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Posted : February 23, 2007
hi there everyone, just wondered if any of you good people can recommend a good dive center in the lincolnshire area. I'm new to diving and i'm looking to do my ow or sd still not sure wich way to go on padi or bsac (oops, think i just opened a can '0' worms) and my daughter would like to do a bubble maker or equivalent. any recommendations would be great. thanks for looking, fitz.

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Posted : February 23, 2007
Hi there,

Not a can of worms; just a set of ill winds about which training philosophy is best. None of this has ever been healthy Ė what counts is diving and responsibly enjoying this fantastic sport. There are now a lot of training agencies and Iím glad Iíve seen so many of them do a lot of work with updating their training materials, training better their instructors and working hard to make this a safe, responsible, and professional sport.

It is a great sport and Iíve loved the experiences Iíve had throughout the world diving nearly every continent. Iíve met along the way very skilled divers and a great many people from all sorts of training agencies and walks of life.

I'm a great believer in what counts is the school, instructor(s), and the whole team that is teaching you; Itís crucial that you feel comfortable with them. We can all say the grass is greener on the other side of the road and I've seen a lot of schools, training agencies teaching materials and instructors over the years. What counts though is that the team going to teach you are good at it, they dive lots and lots themselves (and not just in lakes, quarries and artificial environments), but have done a substantial amount of diving in the sea from a shore and a variety of different boats. Then you know they have a lot of experience to trust your life with and that they should be able to impart real knowledge and understanding of the underwater world.

Please take the time to talk to your local schools. Find out where they train, how long will this take, how will this training be structured, and how can you then practice your skills, go diving and also develop your skills (i.e. trips, hire of kit and other people to dive with), find out how these are arranged and at what cost. In Lincoln itself you have both BSAC and PADI/SSI schools. Here are the contact details. Let me know if I can help you more and I look forward to bumping into you both diving somewhere. Have fun, Andrew.

BSAC has a club at Lincoln (BSAC club #109) and they meet at the Moorlands Club on Newark Road in Lincoln every Tuesday from 8pm.

PADI/SSI school nearby is Sceptre Scuba School, 8 Bunkers Hill, Lincoln, LN2 4QP. Tel 01522 530681 and they are on the web at www.sceptrescuba.co.uk and can be contacted via email info@sceptrescuba.com
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Andrew Dawson-Maddocks
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