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Posts Tagged ‘Schools’

Oyster Diving

OK. I’ve chosen which organisation to ‘do’ the DM course with. And it was a close run thing. In the end proximity, professionalism and friendliness were the determining factors. Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing a dive training organisation

You will never know until you have signed up.

Yup, of course the really bad ones will be obvious. But frankly most competent dive operations are better than good: they are excellent. They have to be. Running a diving operation in the UK is an adventure in operational and financial management. Anyone who can make a success of training divers in cold soup (most UK dive environments outside of late July – September) is a star. There are very good reasons to learn (and dive ) in the UK. We have a wealth of wrecks, fantastic scenery and good facilities. But the James Egan Lane (Plymouth) on a weekend will never match the experience of the Thistlegorm (Red Sea). Read the rest of this entry »

What to look for in a training organisation

Choosing a training organisation is very personal. Your eventual choice will be coloured by what you want to achieve from diving. Someone looking for deep diving in the UK has different needs to someone who focuses on exploring tropical reefs at moderate depth. Personality comes into it: do you like the instructors/club/school? Do you trust them? You may prefer the company of a charismatic trainer but will they do as good a job as the less extrovert, methodical and professional OWI? In the end it is your call. I am just about to select an organisation for my PADI Divemaster training and these are the things I am looking out for:

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