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Create family memories that last a lifetime with PADI Youth Scuba Programmes

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A Guest Blog by PADI...

It looks like 2021 is set to be a summer of staycations. With almost 200 PADI Dive Centres located across the nation, there’s never been a better time to introduce children into the scuba diving lifestyle you enjoy so much and start creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The waters around the UK have it all for children keen to learn new skills and discover underwater adventures. With a little help from PADI and their PADI Youth Programmes, you can give them a glimpse into the world of diving that you’re so passionate about and set them on the path to becoming a future scuba diver.

With their natural curiosity and affinity to learn new skills, children can make excellent scuba divers. Scuba diving helps kids become more confident people, both above and below the surface – through training and exploration of the underwater world. It’s a great way to deepen bonds and cultivate family relationships while also having fun and giving them a much-needed digital detox!

A good way to determine if your children are ready for scuba diving certification is to first enrol them in the Bubblemaker or PADI Seal Team programme.

PADI Bubblemaker is a one-day programme in a pool or confined water for children eight and older, with a max depth of two metres. PADI Seal Team is a more extensive pool programme for children eight and older that covers basic scuba diving skills in addition to fun activities such as taking underwater photos, practicing buoyancy and learning environmental awareness.

Children as young as 10 years old can enrol in the PADI® Open Water Diver course to earn a Junior Open Water Diver certification and when they reach age 15, they can upgrade their junior card to a PADI Open Water Diver certification card.

Connect with a local PADI Dive Centre to learn more and become a proud parent of a PADI scuba diver!

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Quick Scuba Tips #12: Pimp Your GoPro for Amazing Underwater Video Colors (Watch Video)

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We’re back with the quick tips series and my secret weapon for getting the best colort out of your GoPro underwater!

Introducing the Flip 8 from www.backscatter.com A color correction system that mounts straight onto the dive housing of your GoPro. Check them out below!

As always, thanks for watching!

D.S.D.O James


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What you need to know about SMBs!

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Ok, so not the most exciting of topics… but an important one nonetheless. Especially as many of us will be starting to enjoy the UK dive season and heading out to explore our beautiful coastline. Some of you may even be heading into the UK waters for the first time due to the travel restrictions… welcome, you will wish that you had done it sooner! 

Surface marker buoys. SMB’s are an invaluable piece of equipment. To demonstrate your position in the water, to fend off boats, to show off your buoyancy to your dive buddy when you can inflate it without moving an inch in the water… or to un-intentionally make your buddy laugh when you forget to attach your reel and send it up like a lost rocket… A must have skill and piece of equipment for all divers. But, how do you choose which one is right for you, and how do you use it correctly? 

Choosing a colour, we all know to look cool as a diver, its all about co-ordinating, but not so much with SMB’s I’m afraid. The standard colour is orange and is what you will typically see being used, and yellow due to it’s higher ability to be seen at night time is just for an emergency…. Not because it is your favourite colour…sorry yellow lovers! If you are wanting to personalise it though you could put your name down the SMB, that way the surface cover knows who it is underneath. 

Next, inflation. Here we have the option of open bottom or direct inflation. An open bottom means that you will need to use your alternate to inflate the SMB, direct inflation you would use your inflator hose. Either of these are sufficient and is generally down to preference. If you are not sure which you prefer, or how to use them, there is a course that you can take to learn all of the skills and offer some helpful tips of how to inflate it and control your buoyancy too. I happen to know an instructor that teaches it… so just drop me a message and I can help…!

So, we have the SMB, next we need a line or spool. So many decisions with a basic piece of kit! Most SMB’s will come with a line, which is great as you can use the equipment straight away. The only down side is, with gloves it can become annoying, especially if you are changing depths quite often as typical on a shore dive here. You may wish to look at a spool instead… They also come in more colours, and this time you can choose which ever you want… even yellow, result! 

Having got to the point of choosing you SMB and line/spool, where are we now going to keep it? Clipping it onto your BCD, keeping it in your pocket. Anywhere is sufficient as long as its easily accessible… like not in your car once you have entered the water…. So be sure to add you SMB to your buddy check! Happy diving! 


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