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Trainee Divemasters integral to dive operations  

'Divemaster' to the non diver conjures up a picture of the ultimate diver the 'Master of Diving' often regarded as higher up the professional ladder than the Instructor and probably rightly so! To me there is no more important course - lets face it, this is where the dive professional gets hands on with real life students and real life divers. Or at least they should! Through all my dive centres I believe that the only way a trainee divermaster should learn is the real hands on experience only 'real students' can provide. After all if I mock up problems then in the back of the mind of the trainee is 'well it is only Ian and he can sort himself out' whereas the real student generally can't. If they have that moment of panic, then it is exactly that - panic.... It's those real life experiences that you can't mock up when a student suddenly decides to take a regulator out the same time as they are doing a mask clear whilst trying to stay neutrally buoyant!

Our trainee Divemasters may be on a course for six months or even 2 years...but we know when they get to the end they have receieved the very best of training that means they will be able to deal with 'unexpected'. So with us - we train those Masters of Diving that go on to be really great instructors (although that route of course is up to them) and we know they truely have earn't that certification card. If its a badge then they should wear it with honour...

So massive congratulations to our newest qualified divemaster Amber... whom has overcome her own ups and downs of diving to reach this level.......

 

Review of Bare Celliant Gloves and Hood  

So last weekend I had the opportunity to test the new Bare Celliant 5mm gloves and 7mm hood.This is what they say...."Celliant Infrared technology turns wasted body heat into useable infrared energy. The lining is enhanced with 13 thermo-reactive minerals woven into the fabric of the glove that react to your body heat converting it to infrared energy and reflecting it back to the body increasing circulation and body warmth."

I usually dive with a Forth Element hood (5mm) and I have to say that the 7mm hood was in every way as comfortable as my usual. The vent on the top of the hood is great (something missing from the Fourth Element) and the glide skin skirt feels comfortable against the skin. The only downside is that the hood fits so well that when some water does creep in my god you dont half notice it!!! Priced at £65 it is way up there....is it worth it?...if it keeps the head warm then absolutely!!

Gloves are a can of worms for me...I have Reynaud's which results in very poor circulation to the extremities (ie hands) so I have tried and test many gloves over the years. The bench mark was set some years ago when Scubapro did a set of semi-dry gloves that were amazing (unfortunately they stopped producing them a long while agao and my pair have long been consigned to the bin). The best since then is my trusty Typhoon superstretch 5mm gloves which work really well. So how did these 5mm Bare gloves perform? Got to say really well. The superstretch neoprene means you can flex the fingers but the fit was so good (i had a large pair) that on the first dive I had no (or very little) water in the glove...resulting in warm hands...(this despite the wrist of the glove not being completely flat on top of drysuit seal)...At £46 they are up there but I can say that this is definetly my next purchase...if you get cold hands then defintely give these a go..

Ramblings of a dive centre owner  

We have added a new 'blog' section to our website...this now allows us to keep you updated on all the activities, hints, tips, new product, kit trials, courses and general information in one handy space without having to be a member of our facebook page (scuba scene dive club - if your interested!) or Instagram or any other social media site... keep popping back regular to see the daily, weekly or monthly mews of dive centre owner Ian or the rest of the Scuba Scene crew...

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