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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

30thApril
 
 
Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem-solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.
 
PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time.
Here's 7 reason why you should do your PADI rescue diver course.



 
1. Improve Your Scuba Skills and Confidence Underwater
Divers describe the PADI® Rescue Diver course as the “most challenging, yet most rewarding course” and for good reason. You will learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem-solving skills until they become second nature. These skills will be put to the test, both on top of the water and underneath until you can complete them confidently. With skills and training comes confidence and that’s exactly how the Rescue Diver course will help build your confidence underwater.
 
2. Improve Your Underwater Navigation Skills
Navigation. It’s something that some of us were either able to conquer straight away or we just couldn’t quite get the hang of. During the Rescue Diver Course, your navigation skills will be tested as you learn how to navigate, search, and recover underwater. With plenty of practice throughout the course, your PADI Instructor will make sure you’re capable of navigating through any visibility!
 
3. Being Prepared For Any Emergency Situation
We have all learned about the possible emergencies that can arise from diving. But can you confidently say that you would know what to do in an emergency situation? That’s where the Rescue Diver course comes in. The Rescue Diver course also includes the Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training. This training, in conjunction with your Rescue Diver training, will ensure you’re prepared for any medical emergency – on top of the water or underneath.
 
4. It’s Loads of Fun
While the Rescue Diver course is quite serious and focused, it’s also a lot of fun. Your Instructor will keep you on your toes throughout the course as you’re constantly surprised by different rescue scenarios. You can expect lots of laughter in between the focused learning, and of course some diving along the way – which is always fun!
 
5. Advance your search and recovery skills
Part of the Rescue course is learning how to search for lost items using different underwater search patterns.  Increasing your navigation skills underwater is always a good thing as it will increase your comfort in the water and could come in handy the next time you drop something valuable over the side of the boat.



 
6. It’s the Last Course Before the PADI Divemaster Course!
If you’re interested in taking the next step and turning scuba diving into a career, then the PADI Divemaster course might be for you. The Rescue Diver course is the last scuba course that you will need to complete before you start your journey to become an underwater tour guide.  The skills and knowledge learned in your Rescue Diver course will become the foundation of your Divemaster training. Don’t forget – you will also receive a shiny, new black certification card when you complete the PADI Divemaster course!
 
7. It’s Loads of Fun
While the Rescue Diver course is quite serious and focused, it’s also a lot of fun. Your Instructor will keep you on your toes throughout the course as you’re constantly surprised by different rescue scenarios. You can expect lots of laughter in between the focused learning, and of course some diving along the way – which is always fun!
 
What Rescue diver course should I take?
 
While the most widely used and recognized course is the PADI rescue diver course which we offer here at Underwater Adventures (click here for more details) all of the other agencies offer some type of course along with the same guidelines. SSI offers Diver Stress and Rescue, usually completed alongside their React Right course which is their first aid and CPR offering. SDI offers Rescue Diver and NAUI have a Rescue Scuba Diver and Advanced Rescue Diver course available. In the UK, BSAC’s Sports Diver course includes some rescue elements. Others to consider include the GUE Rescue Primer course, as well as CMAS Self-Rescue Diver and Rescue Diver.

 
Whats involved int eh PADI rescue diver course?
 
The PADI Rescue Diver Course begins with theory, which covers everything from the psychology of rescue to accident management. You will even learn how to create your own Emergency Assistance Plan so you can always have one ready wherever and whenever you dive. You can do this portion of the course through online learning or through manual and DVD.
 
The first water skills you practice will review your self-rescue procedures. As I mentioned before, the Rescue Diver course is as much about saving yourself as it is others. Some of these skills will be ones you learned in your initial training, which offers a great way to refresh and develop your skills. You’ll then move on to complete 10 exercises, including assisting a panicked diver at the surface; how to quickly and efficiently search for a missing diver; surfacing an unresponsive diver; helping an unresponsive diver at the surface, and different techniques to respond to a diver from a boat or shore. The course will cover both minor and major emergencies and show a variety of techniques to address them. The course ends with some scenarios to help you put these skills into practice. Although the course is challenging, it’s also quite rewarding and a lot of fun.
 
When you’re considering Rescue, keep in mind that it’s not a professional rating — don’t feel that it’s out of reach for you. The course is flexible and there is no limit on how long it takes you to complete. Some of the skills can be physically challenging, so they may take many attempts to achieve. This is normal, and more practice will only make you better at the skills. Your Instructor will demonstrate various techniques for each skill to suit your physical ability, so you needn’t be a bodybuilder to complete them.
 
Once you obtain the rating, it’s extremely rewarding to know that you’re prepared to help both yourself and other divers in case of an emergency. Remember that although scuba diving has an excellent safety rating, just as in everyday life, accidents can happen. Become the person who can help prevent or deal with accidents, and you’ll become a happier, more confident diver in the process.
 
How do I become a PADI rescue diver?
If you are already a PADI advanced open water diver or the equivalent level from any other agency and have a first-aid certificate valid within two years just drop us a line and we can book you on to the next course. If you are not yet at that level of diver but want to aim to attain this level of a scuba diver, again just get in touch with us here at Underwater adventures and we can help you plan out a route through the courses that work best for you. You can contact us by following this link.
30thApril
Once you have learned to scuba dive with the PADI open water course and have maybe done a few fun dives you may starting thinking about what the next step is and how you can move forward to make yourself and better scuba diver with more confidence. you might even have heard about the PADI advanced course from your instructor but you may still have some questions about it so below are a few FAQ'a about the PADI advanced open water diver course.





How is it different from the PADI Open Water Diver Course?
 
During the PADI Open Water Diver Course, you will have learned the critical skills needed for scuba diving during your online dive theory, confined water dives, and open water dives. During your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, you will complete 5 Adventure Dives which focuses on a particular activity or skill. This is a more experience-based course with less focus on the dive theory then the PADI open water course so most of your learning will take place in or around the dive site.
 
What should I expect?
 
First of all, you should expect to have a lot of fun while completing your Advanced Open Water Course and expect to become a more skilled and more confident diver.
For each Adventure Dive, you will be required to complete a theory portion – this can be done at home via PADI eLearning or in a classroom setting. You will also need to complete some basic knowledge reviews to ensure you have a sound knowledge of the theory behind each dive. You will then get to enjoy 5 adventure dives where you will get to experience different areas of scuba diving and learn a few new skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
 
The Advanced Open Water course is made up of five adventure dives. The Deep Adventure Dive and the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive are compulsory and will give you some essential skills to become a more competent diver. You also get to choose another three Adventure Dives to help build your skillset.
 




What Adventure Dives should I Choose?
 
As mentioned, the Deep Adventure Dive and the Underwater Navigation Adventure dive are required components of the Advanced Open Water course. The other three Adventure Dives, however, can be any of the 10 PADI Adventure Dives that you can choose from, we have listed the dive you can choose from below. Options range from Digital Underwater Imaging to Peak Performance Buoyancy or Night Diver. The choice really is yours! Get in contact with us and we can chat about which dive you would enjoy the most.
Here is a list of dives you can choose from in your PADI advanced open water course:
Drift diver
DSMB diver
Night diver
S
earch and recovery diver
Wreck diver
Digital underwater photography
Peak performance buoyancy
Enriched air Nitrox diver
Dry suit diver
Boat Diver
Underwater Naturalist
 




How much does the course cost?
 
The PADI Advanced open water course is £299 or £269 for dive club members (click here for more information about dive club membership and its benefits) and we do offer monthly payment options and discounts if you book more then two courses at the same time
 



Why should I take this course?
 
The Advanced Open Water course gives you more experience diving under the supervision of an instructor. You will learn new skills, meet new people and of course go diving! This course is also a great way to sample the different specialties on offer to see what interests you allowing you to make a more informed decision as to which direction you would like to take you scuba diving. Make you will enjoy wreck diving, taking pictures, or just looking at fish, this course gives you the opportunity to try different things so you can see if you like it or not.
 
 
How deep can I dive after the PADI advanced course?
 
The depth limit for a PADI advanced open water diver is 30 metres, but we strongly recommend that you build up over a number of dives to the maximum depth. If depth is your thing it might be an idea to look at the PADI deep diver and enriched air/nitrox course which will set you up nicely to move into the deeper, more technical side of scuba diving.
 
What comes next after the PADI advanced open water course?
 
We recommend that you get some experience under your belt so just go and enjoy a bit of scuba diving and put your newfound skills into practice. Joining a scuba diving club is a really good way to make sure you have lots of opportunities to go scuba diving and you can find out about the underwater adventures dive club by following this link.
 
In terms of which courses you can do next, you have a couple of options, you can move on to your PADI rescue diver course during which you will not only learn to rescue other divers but also a lot about self-rescue and how best to avoid getting into trouble in the first place. The second option is to complete the specialties you tried out on your advanced course or maybe try some different specialties. There are so many out there so no matter what interested you, what makes you think “wow, I’d like to try that” there is a course that will show you the best and safest way of doing it.
11thApril

While we are all on lockdown for the foreseeable future I have put together a list of films currently available on either Netflix or Amazon prime with some sort of connection to scuba diving, from documentaries to fiction films that have some scuba diving in them. I have put them into three different categories, scuba diving films, shark movies, and documentaries, and added a review or two from rotten tomatoes to give you an idea about the film to help you with your viewing choice. I have only covered the films which are free to watch on Amazon Prime or Netflix so there are others which you can stream for a fee so films like the Abyss, which is my personal favourite, are not on the list but I would recommend watching if you have the chance. I hope you enjoy the list and stay safe over the coming months.
 

Scuba diving films
                                                   




Into the blue 2 2009 Netflix                                       
A pair of professional divers are hired to find Columbus' hidden treasure.
Reviews. 
Any self-respecting individual who walks into a video store, looks at this title, and decides to rent it deserves to lose their four bucks. Jason McKiernan Filmcritic.com
Gratuitous sex and violence in dumb beach sequel.  Brian Costello, Common Sense Media





 
 Open water 2004 Amazon Prime
 Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark-infested waters after their tour boat has left.
 Not a bad film but also not the best by a long way and the based on a true story bit is a little bit of a push, yes they did go scuba diving and the boat left them behind but that’s as close to the truth as you will find in this film but if you want to know why the dive operators are so strict with the accounting procedures for getting back on the boat then this will give you a clue.
Reviews
Open Water is being touted as one of the most frightening films to chomp into your psyche for a long time, but either I'm secretly being fed sedatives or this is a case of good old hype meets collective hysteria.  Will Self London Evening Standard
As it dawns on the couple that they've slipped several links down the food chain, you're right there with them.  Dan Jolin,  Empire Magazine
 
 

Shark films
 


                                                   


Bait 2012 Netflix             
A freak tsunami traps shoppers at a coastal Australian supermarket inside the building - along with 12-foot Great White Sharks.
Reviews.
Carp all you like at how subtext, plausibility and sense have been sacrificed to this film's high concept, but all the stereoscopic slaughter is irresistibly appealing.  Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound
It is all very silly, and more Corman than Spielberg, but entertaining.  Peter Bradshaw, Guardian





Jaws 1975 Netflix            
let face it, this film is everyone favourite shark film. Basically for those who have been under a rock for the past 40 years, a large shark starts eating people off tourist beeches in small-town America and the police chief, marine biologist and a shark fisherman go out to try and catch it
Reviews
It is not only the most realistically terrifying film I've ever gasped through, but it is also extraordinarily well made. Ruth Batchelor, Los Angeles Free Press
 


 

The reef 2010 Netflix    
A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.
Reviews.
The Australian tourist industry will hate it but The Reef is an extremely effective watery horror/thriller.  Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
Considering what most low-budget shark flicks look like, The Reef is a welcome sight indeed.  Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
 




Jurassic Shark 2012 Amazon Prime         
When an oil company unwittingly unleashes a prehistoric shark from its icy prison, the Jurassic killer maroons a group of thieves and beautiful young female college students on an abandoned island. Basically, the original MEG
There are no reviews to this but this film has an 8% score on rotten tomatoes
 


 

Surrounded 2018 Netflix
A group of friends runs a popular travel vlog that helps fund their adventures. Paige (Gina Vitori), the leader of the group, includes her younger sister, Lindsey (Aubrey Reynolds), for the next scuba diving trip to an isolated cove. But when their plane crashes, the two sisters must use their strength, resourcefulness and immense courage to survive a pack of great white sharks.
Reviews
I couldn’t find this on rotten tomatoes so I’m not sure what that says but it has a 2.8 out of 10 on IMDB so probably a film for people who enjoy cheesy horror rather than if you are looking for something that might ask you to use your brain at some point.
 




47 metres down uncaged 2019 Netflix  
Four teenaged girls scuba diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learns they've entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves.
Reviews
The action is unclear and the menace unconvincing. The tin-eared dialogue - of which there is a shocking amount, for a movie set largely underwater - doesn't help either.  Bilge Ebiri, New York Times
In trying to one-up the first film, Uncaged becomes more cartoonish and unrealistic (granted, not in the league of The Meg), but that also makes it more fun than the downer original.  Mark H. Harris, Black Horror Movies
 
 

Documentary’s
 




Last breath 2019 Netflix              
A deep-sea diver is stranded on the seabed with 5 minutes of oxygen and no hope of rescue. With access to the amazing archives, this is the story of one man's impossible fight for survival.
Reviews
It's affecting stuff -- there are few things more moving than tough men getting emotional.  Ed Potton, Times (UK)
The film is let down by an approach that goes for impact over insight, but Last Breath is a worthy entry to the 'hostile environment' documentary subgenre.  Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine
 




Black fish 2013 Netflix  
A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.
Reviews
Blackfish is a heart-breaking documentary, forensically constructed by Gabriella Cowperthwaite, about the extreme psychological distress of killer whales kept in captivity and used to entertain crowds at venues such as SeaWorld in Orlando.  Jenny McCartney, Daily Telegraph (UK)
It not only delivers astonishing, suspenseful footage that makes it a legitimate thriller, but also serves up thoughtful meditations about using wild animals for our own entertainment.  David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
 




Blue Planet and blue plant 2 Netflix       
Don’t really need to say much about these two amazing BBC documentary’s, narrated by the immense presence that is Sir David Attenborough, these two documentary series are a must-watch for all scuba divers. Overall areas of life beneath the surface it is full of wonderful photography and will educate you about the marine environment in an enjoyable yet thought-provoking way
 




Sharkwater extinction 2019 Amazon Prime         
A documentary by Rob Stewart who sadly lost his life diving just before this film was realized about the Shark finning industry and to totally devastating effect it is having on the underwater environment. With some amazing underwater photography, this documentary is sometimes emotional and always very interesting. I highly recommend watching this when you have the chance.
 




Chasing coral 2107 Netflix          
if you have ever wondered why I point keep pointing out that we don’t want the water we scuba dive in to be too warm then this documentary will help explain. This is a great if rather depressing documentary but it does give a little hope towards the end.
 




Misson blue 2014 Netflix             
Another documentary on the state of our ocean although this one being a little older then chasing coral above is a little more optimistic. This one is worth watching for the beautiful underwater photography alone.




 
Deep White 2013 Amazon Prime             
A documentary on scuba diving with sharks, the technics used such as chumming and feeding and the effects this has on the actions of the sharks. I’ve not watched it myself and can’t find any reviews on IMDB or rotten tomatoes for it and it seems to be 50/50 on the Amazon site but at only 43 mins long I will be giving it a go soon.
 
 



Dreamwrecks 2006 Amazon Prime
If you are missing your wreck diving fix then this might help. A series about wreck diving. Not watched it myself apart from the first couple of minutes as I am writing this but if you can put up with the American commentary it does look pretty good. It appears to be about scuba diving and documenting the wrecks used in films around the Caribbean so expect lots of cool wrecks and some nice fish life.
 




Monty Halls dive mysteries 2013 Amazon Prime              
A regular at dive shows and probably the UK’s most famous scuba diver, Monty Halls sues this chance to dive some of the best places in the world and you can watch along and start making plans for your next dive trip. I’ve always enjoyed Monty’s TV programmes and not just because they are about scuba diving but he also has a nice way of talking about a thing and you can really hear his passion for the underwater world come through in programmes like this.
 
Destination Scuba 2018 Amazon Prime 
These are two short episodes of just over 10 minutes each and maybe because I’ve not been in the water for 3 weeks, I really enjoyed these cheaply made short dive trips videos, the short of which you would expect to find on YouTube. It is a little bit along the lines of this is an advert for my dive shop type thing with a little bit of a documentary format thrown in but like I said I enjoyed it and with such a short run time you might as well take a look and see what you think.
 
Well, that’s my list and I know I might have missed a few but there should be enough here to keep you going over the Easter weekend during this lockdown. If you find others, please do comment and let me know and I will be happy to share them with other scuba divers in the future.