May Madness!!

May Madness Is Here!!!

The sun is out, the warm evenings are finally here and the dive season is well under way!

We want you to be part of the scuba diving fraternity so we have some fantastically tempting offers to help get you there.

Make 2013 YOUR year of adventure.

Offers are valid until the 30th May 2013. So get your skates on!

Offer 1 – 10% discount on SCUBA courses:

  • Open Water Referral (SRP £245, now £220.50!)
  • Full Open Water (SRP £345, now £310.50!)
  • Advanced Open Water (SRP £235, now £211.50!)

Offer 2 – 10% discount of SCUBA specialities:

  • Drysuit Speciality (SRP £140, now £126!)
  • Equipment Specialist (SRP £95, now £85.50!)
  • Enriched Air Diver (SRP £85, now £76.50!)
  • Oxygen Provider (SRP £85, now £76.50!)
  • Emergency First Response (SRP £95, now £85.50!)
  • DSAT Gas Blender (Nitrox SRP £99, now £89.10! or Trimix SRP £159, now £143.10!)

Offer 3 – Free Courses:

  • Book and pay for your Rescue Diver with DiveStyle and we will give you your Emergency First Response FREE of charge (£95!).
  • Book and pay for your Advanced Open Water and we will give you your Enriched Air Diver FREE of charge (worth £85!).
  • Book and pay for your Full Open Water, Advanced Open Water with DiveStyle and we will give you your Drysuit Speciality FREE of charge (worth £140!).

To take advantage of the offer call 01189 761729 or mail info@divestyle.co.uk

Terms & Conditions

  1. The May promotions are not available online.
  2. You must complete the purchased course within 6 months to qualify for the offers.
  3. No other discounts an be applied to the offers.
  4. Offer ends 30th May 2013

Do You Know The History Of Scuba?

As humans we have had a fascination with the ocean for thousands of years but what was the earliest reference to our beloved sport?

3000 BC-The history of scuba diving begins with early divers using breath-hold diving to harvest oysters. They developed a bone deformity today known as surfer’s ear. This was due to frequent exposure to cold water (technically free diving). 

1250 BC-In the Iliad Homer refers to military divers in the Trojan War. 

500 BC-A Greek diver Scyllias used a reed snorkel to attack Persian ships in Syracuse. 

332 BC-Aristotle records the use of the first diving bell. Alexander the Great descends to the seabed inside a glass barrel during the siege of Tyre.

Alexander's Glass Diving Bell
1500-Leonardo da Vinci designs equipment for exploring underwater. There is no evidence that he ever tested his self-contained-underwater-breathing-apparatus (SCUBA). 

1600-Robert Boyle studies the relationship between water pressure and gas volumes. This is known as Boyle’s Law. 

1691-Edmund Halley designs a diving bell with a glass top to admit light. He used barrels lowered from the surface to replenish the air inside the bell. Divers could use an air hose that was tethered to the inside of the bell to explore short distances outside. 

1715-John Lethbridge, an English inventor, uses a pressure-proof wooden barrel to become the first successful salvage diver. The barrel had a glass viewing porthole and watertight leather sleeves. These allowed the diver to see and retrieve items from depths up to 60 ft/18m. 

1779-Englishman John Smeaton develops a pump system that supplies fresh air to diving bells. 

1829-British salvage operators John and Charles Dean develop a diving helmet made from a firefighting helmet into which air could be pumped. 

1840-A German inventor, Augustus Siebe develops a closed dress diving suit. The suit was made up of a diving helmet sealed to a waterproof canvas suit. The helmet had an exhaust valve that allowed air to be pumped into the suit from the surface. For more than a 100 years this closed dress diving suit was standard for deep sea divers and a landmark in the history of scuba diving. 

1865-The first compressed air breathing apparatus with a demand system was developed by two French inventors, Benoit Rouquayrol and August Denayrouze. This allowed short periods of diving without an air line to the surface. 

1878-The first fully independent breathing apparatus was designed by English merchant seaman Henry Fleuss. The apparatus used compressed oxygen as a breathing gas. 

1878-Breathing compressed air at depth for long periods of time is determined to be the cause of Caissons Disease (this is now known as Decompression Sickness). This is first studied by French scientist Paul Bert. 

1893-Frenchman Louis Boutan develops the first underwater camera.

22 Vintage Scuba Equipment
The evolution of scuba diving equipment continues into the 20th century with the development of neoprene dive suits, rubber fins, underwater cameras and advances in breathing respirators. 

1908-After studying the effects of gas poisoning and decompression sickness, J. S. Haldane develops the first dive tables. Divers are able to dive to 210ft/65m. They avoid DCS by performing decompression stops.

1911-The German company Drager builds and markets oxygen rebreathers. Rebreathers are used by the military in both World Wars to avoid telltale bubble trails. 

1925-Yves Le Prieur, a French naval officer, designs and builds an open circuit compressed air respirator. This non-cycling respirator in considered to be the forerunner of modern scuba. 

1930-William Beebe descends to a depth of 1,426 ft/435m in a bathysphere. This diving vehicle is tethered and launched from a ship. In 1934, the bathysphere reaches a depth of almost 3000ft/925m. 

1933-Louis de Cortieu, a French inventor, develops rubber fins to help in swimming underwater. 

1941-Italian navy divers use rebreathers to attack allied ships during WWII. 

On the horizon a French naval officer stands ready to make a major contribution to the history of scuba diving. This mans research changes scuba diving from a military exercise to a recreational sport that today is enjoyed by millions of diver’s world wide. 

1942-Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gagan develop a compressed air breathing apparatus with a demand valve that supplies air to the diver with the slightest inhale. The Aqua-Lung, as it was known, when on sale in France in 1945. By the 1950’s the Aqua-Lung could be purchased world wide. 

1948-Jacques Cousteau’s Aqua-Lung goes on sale in the U. S.

Aqua Lung
1953-The first neoprene wet suit is developed for the U. S. Navy by Dr. Hugh Bradner. 

1956-The diving film “The Silent World” by Jacques Cousteau earns its place in the history of scuba diving by winning the Golden Palm at the Caans film Festival and an Academy Award. 

1959-The YMCA organizes the first national scuba diving training program in the U. S. 

The history of scuba diving witnesses a boom-time in the 1960’s with the invention of the Aqua-Lung, the price of scuba diving equipment falling and the organization of formal training for recreational diving. 

1961-The first buoyancy compensator was invented by Frenchman Maurice Fenzy. This was the first BC to be available for purchase by the general public. 

1966-The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is founded by John Cronin and Ralph Erickson. This organization specializes in recreational diving. 

1968-John Gruener and Neal Watson use compressed air to dive to a depth of 437 ft/133 m. 

1979-Sylvia Earl descends to a depth of 1250 ft/381 m in a special pressure suit and walks untethered on the ocean floor. 

1980-A non-profit organization that promotes diving safety, Divers Alert Network, is founded at Duke University in Durham N. C. 

1983-The Orca Edge, the first commercially available dive computer, goes on sale. 

1999-Mark Andrews, a British diver, descends to 500 ft/152 m on compressed air.

2000-DiveStyle opens for training in Reading, Berkshire.

2003-Mark Elliot, a British diver, descends to 1,024 ft/152 m breathing Trimix, a gas mixture for scuba diving. 

As recreational diving develops, more emphasis is put on training, safety and the protection of the underwater world, after all there is no point in scuba diving if we have nothing to look at!

The history of scuba diving has evolved from hollow reed breathing tubes and diving bells to rebreathers and submersible diving vehicles. With advances in technology and our knowledge of the human body there is no limit to how deep we believe we can dive.

Reward For Forces

Reward for Forces

What DiveStyle provides?

As an ex-serviceman the owner was extremely keen to show his support.

The benefits for any member of the scheme are as follows:

  • 10% of SRP on all courses
  • 10% of SRP on all retail purchases

These discounts cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount scheme

For more information click here

14 Day Money Back Guarantee

14 Day Money Back Guarantee

What DiveStyle provides?

At DiveStyle we are not only proud of the service we provide but also confident in the quality of the service we provide

That is why for anyone that learns to dive with DiveStyle we offer a money back guarantee on the cost of the training.

We will refund the cost of the course minus the course materials and your first pool session (£90).

So what is the catch?

There is none. All we ask is that you declare your issue with the instructor.

The dive centre will then be in touch to arrange for you to pop in and see the centre manager. He will sit down in a very informal meeting and discuss what happened and try to identify what the issues are or were.

After all we can learn a great deal from any feedback (positive or negative) and then put a plan into place to adjust our training and services appropriately.

For more information click here

No Need To Trek To The Dive Show In The Snow!

You dont need the dive show to get fantastic deals at DiveStyle!

Don’t let your dreams of buying that new dive gear drift away as the snow drifts in.

Dive Show Package Deal – Valid until 17:00 23rd March 2013

It may horrid weather but we will here at the center but we will be ready and waiting.

Buy a full package from any manufacturer and enjoy a 20% discount

Package contains

  • 1st Stage
  • 2nd Stage
  • Octopus
  • BCD
  • Pressure Gauge

Add a computer and we will give you an additional 5%

As you walk through the door you we will be waiting with a hot cup of tea or coffee, a warm smile and service that lasts a lifetime!

The dive show is once a year, we are here all year long, regardless of the weather and always ready to serve.

March Madness!!! – Open Water Referral £199.99

Book, pay before the end of March, pick any course in 2013.

It is really that simple!

Contact the dive centre, pick a date, pay the course fee in full and a welcome pack including all of your training materials will be ready for you to collect at the dive centre.

Can’t get to the centre to pick up your materials? No problem, just pay for the postage (£3.50).

Offer ends the 31st March 2013.
Offer not available to previously booked course.
Offer not available to courses already booked.
Offer not available online.

Corporate Team Building – Add A Little Depth To Your Colleagues Lives!

Add Depth To Your Colleagues Lives!

Add Depth To Your Colleagues Lives!

Want to intro scuba to your company or business? Then why not come along to DiveStyle and get a 2-4-1 on discover scuba. That is only £12.50 for a 2 hour course! Bring 10 of your colleagues and you go for free!

Call us at the dive centre or drop us a line at info@divestyle.co.uk

http://www.divestyle.co.uk/scuba-courses/discover-scuba-diving-2

Add a little depth to your colleagues lives!

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme run by DiveStyle lets you experience the thrill of diving – in a local pool. During your adventure dive, a PADI diving Professional will introduce you to some basic dive concepts and scuba diving skills as well as a few games to add some fun!

Tailored to your company needs, DiveStyle offers corporate team building days, evenings or entire weekends centred around scuba diving.

PADI’s Discover Scuba Diving programme is not only a thrilling, life changing experience for the individual employee – it’s also a powerful team experience that significantly improves the way your staff work together and solve tasks.

Something For Valentines Day?

Valentine Gifts For Scuba Divers

Valentine Gifts For Scuba Divers

Stuck for something to do on Valentines or want something different?
Well here are some fantastic idea’s for Valentine day gifts.

We have many more great Valentine gift ideas, just call us at the dive centre for inspiration or better still drop into the dive centre and give us a challenge.

Valentine Gift Offers

2-4-1 Discover Scuba Diving Experience
Take the first step on an amazing journey, simply book 2 discover scuba diving experiences before the end of Valentines day (14th Feb) and get one of them for free! Use code VALENTINEDSD2013

Valentine Open Water Referral
For a lifetime of love, give a lifetime of adventure. Simply book the Open Water Referral course before the end of Valentines day (14th Feb) and receive a £25 discount. Course can be taken anytime in the following 3 months. Use code VALENTINEOW2013.

Red Sea Love-A-Board
Already a diver? Then why not join us on our Red Sea diving holiday in October? This gives you plenty of time to spread the cost of the holiday and sample some of the best diving in the world!

Pay your deposit (£250.00) before the 14th February and you will get a free Ocean Pro 3mm shorty wetsuit.

Capture Your Memories in HD
The Intova SP1 HD underwater video camera gives you all the features of a GoPro but at half the price! (£185.00)

Show Your Love & Keep Your Loved One Safe
Keep your loved one safe and treat them to a dive computer, one of the most important scuba diving safety tools you can have as a diver.

Treat her to the amazing Suunto D4i in fantastic hot pink, treat him to the fantastic Suunto  D4i in blue or one of the other superb colours in the range.

Limited budget? Then the Suunto Zoop is just the ticket.

Valentine Gift Voucher
Not sure what to get your scuba diving partner? Why not give them a scuba gift voucher? Completely customisable, just contact the staff, provide the details or let their imagination run wild for you!

Introducing The All New Website

It has been a good few weeks in the planning and development but we are proud of the results!

We wanted to shake things up for 2013 and decided a good image overhall was a great place to start.

The site is now much easier to navigate and packed full of great information and offers. We still have our online shop to sort but that is already under construction.

I hope you agree the slide show in the middle of the main page really brings to life the Malta Holiday we have running in April (13th – 20th), the Red Sea Holiday on the amazing Sea Serpent (4th – 11th October).

There is nothing like having that sun and warm water to look forward too!

Highlights include the unique PADI UK Speciality bundle that saves you over £300 and the recently launched PADI UK Dry Speciality bundle providing even more savings and the opportunity to complete some amazing dry speciality courses during these winter months.

So please, pop onto the new website and let me know what you think.