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Have you got your ticket to the London International Dive Show 2014?



With LIDS 2014 now in partnership with three other key outdoor shows, the 15th & 16th February at ExCel is set to be a bumper weekend, with something for every diver….and more.

You can buy a single ticket just for the London Dive Show or a four-show ticket which also gives you access to the Telegraph Outdoor & Adventure Show, the London Bike Show and the Triathlon Plus Show, all of which are also on at ExCel over the same weekend.

LIDS organisers are also offering special single Dive Show ticket deals for new BSAC divers and instructors.

Check out the various LIDS ticket prices and offers….and make the 15th & 16th of February 2014 a weekend to remember!

London International Dive Show 2014 ticket offers


Single show tickets are £9.50 bought in advance or £12.50 on the door. Buy your advanced single show ticket online

Under 16s now get in free when accompanied by an adult. (Previously under 14s)


£16 in advance (£20 on the door) – entitles ticket holder to access LIDS plus the other three shows at ExCel on day of attendance.

If you have purchased a LIDS day ticket, you can upgrade to the four shows ticket for £15 on the day.

More information and to buy your multiple show ticket.

3. FREE LIDS TICKET FOR NEW BSAC DIVERS – applies to single LIDS ticket only

Newly qualified Ocean Divers who qualified on or after 01/03/2013 can claim a free LIDS 2014 ticket!

Ocean Divers will need to show their BSAC Qualification Card and Qualification Record Book at the LIDS 2014 ticket kiosk on the day to qualify for a complimentary ticket. They will be given a complimentary ticket which they will need to fill in their contact information on the back. The complimentary ticket will then be collected on entry to the show.

Alternatively to save time at the show your new divers can download a voucher here.

Please note: this free ticket offer is applicable to the single LIDS ticket only.


BSAC instructors can buy the 2-4-1 offer in advance via an e-ticket and save time at the show.  More details and to book.

Input 2 tickets where it says ‘How Many Tickets?’

Input BSAC 2-4-1 in the Promotional Code box

Promotional Code: (applicable id required for entry)

They will be charged ONLY £12.50 for 2 tickets – they will then have to show ID at the entrance to the show.

BSAC Instructors can still get the offer on the door – they will need to show ID at the ticket kiosk to be eligible for the 2-4-1 offer. They will be given one paid ticket and one complimentary ticket which they will need to fill in their contact information on the back. The complimentary ticket will then be collected on entry to the show.

Please note: this offer is based on the full on the day LIDS ticket price of £12.50 and not the online advanced price or the four shows for the price of one ticket offer.

For more information on the London International Dive Show 2014, click here.

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Jump into… IDC’s and what to expect



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

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



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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