PADI open water diver course
Last month, eight of our novice divers set off to a dive site in a submerged quarry near Lancaster, called Capernwray Dive Centre. It was their first open water dive wearing thick exposure suits, hood, gloves and boots. They had just passed the theory exam earlier in the week. The water was 14 degrees and they had two more dives to a maximum depth of 10 metres in order to complete all the practical skills, including the removal of their mask. All managed to complete the three dives successfully, apart from one who could not clear his ears and will complete them at a later date.
The next day they did their final dive in the sea in Brown’s Bay off Cullercoats. Conditions were perfect and the sea was slightly cooler than the quarry. Visibility was no more than three metres so the buddy pairs stayed close together underwater. By the end of the morning all of them had qualified.
The chief instructor, Geoff Hay, was full of praise for the boys commenting ‘the students, every one of them, worked really hard and are a credit to the school. Rarely do I see such togetherness and real decency towards each other in a team of young lads’.
Many congratulations to all eight divers – Euan D, Anish D, Joshua D, Louis J, Alex L, Connor M, Michael R and Michael W. Many thanks to Geoff Hay and Jo Brown, joint directors of Divecor Limited and to their team of instructors, Audrey, Dennis, Jo, Paul, Shaun and Wayne.