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It’s time to get spooked with Regaldive

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For those getting into the spirit of all things Halloween, why not consider a journey to some of the most spine-chilling places on the planet? With 70% of the earth lying under the water and the vast majority of it unexplored, UK based diving holiday specialist Regaldive recommends a hair-raising journey past creepy critters, mysterious wrecks and eerie underwater monuments.

Sunk by German bomber planes in WWII, the SS Thistlegorm has lain on the sea bed off the coast of Sharm El Sheikh for over 60 years and offers an eerie encounter for all who visit. This 415 foot former supply ship has visible signs of destruction but still houses the many, now antique, artefacts it was transporting including army trucks, tanks, locomotives, jeeps, aeroplane parts, motorbikes, boots and rifles. With batfish, giant tuna, snappers and crocodile fish now calling this mysterious wreck home, this isn’t a dive for the fainthearted.

The SS Thistlegorm can only be dived by qualified divers. Seven nights’ at the Falcon Naama Star, departing this autumn, cost from £425 per person, to include flights, transfers and B&B accommodation. A five day dive pack for qualified divers costs from £131 per person.

For those more unnerved by stillness, within the unsuspecting waters of Grenada lays a suitably haunting display of sculptures. Portraying an uncanny resemblance to real-life humans, the sixty five sculptures include 16 statues cast from the body of a local Grenadian woman, a lone figure poised over a typewriter, life-sized faces moulded into a coral boulder and most eerily of all, a ring of 26 children holding hands. Forever changing their appearance as a result of the currents, sea surge and marine life using the sculptures as an artificial home, these life-like sculptures are set to send chills up the spine.

Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park can be visited by all dive abilities including beginners, and snorkellers Seven nights’ at the Flamboyant Hotel, departing this autumn, cost from £1,458 per person, to include flights, transfers and accommodation. A pack of eight dives cost from £233 per person, to include air tanks, weights and local tax.

For further information, or to book, visit www.regaldive.co.uk or call +44 (0)1353 659 999.

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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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