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BSAC to run Combined Instructor Event in Tenerife this April




Have you ever considered becoming a BSAC Open Water Instructor or would like to progress to Advanced Instructor, but are unable to commit to courses and exams over several weekends? In that case, a BSAC Combined Instructor event might be just what you are looking for.

Over a one week period there is the opportunity to complete the courses and exams to qualify as either an Open Water Instructor or Advanced Instructor.

Combined Instructor EventWhile this might sound a daunting task, most people who go on these events find that being able to concentrate on what has been learned on the courses, and consolidate this in a short time period means that they are well prepared when the time comes for the exam. In addition, the instructors on these events are all highly experienced Instructor Trainers, mostly National Instructors, and they are around and available for help and advice up to the start of the exam.

The next Combined Event will be in Tenerife from 17-24 April 2015. Don’t think that doing the exams in warm, clear water makes it easier than at the venues around the UK. The standards remain consistent with those of all the BSAC Instructor courses and exams.

There are two events being run in Tenerife.

For those who are Dive Leaders wanting to become Open Water Instructors there will be an Instructor Foundation Course and Open Water Instructor Course, followed by a “rest” day with informal revision and exam preparation with the instructors. Then there is the Practical Instructor Exam, Theory Instructor Exam and OWI Theory Exam (written test).

Similarly for the Advanced Instructor candidates, after an initial day of kit preparation and a shakedown dive, the Advanced Instructor Course takes place over the next two days, with a “rest” (revision and prep) day before the two day exam.

The price for either event is £750 per person, which includes seven nights’ accommodation in self catering apartments, transfers to the dive centre, all diving, air, weights, and tuition. For the Advanced Instructor candidates this also includes the boat fees. What is not included is flights, food and dive equipment (which may be hired from the centre that is used).

The really great aspect of the Combined Instructor Event is the social side. While it is hard work to complete this in one week, the students and instructors are all staying in the same accommodation and the evening meals and time in the bar often turns into an informal tutorial!

If this sounds like it would be for you, contact the organiser Andy Procter at for full course details.

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Breaking News: Garmin Descent Mk2 & Mk2i Launch & Review (Watch Video)



After over 12 months of rumours and speculation, the team at Garmin have finally launched the Garmin Descent Mk2 and Mk2i.

Garmin has gone all out with these, and with the Mk2i having the latest technology in air integration it looks to absolutely be the one to beat!
Why I hear you ask?? Well, they’ve incorporated their Sonar technology into the equation and called it ‘SUBWAVE’ – this will deliver an incredible transmission range of 5-8m..!
How does it work? Well, you’ll need to watch the video to find out!
The dive features are based on the Descent Mk1, while the fitness and life management aspects are based on the incredible Garmin Fenix 6.

With a larger viewable screen, bigger internal memory, and all the latest features including Garmin Pay this promises to be an absolute game changer!

Find out more at

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Northern Diver give you the deals you’d be getting at the Dive Show!



Northern Diver know how much their customers look forward to the Dive Show every year and the great offers that can be found there, so they have decided to run some of their favourites until the end of October so that people can still experience that Dive Show bargain feeling!

Key Special Offers

Heated Vest – was £89 now £79 with free rash vest

Provide heat to give complete warmth to the body when working in cold conditions.The Northern Diver ‘Electracore’ heated vest has been designed and manufactured with your comfort and warmth in mind. The three heat settings allow you to pick a temperature that suits you and if it happens that you want to raise or lower the temperature, the switch has been positioned in an easy to reach position to the left of your midriff – ensuring that even when you’re wearing your suit, the button remains easy to access.

Varilux LD Max – was £169 now £149

This sleek new addition to the Varilux range is a great choice for a primary dive light. The anodised aluminium body provides a tough exterior and the matt black finish makes the Varilux LD Max stand out from the rest of the range.

Guardian BCD – was £320 now £269

The latest Guardian has an incredible 1680/1000 denier nylon build. There’s thirteen D rings on the BCD, nine of which are stainless steel. There’s also two clips either side of the jacket, two generous zipped pockets and four air dumping methods. The jacket’s two integrated quick-release weight pockets and two rear trim weight pockets give a wide range of weight options.

The Guardian has all-new features and extras: our ergonomically designed power inflator system, Moulded Protection Plate, sliders for vertical adjustment of the chest strap, a removable reflective pocket for our Flexi-Light (light stick not included), and a removable bungee cord with a split ring attachment point.

For more great offers visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.
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