Archive for August 2012 | Monthly archive page
EXPLORATION, adventure, discovery and conservation – those are the hallmarks of National Geographic and they are at the heart the PADI National Geographic Diver Specialty programme this September.
The National Geographic Society’s contribution to underwater exploration dates back to 1926 when National Geographic magazine published the first underwater colour photographs taken by photographer Charles Martin.
In the 1950s, the society began a long-standing relationship with Jacques Cousteau. The tradition continues today with the society supporting filmmaker James Cameron for his Deepsea Challenger expedition to the deepest place in the ocean, the Mariana Trench, in March.
For the National Geographic Society, “exploration is curiosity”. And knowing you are a curious bunch when it comes to diving, we think it’s time for you to see why we are one of just a handful of operations across the country chosen to be a National Geographic Dive Centre and sign up to complete your specialty. → Read more
“Every great journey begins with but a small step,” so the saying goes.
And some of you have already taken the hardest one, walking through our doors for the first time to pay your deposit, book your Open Water Diver course and take away your manual.
Now it’s time to let the team of instructors at Aquasport International show you the rest of the way by completing your scuba diver training with us this September.
With a variety of different ways to complete your training you could be a certified scuba diver in as little as two weekends. So why not take the plunge?
The holiday season may be nearing an end, but with predictions of a late summer and water temperatures at their highest all year, this month is a perfect time to break from the shackles of work, put the economic gloom behind you and fulfil the dream that first brought you through the doors of Aquasport.
Whether you are planning an exotic far-flung holiday on a tropical island fringed by colourful corals, want to explore the spectacle of the British coast or just fancy diving because it’s different, your lifetime of adventure starts with the PADI Open Water Diver programme.
Recognised around the world, the certification will allow you to dive with a buddy to a recommended maximum depth of 18m, and if you are feeling confident enough, without the assistance of an instructor.
While we may be in landlocked Birmingham, Aquasport International can offer you the closest thing to tropical waters to complete your training. As the only purpose-built dive centre in the West Midlands, we have an on-site private training pool – heated to an Egypt-like 31C – designed to make your entry into the world of diving as easy as possible.
Aquasport’s 5 Star Instructor Development and National Geographic Dive Centre (yep it’s a mouthful but it shows we mean business when it comes to training divers) is the only centre in the Midlands able to offer a variety of different ways for you to complete your training.
Our Open Water Fastrack can take you from compete novice to certified diver in as little as two weekends. For those who fancy a more leisurely approach, we offer the Open Water Midweek Modular course. Or if you are running out of time before jetting off on holiday, you can complete all of the theory and pool training over one weekend with our Open Water referral.
And don’t worry if you have hit a hurdle while reading through your manual, just ask us for help when you book your course. After all, that’s what we are here for.
For more information about learning to dive with Aquasport click here
To book couldn’t be any easier, just call us on 0121 706 6628, book online or pop into the centre and one of our staff will be happy to chat about the options open to you.
IT has been a long time since a new piece of kit proved to be such a massive talking point – but the Whites dry suits have certainly grabbed the attention of Aquasport divers.
With their revolutionary new design, it’s not hard to see why.
That’s because when designing their dual-layered Fusion dry suit Whites decided to fly in the face of tradition and come up with something so radical that it would defy expectations.
Its Thermal Fusion undersuit has proved such a hit that it was honoured with a prestigious Best in Show award at DEMA dive show last year.
It really is a game-changer. And that is a bold statement from a centre that stocks DUI, O’Three and Oceanic dry suits. That is why Aquasport has decided to become a Whites dealer.
You have just surfaced after a dive, the smile of satisfaction at a successful exploration beneath the waves written across your face, when you spot another diver in a panic flailing their arms in a desperate attempt to stay afloat.
You are the closest help they have – but would you be prepared to step forward and assist – and more importantly would you know what to do?
If the answer is “maybe”, “haven’t a clue”, or “I’d be too afraid to step in so they’re on their own” then perhaps it’s time you looked at completing your PADI Rescue Diver course with Aquasport International.
“Challenging” and “rewarding” are the words PADI say best describe the Rescue Diver programme. Ask anyone else at Aquasport and they will tell you it is the course they’ve had the most fun on.
IT’S time to ‘get wrecked’ with Aquasport this September with trips to two of the premier wreck diving hotspots on the south coast promising to yield hidden treasures.
Whether you like you wrecks loaded with history or home to an unrivalled colony of marine life, the ‘Fish and Ships’ weekend in Plymouth on September 1st and 2nd offers plenty to discover for new and experienced divers alike.
The big draws are typically the ones you have heard of – the HMS Scylla and the James Eagan Layne. But what about discovering the mysteries of the Elk. the Persier or the Rosehill?
And if you need another fix, there are still spaces available on the boats when we return to our favourite destination of Portland for another weekend of diving on September 22nd and 23rd.
FLUTTER kicks. Frog kicking. Helicopter turns. And those big powerful strokes your instructor got you to do in your Open Water course.
Whichever way you do it, sometimes finning can just be a pain. But if you’ve ever tried dragging yourself through the water using just your arms, you’ll know there is no other option. Or is there?
Diver propulsion vehicles (DPVs) offer a thrilling way of gliding through the water like a dolphin – just turn on and hold tight.
The scuba scooters are ideal for diving buddies looking to enhance their underwater exploration, cover wider areas and see more stuff and the PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty at Aquasport is a perfect way to get to grips with a new piece of kit – and liven up your club night diving at Dosthill. → Read more