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DIVING PIGLET
posted : May 26, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
Hi everyone, my name is Jennie and I have just come back from Turkey where I have completed the Open Water Diver course with PADI.

Never dived in the UK and don't know where to start!

I live in Herefordshire which is nowhere near the sea but will travel anywhere that is worth diving at.

The only kit I have is a mask and fins, are there many dive sites in the UK that rent equipment out? Do I need to have a dry suit in the UK? as I am not qualified to dive in a dry suit. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Many thanks


 
trevor
posted : May 27, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
HI JENNIE THE BEST PLACE FOR YOU WILL BE STONEY COVE IN LEICESTER I AM AOW WITH 30 PLUS DIVES MOST OF WHICH I HAVE DONE AT STONEY YOU CAN ALSO HIRE YOUR KIT FROM THERE. YOU SHOULD BE OK WITH A SEMI DRY SUIT THIS TIME OF YEAR. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE GIVE ME A CALL AND ARRANGE TO HAVE A DIVE . REGARDS TREV

 
trevor
posted : May 27, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
SORRY I DIDNT LEAVE MY NUMBER ITS 07939006202

 
Graham-1975
posted : May 27, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
Hi Jennie, well done on completing your open water. One big bit of advice I can give you don't rush into buying kit till you are sure uk diving is for you. If you remember what your Instructor told you your open water cert allows you to dive to a maxium depth of 18 meters independently of a padi professional in conditions with which you have training or experience in. There is a great deal of diffrence between clear crystal waters of turkey and diving in a place like stoney cove where the vis can be anything from 10 meters down to almost nil in places. others factors are of course much lower water temperatures, kit set ups tend to be a little diffrent.

My advice would be to dive under the guidence of a padi professional so you know for the first few dives in uk waters your know your in safe hands. why not continue your diver training with a specialty course such as dry suite which may also count towards your advanced cert card at your instructors discretion.

At your sort of level I would be also be looking for a buddy with a fair amount of experience to beable to help you with anykind of problems you may encounter underwater. So really a padi rescue diver would be a good idea with around at least 50-60.

any futher questions feel free to ask away. Apart from that enjoy your diving.

 
pburch
posted : June 12, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
Drop me a note on diving@paul-burch.com and I will give you my thoughts and phone number if you want to chat.

 
stevescuba
posted : June 12, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
hi im steve
im a padi instructor live nr stoney leics iff im not to busy ie all my kit isnt being used i generally have a couple of ow and adv come diving with me and they dive while i teach or we all go for a dive as well,i aslo run down to swanage at least once a month so iff you want let me now what dates your avail and ill see what i can do thanks steve
07957657012

 
deviousdan
posted : June 14, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
Hi Jennie

Well done on completing your open water.

I see theres already some good advice on this thread, one peice I'd definitley agree with is not to buy all your gear just yet.

UK diving isn't quite the same as blue water diving.
Glad you want to give it a go tho!

I used to live in Hereford itself. I would say your nearest dive site is The NDAC in Chepstow.
I think there would be no problem with hiring gear there.

I live in Torquay in Devon.
The diving is great down here.
let me know if you fancy buddying up.

Dan

Deviousdan303@yahoo.co.uk


 
pburch
posted : June 18, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
I would recommend Cromhall. Not so busy and little chance of breaching the OW depth limits. The NDAC can get a tad deep in places!

 
DiveMonkey76
posted : June 19, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
Hi Jennie, Good job on getting your OW. Hope its the start of a long and enjoyable diving experience for you. I, like you, completed my OW abroad (Maldives) about 2 years ago and the first thing I did when I came home was to do the PADI Dry Suit speciality as its essential for UK diving in my opinion. I did that and then my Advanced OW course before doing more pleasure dives to build my experience. I bought all my own kit but not until I had done about 20 dives and knew I was hooked. I was say your closest site is the NDAC in Chepstow, Not Stoney like lots of others have suggested. Good luck with your UK diving, give it a good chance and you'll be glad you did, especially if you're interested in Wreck diving, as the South Coast has some of the best wreck diving in the world! Although to do that I would reccomend the Wreck, Nitrox & Deep Courses too :-)

 
Kev3
posted : June 19, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
Hi Jennie, Firstly congratulations!!! Most sites rent gear but some time you will be best advised to do a Dry suit course ( 2 dives a one day course) as pretty cold over here. I dive over here and in Cyprus a lot so trust me cold difference is big. I am not sure what dive centres are near you but I am sure you can look up on the internet. Hope that helps

Kev

 
ScubaDubadoo
posted : July 5, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
Hi Jennie,

I too live in Hereford. I did my OW training in Eilat and caught the diving bug big time. I did my Advanced OW in Torquay (in a wet suit in the rain and lighting!) and have carried on from there. It didn't take me long to opt for the dry suit as there is nothing worse that seeing your friends all toasty and warm while you are freezing!

I've now been diving for 8 years and am a Rescue Diver. My buddy in torquay has been struck down by a mystery illness and can no longer dive and my other one lives in London, so it would be great to have one more locally and get to do some more UK diving. I work shifts so am free varying week days and weekends if you fancy going for a dive somewhere.

I would imagine if you need kit Stoney or the NDAC at Chepstow may be the best place to start. There's also Cromhall at Gloucester but you'd have to hire kit from elsewhere. Seastyle in Worcester have always been very helpful. They might be able to assist if you decide you want to do further courses.

Give me a shout if you need any advice.

Philippa

 
msdkev
posted : July 11, 2008 Post subject: New to all this
HI Jennie
Learn something every day.
Never new Cromhall existed and I live Cotswolds!
If you decide you fancy a dive there (or anywhere)
should be available from beginning of August. Also never done NDAC Chepstow so happy to give that a go. Would recommend doing your drysuit course tho!
Cheers
Kev

 
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