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I know what you are thinking. “We haven’t even opened our Christmas presents or bid farewell to 2012 and Vini is already talking about next year.”

But time waits for no man as they say, and at Aquasport we’re looking forward to an exciting start to 2013. We’re already planning our  trips, an exciting range of new courses and some new club initiatives, more on that will come later this month.

To kick start the year we have a great offer for Club Aquasport members: The new Night Diver Try Dive in our heated training pool. It’s designed for those interested in the PADI Night Diver Specialty training programme but who want to know what it will be like diving in the dark.

Meanwhile, for those who want to learn to dive but don’t want to brave the cold waters of the UK this winter, our PADI Open Water referral programme is just the ticket. It allows you to get ready without having to venture from our classroom or 31C heated pool. An ideal winter warmer, the referral programme starts every weekend.

We also have a PADI Rescue Diver programme starting on January 19th. The skills will help you prevent and prepare for diving emergencies. With this qualification you could easily find yourself the most popular buddy on the boat with people wanting to take the plunge with a Rescue Diver. In a recent survey of Aquasport divers’ favourite cert card it proved a popular choice.

For more information on all of these initiatives read on.

While it may sound eerie, diving at night is one of the best experiences you could have underwater. Dive sites take on a whole new life once the sun has gone down with noctural critters coming out to feast.

The Night Diver Try Dive is Aquasport’s latest idea to give you an idea of what it’s like to be underwater in the dark. We have been running scuba try dives for years and this year we introduced technical try dives with twinsets, sidemounts and rebreathers. Now comes Night Diver Try Dive.

One of the biggest issues we’ve identified is that divers are interested in the training programme but they are a little worried because they don’t know what to expect. We appreciate that. If we are honest, we’re all fearful of the unknown some times.

But worry no more because this January we will be running the Night Diver Try Dive for club members. The plan is simple, we will give you an overview of the skills and procedures of night diving before plunging you into our heated training pool. The lights will be turned off to give you perfect opportunity to see why we all rave about diving in the dark. Full details on the event are coming soon. For more information on the Night Diver Programme, click here.

For budding divers, our PADI Open Water Diver Referral Programme is an ideal way to start your journey of discovery without having to brave the cold. I know for some of you the idea of learning to dive in this weather is probably the last thing you’re thinking about.

But what if we could promise waters warmer than those surrounding the tropical Cayman Islands in the Caribbean and much, much warmer than Egypt’s Red Sea right now? And what if we said you could do it all under one roof – in our on-site heated pool and multi-media classrooms – where you can forget about that chilly weather outside?

Sounds tempting now, doesn’t it? The PADI Open Water Diver referral programme is your perfect introduction to scuba. It allows you to develop an understanding of the theory behind diving and practise your skills in our training pool.

We cover each of the five modules from the PADI Open Water Diver manual in one of our classrooms before stepping into our pool area – there’s no need to drive to a council swimming pool with us – where you will learn the practical skills needed to allow you to dive safely.

Once your skills and knowledge are up to scratch you will be ready to complete your open water dives at a PADI centre in the tropical location of your choice. The programme starts every weekend in January.

And finally for our more experienced divers we have the PADI Rescue Diver course starting on January 19th.

“Challenging” and “rewarding” are the words PADI say best describe the Rescue Diver programme. Ask anyone at Aquasport and they will tell you it is the course they’ve had the most fun on.

In our Facebook survey of your favourite cert cards, one Aquasport diver said: “I loved the rescue diver….very memorable to say the least.” Another added: “It pushed me to be a more responsible diver” and a third described it as perfect for learning how to “drag my buddy out of the water in the event of an emergency and helping me to feel safe in it”.

With the Rescue Diver programme you will enhance your skills of self-rescue; discover how to recognize and manage stress in yourself and other divers; practice rescuing panicked divers and look at emergency management and equipment. You’ll begin to develop the art of teamwork as you learn how to search for, recover and rescue an unresponsive diver from underwater.

And while the pressure may be on, you’ll be rewarded with a new-found sense of confidence in your abilities to step in and help, whether it is to save someone’s life or help them overcome their own anxieties on a dive. For more details, click here.

So as you can see, it’s already gearing up to be a good year. Roll on January 4th.

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