0Posted by Submission on March 12, 2010 at 11:53 am
There are plenty of divers out there who have completed a couple of PADI Specialty Courses. In fact, loads of you who took us up on the Free PADI Coral Reef Conservation Specialty last year will have at least one. Why not consider taking the Master Scuba Diver Challenge? Make 2010 the year that you become one of only a few divers in Sub-Mission Dive Club that holds the prestigious PADI Master Scuba Diver qualification. This certification demonstrates your scuba experience, your specialisation in several areas of diving and is the highest rating that you can achieve without becoming a PADI Professional.
To earn the rating you must complete 5 PADI Specialty Courses, you must complete the PADI Rescue Diver Course and have 50 logged dives. So, if you’ve already got a Specialty or two then you’re already on your way.
To reward such achievement you will be entered into the PADI Master Scuba Diver Challenge competition with the chance to win a monthly prize draw as well as a yearly prize draw to win £500 of diving courtesy of PADI as well as Master Scuba Diver of the Year. Every new Master Scuba Diver will also have their name appear in the Sport Diver magazine and we will add their story to the blog. So take up the Master Scuba Diver challenge this year and contact Katy to let her know which PADI Specialties you want to get involved.
Sub-Mission are very excited about the launch of the new Flickr account. This is sure to be a fanatastic way of sharing all of our diving photos and videos. What’s more it’s easy to follow and maybe set up your very own Flickr page to share your diving experiences with others.
How many social networking sites is Katy going to set up!!! I guess she’ll have to priortise her time between facebook & flickr now.
0Posted by Submission on March 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm
During your PADI Courses so far, you will have learnt that should a dive incident arise the use of Oxygen is heavily encouraged. Have you ever thought about how you would actually do this? Statistics show that within the dive community, fewer than 50 percent of injured divers receive emergency oxygen on site. Of those, fewer still receive any where near the recommended 100 percent.
The Course will teach you to recognise symptoms of diving emergencies such as near drowning, lung overexpansion injuries and decompression sickness enabling you to diagnose whether emergency oxygen is required. You will get hands on experience of different types of oxygen delivery systems and learn situations in which each different type is more or less effective.
As you are all more than aware, I am an ardent non fish eater. I also rant a lot about eating only sustainable fish and shellfish but I want to draw to your attention the desperate state of a species that is believed to be extinct by the end of the year. Yes, that’s correct – completely wiped out. The Atlantic Bluefin tuna is so close to extinction that Mitsubishi (yes the car manufacturer) have actually started stock piling this species ready for when they are extinct. The blue fin tuna is so rare that several months ago, one fish sold for £111,000. So imagine when they are actually extinct what Mitsubishi will be able to command for each fish. Unfortunately, this is the politics and economics of extinction.
2010 is a crucial year for the blue fin and our actions could have a positive effect. Firstly, please continue to ensure that when you buy fish you choose those species sourced from sustainable stock. This will increase the scale of the fisheries that do adhere to the rules and manage their by catch. It also continues to support their businesses and will hopefully in turn encourage more fishermen to get involved. More importantly, please just be aware of the plight of the Bluefin Tuna. Get involved, sign petitions and boycott restaurants that are serving this dish. I’ll try and get a petition on here for you all to sign. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
0Posted by Submission on March 7, 2010 at 11:06 am
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to scuba dive with no bubbles and no noise? Do you like the idea of staying underwater for longer? Would you love the opportunity to try out a rebreather? If you answered ‘Yes’ then sign up for one of our Rebreather ‘Try Dive’ nights.
Sub-Mission will have the Poseidon Cis-Lunar rebreather available for you to trial. As you may be aware, this is the world’s first truly recreational rebreather so you’ll find it easy and fun to use.
If you’re interested in something a little different, then you could trial the Inspiration, the Evolution or the Megalodon. Sub-Mission has teamed up with M-R Diving in order to be able to offer you these great experiences.
These sessions will include a full briefing and debriefing, all rebreather equipment provided, 20 minutes in the pool on the unit with an Instructor.
We are offering the rebreather ‘Try Dives’ for a special price of £15 per person and initially they will be conducted on a Wednesday evening at our Blythe Bridge pool. Please contact Katy to put your name down.
0Posted by Submission on March 7, 2010 at 11:05 am
Sub-Mission ‘Gone Diving ‘
Introducing Sub-Mission’s ‘Gone Diving Activities’ – The staff at Sub-Mission Dive Centre have been tasked with organising a monthly ‘Gone Diving’ activity to ensure we have an action packed diving calendar this year. Each month a different member of staff will be organizing a different club activity, from paintballing to bowling, inland dives to coastal trips, chamber dives to rebreather try dives.
Sub-Mission will be adding in additional activities to ensure every club member has an adventure to excite them. If you want to get more out of diving this year, be sure to keep an eye on the monthly events calendar.
To kick start the dive season, Darren is organising a “Gone Diving” day at Stoney Cove on Sunday 28th March. This is a great opportunity to dust off the winter cobwebs and ease yourself into 2010’s diving calendar. March’s “Gone Diving” is open to all divers regardless of certification level and experience, as there will be a great mixture of different dive profiles to choose from. The staff of Sub-Mission will be on hand to offer advice and dive planning for those wishing to do their own thing. If you’re less confident or feel that you need a little more assistance, why not join us for a guided dive? What’s more, this service is FREE to all dive club members. You only need pay site entrance and kit hire fees if required. If you have been out of the water for a while make sure you get in touch to arrange a PADI Scuba Review to ensure your skills and knowledge are fresh!! If you are interested in joining us on what will be a action-packed, exciting & fun day out, please get in touch.
0Posted by Submission on March 7, 2010 at 10:18 am
There’s going to be some longer dive profiles this dive season for 6 more recently certified PADI Enriched Air Specialty Divers. Kelly, James, John D, John P, Bill and Del all qualified yesterday to use and dive with Enriched Air. They were able to witness enriched air blending from using gas blending software, partial pressure filling and hands on experience of analysing Enriched Air mixes. They also got to grips with the Enriched Air dive tables and dive planning. It was a great day and the students were a pleasure to teach. So now they’re all just waiting for the water to warm up a little so that they can make the most of their extended bottom times. Congratulations to you all, PADI Enriched Air Specialty Divers.
Sub-Mission Dive Club visited the Hyperbaric Chamber at the Wirral yesterday (as a club trip out, not as a result of an unfortunate diving accident). Katy took the club to the Chamber for what was a really informative day out. The ever-charismatic Dave gave a great presentation, which covered topics such as the hyperbaric facility and its role, the treatment process for Decompression Illness as well as a discussions regarding Insurance and hyperbaric facilities at Open Water sites.
This was followed by a dry dive in the chamber to 50m. The club got to experience the hilarious effects of nitrogen narcosis, whilst sounding like smurfs. There were several comments that Katy didn’t sound any different. It was a fantastic day out and we would like to thank the hyperbaric facility for putting up with us all, especially Katy.
Are you looking for some really deep adventure? Are you hoping to kick the Dive season off with a few exciting and adrenaline filled dives? Then why not join Sub-Mission for the next PADI Deep Diver Specialty? This course will take place at Stoney Cove on the 27th and 28th March and is your ticket to deeper diving this Dive Season. Upon completion of the Course you will have learnt techniques to plan, set-up and dive to a maximum depth of 40 metres. The PADI Deep Diver Specialty also covers additional considerations such as increased air consumption, exposure protection changes, nitrogen narcosis and shorter no-decompression limits.
This is an exhilarating and challenging specialty so sign up today. To book onto the PADI Deep Diver Specialty, please contact Katy on 01782 207474.
0Posted by Submission on February 28, 2010 at 10:45 am
Congratulations are in order to all those that succesfully completed the PADI EFR (Emergency First Reponse) course at the weekend. We can’t stress enough how important vital first aid skills can be in making a real difference to someone’s life.
As you may be aware, Darren attributes the fast action and knowledge of 2 members of the public, Tom & John, who performed First Aid & CPR on his dad, to his survial and recovery.Without these skills the outcome would surely have been very different.
So well done to Naomi, Rob, Simon, Phil, Keeley, Garry, Colin, Martin & Chris. Let’s hope you never need to use you new found skills, but if you do, you know you can make a real difference.