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Latest special offers from blue o two include a Red Sea liveaboard trip this Friday for just £599

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Dive the Red Sea this Friday with UK-based dive tour operator blue o two from just £599. In addition to that crazy deal, why not book yourself onto one of their Project Shark Maldives dates, now from £1721 including flights?

Here are the details:

RED SEA

M/Y blue Horizon – Red Sea

03 Mar – 10 Mar 2017: North & Brothers £799

10 Mar – 17 Mar 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £999

17 Mar – 24 Mar 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £999

24 Mar – 31 Mar 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £949

31 Mar – 07 Apr 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1034 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

23 Jun – 30 Jun 2017: Simply the Best £934 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

14 Jul – 21 Jul 2017: Daedalus & Fury Shoal £1061 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

21 Jul – 28 Jul 2017: Rocky, Zabargad & St Johns £1039 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 20%)

03 Nov – 10 Nov 2017: Simply the Best £1079 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

15 Dec – 22 Dec 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £807 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

22 Dec – 29 Dec 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1169 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

29 Dec – 05 Jan 2018: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1079 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

M/Y blue Melody – Red Sea

31 Mar – 07 Apr 2017: Simply the Best £1169 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

21 Apr – 28 Apr 2017: Project Shark: Simply the Best £989 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

28 Apr – 05 May 2017: Simply the Best £919 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 20%)

09 Jun – 16 Jun 2017: In Focus: Red Sea North £989 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

16 Jun – 23 Jun 2017: Strait of Tiran & North £989 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

11 Aug – 18 Aug 2017: Rocky, Zabargad & St Johns £1169 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

25 Aug – 01 Sep 2017: Rocky, Zabargad & St Johns £1259 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

17 Nov – 24 Nov 2017: Project Shark: Simply the Best £1214 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

22 Dec – 29 Dec 2017: Strait of Tiran & North £1169 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

29 Dec – 05 Jan 2018: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1079 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

M/Y blue Fin – Red Sea

21 Apr – 28 Apr 2017: Strait of Tiran & North £999

02 Jun – 09 Jun 2017: Simply the Best £944 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

16 Jun – 23 Jun 2017: Simply the Best £1079 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

04 Aug – 11 Aug 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £989 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

22 Dec – 29 Dec 2017: Strait of Tiran & North £1124 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

29 Dec – 05 Jan 2018: Strait of Tiran & North £1034 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

M/Y Red Sea Adventurer – Red Sea

17 Mar – 24 Mar 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £899

24 Feb – 03 Mar 2017: North & Brothers £599

28 Apr – 05 May 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £949

19 May – 26 May 2017: Simply the Best £899 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

16 Jun – 23 Jun 2017: Project Shark: Daedalus & St Johns £1079 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

23 Jun – 30 Jun 2017: North & Brothers £989 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

14 Jul – 21 Jul 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1034 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

25 Aug – 01 Sep 2017: Northern Wrecks & Reefs £1124 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

MALDIVES

M/Y blue Voyager

27 Feb – 07 Feb 2017: Project Shark with Elke £1721 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 25%)

06 Mar – 14 Mar 2017: Project Shark with Elke £1995

13 Mar – 21 Mar 2017: Project Shark with Elke £1795 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 25%)

20 Mar – 28 Mar 2017: Project Shark with Elke £1721 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 25%)

10 Apr – 18 Apr 2017: Pelagic Encounters £1696 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

01 May – 09 May 2017: Pelagic Encounters £1695 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

08 May – 18 May 2017: Simply the Best £1796 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 25%)

17 May – 25 May 2017: Pelagic Encounters £1695 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

15 Aug – 26 Aug 2017: Best of the Northern Atolls £2065 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

27 Aug – 09 Sep 2017: Central Atolls & Beyond £2425 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

10 Sep – 21 Sep 2017: Best of Northern & Central Atolls £2065 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

20 Nov – 28 Nov 2017: Magical Maldives £2035 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

29 Nov – 12 Dec 2017: Central Atolls & Beyond £2695 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

12 Dec – 20 Dec 2017: Pelagic Encounters £1995 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 20%)

19 Dec – 27 Dec 2017: Magical Maldives £2695 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

27 Dec – 07 Jan 2018: Best of the Maldives £2875 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

M/V Sea Spirit

18 Mar – 26 Mar 2017: Central Atolls £1954 LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 15%)

TRUK LAGOON

M/V Truk Master

16 Aug – 26 Aug 2017: Truk Lagoon (10 nights) £3258** LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

FRENCH POLYNESIA

10 Sep 2017 – 20 Sep 2017: Tuamotu Archipelago £4256** – DESTINATION OF THE MONTH!

27 Oct – 03 Nov 2017: Fakarava and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve £3750**

MEXICO

Rocio Del Mar

24 Apr – 02 May 2017: Gentle Giants of Socorro Island (8 nights) £2150** LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 20%)

GALAPAGOS

M/V Galapagos Master

9 Apr – 21 Apr 2017: Master the Galapagos (10 nights) £5649*

16 Jul – 25 Jul 2017: Master the Galapagos (7 nights) £5219* LIDS 2017 OFFER*** (SAVE 10%)

PALAU

S/Y Palau Siren

16 Feb – 23 Feb 2017: Palau Islands Wreck Special (7 nights) £2336**

*Package price is subject to change due to fluctuations in flight prices. Final package price will be confirmed at time of booking. **Excludes flights (boat only price). ***Subject to availability on a first come first served basis. Offers may be removed from the LIDS 2017 sale at any time. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer (incl. BSAC or Loyalty Club discount).

To book or for more info contact the blue o two travel team now on 01752 480808, email info@blueotwo.com or visit www.blueotwo.com.

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Tips for… Your IDC

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Looking to become a PADI Instructor? Then you will be looking to take your PADI Instructor Development Course. Those of you thinking of becoming an instructor may be finding this a scary process and those of you that have already been through it, will (hopefully) have looked back and enjoyed it! But that’s normal with anything that involves an exam, no?

The IDC is, as it says, a course designed to refine your teaching skills to the standard required to pass the Instructor Examination… and not only that, but prepare you for teaching your own students. There are some things that can make your IDC easier… this involves being prepared!

We have lots of divers come through to take our IDC’s and have the same types of questions each time, mostly asking how best to prepare. So, here are our tips and tricks.

To start – consider the time of year, and what you will be wearing. The IDC open water sessions can be stressful enough when you are trying to become neutrally buoyant in front of the Course Director, without the added stress of having added an extra few layers and not being weighted correctly. Prep your kit before you join the course.

Our next tip – skills. We have no doubt that you can perform mask removal and replace, but can you demonstrate it? The best way to do this isn’t always in the water either… how about trying it in the mirror? Yes, you will probably feel like an idiot (but that will only make you feel better when in front of a group). Watching yourself go through the skills, will allow you to see if you need to slow down…and what your student would be seeing. If you were to be on the other end watching the skill, would you be able to understand it? Our only other tip would be, maybe to leave out the hover with this tip!

Theory – Don’t forget the physics, RDP etc… not the most fun part, we know, but an all-important one nonetheless. This is the element of the course where you can do a lot of work behind the scenes and whilst we will of course take the time to teach you on the IDC, we also don’t want to waste all of the valuable time sat in a classroom. As with all diving, we want to be diving; working with you in the water to develop your skills and underwater control.

Lastly – don’t stress! Easier said than done, right? But we can almost guarantee that you will enjoy it. Go into the IDC having prepped with your skills and theory, questions prepared, and don’t be afraid to ask. That’s why you are there. Remember when you started your Open Water course? You didn’t know all of the answers, and guess what? This is the same.


Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com

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Jump into… A career in diving

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A career in doing something that you love… I have heard so many times that diving is just a hobby and not a career. A career by definition is ‘an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.’

I started diving at the age of 17. I became a PADI Divemaster and from this point progressed to an Open Water instructor, to Staff Instructor, to Master Instructor, to Course Director. Surely by definition this is a career path? The only difference (in some cases) that would dispute this matter… the controversial subject of pay!

I am 100% not going to say that no dive centres in the world pay. I myself do, and I know others that do, too. It does however seem to have become very much the norm, that the ‘because I enjoy it’ philosophy has eradicated the UK diving career path for years. Divers volunteering their help for little or no reward (again… not everyone before you stop reading). To eventually realising, that they are doing hard work, for not much to gain… even paying to carry on doing courses, and to become an instructor to work for that centre. What is all that about?!

If you are the type of person to be happy with that, that is completely fine, so long as you are happy. I was at one point… and then realised that I had invested a lot of my time and money, and when this realisation hit, started to feel undervalued. The instructor I was ‘working for’, for a free hot chocolate at the end of the day, would sit in the cafe whilst I taught in the 3 degree waters in the middle of winter. Obviously the paying customer had booked his course through this person and not me… I was happy with a hot chocolate and having fun… but aren’t all of the best careers the ones that we do not see as work. They aren’t all volunteer roles. 

Those of you looking for a career in diving, don’t be put off. There are places that you can work, and a career in diving can literally take you all across the world. Those saying that there is no money in diving… ignore those guys too. There is. Obviously working for free is never going to get you there, but if you want to do it, then do it. There are plenty of places not only looking to employ scuba instructors, there are other jobs at aquariums, conservation roles, the Navy and many others for you to take a look at. 

There are also grants to look at for education, the open water instructor course, or anything else after that is not exactly cheap… but still nonetheless worthwhile.

So, please do not take away the fact of diving being a career. It is. The only thing that I will leave you with (dropping a bombshell), is that if we accept the fact of ‘working for free’ then it will never change and still be hard to make a career in diving… I mean, of course there is limited need when there is still the alternate option for a business to have free labour. 


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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