How many of you out there have wondered in awe at the marvels seen on the blue planet and similar tv series? How many of you have thought to yourself I would love to have a go at scuba diving so I could get a little closer to the underwater action? How many of you have thought to yourselves ‘’ I’m going to have a go at that one day’’?
It has never been easier to have a go………………….so what’s your excuse. I have been diving since I was a young school leaver but had always dreamt of turning it into a profession bút never thought the opportunity would ever crop up. To be honest it never would have all the time I had the mindset of ”I’ll do that one day’’. In the end I just did it and have never looked back since. I love my job and all that it encompasses. So, if I can do it then so can you!
All of our Pools are easily accessible either by public transport or by car and we have schedules to suit even the busiest of timetables so it doesn’t matter how busy you are, if it’s on your bucket list, then you need to give us a call. The oceans cover almost 80% of our planet so there is quite literally a whole new world out there waiting to be discovered. Don’t let time slip by with easy fixes on your bucket list.
The oceanic world is out there waiting to be enjoyed by everyone and it’s just a simple call or email away. Many also think it’s about the money and it is a very elitest sport. Well you couldn’t be more wrong. There are many affordable ways of learning to scuba dive and it is considerably cheaper than a new set of golf clubs or bicycle and what’s more is that the license then lasts a lifetime. You can, with PADI, literally go anywhere in the world and experience the true beauty that our oceans have to offer.
Astronauts use Scuba diving to train to go to the moon and beyond because the weightless feeling you experience whist scuba diving is so similar to the feeling experienced on the space station or face of the moon it allows them the opportunity to practise skills they will need when exploring space. How cool is that? You actually get the chance to feel like a spaceman too!
Age is no excuse either, our youngest students are only 8 years old and our eldest club members are almost 80, still diving regularly. In fact they have just returned from an amazing dive trip to Tanzania where they were still able to experience things they had never experienced before! (see earlier blog about their adventures.)
So, what are you waiting for? Get that ‘bucket list out’ and tick it off. Call us anytime to book your discover scuba diving experience.
Everything You Need to Know About World Turtle Day
The 23rd of May is an important day for divers, environmentalists and animal activists around the world. It’s World Turtle Day! This special day has been created to raise awareness and respect for turtles and tortoises, encouraging people worldwide to take action and care for their environments. World Turtle Day recognises the struggles turtles are experiencing daily and how they are almost on the edge of extinction due to environmental hazards, pollution, and the hunting and harvesting of their eggs.
So, what better way to raise awareness of turtles than by celebrating World Turtle Day and reminding ourselves that there is more we could be doing to protect these wonderful creatures.
How Do People Celebrate World Turtle Day?
World Turtle Day is celebrated globally in many ways. Some people will dress up as turtles, clean beaches, or raise awareness in the classroom through craft projects and education. It is important you do everything you can in your area to promote the protection of turtles. If there are no immediate activities or initiatives being taken in your area, why not coordinate some activities with local aquariums, pet stores or nature groups to raise awareness for turtles and the protection they need?
However you celebrate World Turtle Day, make sure you do it in style and you understand why these incredible creatures need our support, protection and care.
The Environmental Risks Turtles Face Daily
Although many species of turtle are at risk of extinction, none are so acutely in danger as sea turtles. Just as their name suggests, sea turtles live in the sea and spend most of their time cruising around in the water. However, unlike other turtles they cannot retract their heads or legs into their shell, making them more vulnerable.
Sea turtles suffer numerous threats, but they aren’t necessarily from other fish. The main threats sea turtles face are from humans! We use their eggs, meat, skin and shells for food and making money. All parts of the sea turtle are valuable and therefore, they are frequently victims of poaching and overfishing. What’s more, their safe havens on our beaches are being destroyed by global warming and these turtles are finding it increasingly difficult to find a safe place to rest and lay their eggs.
It is difficult to count just how many turtles have been hit by automobiles in the past few years as they cross roads and beaches to find safe places to nest. Beaches that used to provide them an uninterrupted sanctuary are now heaving with people and are situated close to main roads.
Close to Extinction
Many species of turtles are in danger of becoming extinct due to their rapidly dwindling numbers, inability to find suitable breeding environments, and lack of pollutant-free spaces. In light of this awful wake-up call, May 23rd has been dedicated as World Turtle Day.
Founded in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue, World Turtle Day focuses on raising awareness of the daily troubles turtles face. As the American Tortoise Rescue co-founder, Susan Tellem declared:
“World Turtle Day was started to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures[…]These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, global warming and the cruel pet trade.”
She adds that the ultimate goal of World Turtle Day, “is to stop the illegal trade in turtles and tortoises around the world.”
And slowly but surely, by raising awareness and educating people about turtles, we are all playing our part in helping this incredible species thrive and flourish.
Find Out More
If you would like to find out more about turtles, click here. Alternatively, if you would like to find out how our team at Oyster Diving are doing their bit to save the environment and educate others about turtles, click here.
We hope that on the 23rd of May you will remember it’s World Turtle Day and you will do everything you can for turtles around the world! If we all work together, we can make a huge difference.
I had a lovely weekend in Oxford and really enjoyed teaching the students and teachers of Rye St. Antony, a lovely private school based in Oxford. They asked us to complete the PADI open water referral for them so that when they went to Honduras on the summer school trip they had the ‘boring’ part of the PADI course already completed.
Saturday 14th April 2018
Mark, our instructor, started the course off by doing some basic theory in one of the classrooms. While he was doing that myself and Scuba Paul, the other instructor were busy placing all of the dive kit by the side of the schools’ outdoor heated pool.
After successfully completing the first knowledge reviews and quizzes the students came down to pool where we showed them how to set up their equipment. It wasn’t long before they were jumping in the pool and started the process of learning to dive. The pool was heated to a balmy 31 degrees and the sun shone for the entire duration of the confined water session.
With the shallow water skills successfully completed and the students familiar with their dive kit, we headed to the 3m deep end of the pool. We finished of the open water diver skills which include d removing and replacing the scuba equipment on the surface and underwater, learning how to become weightless, how to clear water out of the mask and what to do if you are irresponsible enough to run out of air.
After a good 4 hours in the pool we sat on the grass and enjoyed a well-earned packed lunch while soaking some more of the sun’s rays.
For the rest of the afternoon we watched another of the PADI videos and completed section 2 of the theory.
Looking at and hearing the students when they were being collected by their parents you could clearly tell that they had really enjoyed their day, found it interesting and very rewarding. They were clearly looking tired as they had been both mentally and physically challenged. The course continues tomorrow….
Sunday 15th April
A nice leisurely 9.30am start and we resumed our diving course in the classroom. All of the girls commented on how early they went to bed and how well they slept. We find that this is always the case when we teach at schools and parents are always very grateful to us and want to know the magic secret!
After successfully completing sections 3 and 4 and learning about the risks of decompression sickness and how to avoid it, we headed back to the outdoor pool to complete the 200m swim and 10 minute float/treading water. Keeping their heads above water for 10 minutes gave the students enough time to discuss the previous evenings good and bad acts of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.
After some lunch and some dive videos on YouTube showing some of the worlds best dive sites we settled down for the final afternoon session. Having completed section 5 there was quiet in the room while they sat the 50 question multiple choice exam. I am very happy to report that all of them passed with flying colours!
We handed them their log books that contain their referral forms which they’ll need to complete their open water dives.
We find teaching at schools is the most rewarding course we do. Nothing beats looking at the face of youngsters when they take their first breaths underwater, seeing them overcome the challenges and watching them learn about how scuba diving opens up a whole new world for exploration and adventure. We would like to thank David Williams, Head of Science, at Rye St Antony for giving up his time to organise the dive course and allowing us to teach their students. We’d also like to thank all of the students who participated for listening so well and being fun, friendly and interested.
It was a great weekend and we look forward to returning again next year.