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Dive into the UK as a Scuba Instructor – Tip #3



Clare Dutton, of Duttons Divers and Vivian Dive Centre, is back with her series of tips for UK Dive Instructors!

Scuba diving isn’t exactly the most talkative hobby under the water. For most of us, it is the reason that we do it… to escape! However, when teaching, communication is one of the most important factors.

When teaching the basics, we need to remember that our students have never done this before – think back to doing your course, it is completely new, so don’t scare them off! A lot of diving is in the way we speak. Comparatively a lot like how someone follows a leader, because they are calm, confident and collected. This is the same. Our students want us to make it fun. Explain the basics in a manner that they understand and don’t freak them out. Use positive words…

The prime example of explaining is the mask removal and replace skill. We do this because someone is going to kick your mask off your face, or regulator recovery when someone kicks the regulator out of your mouth…No! Anything like this does not fill your student with confidence, and if they are already apprehensive, they are now even more unlikely to want to do it and you have just cost yourself an extra half hour in the water going up and down through panic!

Change the way that you ‘sell’ it to them… We need to do this skill, so that when we take that awesome selfie at the end for you profile picture, you don’t have a reg in your mouth – makes for a better picture! For the 10 year old wanting to learn, we can teach you a magic trick – how about clearing your mask whilst under the water… all we do is put a little bit of water in and blow out through our nose! Lets see if you can become a scuba magician!

Tip number 3: It’s all in the way you talk!

Check back for Tip #4 soon. Find out more at 

Clare Dutton, is a PADI Course Director and Director of Duttons Divers and Vivian Dive Centre. At the age of 25, Clare was one of the youngest to be accepted on the PADI Course Director course. Her work in the industry has involved promoting cold water diving, putting sites such as the Menai on the map for divers, and assisting others to chase their ambition as a PADI Pro. Get in touch with Clare at

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)



It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

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5 Ways To Use Less Gas When Scuba Diving



5 Ways To Use Less Gas When Scuba Diving. There is no magic wand to having an amazing SAC rate. You have to do the work!

We’re covering how to perfect your core skills as a scuba diver to help you use your gas more efficiently, plus how the art of zen can help you breathe less gas whilst scuba diving.

How can I breath less gas whilst diving? A very common question I get asked all the time and on the subject of breathing itself. There is a right way and many different wrong ways to breath whilst scuba diving. I’ll explain the difference.

Thanks for watching, as always! D.S.D.O James

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