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Dive Club Newsletter

Project Aware Fund Raising Event Dive Club Meeting Club Members Benefits Next Dive Club Meeting Swimming Pool Sessions Course Diary Latest Qualifications UK Sea diving on club trips Guided Sea Dives Club Events and Trips Calendar Club Trips for 2012

May 2012 Volume 7 Issue 4

18-20 Greasbrough Road, Parkgate, Rotherham, S62 6HN 01709 525480

Project Aware Fund Raising Event

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We are holding a fund raising event at the dive centre on Saturday the 19th of May, to help raise vital funds to help Project Aware in its mission to protect the world’s aquatic environment for future generations. This is a ticket only event! Tickets are now on sale at the dive centre priced Adults £6 Children £3 under 4 yrs old free

Your Help is needed
In order to make this event a success we would like donations of any unwanted gifts and other items that can be used as raffle prizes or as items that can be sold in the auction. Any help would be appreciated as we have a target of £1,000 that we would like reach.

Raffle tickets now on sale
Raffle tickets only 50p a strip are now sale at the dive centre. 1st prize, deluxe food hamper 2nd prize, try dive pool session for two. 3rd prize bottle of martini 4th bottle of wine

Dive Club Meeting

Thursday 26h April 2012 Chaired By Mrs Alison Smallwood

Interest in this year’s club trips with members reserving their places, which now leaves us with only limited available on some of the trips. We have also added some extra club trips so please check out the list of Club Trips for 2012, towards the end of this

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If you are interested in joining us, on any trip which still has spaces available, please bring £10 per trip to make your reservation to either the next meeting, or drop it off at the dive shop.

Club Membership Fees
Any Outstanding Club Membership fees for 2012 are now due, please pay at the next club meeting or drop your £12 into the dive centre.

Next Dive Club Meeting
Thursday 26th April 2012 - 7.30pm onwards at the Ring O Bells, Church Street, Swinton, Rotherham, S64 8EG.

Club Members Benefits
With your club membership you can save many times the low £12 annual fee.  Discount on the specialty of the month.

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Now £1 off Air and Nitrox fills in our shop. Use of the swimming pool every other Sunday for £5, during the pool sessions, provided you have own equipment, £10 including full equipment hire.

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Members discount on Items purchased in the Dream Divers Shop 10% Discount on regulator and cylinder servicing

Swimming Pool Sessions
At Chapeltown Swimming Pool
As Dive Club members, you can use the pool for only £5 per person, during our pool sessions, using your own kit, or just £10 per person including rental of full kit. So whether you just want to refresh your skills, have a piece of new kit to try out or just having that burning desire to get wet.

Call the dive centre to book your place.
Next Sessions

20th May 5:30pm to 7:30pm 3rd June 5:30pm to 7:30pm 24th June 5:30pm to 7:30pm

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Course Diary

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To help you plan your diving training we are now going to list the scheduled specialty and other courses, over the next few months.

Next Available PADI Open Water Diver Course

Are you interested in taking any of these courses?
Please contact the dive centre on 01709 525480 ASAP to book.

The classroom theory sessions can be arranged to suit students or you can study this section of the course online using PADI eLearning Materials. Confined Water Training Sessions at Chapeltown Pool: 20th May, 3rd June, and 24th June Open Water Sessions: 30th June and 1st July Alternatively the next available course after this has the following dates Confined Water Training Sessions at Chapeltown Pool: 15th July, 5th August, 19th August Open Water Sessions: 25th and 26th August

Specialty Courses
PADI Drysuit Course

Date: 26th may at Capernwray Cost: £95
PADI Coral Reef Conservation Course

Date: Friday 18th may at dive centre Cost: £65.00.

PADI Rescue Diver Course

“Challenging and rewarding”, these are the most commonly used words that participants use to describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. This course will expand your knowledge and experience level. Dates: 20th May in the pool and 2nd June at Rother Valley Country Park Cost: £245
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Dates: Starting 23rd June at Capernwray Cost: £245

PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course

Gain valuable experience of diving between 18 and 40 metres, under the direct supervision of a professional PADI Instructor. Dates: 14th and 15th at Stoney Cove Cost: £165 Dream Divers Club members special price of only £145

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Other Courses
In addition to the courses listed above we can arrange to run any additional specialty courses you are interested in taking. Also we are continuously running PADI Open Water Diver Courses, so if you have family or friends who want to learn to dive.

PADI Professional Courses
PADI Divemaster Internship

For any suitably qualified divers (minimum of PADI Rescue Diver) wishing to start their journey to becoming a qualified PADI Professional, we are looking for suitable candidates for our PADI Divemaster Internship program; if this is you contact John or Alison for full details. Dream Divers currently have several trainee Divemasters progressing through our internship program, at all stages from just starting all the way through to nearly qualifying as a PADI Divemaster and achieving the prestigious status of being a qualified PADI professional..
PADI Assistant Instructor Course

Tom and Mark Practicing their Divemaster Skills Photo:John D Smallwood

For qualified PADI Divemasters, wishing to take the next step to becoming a fully qualified scuba instructor, we will be starting our next Assistant Instructor course soon, so please contact John or Alison for full details.
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course

For qualified PADI assistant instructors, wanting to advance to the next level and train to be full qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors (OWSI), Please contact John, Alison or Mark for more information.
PADI Instructor Development Course

This course combines the Assistant instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor courses, taking you all the way from Divemaster level to been fully prepared to sit the PADI instructor exams. Please contact John, Alison or Mark for more information.

Latest Qualifications
Three New Wreck Divers

Congratulations to Ryan, Callum & Mick on completing their PADI Wreck Diver Speciality course at Stoney Cove.
Another successful EFR with AED course

Congratulations to Andy, Neal & Bob on completing their EFR Course Including A.E.D, prior to moving on to the PADI Rescue Course.

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UK Sea diving on club trips

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We don’t mind planning club trip so we can all enjoy some of the great sea diving that the UK has to offer, but as qualified divers you need to be accountable for the following.
Have you practiced your basic diving skills lately?

Sea diving in UK waters can be sometimes challenging so before joining one of our club trips it is important that you have refreshed your basic scuba diving skills this is especially important if you haven’t dived in quite a while. So prior to the trip you must ensure that you come to an inland dive site, to practice your basic skills: Descending  Ascending  Buoyancy  Navigation etc Dream Dives are regularly at Capernwray or Stoney Cove during weekends, and are quite often joined by club members practicing their diving skills, so if you need a buddy just ask at a club meeting, or in the dive shop I am sure you will find one. Additionally if you haven’t dived for over six month I would recommend doing a Scuba Review where you can practice and run through the basic dive skills under the expert guidance of a PADI Professional.
Kit configuration

It is also important that you know your own weighting, you all have log books and you should refer back to the weight you previously used. This is one of the reasons it is important to log each and every dive in your log book. If you have a new piece of Kit, a boat dive in the sea is not the place to try it out! Come to one of our regular pool sessions or visit one of the inland sites to test it first.

On average you burn off 1000 calories scuba diving, so the level of fitness required is completely different to walking, biking etc... You need to be accountable for your own fitness.
Boat briefings
Photo John D Smallwood

On the boat the skipper will usually give a briefing before each dive, listen and follow his instructions especially regarding safety and the deployment of DSMB’s. They are experts in the local conditions and will give basic information about the dive site. If you and your buddy want guided dives please arrange this before the start of the club trip as they are subject to a PADI professional being available on the trip (See Guided Sea Dives), otherwise as qualified divers you and your buddy are free to plan and enjoy your dives exploring the dive site together within the limits of your training and experience.

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Guided Sea Dives
We are now offering guided sea dives for anyone who has not been on a boat before or been in the sea for the price of £25.00 per day for a PADI professional to take you diving. On our trips we will put the names of the Divemasters and Instructors who will be willing to take you on a guided dive and you pay the £25.00 to the Divemaster / instructor direct to contribute towards their trip cost. This will enable you to have peace of mind that you can conduct a buoyancy check and be shown all the fabulous critters underwater.

Club Events and Trips Calendar

If you have any other ideas for club trips for next year, please let us know at the next club meeting, so we can organise and book boats etc... This is because we need to book early to ensure that we can have access to the best boats at each destination. If you want to secure a place these trips you must bring £10 per trip to the meeting otherwise your name cannot be put down to reserve a place. Anyone who pays a deposit and revokes must pay for the trip in full if you do not find anyone to take your place as we have to book and pay for our boats in advance.

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Club Trips for 2012 June 2012
Location Dates Trip Details

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PorthKerris - Cornwall
16th - 17th June

£110.00 for 4 dives (2 Dives per Day) including lunch on the Cat Maximum 12 divers. Suitable for Advanced Open Water Divers and above.

Places Left

Full Pymouth
21st and 22nd

July 2012
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4 dives (2 Dives per Day) £90 for two days diving includes hot food and drinks on a hard boat with diver lift.

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4 places left St Abbs
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August

August 2012
Location Dates Trip Details Places Left

Diving from a Hard-boat only £50 for 4 dives (2 dives per day). We can arrange a 2nd boat so 11 places left

September 2012
Location Dates Trip Details Places Left

8th -9th September

£100 for the trip on Large Rib with diver lift. Maximum 10 divers. Suitable for Advanced Open Water Divers and above. Full

October 2012

Egypt TBC

Dates Depart around 13th October actual dates TBC. Trip Details

We are also planning to run several day trips to the Farne Islands during the Year.