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London Diving Chamber and Bite-Back invite you to Party Hard to Save the Shark



London Diving Chamber have teamed up with shark conservation group Bite-Back to put on an exciting event to raise money for Bite-Back’s ‘Hacked Off’ campaign.

Here is the official press release:

Date: Saturday 13th September 2014

Location: HMS President, Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0HJ

This summer don’t miss out on the diving social event of the year and secure your tickets now by visiting JumbleBee. Early birds can purchase tickets for just £20 per person! This is an EXCLUSIVE offer for the first 100 tickets sold so don’t miss out!

Official ticket price following this will be £25. Included in this will be entertainment, including a live band on deck, a DJ on each floor, plus BBQ food and a raffle ticket.

After a busy summer season of diving we think it’s about time that we all kicked back, relaxed and had a good old party. This is a great chance for the diving community to get together, get dolled up, and set the Thames alight for one night only, and all for a great cause!

The 007 Licence to Dive boat party is in aid of shark and marine conservation charity Bite-Back, and all ticket proceeds will go toward their very important Hacked Off campaign. With the backing of Gordon Ramsey and Hugh Fearnely Whittingstall, Bite Back aims to make Britain the first country in the world to ban the controversial dish, shark fin soup, from restaurants. So what are you waiting for? Let’s party hard to save the shark! The theme for the evening is: 007 Licence to Dive! So whether it is the classic bond/bond girl tux or glam you are after or rather a fun spin on the underwater theme, the floor is all yours! Show some initiative, class, creativity or just a great sense of humour in your party outfit, and you could find yourself the winner of a speedboat ride along the Thames on the night!

On board HMS President, located on Victoria Embankment, guests can enjoy a live band on deck, DJ in the main ballroom and even more hypnotic & cheesy beats in the downstairs bar below deck. Additionally there will be raffle prizes to win on the night, plus a silent auction with some absolutely fantastic luxury prizes to bid on.

Throughout the night, special guests will also announce raffle ticket winners who will also be joining our best dressed on the exhilarating speedboat ride along the river! We look forward to seeing you all there and hope to make this a night to remember for all! Please book your tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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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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