Why PADI Is The Best Choice For Diving Courses

Why PADI Is The Best

PADI is the world’s leading scuba diving training organization. As a brand PADI is as recognizable as McDonalds, Starbucks and Pizza Hut. The scuba diving courses offered are carried out to exacting quality standards and the training materials are second to none.

Learning to Dive with a PADI School and the PADI brand brings to you more than forty years’ experience, over 135,000 PADI Professionals and more than 6,000 dive shops and resorts worldwide, PADI training materials and services let you experience scuba diving from nearly anywhere. You can even sign up to study online via PADI E Learning Programmes so you can study when it suits you in your own time at home.

padi scuba divingChoosing the right dive school is important as Scuba diving requires a level of confidence and the more relaxed you feel with your Instructors the more you will enjoy learning to scuba dive. Waterfront Scuba’s PADI 5 Star Dive Centre in Essex can help transform your life through education, experience, equipment and environmental conservation. PADI 5 Star Membership is only awarded to progressive PADI Dive shops that excel in providing student scuba divers and scuba divers with a full range of scuba certification courses and programs, scuba equipment selection and scuba experience opportunities. To qualify as a 5 Star Dive Centre Waterfront Scuba has met and continues to meet elevated service and business standards so you can be safe in the knowledge that you have selected the best diving facility for your scuba training with Waterfront Scuba. Their Instructors have won awards from PADI for student feedback received and Industry standards awards for services to the scuba industry.

PADI Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba diving certification credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI scuba certification card will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures you’ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did – to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization

All PADI programs, entry-level right through to scuba instructor training, fall under strict educational standards monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. PADI takes a proactive approach to quality management and randomly surveys PADI Divers to confirm that their courses met PADI’s high standards as well as the divers’ expectations. No other diver training organization works to maintain this level of professional reliability and integrity. PADI’s commitment to a quality assurance process helps continually improve customer satisfaction. PADI courses globally are certified as compliant with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for Recreational Diving Services by an independent auditor.

Thinking of getting certified for an upcoming holiday, trip or vacation, but don’t have the time to put into a regular diver course? Now there’s a quick and easy program designed especially for you! This is your chance to slap on some fins, strap on a mask and experience an intense adventure in a short amount of time. Undertake a PADI Referral course, do all of your pool training and theory study here in the UK and arrive at your destination ready and confident to undertake your certification dives.

iso-LogoFor the safety of their students waterfront scuba staff are fully insured as a dive school and insurance details are kept on file with PADI EMEA Head Office. The school operates within the guidelines of the Health and Safety Executive in all diver training that they undertake. Staff undertake annual medicals with HSE approved Doctors for your peace of mind and safety. First aid kits and oxygen kits are carried at every session and all    staff are Emergency First Response Trained, the majority to Instructor level. For your own safety and peace of mind you should ensure that the dive school you choose operates within these legally required guidelines, ask to see a copy of their paperwork.

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PADI Discover Scuba Diving Hornchurch, Romford, Upminster, Essex

20121019-224507.jpgHave you ever tried breathing underwater using SCUBA?. Would you like to? well how about if we said you can bring a friend to share the experience with you and your friend can come for free. With our special two for one offer that’s what are bringing you, double the fun for half the price. We will even take a picture of you both underwater and email it to you afterwards so you have a lasting memory of your experience.

There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to –after all, human beings weren’t designed to do that – but after a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge instructors have with the Discover Scuba Diving program is not coaxing participants into the water, but coaxing them out when the program is over. The fun part? It’s all fun! This friendly session (which lasts approximately 1 hour) introduces you to the excitement of being able to breathe underwater. Skills mastered in this introductory session may be used as credit towards future qualifications should you decide to continue your adventure by taking part in the PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Diver courses

Book onto a scuba course with us within seven days of your scuba experience and we will even refund the price of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience off the price of your course.

Waterfront Scuba is a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre with seven fully qualified PADI Diving Instructors on our hand picked dive team, supported by PADI Assistant Instructors and PADI Divemasters. We operate within the strict guidelines of Health and Safety Diving Regulations for you maximum safety and enjoyment.

We run these sessions every Saturday afternoon, call today to book you and your friend or partner onto an adventure that could change your whole life. Discover the magic and wonders of the underwater world.

Waterfront Scuba 01708 227122 or click here to email

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PADI Divemaster Course

What is a PADI Divemaster? What does a PADI Divemaster do?, Well the answer to those questions may well depend on whereabouts in the world you are located both as a student and as a fully qualified PADI Divemaster.

Working abroad, PADI Divemasters spend their days as dive guides, knowing where to take their guests for that extra special dive, dive sighting or maybe conducting Discover Scuba Diving. Discover Local Diving experiences, as a dive guide on a safari boat.

In the UK you will carry out PADI Scuba Review programmes, Discover Scuba Diving, Run a Day Boat dive operation as a Dive Marshal. Work in a school dive team to deliver PADI Courses as well dealing with logistics and being the one that students will likely come to as they see you as a more approachable individual to ask that question of.

When you started your diving journey you learnt basic skills and then honed them in the pool and open water environments. You probably took the PADI Advanced Open Water Course so you could dive to 30 metres and learn about some basic navigation skills as well as trying the first dive of the many PADI Specialties available. Maybe you fancied trying a Diver Propulsion Vehicle and had designs on being 007 for half an hour.

You didn’t become a Rescue Diver to be a hero, or to be rescuing divers left right and centre. Or to sit on the boat all uptight waiting for that unlikely event of a diver being in need of rescue. You became a PADI Rescue Diver to give you the knowledge and the skill base should you find yourself or another diver in an unfortunate situation.

Then perhaps you looked closer at the people who taught you to dive, your family members keep asking you about diving? Nieces and Nephews ask about your adventures underwater, you find you want to pass on some of the knowledge you have gained. You find you want to learn more about the theory behind diving. You enjoy diving with people not as confident as yourself so you can help them enjoy the wonders of the undersea environment. Do you want to share your world and adventures with family and friends, more importantly would you like to introduce them to a new world and help them take their first breaths underwater.

Its not important if some of the above applies to you or if it all applies to you because the PADI Divemaster programme is about all of these things put together and more. Its about developing your knowledge of the PADI system, scuba equipment and the environment so when a student asks a question you can answer with confidence and lay their fears to rest. Its about developing your dive skills to Instructor standards, its about helping people who may struggle with a skill, you can be the kingpin in their learning by helping them master a skill. Its about being flexible, being professional, being able to organise and run a days dive operation. Its about researching dive sites, its about guiding divers, its about taking responsibility for divers. Its about anticipation above and below the surface, can you be in the right place at the right time, can you spot a potential problem before it arises and fix it whilst not damaging an individuals confidence. Its about teamwork and being an integral and important part of a dive team, its about keeping diving safe and enjoyable for everyone. Becoming a PADI Divemaster course is no easy task but you will gain entry into the professional ranks of PADI Divers and if you want to work within diving anywhere in the world then being a PADI Pro will open far more doors for you then any other agency in the recreational diving industry.

Will you get paid in the UK? highly unlikely is the most probable answer, but you can gain a place with a dive school on their team. This gives you access to students to teach and to develop your skills, work with Instructors, meet people and go diving. This where if you want to go further that you invest in yourself, increasing your knowledge, building your experience, diving in different environments. Acting as a dive marshall, running dive trips, research dive locations, work as shore support for other Instructors, watch and learn, refine your theory knowledge. its where you start to develop friendships, take additional courses. It is where you start to build your portfolio. Being involved with a dive school gives you an invaluable insight into the dive industry. The satisfaction you can gain from helping someone overcome a difficulty and master a skill iis priceless. This all adds up to an important time if you wish to go on further along the PADI Professional path.

Will you get paid abroad? There is a slight chance that you may gain employment overseas as a dive guide but your going to need to stand out from the crowd of other applicants so you need to put yourself in a position to do that (see above). More than likely you may get work on odd days with different dive centres on a freelance basis whilst you build your experience. It certainly wont make you rich, it is more about a lifestyle. Work hard and you may get a dive centre sponsor you through an IDC Course, this option can also be available be in the UK with some dive centres.

Becoming a PADI Divemaster is the first step on the PADI Professional ladder and can be the gateway to a life you never thought possible, it will give you the chance to share your experience, to look after other divers, gain experience, gain knowledge and respect, to introduce people to new sights and sounds, to teach people, to guide people both above and below the surface

The real test of a PADI Professional or Dive Professional is to master all environments, to be able to work effectively both at home and abroad, in a pool, in a lake or inland sites, from the shore and from boats at sea. To gain the respect of other professional divers. To do this you have to go diving and expose yourself to different environments. If you can achieve this then you can be proud of what you have achieved and your high standard of diving.

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.
At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.

The PADI Divemaster crewpak includes:

PADI Divemaster Manual
Divemaster slates
PADI Instructor Manual
The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving – a comprehensive overview of diving physics, physiology, and equipment
Scuba Tune-up Guidebook
PADI Professional Log
DSD Cue Cards
PADI Pro Bag
PADI Divemaster Application package

To take this course, you must be:

18 years old
A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
A PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organization) course completion within the past 24 months.
Have at least 40 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
There are other required materials that a Divemaster Candidate will need but may have received them during other PADI programs so they have not been included in the Divemaster Crew-Pak. Please ask your PADI Instructor for the full list of required materials that you will need for the program.

If you would like to know more about the PADI Divemaster Course Schedule, would like to book onto a course, then please email: info@waterfrontscuba.com or call 01708 227122.

We are a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre offering all PADI Courses from Beginner to Professional as well as full retail outlet and servicing facility. Waterfront Scuba 01708 227122 is your one stop scuba shop for all your diving needs.

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Waterfront Scuba UK Diving Littlehampton

What a great weekend had at Littlehampton diving off the hard boat Voyager. The sun was out the sea was clam and the visibility was good. Every diver thought diving the wreck of the Indiana was and i quote “like diving in a aquarium” marine life every where. We had across the two days 24 divers all enjoying our sport to the full. A very special mention must be made of Meghan O’Brien at 11 years old she must be the youngest diver I know to have dived the Indiana. Meghan was also the photograper for the week end so Pictures to follow. Also a mention to Gary who dived the weekend wearing just a shorty YES just a shorty thats how warm the water was !!!

Some of the divers enjoyed their first UK Sea Dives and discovered that you dont have to go overseas to enjoy a great days diving. For more details of our UK Diving and the Waterfront Scuba Dive Club please see our Facebook page and website

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PADI Scuba Diving Courses

At Waterfront Scuba we can offer you the following PADI Scuba Diving Courses all backed by our PADI 5 Star Dive Centre. Why would you choose Waterfront Scuba over local schools?

1. Our school dive equipment is brand new, you will be learning to dive in quality equipment from a top manufacturer.

2. Our dive team all have HSE Diving medicals and operate within the strict guidelines laid down by the Health and Safety Executive. Some local schools staff do not even have dive medicals, or comply with the regulations! they are putting you at risk.

3. We offer full classroom facilities at all of our sessions not canteen areas shared with other users.

4. We are fully insured. For your safety we carry three oxygen delivery kits at our pool sessions and our staff are all trained to use them. Some schools carry no kits at all relying on pool lifeguards to supply their safety cover. We have a trained Emergency Medical Technician on our dive staff also.

5. We have use of a 6 Metre deep pool which means you really get to understand and learn the buoyancy skills that go towards making you a great diver.

6. Our dive team includes a PADI Master Instructor this Instructor rating is unique in the PADI System – it is the one rating that you do not earn through training. You earn it by exemplifying what it means to be a PADI Instructor.

7. Our dive team actually goes diving! we don’t just dive in swimming pools.

8. We have an active dive club with regular monthly events and opportunities to go diving

9. We are dedicated to bringing our students the best experience underwater, we take the time to teach you to dive we dont just deliver a course. We are a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre Educational facility, we offer all PADI courses from beginner to Instructor level, as well as equipment sales and servicing and rental. As a PADI Dive Centre we also have certification under EN14467 and ISO24830 for our diving courses.

10. We dont send you to another dive centre to complete you course. We will undertake your whole course from start to finish. There are no hidden fees, no further amounts to pay.

PADI Master Scuba Diver Specialty
PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty
PADI Search and Recovery Specialty
PADI Drift Diver Specialty
PADI Boat Diver Specialty
PADI Night Diver Specialty
PADI Digital Underwater Photography Specialty
PADI EANX Nitrox Specialty
PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty
PADI Emergency Oxygen Specialty
PADI Wreck Diver Specialty
PADI Deep Diver Specialty
PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty
PADI Project Aware Specialty
PADI AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty
PADI Equipment Specialist
PADI Open Water
PADI Assistant Instructor
PADI Divemaster Discover Scuba Diving Leader
PADI Divemaster PADI Rescue Diver
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
PADI Adventure Diver
PADI Open Water Diver
PADI Scuba Diver
PADI Discover Scuba Diver
PADI Bubblemaker
PADI Scuba Review
PADI Self Reliant Diver Specialty

If you have any questions or queries please contact us and we will be pleased to assist you.
email – info@waterfrontscuba.com
Tel – 01708 227122

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Many Congratulations to Jak and Maria on completion of the PADI Open Water Diver Confined water and Theory elements of the course. The guys will now undertake their open water dives with Instructor Graham Shaw next week, so watch this space as PADI will very soon add another two Open Water Divers in its ranks.

Following their qualification they will then fly to Sharm El Shiekh in Egypt to undertake some truly fantastic diving in the Red Sea as fully qualified PADI Open Water Divers.

We are committed to our club members and students and we have sort out and invested in the best facilities. All of our pool sessions benefit from Overhead Projector facilities, dedicated classroom areas and on Wednesday nights at our deep pool we have even have access to an on site bar complete with hot meals available as well.

If you would like to discover scuba for the first time, expand your current level of diver training, explore technical diving or undertake Instructor training then we can offer it all, backed up by one of the finest service technicians in the business and a full retail outlet as well. Waterfront Scuba really is your one stop shop for all your diver needs.

Hit The red button and begin your scuba adventure today

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PADI Chamber Awareness Specialty with Waterfront Scuba and London Hyperbaric Medicine

After arriving at the London Diving Chamber at Whipps Cross Hospital early on Saturday, we were greeted by the chamber staff and invited to take a seat in the lecture room. The morning started with an introduction and safety brief, (after of course filling in some medical forms) and we were told about the possible risks and factors that would affect us when completing our dive to 40m.

 As most PADI qualified divers will know, any dive between 18 and 30m is classified as a ‘Deep Dive’ and 40m is the absolute recreational scuba diving maximum.

 There were a number of aims to the day and each of the participants had their own reasons for enrolling. As a diver and Emergency Medical Technician who has never had hyperbaric treatment, I was interested in finding out the technical details of the chamber, learning more about Nitrogen Narcosis and experiencing a dive without getting wet! The aim of the chamber staff was to educate us on the use of hyperbaric medicine, the non-diving related conditions they can treat and more detailed information about Decompression Illness (DCI).

 We were thoroughly briefed about what would happen in the chamber, and, after getting changed into green medical scrubs and trying out oxygen masks, the first group of 8 were led into ‘the pot’. We were told we would have to complete some simple experiments when we reached 40m; dropping a little parachute man in the dense air to compare the time it took for him to land at 40m instead of normal atmospheric pressure. We had to blow up a balloon to watch it expand as we ascended, try to whistle and complete a few questions on a test paper. We were also told to listen to our voices.

 Increasing the pressure inside a chamber can be compared to filling a scuba tank. The more air that is compressed and put in; the higher the resulting pressure is. Due to the sudden increase in pressure, the temperature is greatly increased. If you have ever had your scuba tank filled and then touched it shortly afterwards you would have noticed that it was relatively warm. This is due to the air molecules bouncing and bumping into each other much faster than they normally would, creating friction and heat. The temperature jumped from a comfortable 22/23 degrees all the way to 32/33. When we dropped the parachute man; he had to physically push his way through more air molecules, this created extra resistance and slowed him down. It took approximately 3 seconds for him to descend on the surface but nearly 7 when we are at 40m.

 The short test which we had 30 seconds to complete included very simple questions. Your name, draw a hexagon, join the dots, a few easy sums such as 11 x 11 and writing down the pressure at a given depth. I was second in line to complete the test and was surprised at how difficult I found it to start writing. Some divers were unable to complete the test and even spelt their name wrong as well as thinking that a hexagon only has 5 sides; joining the dots caused problems as well! The aim of the test was to assess our level of consciousness in relation to the effects of Nitrogen Narcosis. As divers among you will know, Nitrogen Narcosis affects us usually when we dive beyond 30m; however it is not uncommon to notice some symptoms much shallower than this, in as little as 6m. It can be described as a change in the level of consciousness in a given individual and can be likened to alcohol intoxication.

 The dive profile we followed was made to be incredibly safe and was well-within safe diving practices and limits. We could have had just 1 minute on oxygen but were actually following a profile of 11 minutes.

After the ‘dive’ we rotated groups and had the chance to watch what happened from outside the chamber. We then had a presentation in the lecture room to further explain nitrogen narcosis, the chamber and medical treatments.

 The day was a great success; club members enjoyed themselves as did Waterfront staff. We will definitely be running this course again in the future and I hope that more people will join us to educate themselves further in diving safety.

 David Kendrick-White

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