As you all know, we are taking our first steps back towards normality by reopening the shop on Tuesday 16th June. We are looking forward to seeing you all but are taking the safety of our customers and staff very seriously.
We are super excited to be finally re opening for all equipment sales, cylinder and regulator servicing, kit hire, battery changes, trip bookings and drysuit repairs.
Here are some of the things we have implemented in line with the Government’s guidelines to keep us and all of our customers safe:
🐠 Only 2 people will be allowed in the shop at any one time. Please wait outside or in your car if there is already 2 people in the shop.
🐠 Please limit those that visit the shop to only those who actually need to come in.
🐠As per government advice, please wear a face mask in our small shop. If you do not have a mask you will be requested to remain outside.
🐠 We have put 2 metre distancing measures in place around the shop and at the desk. Please be ‘distance aware’.
🐠Hand sanitiser is available for your convenience. Please sanitise your hands on arrival.
🐠Signage in and around the shop to remind you of the social distance recommendations.
🐠 We would prefer contactless card payments where possible.
🐠 When we are filling cylinders we will be wearing latex gloves.
🐠 If you’re waiting for air fills you will be asked to wait outside or in your car until your cylinders are ready for you.
🐠 We will ensure all surfaces are cleaned, disinfected, and washed down as required.
🐠 A mask sanitising station is provided for mask try- on.
🐠 Latex gloves will be provided for trying on any dive gloves.
🐠 Our toilet and kitchen area is now for staff use ONLY!
As much as we love seeing you all, following the Government advice we are sadly not able to offer our usual refreshments and much loved chats at the moment. 😔 Please don’t think we are being funny, we are just trying to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Pool and Open Water training- We have not yet heard anything from the Leisure Centre about a return date as of yet.
There has been various talks about open water quarries reopening. We will get a plan of action together as regards to training as and when we feel it is safe to do so. Those that had got courses booked before lockdown will be contacted first. So please bare with us our hands are tied from all angles at the moment.
Don’t forget though!!! You can continue your scuba diving adventure though the online PADI training system! Give us a call for more information and advice of what’s on offer.
For any enquiries please feel free to give us a call on 01952 257590 Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stoney Cove has confirmed they are re-opening for diving from Wednesday 17th June, but with limited numbers of divers per day and limited to ‘Diverlog’ registered divers on a pre-booked basis only. They have also got other restrictions in place:
The toilets will be open, but the changing rooms are closed
Air station will be open
No hire equipment
No training at this time
Food hatch will be open, but bar and restaurant will remain closed.
So it is good news they are re-opening but you will need to plan ahead and turn up ready to dive. No word yet on when we can re-start teaching up there but hopefully not too long to wait….If you are not a Diverlog member you can sign up via their website and you will be able to book a place via their website from next week
Capernwray – Jackdaw Quarry
Capernwray Opening Update
Based on Government and British Diving Safety Group announcements we are hoping to reopen Capernwray for diving and swimming toward the end of June; we are preparing the Centre for operations with safe social distancing and protection for staff and customers. We are following the latest news and announcements very closely and will be doing our best to comply with the requirements in our new world. It may be that guidance changes and we have to wait a bit longer which is why we cannot yet give an accurate date.
National Diving & Activity Centre NDAC
Last updated 26th March 2020
Owing to the global coronavirus pandemic and based on the information available to us from the UK Government we believe that the significant risk that is posed to our staff, customers and the local community to which we serve requires us to take decisive action now.
We are a local business that operates predominately outdoors, which by nature is less risk than any other indoor facility.
However, we are mindful, that continuing to operate during this global crisis is not in the best interests of our customers and team at NDAC or to members of the public. It is therefore with a heavy heart we have decided to fully close operations to the public from 22nd March 2020 until further notice.
We would like to thank all our customers for supporting us over the years and we look forward to serving you again. We would also like to thank all our staff and dedicated work force for their commitment and understanding during these really difficult times, and would like to thank all the UK Government services for everything they are doing for our country.
Friday 5th-7th June
Swanage is a popular destination for divers. As well as lovely shallow, shore dives, Swanage also has a number of wrecks at deep and shallow depths.
Popular local sites may include:
Kyarra, Carentan, Valentine Tanks, Betsy Anna
Popular offshore wrecks may include:
Aeolian Sky, Borgny, Clan MacVay
The Package Includes:
2 days diving Saturday and Sunday, 2 dives a day.
1 day local diving, 1 day offshore diving, both off boat.
2 nights staying in the Swanage Auberge Bunkhouse.
This trip is open to all divers Advanced Open Water or equivalent. Wreck diver and deep diver would be a bonus.
Extra Nights Accommodation (Sunday)-£35pp
£100 deposit to secure your place, which please note is none refundable.
Please note you must take 2 cylinders as the boat will not come back to shore for fills in between dives.
Families and non-divers welcome.
To book please give Becky a call on 01952 257 590. Or by all means pop in the shop.
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As we continue to navigate our way through these challenging and ever-changing times, educators, divers and non-profit organizations are doing everything they can to keep us engaged with the ocean.
So, we’ve put together this calendar of scuba-related activities you can do each day this month. From webinars to photo challenges, we hope these daily tasks will help you feel connected to the diving community and keep your diving dreams alive.
Sharks 4 Kids, the educational program run by PADI AmbassaDiver Jillian Morris-Brake, is running a series of webinars throughout the first part of the month. Today, you can catch Ryan Knotek give a talk on how fishing impacts sharks.
BBC Earth presenter Lizzie Daly is hosting another round of “Earth Live Lessons” on YouTube in May. Today, you can tune in to a lesson by the Marine Conservation Society or a natural history lecture about the Galapagos Islands.
The world doesn’t need superheroes, it needs everyday heroes. That’s what the #TwoPointSixChallenge is all about. Set a challenge for yourself (like running 2.6 miles or climbing up 26 flights of stairs in full scuba gear like Instagrammers Ross and Rachel of @outdoors.rossnrachel), fundraise for your favorite charity and donate the proceeds. Charities participating include several of those concerned with ocean conservation, like the Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Project AWARE.
Dive Ninja Expeditions is hosting Ocean Stories throughout May, and you can tune in today to listen as Dr. Mauricio Hoyos discusses the white sharks in Mexican waters at 12 PM EDT (5 PM BST, 6 PM CEST, 2 AM AEST).
Today at 2 PM EDT (7 PM BST, 8 PM CEST, 4 AM AEST), underwater photographer Brent Durand will be hosting a webinar titled “Photo Tips & Tricks for Diving the Philippines” for Atlantis Resorts Philippines. He’ll share tips on composition, lighting, camera settings and marine life behavior to help you improve your underwater photography.
Join PADI AmbassaDiver Manuel Bustelo’s live Instagram chat with Jessica Bellworthy, a Tropical Coral Ph.D. Student, at 5:00 PM BST (6 PM CEST, 12 PM EDT, 2 AM AEST). They’ll be discussing her findings on the super corals of the Red Sea.
Every Wednesday, UK wildlife presenter, Steve Backshall, is hosting a wildlife homeschool Q&A lesson. Catch up with him at 9:30 AM BST (10:30 AM CEST, 4:30 AM EDT, 6:30 PM AEST) on Facebook or YouTube.
Take PADI AmbassaDiver Adam Sellars’ free online “Freediving and Mindfulness” course for individuals who would like to gain entry level knowledge of the sport. Over the course of one hour and 20 minutes, you will learn how to control your thoughts, how to increase your lung capacity and how to live a calmer life.
Celebrate Mother’s Day (if you’re in certain parts of the world) or Mother Ocean Day with marine mammal moms. Learn all about the amazing bonds these creatures have with their offspring on the PADI Blog. Then, support your local dive shop by purchasing a gift voucher for your mom, so she can dive back in when the time is right.
In preparation for your return to the water, it’s time to do a bit of mental rehearsal. Closing your eyes and visualizing yourself preparing for a dive can have real impacts on your skills. You can read more about improving your scuba skills from your sofa on the PADI Blog.
Cecily Russell is leading us through a HIIT workout designed for divers live on the PADI Facebook once a week. Today’s session is at 1 PM BST (8 AM EDT, 2 PM CEST, 10 PM AEST). Wear your exercise clothes and be prepared to get sweaty!
It’s Endangered Species Day! Today is a day to remember all the endangered species we are privileged to swim next to while diving, and to work towards protecting them further. Read more about endangered marine species and where you can dive with them on the PADI blog.
Get silly and go for a dive at home. Post a photo or video of you and your dive buddy relaxing in your gear, spotting marine life in your living room, snorkeling in your bathtub or anything else you can think of to bring the ocean closer to your quarantine castle. Be sure to tag #PADIatHome so we can see your posts!
Just because you’re social distancing, doesn’t mean you can’t take a virtual dive. Explore the underwater world, from the Florida Keys to American Samoa, through your computer or VR screen thanks to the National Marine Sanctuaries team.
Unfortunately, it might be a while before we’re allowed to travel internationally, but if you’re like us and bursting at the seams to get back in the water, you likely have some dive sites near your hometown. Scroll through the PADI Travel destination guides to learn more about the best diving near you. Also, check in with your local dive shop to see if they are doing fun dives from shore (while following social distancing best practices and local regulations, of course).
Even if you can’t travel for a few months yet, there’s no harm in dreaming of better times. Look through the collections of dive resorts and liveaboards on PADI Travel to find one or two you’d like to visit in the future.
Do you know someone who would love scuba diving but hasn’t gotten their fins wet yet? Send them the PADI Learn to Dive video. Hopefully, it will motivate them to sign up for PADI eLearning, which is currently on sale.
While you’re on the YouTube channel, be sure to watch some of the other underwater videos we’ve created to get ready for future diving adventures.
Master Diver and Pennsylvania high school student, Izzy Lee, has organized a webinar for middle school and high school students (and adults, too) who want to learn more about ocean conservation. The event will feature several educational speakers and will begin at 3 PM EDT (8 PM BST, 9 PM CEST, 5 AM AEST).
Happy Africa Day! There is so much epic scuba diving in Africa. If you haven’t yet explored the continent’s dive sites, take a minute to learn more about all the great destinations Africa has to offer. You just might discover a trip or two to add to your bucket list.
If you missed watching PADI Ambassadivers, Young Ocean Explorers, interview ocean legends live on their website and Facebook page, catch up with the “Live in the Lockdown” series now. Steve and Riley Hathaway hosted 12 different episodes with special guests ranging from Paul Nicklen to Clarke Gayford. All the episodes are available for playback on the Young Ocean Explorers website.
If you are a keen underwater photographer, it’s time to enter the Scuba Diving magazine’s 2020 Photo Contest. The “Through Your Lens Photo Contest” features four categories, namely wide-angle, macro, behavior and compact camera, and entries will be accepted through June 5, 2020.
Get talking! Scuba divers use our Facebook groups to chat with, get advice from and share experiences with other divers. Plan your next big adventure with help from divers in our Dive Travel Facebook Group
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