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February 2010 Volume 5 Issue 2

Dive Club Newsletter 1 8 - 2 0 G r ea sb r ou g h R oa d , Pa r k g a t e , R ot h e r h am , S6 2 6 H N www. d r e a m d iv er slt d . c o. u k i n f o @d r e a m div e r sltd. c o. u k

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Dream Divers are Now Project Aware Official Partners INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1

Dream Divers are Now Project Aware


PADI International Prize Winners January Club Meeting


January Club Meeting Latest Qualifications


PADI Specialty of the Month Swimming Pool Sessions


Club Trips Club Events and Trips Calendar

As divers we have firsthand experience of the aquatic environment, and we can see the consequences that arise when the environment and its ecosystems are neglected or damaged. As qualified PADI divers you will know that the Project AWARE philosophy is an important component of all PADI training materials, teaching divers at all levels about their responsibilities to help protect the aquatic world. In addition PADI and Project AWARE have developed a number of environmentally aware specialty courses such as AWARE Fish Identification, Underwater naturalist, and Coral Reef Conservation to name a few.

Why Are We Getting Involved Now? As a dive club and PADI dive centre we have always been environmentally aware, trying to promote best practice during all our diving and other activities, together with promoting environmental causes, like our recent coverage of the MCS (Marine Conservation Society) efforts to establish Marine Protection Zones. We have now realised that is time to take our involvement to the next level and actively promote Project AWARE and its aims, so we have now become a Project AWARE Official Partner. You can find out more about Project AWARE by visiting

So How Can We Help? Dream Divers branded merchandise now available including Polo Shirts £12.95 Log Binders £15.95 Mask Strap Covers £8.50

One simple way is to ask for the Project AWARE version of the PADI certification card, when you complete your next PADI course. We are open to suggestions for other activities and fundraising ideas that can involve everyone; club members, students, dream divers staff members and their families, as well as the wider community. A great starting place for younger members of the family (aged 3 - 12) is the AWARE Kids Art Contest (closes on 8th November 2010, which is aimed at celebrating the 2010 International year of Biodiversity.

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PADI International Prize Winners PADI Speciality Instructor of the Month for November Well done to Jon Wilkinson for becoming PADI Specialty Instructor of the Month for November 2009. He was awarded this prize for teaching the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty.

Jon Wilkinson PADI Specialty Instructor of the Month for November 2009

PADI Specialty of the Month Draw Winner for November Club member John Shilito wins the £50 prize from PADI, in the November 2009 Specialty of the month Draw. He received his free entry into the draw by successfully completing the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty during November. Do You Want the Chance to Win a Great Prize?

John Shilito with His Specialty of the Month Prize

Everyone who successfully completes the PADI specialty of the month, during the month qualifies for a free entry in to this monthly draw. In addition to gaining important diving skills each completed specialty course takes you one step nearer to achieving PADI’s higher recreational diving qualification, the PADI Master Scuba Diver.

January Club Meeting

28th January 2010

Chaired by Alison Smallwood Many thanks to all the people that managed to attend this month’s club meeting it was a good turn out with 34 people attending and it was very nice to see some new faces. We currently have 24 members who have paid their subscription for 2010. Dream Divers Club Membership Fees are only £12 per person for the full year and in order to take full advantage of the benefits and discounts available to members; you need to have paid your membership fees in full.

The next club meeting will be on Thursday 25th February 2010 7.30pm onw ard s at the Ring O Bells, Chu rch Street, Sw inton, Rotherham, S64 8EG.

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Dive Club Newsletter Latest Qualifications PADI Divemaster All the team here at Dream Divers would like to congratulate Shaun Blakey on all the hard work he has put in over the last 18 months as a PADI Divemaster Intern. This dedication has now paid off, with Shaun Passing his PADI Divemaster qualification and taking the first step on the ladder as a PADI Professional.

Newly Qualified PADI Divemaster Shaun photographed with Divemaster Lesley at Stoney Cove

EFR Instructor Trainer & IDC Staff Instructor

John Smallwood EFR Instructor Trainer

Dream Divers pride ourselves on our continued staff development policy, gaining the extra training necessary, to continue our development as a PADI Dive Centre, and to gain the necessary qualifications to offer additional and more advanced courses, as the skill and qualification levels of club members and students progress. As part of this staff development process we would like to congratulate John Smallwood on successfully passing both PADI EFR Instructor Trainer exam, and the IDC Staff Instructor exam. Which means that we are now able teach both the EFR Instructor and Assistant Instructor courses in house so if you are interested in taking these courses, or in fact any course up to PADI instructor please contact the dive shop for full details.

PADI Divemaster Well Done to Phil Williams all his hard work over several months has finally paid off, he has now successfully completed all the requirements of the PADI Divemaster course. All the team here at Dream Divers would like to congratulate Phil on becoming a PADI Professional.

Newly Qualified Divemaster Phil Williams

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PADI Specialty of the Month The PADI Specialty of Month for February is PADI Boat Diver; obviously February is not the ideal time of year in this country for boat diving due in part to the unpredictable weather at this time of year and the cold water temperatures, if you are interested in taking this specialty course, please contact the dive centre. So this month, due to its popularity last month, and that several students interested in taking this course could not fit taking the course into their schedules we are going to have the PADI Enriched Air (EANx) Nitrox Course as the Dream Divers Specialty of the month again. So take advantage of this special offer and sign up for this

PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver This Course provides you with important skills and knowledge to improve your diving experience, with the possibility of extended bottom times, when compared with diving on air. The knowledge and skills covered in this course are necessary for any diver, who is considering diving with EANx (Nitrox). The course content includes:  Learning how to analyse cylinder contents  Planning enriched air dives using tables  Planning enriched air dives using dive computers  Safely plan repetitive dives using the CNS tracking tables Number of Dives No Dives. 2

Club Members Price (during January) £85 £140

Normal Price £95 £150

This course can be credited towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver qualification, which is PADI's highest recreational diving qualification Contact the dive centre for more details

Swimming Pool Sessions At Chapeltown Swimming Pool As Dive Club members, you can use the pool for only £5 per person, during our pool sessions, using your own kit, or just £15 per person including rental of full kit. So whether you just want to refresh your skills, have a piece of new kit to try out or just having that burning desire to get wet. Call the dive centre to book your place.

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Dive Club Newsletter Club Members Benefits With your club membership you can save many times the low £12 annual fee.

Discount on the Specialty of the month.

50p off Air and Nitrox fills in our shop.

Use of the swimming pool every other Crocodile Fish Head On

Sunday for £5, during the pool sessions,

Photo: John Smallwood

provided you have own equipment.

Discount on Items purchased in the Dream Divers Shop

Club Trips To avoid any disappointment and so we do not have to cancel any of our trips / boats it would be greatly appreciated, if those who are seriously interested would kindly put their names down on the list and pay a £10 deposit.

Club Events and Trips Calendar April 2010 As you know we don’t have a club meeting during December, due the

Plymouthso we have our club Christmas party, Christmas andLocation New Year festivities, during the month, each year we Weekend try and do something Easter : Saturday 3rd different. April, Sunday 4th Dates and Monday 5th April This year we went and spent an enjoyable evening watching “the Dogs” at Owlerton Stadium, Hard-boatEveryone Fintan with who diver turned lift and uphot thoroughly Trip Detailsin Sheffield. refreshments enjoyed the evening.

“If you are interested in going on any of these trips, please let us know A.S.A.P. so we can reserve your place”

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May 2010 Location Dates Trip Details Number of Dives Max. No. Divers Price

St Abbs Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May Hard-boat – Lazy G Diver & hot refreshments 2 day diving , 2 dives per day 12 divers £50

Possible 2nd Boat Ask at Dive Shop ASAP


Cuttlefish - Cornwall Photo: John Smallwood

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June 2010 Location Dates Trip Details Number of Dives o

Max. N . Divers Price

Cornwall Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June Hardboat Kitten; including drinks and snacks 2 day diving , 2 dives per day 12 £80

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“Some of these trips may not be suitable for all levels of divers so please ask a member of staff for information before you book.”

July 2010 Location Dates Trip Details Number of Dives Max. No. Divers Price

Farne Islands Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th July Hard-boat Glad Tidings; Hot Refreshments 2 day diving , 2 dives per day 20 £80

7 Places Left

October 2010 Location Dates Trip Details

Eyemouth Diving Sat 2nd and Sunday 3rd October We Have Now Charted and filled 2 Hard-boats for this trip, so due to the excellent demand for this trip we have now charter a third hard boat.

Sting Ray – Maldives Photo: John Smallwood

All boats should have diverlift, and Hot refreshment

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Max. N . Divers Price

Location Dates Trip Details

2 day diving , 2 dives per day 36 £60

11 Places Left

Sharm El Shiek TBC Around 23rd October

We are currently searching for the best available deal for this trip; the price for a one week trip will more than likely be in the region of £450 plus your dive package. We should have full details available in during March

Anyone interested in any other trips for this year please can you contact us to share your ideas.

Anemone - St Abbs Photo John Smallwood

Dream Divers February 2010 Dive Club Newsletter  

This month's edition of the Dream Divers Newsletter leads with the news that Dream Divers is now a Project AWARE Official Partner. Also feat...