out work between Brookers Hill and the old M4 bridge, in the carriageway nearest to the Black Boy public house.  Our work will involve full depth road reconstruction (up to 1 metre deep in places) final surfacing, kerbing re-alignment and white lining.  To allow this work to take place, we are planning to switch traffic over onto the opposite carriageway on Friday 27th January.  This arrangement will remain in place until the end of February.

Due to the nature of our activities and the machinery we need to use, some additional noise is likely to be experienced and, at times, we will unfortunately be working directly outside the properties facing onto Shinfield Road.  Although we will always maintain vehicular access, residents/visitors of those properties may experience a slight delay if we need to move machinery or make the area safe for domestic vehicles.  Access for pedestrians and cyclists visiting Shinfield Road properties will be maintained, however, for safety reasons the general public will be diverted over the new M4 bridge. 

Near to the end of February we will need to close this section of Shinfield Road overnight to carry out the final surfacing and white lining.  We will advise immediately impacted residents of the dates nearer the time and advance warning signs will be displayed.

All of the above dates are subject to weather conditions. 

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It Is Never To Late To Give The Gift Of Adventure!

We have some amazing offers and gift ideas here at DiveStyle.

Why not treat your loved one to a scuba diving experience? An experience they will never forget!

Grab a bargain for Christmas from DiveStyle, you friendly local dive centre :)

Grab a bargain for Christmas from DiveStyle, you friendly local dive centre 🙂

You can treat them to a wide range of courses, ranging from beginner courses to experienced divers looking for something challenging.

We have an amazing amount of dive equipment in the shop, something for all budgets, and don’t forget our drysuit promotions, with in stock drysuits for as little as £400!

 

Special offer on Gin for DiveStyle? Special offer you say!

New Online Gin Parlour Rocks! – Perfect for Christmas!

An amazing array of Gins & Tonics that will blow you away!

An amazing array of Gins & Tonics that will blow you away!

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SAVE 10% as a DiveStyle customer, just enter DIVESTYLE at the checkout!

One sunny evening after an amazing dive we all agreed that a good G&T would be the perfect way to finish of the day.

We did not want some run of the mill Gin or Tonic for that matter so we asked the waiter what he had to offer, the selection was extremely disappointing!

The next day someone from the weekend text me to tell me about this new exciting online shop that was dedicated to Gin, but not only Gin also Tonics, now this I had to check out!

A quick call and a conversation with Adam and I was so impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm that i placed a order there and then.

A day later the order arrived and WOW! The Gin Adam had recommended, along with the Tonic match was bloody amazing. My wife who is not a Gin drinker by any means was amazed at how good the combination of the Gin & Tonic was, so much so that he proceeded to polish of the whole glass!

I wrote to Adam and thank him for his superb advice, and wished him well knowing how hard it was to start a business these days. Within the hour I received a lovely replay and the offer of any Divestyle customer who places an oder can have 10% discount, fantastic!

So if you are looking for something different this Christmas and want to give someone an amazing experience on the taste buds then I can’t recommend these guys enough.

Polite, helpful, knowledgeable and literally nothing is to much trouble.

DIVE SHOW PRICE MATCH

DIVE SHOW PRICE MATCH

Its that time of year again when the NEC Dive Show is nearly upon us!

We will do our extreme bets to match any Dive Show offer you receive.

We will do our extreme bets to match any Dive Show offer you receive.

But please remember, great folk of the DiveStyle clan.

If you are at the dive show this weekend and you do see something that you fancy then give us a quick call to see if we can price match.

We will be open all day Saturday and the phones will be maned to take your call. Sunday we are closed but will WILL match you dive show offer anyway as long as you have proof of the offer.

If we can’t we will let you know straight away, but we will be very grateful that you have at least offered us the opportunity to do so.

Remember, the dive show is once a year but your local dive centre, DiveStyle, are here all year round with great advice, great support and fantastic catering!

Support your local dive centre and have a place to rest those weary fins :0)

DiveStyle, Unit A, Bridge Farm, Arborfield,
Wokingham, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9HT
t: 01189 761729
e: info@divestyle.co.uk

Interest (0%)Free Finance – Now At DiveStyle

We have been working hard to make diving and diving equipment that bit easier to afford.

We are very pleased to announce that we can now offer 0% Interest FREE finance on all courses and retail (Minimum spend £400).

Our 0% Interest FREE can be run over 3, 6, 9 and 12 months and is incredibly simple to use!

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Always fancied an Otter Drysuit? No problem!

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David’s Story – The M2 Attraction

When the sea claims you with her charms there is no escape!

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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

In 2008, I was given a “Discover Scuba Diving” experience voucher, which I redeemed with DiveStyle. Nervous, I turned up on the agreed date, along with a group of similarly wary individuals, all clutching towels and swim wear, wondering what was going to happen. We were greeted by a very relaxed and professional team of guys who offered up cups of tea and biscuits and soon had us talking to each other and generally relaxing into the event.

One of the instructors had a T-Shirt, which caught my attention immediately. Printed onto the black, was a white architects drawing of a submarine and the words “I’ve dived the M2”. Sipping on my tea, I asked the question – “So what’s the M2?”. To my utter amazement, I found out that this experimental submarine was the world’s first and last aircraft carrying submarine, which sank with the loss of all hands in 1932 as a result of a training accident. I was genuinely mesmerised. With a secret interest in submarine warfare and some basic flying experience, I had no idea that the two had ever come together. It had my name on it!

Even before I hit the water that day, the wheels were turning. Needless to say, I loved the try dive experience, and once changed and out of the water, I wanted to know more about the M2. Again, over another fresh cup of tea, I was told that it lay on the sea bed off the South Coast, near Portland, in reasonably deep water (32m). Whilst not a difficult dive, you needed to get there by boat and have your wits about you. To get the most out of the dive, I needed to learn the basics, then progress to deep water skills. I’d need to learn to dive in a dry suit and learn about special mixes in my cylinder which would enable me to spend a sensible amount of time on the wreck. It wasn’t going to be a quick to learn, but it was definitely going to be a journey.

I rang and booked my first course with DiveStyle and then the fun really began; as I need to learn to swim – properly. Not the summer holidays, messing about in the water, kind of swimming, but real water skills that would keep me, and others, safe in the water.

Each course with DiveStyle, I added a new set of skills; navigation, deep, wreck, dry suit, enriched air, boat diving. And each year, I travelled to new places and tried out my skills; dive sites in the UK, dive sights abroad.

And then the bug really hit. The more I did, the more I learned. The more I learned, the more I loved what I knew. I became a rescue diver and learned first aid skills. I learned about optimising my buoyancy and how to help with search & recovery projects. By now, I’d become a long distance swimmer and swam weekly!

Did I dive the M2? Of course, but it took two attempts before we found it. Was it everything I wanted it to be? Sort of. By then, I had dived with turtles, all manner of tropical fish, discovering underwater reefs and diving at night. I’d been diving in Europe, the Caribbean and the India Ocean and seen sharks, dolphins and whales. I’d seen natural and artificial wrecks and met the most amazing array of individuals.

And now I’m a Dive Master at DiveStyle and have the privilege and honour to take people on their first diving experience or help them achieve their own diving goals as well as wok with some of what I consider to be the best instructional team in the industry. I do, however, have a huge soft spot for the M2; since without it, I wouldn’t have the friends, the experiences and the memories that come from this amazing unique sport.

If you are ready to start your journey then get in contact, we would love to add you to our aquanauts!

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OCR Level 3 Diploma in Management & PADI IDC Programme – There has never been a better time to live the dream!

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Divestyle UK are pleased to announce that we are one of only a handful of dive centres to have been involved in the launch of this new linked program. We are now able to offer an OCR Level 3 Diploma in Management alongside the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)!

The OCR Level 3 Diploma is eligible for a learner loan (like a student loan) from the government which makes the course incredibly accessible. So what’s involved and can I sign up?

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THE COURSE: The course is called an OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) Level 3 Diploma in Management. OCR is an examination board that sets examinations and awards qualifications (including GCSEs, A-levels, NVQ’s etc). The course is aimed at those who will or would like to take a management role in the workplace and deals with all aspects of management from coaching and mentoring to training and development and conflict management. The course results in a recognised, useful qualification which maybe in itself a proof of competence for a job role or can add value to an existing set of qualifications.

HOW THE OCR LEVEL 3 & PADI IDC ARE LINKED: PADI Instructor Development Course includes a number of learning requirements that are needed to show proof of competency for the Level 3 Diploma.

The PADI IDC teaches to develop a teaching presentation, whether this be for use during knowledge development in a classroom situation or as a briefing or training session in the water. During these teaching presentations candidates show their ability to effectively use their certified assistants (Divemasters or Assistant Instructors) as well as showing an ability to evaluate and feedback performance to students. This is just one of the areas where the OCR Level 3 Diploma and the PADI IDC overlap.PADI-5-star-instructor-development-center-wide

Divestyle UK run the PADI IDC in the same way it would for most other IDC Candidates. There are a two additional requirements that OCR Level 3

Candidates must complete, these include:

  • One online e-learning portfolio
  • The Diving Business Management course.

Candidates completing the Level 3 Diploma are required to complete an online e- learning portfolio before, during and after the IDC. Candidates will show how what they have learnt during the IDC can be translated into more general business management practices. This is the bulk of the OCR course which is independently assessed.

There is also an extra module that needs to be completed for the IDC, the ‘Diving Business Management Course’. This is a diving specific module which goes into far more detail of the business side of the dive industry. For example you’ll learn more about gross and net profit, margins and how to price products and courses.

Learn_More_ButtonWHO SHOULD SIGN UP TO THE COURSE: This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to get into the diving industry as well as earn a useful business qualification which will assist them in applying for other non-industry specific jobs. Given the eligibility of the course for government learner loans, it’s a great opportunity for people who are put off by the initial up front cost of becoming an instructor. It’s also excellent for someone looking to change their career or anyone wanting to do a more in depth, business orientated instructor course.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST: As an OCR Level 3 Diploma the course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan from the government. These loans are potentially open to anyone resident in the UK over the age of 19. The loan currently stands at £2500, over the OCR Leve 3 Course. They are relatively simple to apply for and work in a very similar way to student loans in that you won’t need to start re-payments until you are earning over 21k and the payments then start very small, coming out of your PAYE, and tracking up with your income. The interest paid on the loan is at inflation plus a maximum of 3% dependent on your income.

£999 PADI Instructor Development Course

Includes 2 extra days of the Diving Business Management Course

INCLUDED PADI IDC Crewpack & Course Materials

INCLUDED PADI Instructor Examination Fee

INCLUDED PADI Instructor Application Fee

HOW DO I SIGN UP? Contact Divestyle UK on info@divestyle.co.uk or call 01189761729 and ask for details about the PADI IDC/OCR Level 3 program.

We are currently speaking to a number of people who this may be of interest to and the first wave of applicants need to have signed up by the start of September with the course orientation due in September. Time and spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

The IDC will then take place in October and the Business Management Course in

November. PADI will be conducting a special IE on the 3/4 December 2016

 

Candidate

  • Over 19 – no maximum limit
  • UK citizen or Resident for last 3 years
  • Need: Full Name
  • Date of Birth 
  • Address with Post Code
  • NI Number
  • Copy of Passport/ID
  • Preferably Divemaster or Equivalent (or will be before end of August 2016)

Schedule

September

1st September – must register their details with PADI

Before end of Sept – Orientation to OCR system and PADI Process

You can then decide if to take up the option for OCR Diploma

October

During October – Using e-portal for online study

Online Study with include IDC Online and Dive theory from PADI

IDC to start – this could 3 days for an AI course, followed by OWSI section.

Payment for IDC portion is NOT part of the scheme and still needs to be paid

November

Diploma in Business Management sessions

Master Scuba Diver Trainer Preparation course

December

On 3/4 December PADI have arranged a special IE at their office in Bristol

Consideration

1. If candidates put name forward before 1st Sept and are accepted for OCR Business Management funding you do NOT have to accept it and are not obliged to carry on.

2. Additionally they will receive accreditation for Business Management

(Level 3)

3. If you never earn over 21k of taxable income (in the UK) you will not be eligible – so an instructor working outside UK or travelling is ideal – they will NOT need to repay anything until you are back in the UK earning over 21K.