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    Our club went down the route of just having...

    Our club went down the route of just having diving members and perhaps training one or two Ocean Divers per year, most of whom simply went off to do warm water diving. As a result, membership was...
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    Unfortunately, it wasn't just a one or two day...

    Unfortunately, it wasn't just a one or two day course, it was start from square one with multiple courses. Our club had a lot a lot of people who had been actively involved in training for years or...
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    The big problem with these grandiose investment...

    The big problem with these grandiose investment plans is that the country simply doesn't have the skills and resources necessary to implement them. It's not simply a matter of money. Now if we could...
  4. Thread: Friday Ruck

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    At least after they've been playing for some time!

    At least after they've been playing for some time!
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    DL sign-off requires a minimum of 60 dives in...

    DL sign-off requires a minimum of 60 dives in total, at least 20 since qualifying as SD and 40 since qualifying as OD.

    Depth progression is meant to be gradual in 5M increments only after DL has...
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    Exactly what we are planning to do. I was just...

    Exactly what we are planning to do. I was just looking at some guidance to identify what the gaps were likely to be and the feedback I have received on here has been most helpful. Thanks everyone for...
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    There are certain skills in DL such as DSMB...

    There are certain skills in DL such as DSMB deployment in mid-water which presume an existing level of skill in DSMB deployment. If the candidate doesn't have this basic skill, you can't expect them...
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    I wouldn't even risk that. As an intro, I think...

    I wouldn't even risk that. As an intro, I think 6m is about as deep as I'd feel comfortable taking someone with very limited training.
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    Absolutely, we have no intention of letting him...

    Absolutely, we have no intention of letting him go for DL until he has some appropriate experience under his belt. He was concerned at the cost of his PADI training and the way he had been pushed to...
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    We have one new member who is a PADI RD and is...

    We have one new member who is a PADI RD and is keen to go on to Dive Leader. However, he has told us that he has only done 26 dives. I haven't had a detailed look at his qualifications yet but I...
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    Difference between PADI and BSAC Grades

    We have a number of new members joining our BSAC club who are PADI trained at OW/AOW and RD levels and I am trying to determine what specific skills are taught by PADI at each level so that we can...
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    My son used to be a manager at a coach company...

    My son used to be a manager at a coach company and he said it is surprisingly easy. The way that double decker buses are constructed, the roof simply shears off with very little resistance and...
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    Tips from the professional photographer on our...

    Tips from the professional photographer on our cruise about how to photograph the aurora

    1. Use a very high ISO
    2. Use maximum aperture
    3. Don't use too long an exposure. My shot was 1 second....
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    Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada...

    Baffin Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada
    https://i.postimg.cc/bY1GdLrW/P1220597.jpg
  15. Thread: Hello

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    We were in Bali the last week of January and the...

    We were in Bali the last week of January and the first two days of February. It was a bit misty and damp up in the highlands but not too bad on the coast.
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    Hi Negina, It's a few years since my wife and...

    Hi Negina,

    It's a few years since my wife and I dived there but we stayed here

    https://tulambenwreckdivers.com/

    It is just up the road from the USAT Liberty wreck which is a shore dive and...
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    I'm taking trainees up there but it will probably...

    I'm taking trainees up there but it will probably be during the week.

    Stoney in November is still 12 degrees. In the past I've dived in the Sound of Mull in mid-November in a 7mm wetsuit. We had...
  18. Thread: Dive Show

    by Allan Carr
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    My ticket had a bar code printed on the top but...

    My ticket had a bar code printed on the top but it looked a bit fuzzy. When I inserted it into the machine, it simply swallowed the ticket and said 'Transaction cancelled' and demanded a 16 payment.
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    We had a great sighting of the Aurora while up at...

    We had a great sighting of the Aurora while up at Baffin Island in Arctic Canada. Interestingly, the photos are more spectacular than what you can see with the naked eye.
  20. Yes, the Q&A's are hilarious. Not sure what...

    Yes, the Q&A's are hilarious. Not sure what product they are referring to. The mind boggles!
  21. Amazon have a strange idea what silicone grease is!

    I was looking for some silicone grease for 'o' rings and this is what Amazon came up with!

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silicone-Grease-Scuba-Camera-Rings/dp/B0000DCVZL
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    I was hoping that Wales would make the final as...

    I was hoping that Wales would make the final as well. However, the Wales/All Blacks game should be a cracker.
  23. We had a fantastic whale sighting too. A Fin...

    We had a fantastic whale sighting too. A Fin Whale appeared, then a pod of three Humpbacks, then a pod of Orcas. The Humpbacks turned and swam under the ship so I've got a photo looking straight down...
  24. It really is superb. Some absolutely astounding...

    It really is superb. Some absolutely astounding footage and beautiful underwater shots. I would have loved to have dived Antarctica when we were there last year but the expedition staff on our ship,...
  25. Seven Worlds, One Planet - what could go wrong!

    Another amazing natural history production - they just seem to go on getting better and better. There is an article on the BBC website about what could go wrong in making a natural history...
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