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Go to the London International Dive Show in February to be in with a chance of winning a dive trip of a lifetime

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Buy a ticket to the London International Dive Show (LIDS) to be held at London’s ExCel on the 15th and 16th February 2014 and you could find yourself winning a dive trip of a lifetime worth £7,500. The prize is an exotic two-week diving experience in Thailand for two people, courtesy of tour operator Dive Worldwide, as well as the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Grande Centre Point Hotel Ratchadamri, Sea Bees Diving and Zeavola Resort.

Dive Worldwide offers more varied diving to more destinations across the globe than any other dive operator. Commenting on the range of diving opportunities in Thailand alone, where the prize is set, Teresa Bennett, managing director of Dive Worldwide, said: “Thailand’s dive sites are world class, and divers are really spoilt for choice; there are the stunning Similan and Surin Islands, Burma Banks and the Merui Archipelago, best accessed from Khao Lak. In addition, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Koh Racha are all superb bases for both diving and snorkelling. On the east coast Samui’s neighbour, the beautiful island of Koh Tao is a great spot to learn to dive, while Pattaya offers excellent wreck-diving.”

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The Dive Trip of a Lifetime

The LIDS 2014 Grand Draw prize starts with flights for two from the UK to Phuket with Thai Airways, and an optional two-night stopover in Bangkok at the Grande Centre Point Hotel Ratchadamri, Centre Point’s finest hotel with service to match. The winner can choose shore-based diving, spending eight nights at the Palm Garden Resort at Khao Lak or Phuket, home to Sea Bees Diving. Alternatively they can combine two nights on land and the other six aboard Sea Bees’ flagship MV Marco Polo. This 23m liveaboard takes divers to see the reefs and marine life around the SimilanIslands, manta rays at Koh Bon, the coral gardens at Koh Tachai and the whale shark magnet and macro-haven of Richelieu Rock.

For a further five nights, the winner and a travelling companion can enjoy the barefoot luxury of a suite at the Zeavola Resort, a ‘Small Luxury Hotel of the World’ set on a pristine stretch of white beach on the north east shore of Phi Phi Don. This boutique property has its own 5* PADI dive centre and gives divers access to the PhiPhiNationalMarinePark. Daily boat trips allow divers to discover a spectacular underwater world that is only minutes away, including turtles, ghost pipefish and leopard sharks. Six dives are included.

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Whatever a diver’s passion – shark diving, wreck diving, muck-diving, underwater photography – and whether a complete beginner or a seasoned expert, there’s something for everyone in Dive Worldwide’s 2014 programme. Unique to the UK dive market is the specialist’s extensive programme offering both small group departures and tailor-made holidays. Featuring remote and far-flung destinations, with liveaboards, resorts, and dive centres the world over, there is a choice of some 50 destinations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and the islands of the Pacific.

For further information on Dive Worldwide’s Ultimate Diving Collection 2014, visit www.diveworldwide.com or call 0845 1306980.

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Jump into… IDC’s and what to expect

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Looking at becoming a PADI Instructor? Why would you not, it is the best job in the world! Getting to become a PADI Instructor though is sometimes a scary process… or so I have heard…. It really isn’t, trust me! It’s actually pretty fun. 

The first thing I always like to get people to remember is their Open water course. When you started did you know everything about how the equipment worked? Did your instructor expect you to know all of the skills before they showed you them? No? Well, guess what, the IDC is a course too. It is about preparing you and working with you to give you the tips and tricks to not just pass your Instructor Examination (IE), but to prepare you for teaching your own students. 

I am well aware that there are courses out there that just teach you how to pass, and I am by far not saying that I have the best IDC in the world. I don’t, and I learn all of the time myself. There’s always an instructor that comes along in the dive season doing something a different way that I pick up and use. We learn all of the time, and is the only way that we ever get better. So to clear up that misconception, the IDC is not just a stepping stone to the IE and you are not expected to know everything before you come along. 

So, what does the IDC actually involve. Theory… obviously. You are going to need to have a knowledge of physics, RDP and all of the other topics that you will have covered throughout you diving levels. The theory side is the ‘boring’ part… I mean, we all dive for the water, no?! But, it is an important part and it’s going to help you be able to explain how to use the equipment, how it actually works, and the other questions that your students are going to be curious about. This section is all about developing your knowledge of those sections.

The water side then, confined water and open water. The fun parts! In short this is where we are going to go through the course skills and see how everyone does them. There is no perfect way for this… you do not have to play Simon says on the course… your way may be better than everyone else! What we will do though, is work with you to make sure that the demonstration is clear, concise and controlled to demonstrate to your students. Again, there is no expectation to be perfect before you come. We want you to ask questions, we want you to make mistakes… because that is how we learn, and most of all, how we get better. 

The other part of the in water activities, aren’t just about the skills though, it is also about your control under the water. We want to make sure that when you head out with your own students, that you are comfortable and can control the situation. Not something that comes to us all naturally straight away, but with coaching on the IDC, I am sure that you will get to this point before the end!

Last but not least, the course standards, content and rescue scenarios. All of this is in place to make sure that you understand the syllabus for each of the courses that you are going to be able to teach, and just as importantly, you are able to effect a rescue if the situation ever presented itself. A gloomy but important situation to think about. 

And after all that… voila! Thats it, the IDC! After completion there is then the ‘scary’ IE with the PADI examiners… they aren’t actually that scary, I promise! The two day IE basically covers what you have learnt in the IDC. No surprises, you are assessed on exactly what you have covered.

So stop putting off your IDC. If you love scuba and want to make it your career. Do it! 


Clare began Duttons Divers at just 19 years old and a short while later became one of the world’s youngest PADI Course Directors. Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com

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Final few days to enter the OrcaTorch Search for Atlantis photo competition

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You have until the 1st June to enter this unique underwater photography competition that only allows images that depict cave or wreck diving. This unique competition encourages underwater photographers to get creative with their lighting and will be judged by a team of OrcaTorch Brand Ambassadors.

After the final round of entries this week, the competition will move to the second phase where the public can vote for their favourite images, via the OrcaTorch Facebook group, to narrow the field down to the final 10 for the judges to deliberate on.

OrcaTorch are offering a range of their diving lights as prizes for the winners.

For more information about the rules and how to enter the competition click here.

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The resort is nestled around an ocean front deck and swimming-pool (with pool-bar) which is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner cocktail at the end of a busy day of critter-diving.

All accommodation is full board and includes three sumptuous meals a day. Breakfast and lunch are buffet meals and in the evening dining is a la carte.

Book and stay before the end of June and benefit from no single supplements in all room types!

Booking deadline: Subject to availability – book and stay before end of June 2022

Call Diverse Travel on 01473 852002 or email info@diversetravel.co.uk.

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