Where can I learn to dive, how much and how long will it take?
run Ocean Diver courses five times a year. Our Diver Training takes place in the Winter months. Our next course starts on Wednesday 25th March 09. The training will take place on a Wednesday evening between 7.30pm and 9.15pm. The pool session training will consist of lectures and scuba instructing in the pool, under the supervision of several experienced BSAC Scuba Diving Instructors. The Scuba Diving course will cover basis theory, basic skills and physiology. The pool training will last approximately six weeks. The course will also cover the use of mixed gas diving (Nitrox) A breathing gas used for diving with an oxygen content greater than that of air (21%). After your basic pool training, you will progress to Carlingford or Strangford Lough where five dives will be undertaken in a sheltered and controlled environment. These dives will be on a Sunday morning, under strict supervision. Our
next course will start in early September 08.
There is an initial
cost of £140.00, which includes training. You will also automatically have BSAC Membership. This membership includes insurance and the monthly issue of "DiveMagazine". Thereafter there is a monthly direct debt charge of £40.00. This charge covers the use of the club boats, all the Nitrox you require, filling of your tanks and the weekly use of Newry Swimming Pool for you and your family between 7.30pm and 9.00pm. Payment
can also be made by Credit Card. During your training it is expected that
you would attend the week-end dive in order to see what takes place during
Upon you qualifying
as an Ocean Diver, you will be certified and given a British Sub Aqua Club
Licence. This licence will enable you to hire equipment and or dive anywhere in the world to a depth of 20 metres. Subsequently
there are additional courses available. Sports Diver, Dive Leader, Advanced
Diver,First Class Diver, and an extensive amount of Technical Diving Courses,
which would enable the right person with the correct training and skills
to dive to 80 metres. There are Technical agencies that allow depths
greater than this to be dived. The current dive record for recreational
diving is 342 metres.
What about diving gear and what sort of money will the gear cost?
For your pool training, we
can lend you all of the gear that you will require, however if you are
really serious about this sport then it is only natural and inevitable that
you will require your own gear. We have a great relationship with
Collins and Chambers in London Tel: 0208 9850752 (Tony Collins), who sell
first class fully serviced quality second hand gear at unbelievable knock
down prices. Where else could you pick up a 1st class set of regulators,
fully serviced and guaranteed for as little as a £175.00?
Please speak to
your Instructor, before you purchase any equipment, as you may end up purchasing
equipment that is wrong for our type of diving. The cost of your diving suit, will be around £500 depending on the quality. (Chris Hammond at Hammond Drysuits has done a deal with our Club to supply their 580 Pro at £440.00) The Scuba equipment will be around £500.00. An 18 Litre tank is £255.00.
Buying second hand would be around 60% cheaper, subject to availability.
We can offer a "Try Dive" most Wednesday evenings, so if you are interested please call, or forward an e-mail,
where we can answer any questions that you may have.
Peter McCamley 07836774694
Diving Equipment Suppliers
Collins & Chambers
London E8 3QF
Tel: 0208 9850752
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