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Underwater Adventures is a scuba diving club offering scuba diving trips in the UK and abroad and PADI Dive school with meetings in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Cambridge. We have meetings at the Orange Tree pub in Hitchin, the Park Pub in Bedford, and the Red Bull pub in Cambridge, plus pool session at the Robinson pool in Bedford and the Bourn golf club just outside Cambridge. Offering PADI scuba diving courses for all levels from beginner to instructor, UK scuba diving trips all year round plus many foreign dive trips. We offer full equipment servicing and compressed air or nitrox fills delivered right to your door as well as scuba diving equipment rental and servicing plus discounts on courses and dive trips for club members.
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LATEST EVENTS

26thMarch
This is a quiz page to allow us to upload links to a few games and quiz for club members to keep us busy during the Covid 19 lockdown and are just for fun but even if you are not a dive club member please feel free to have a go. if you would like to learn more about the Underwater adventures dive club please click here

26th March 2020 click here to see today's game

27th March 2020 quiz click here to download and I will put the answer sheet up tomorrow evening.

Scuba diving crossword


 
04thMarch


There are a lot of misconceptions out there about scuba diving which does tend to put people off learning this wonderful sport of ours so below are 20 of the most common myths about scuba diving debunked. I hope you enjoy the read and if you have any other questions about scuba diving or learning to scuba dive please feel free to contact us here at Underwater Adventures


1. You can run out of air

We’re starting this list with probably the biggest fear people have about diving. You are relying on your air tank to breathe and that means it is indeed possible to run out of air. If you think about it though it's just the same as driving your car, after a while, you will run out of fuel int eh car if you don’t fill up and the way you avoid that being an inconvenience it to keep an eye on your fuel gauge and it is just the same in scuba diving, just keep an eye on your contents gauge and you should never run out of air while underwater. Plus, the PADI open water course teaches you exactly how to deal with situations like this like how to make a safe ascent using your buddies alternate air source. You will always be diving with a buddy who will be able to supplement your air supply long enough to end the dive and surface safely. We may not be debunking this myth but reassuring you that there are procedures in place that you will learn so you can calmly deal with an ‘out of air’ situation.



                              



2. Sharks are scary

Sharks have a terrible reputation for being the most vicious predators in the sea. Yes, they are at the top of the food chain, but this doesn’t mean they want to tuck into every diver that enters their habitat. In fact, most shark attacks are a case of mistaken identity, for example, surfers that sharks mistake for a tasty seal. It is incredibly rare for divers to be bitten by a shark (the chances are so small in fact nobody has even bothered to work out the percentage for scuba divers but I have found this interesting website which gives you the odds of being bitten around the world so click here to take a look)  Sharks are incredible to watch in their home environment and once you have learned to scuba dive you will start to see just how beautiful and amazing sharks and will end up wanting to scuba dive with them.

3. You need a lot of gear just to learn

Scuba diving does require gear, but you should be lent all the equipment you need to learn included in your first course so that you can learn to scuba dive without having to buy lots of equipment. We do recommend that you buy your own mask, wetsuit, and fins as these are rather personal bit of equipment and finding the right fit is important, especially your wetsuit as this is the thing that will keep you warm, but you don’t have to buy them as they are all included in the PADI open water course offered by Underwater Adventures. 
Once you get certified, you can begin buying your own gear, as your budget allows. Until then, rent your gear. Rental gear is high-quality and well maintained — plus renting gives you the chance to see what brands you prefer. You can see the rental prices by clicking here and as you will see it's not that expensive, which brings us on to the next point.


4. It’s expensive

Getting your PADI Open Water Diver certification is about the same price as having the equivalent amount of time in golf lessons and at least with the PADI open water course will end up with an internationally recognized certification afterward. With this certification, you can dive anywhere in the world up to 18m. This may be the only PADI course you choose to do, or you can go on to higher skill levels. Yes, dive gear can be pricy, but with proper care and storage, it will last year’s even if you are an avid diver. Of course, you can also choose not to buy your own gear to save that outlay but your dive trips may have the added cost of renting gear. If you ask any diver, I bet they’ll tell you that their PADI certification and learning to scuba dive was 100% worth every penny.



                         



5. Scuba diving isn’t exciting (or it’s too exciting)

You get to determine the level of excitement in every dive. You can spend a lifetime of diving in calm water, gliding over beautiful coral reefs and looking at pretty tropical fish — those kinds of peaceful experiences are amazing and the norm. But if you crave action and adventure, scuba diving can deliver that, too. Try diving with sharks in the Galapagos, exploring the passageways of a flooded cave, or entering a sunken World War II battleship. You’ll find a host of advanced training opportunities to suit the kind of diving you want, including cave, wreck, and yes, even heli-diving.one of the best things about scuba diving is that it is fun as you will be doing something you enjoy with people who enjoy it with you, even the courses are fun with courses such as the Zombie apocalypse diver course where not only do you get to play with Zombies underwater but you will get a qualification with it where in your picture you are made up to look like a Zombie, this is a valid certification so you can show it at dive shops around the world to prove you are a diver if you like.

6. You can’t dive if no one you know dives

Diving is one of those amazing sports that brings people together from every walk of life. If you want to dive but your friends/family/partner have no interest, don’t worry! You will always find a dive buddy in the scuba diving community. The underwater adventures dive club is full of people who want to scuba dive all the time so even if you work odd hours you will be able to find a buddy to scuba dive within the dive club, you will never be lonely. Divers love to talk, make friends, compare dives and share their experiences. You could become part of one incredible group of humans.

7. It’s time-consuming

Many people assume that learning something skilled like diving takes a long time. This myth can be debunked because the diving part of a PADI Open Water Diver Course takes as little as 3 days! The majority of your course work can now be done online at your own pace so your theory is almost all out of the way before you even do the practical work. You could be diving in just a few days! That being said it can often better to take your time so you can learn at your own pace and so here at Underwater Adventures we offer flexible learning with unlimited pool sessions so you can learn as quickly or take as much time to learn as you need, we will try our best to fit it around your needs.



                          



8. You must be good at studying and remembering the procedure

Some people worry that they won’t be able to follow or remember all the PADI Dive procedures. PADI dive instructors like those at Underwater Adventures are professional teachers and will walk you through every single step of diving. There are very simple steps to follow before, during and after every dive you do and as you practice them on your first few dives, they will become automatic. It’s not unlike driving a car in the way that you may find it very strange at first, but it very quickly becomes second nature.

9. Diving is only for people who live near the ocean

No matter where you live, chances are there’s a dive shop and a popular dive site somewhere nearby. In many cases, a local lake, spring or quarry is where people learn to dive — and it’s often where divers continue to dive, in addition to taking tropical dive vacations. Scuba diving is not just a sport, it’s a very social activity. So even if your local swimming lake isn’t the Caribbean or Great Barrier Reef, a Bacon Butty, a cup of steaming hot tea, a couple of tanks of air and a few dive buddies can make for a day of fun. 

7. It’s only for super fit people

Anyone from 10 years upwards can learn to dive. If you have a serious condition that you visit your doctor about, you will already know if scuba diving is safe for you or not. If you worry that you may not be fit to dive, visiting your doctor to make sure is the best way to find out. Lung function and cardiac stress tests are recommended for older people or those with asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and COPD who would like to learn to dive. If you are not sure please follow this link to the standard PADI dive health questionnaire.

8. It’s claustrophobic

Claustrophobia or panic attacks are a big fear for some people thinking about diving. In fact, being underwater is actually proven to be one of the most relaxing things you can do. The serenity of floating and swimming and watching marine life is extremely calming. In fact, most people who have the fear of becoming panicky or claustrophobic report completely forgetting about the fear once they are underwater. You must also remember that your dive instructor is a professional and will take care of you every step of the way. You are never left on your own while diving.



                                 



12. Diving is a macho sport

Well, if by macho you mean male-dominated, we admit that this was true when Sea Hunt was still on TV (1958-1961). But fast-forward to this century, and ask Jessica Alba (Into the Blue), Kate Hudson (Fool’s Gold) and Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries) what they love about being underwater. Or ask the countless female instructors, divemasters, boat captains and resort owners who work as scuba divers every day. PADI even runs special events to help encourage more women into the sport like women’s dive day

13. Snorkeling is just as good as scuba diving

 Snorkeling in the ocean and looking down on the reef from above is sort of like looking at fish through the glass of the tanks at an aquarium. It’s fun, but it’s just not the same as being on the reef and seeing all its wonderful, surprising marine life, plus you will get to see so much more when you are actually down with the fish.

14.  I can’t dive. I have (insert name of the medical condition here)

 It is true that some conditions, such as seizure disorders, will keep you out of the water. If you’re worried about diving with your particular medical condition, consult the dive medicine experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN). They can help you better understand the physical demands of diving and how it relates to your health. Call their non-emergency questions line at (+44)-20-70991979 or you can find your local office by following this link.

15. The sea is a scary place

Many people have a fear of the unknown and therefore diving can seem so scary. However, once you are trained and underwater diving you will be so busy looking at all the magical underwater sights, you won’t have time to be scared. Once the unknown becomes something you can’t wait to explore it’s not the unknown anymore is it!

16. You need to be a fantastic swimmer

Of course, as a diver you need to be able to swim, but only basic swimming skills are necessary. You will need to be able to swim 200 metres but there is no time limit so you can go at your own pace and use any stroke you like. It is just to make sure you are comfortable in the water. As a diver, you will be trying to expend as little energy as possible hence using fins to create greater thrust and faster speed with little effort.



                                



17. Diving is only for people who live in the tropics

There are few things that rival the experience of being suspended weightlessly in warm, clear tropical water while floating effortlessly along a colorful coral reef. Unless, of course, it is the experience of drifting through a California kelp bed with a pod of sea lions. Or exploring the amazingly preserved ruins of a world war two shipwrecks off the south coast. Or finding sunken treasures such as old perfume bottle and gold watches on the wreck of the Kyarra, the list goes on and on.
No matter where you are, chances are there's a popular dive site somewhere nearby. Don't believe me? Just ask anyone with the red and white diver down flag on his car. Lakes, quarries, rivers, flooded mineshafts — almost anywhere there's water, you'll find divers. Heck, outside of Abilene, Texas, you can even dive in a flooded underground missile silo. Each of these sites provides its own unique dive experience and a chance to get started in the sport. Not every dive site is for every diver, but scuba diving is not just a sport, it's also a lifestyle and a very social activity. So even if your local swimming hole isn't a world-famous dive site, it is still a get way to spend the day or weekend away.

18. You must dive deep to see anything interesting

One of the first questions non-divers ask scuba divers is, “how deep do you go?” Though some divers love the challenge of deep exploration, most divers stay within 18 metres where the water is warmer, colors are brighter, and your breathing gas lasts longer.

19.  The only good diving is in the tropics

You can dive just about anywhere there’s water, including inland areas such as lakes, quarries, decommissioned mines. Some of the world’s best diving is found in cold-water environments such as British Columbia, Canada, South Africa, and here in the UK. Here in the UK, we have some of the best dive experiences in the world and just to prove it below I have put links to s couple of videos from our dives here in the UK.
Scuba diving with playful seals (Click Here)
Scuba diving in a Local lake with lots of things for scuba divers to explore (Click Here)
Playing with Blue sharks of the coast of Cornwall (Click Here)

20. Learning to dive is difficult/takes a long time

Forty (plus) years ago, learning to scuba dive required weeks of training. Students participated in military-style drills and learned skills that weren’t relevant for recreational diving. Since then:
The world recreational scuba training council (WRSTC) established standards for recreational diving training.
Dive computers simplified dive planning
Students can start their training anytime, anywhere and study at their convenience using digital course materials
You can get scuba certified as little as four days.

Debunked! You have no excuse not to try scuba diving now!
There are lots of preconceived ideas about diving, which is why there are so many scuba diving myths. Hopefully, we’ve given you a little more confidence and taken you one step closer to becoming a PADI certified diver.
If you have any other questions or concerns about diving, we haven’t addressed please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to talk them through with you. Click here for the details on how best to contact us.
 
26thFebruary

Many people think about learning to scuba dive and it is on so many people's bucket list's it amazing and this is because scuba diving is seen as a sport like so few others out there. The problem is not many people ever get around to it which is such a shame as scuba diving opens up a whole new world to people. I hear so many excuses as to why people don't learn to scuba dive so with that in mind I have put together a list of 10 reasons you should learn to scuba dive in 2020

1. It makes you feel amazing and changes lives 

Learning to dive in itself is such a wonderful experience - the feeling of breathing underwater for the first time, the weightlessness that comes with diving, the pure bliss of the underwater world - all of these amazing things just need to be experienced by all. For many, learning to dive changes their life. It offers adventure, opportunity, friendship and fun like no other sport you’ll come across. 
The best thing is that you don’t have to go far to see some of the best underwater sites our planet has to offer. Both the UK and Europe have some phenomenal dives that your adventure-loving heart won’t want to miss. From whales, dolphins and Basking Sharks off the UK coast to world war two wrecks off the Normandy coast, there is something for everyone.


  


2. Fun for all the Family

Looking for something to do together on holiday? Anyone aged 10 and up can become certified in scuba diving. So if you are looking for something you can do with the family while on holiday that even the sullen teenager will get excited about then scuba diving is the activity for you. You can learn as a family and then go scuba diving and experience awesome things as a family while creating memories together that will last a lifetime.

3. It open to most ages

A great activity for most ages: Anyone aged 10 and up can become fully certified in scuba diving and there are divers who stay active into their 90s. Children as young as 8 years old may join local programs such as Bubblemaker, Seal Team and master seal team courses where they can learn the basic scuba diving skills in safe conditions so they are ready to join you as soon as they are old enough.


  


4. Make good friend with some really great and fun people

Becoming a diver is like joining a worldwide society. It’s amazing how something can connect you to hundreds of thousands of people around the world but diving really does have that capability. It’s written into the laws of diving that it should be a social sport, as you should never dive without a buddy, but it's more than just that. You can show up at a dive centre on the other side of the world and there will be someone to dive with; you will have something in common with that person and you will be able to communicate with them even if there’s a language barrier. Divers come together, no matter where you are.
Plus, with Underwater adventures social club life emphasis, learning to scuba dive with underwater adventures is a sure-fire way of socializing and making new friends for life. Some of our members have even met their partners through the dive club

5. It's Safe while being exciting

With proper skills, training, and equipment, scuba diving can be a safe and easy activity to learn. If you can swim and if you can breathe, then you can dive. Scuba diving is enjoyed by thousands of people around the world every day and is considered a low-risk activity compared to many other outdoor and sporting activities – even such widespread activities as swimming, jogging, and all-terrain vehicle riding have higher reported fatality rates than diving.


  


6. Seeing amazing things underwater.

From amazing coral reef colours through giant Manta rays cruising past you to wrecks that are 100’s of years old, there is something to amaze anyone and the best bit is that as a scuba diver, you are one of the very few people in the world who will get the chance to see it. So whether it’s the wrecks of the German grand sea’s fleet in scarper flow or the giant groups on the great barrier reef, there will be some to make you go “WOW” to see while diving. Plus, you can learn to take pictures so that you can stun your friends with what you have seen. I have added a few links below to some of the videos we have made while scuba diving so you can get an idea of the things you can see when you learn to scuba dive
scuba diving on a wreck (click here)
Scuba diving with Manta Rays in the Maldives (click here)
Playing with seals underwater (click Here)

7. Experience tranquillity and freedom unlike any other.

Most divers agree that while underwater, the noise and stress from daily life just float away. Slow, deep breathing, similar to that of meditative breathing, can help induce a calm and relaxed state while divers enjoy freedom from restrictions such as gravity and weight while supported by the water, add to that the fact that you will be outside in nature with some like-minded friends, scuba diving is a great way to unwind and de-stress.


  


8. You get the chance to travel to some wonderful places.

Scuba diving can open up a whole new side to your holiday planning as once you have learned to scuba dive you will start to hear about some great places to scuba dive that you would never think of taking a holiday to before. So whether it’s a family holiday with a bit of scuba diving on the side or a full-on dive trip arranged through the underwater adventure dive club, by learning to scuba dive you have opened up a whole new world to explore that you probably didn’t even know existed before.

9. Learn to appreciate and preserve marine life 

Many creatures and underwater environments have been rescued and rehabilitated by the efforts of scuba divers. Those who spend time in and love the sea are constantly protecting wildlife by learning about marine life and fighting to preserve and protect it. From beach clean up to raising awareness of the impact or waste and plastic pollution, scuba diving will leave you with a new outlook when it comes to our sea’s and how we treat them.

10. Do Something Different

A diver looks at the weekend as a chance to explore. There is nothing better than getting back into the office on a Monday morning and exchanging stories with your colleagues about your weekend. Telling them about a World War II wreck that you dived, or a seal interaction that you had is fantastic. I know it sure beats the more “normal” weekends that many of my friends have. There are lots of hobbies out there, with plenty of activities to fill your life with. But scuba diving is the best without a doubt. There are other opinions out there about which is the best hobby in the world, but they are wrong!

So if I have whetted your appetite and finally convinced you to learn to scuba dive then get in contact with us by following this link (CLICK HERE) if you would like more information about the PADI open water course (CLICK HERE) and if you are still not sure then why not do a try dive and see if you enjoy it (CLICK HERE)