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Posts Tagged ‘Wraysbury’

Mapping Project

As far as Divemaster Qualification goes, the Bible is the Instructor manual. For the ‘Mapping Project’, the Bible is a bit vague. Certainly it tells you what to do but does not give any indication of scores or standard. The Divemaster Candidate Information and Evaluation Form isn’t much more help. To pass the standard is ‘verified adequate’. The result is wide variation on what is judged as ‘adequate’. I have seen every interpretation, from simple line drawings to charts that would put the UK’s Hydrographic Office to shame. Read the rest of this entry »

Advanced Open Water

Preparing for our annual family trip to the South of France started early. Getting Ryan and Scott qualified as PADI Advanced Open Water divers was vital for us to get the most of our time at Collioure, a sleepy French fishing village on the Cote Vermeille.

So last weekend the boys donned their wetsuits in anger only to find that growth spurts matter: Scott got Ryan’s old suit and I’m left dipping in my pocket for a suit that is likely to last just one season. Read the rest of this entry »

First Divemaster

Oyster Diving, PADI Open Water Course

Mark Briefs the Open Water Course before their first dive

Wraysbury is convenient, has good conditions for Open Water training dives. But it is noisy.

Every 90 seconds an airliner loaded with passengers takes off from Heathrow. And this morning they were flying directly overhead. But that is the only complaint I have about an extremely good morning.

This was the first time I had acted as surface cover Divemaster, indeed the first time I’ve acted as Divemaster at all! (Although I had been a BSAC Dive Marshall once). Read the rest of this entry »

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