Dive Odyssea accredited as an Approved Youth Training Centre

PADI has granted Dive Odyssea AYTC status.

Dive Odyssea is committed to the  key Safeguarding principle:  every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm.

On top of that, we aim to ensure every child has fun!

Check out our “Can Children Dive” pages to see what your youngsters could be enjoying!

Thought about First Aid?

Our Emergency First Response courses are great!  They save lives by giving you the skill set to support an seriously ill or injured person until professional care is available.  But did you know they can support you in your career development too?

The CPD Certification Service has accredited the EFR Primary Care and Secondary Care course for the purpose of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit. EFR Primary Care and Secondary Care course participants, worldwide, seeking CPD credit, now have the opportunity to receive a CPD certificate of recognition (equivalent 8 hours of credit) toward their professional development.  CPD is often a requirement of membership of a professional body. It can help to reflect, review and document learning and to develop and update professional knowledge and skills.

So, as well as breathing life into a “Resus Annie”, blow some into your job prospects too!  When Covid-19 restrictions end, sign up for your EFR or refresher.

Congratulations to Debbie and Rob!!

It’s nice to have some good news to share in these dark times: it won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been trained by, or has worked with, Debbie and Rob to find out they have both been recognised by PADI as Elite Instructors again for last year’s work.

Instructing dive students is great to be involved in, but it takes the best to mastermind and control the training.  Dive Odyssea is lucky to have two of the best!!!

Cheers Deb, and bottoms up Rob (you’ve earned the Stella).

Equipment: An essential for a Night Dive…

Last year on our Red Sea liveaboard, the most popular PADI course Debbie and Rob ran was Night Diver.  I won’t go into the details of the course here: it’s there under the Specialities in the Learn to Dive section of this site, but what was interesting is the number of divers I see on Liveaboards clamouring to do night dives (qualified or not) who end up hiring a torch from the boat.

Costly, (€5 a night normally) often older technology and a bit dim, hire torches are OK, but they don’t get the best out of a dive. The excuses most divers make is either cost or weight…  neither is really valid.

Varilux make a cracking little travel torch.  Weighing in at under 400g with the battery (not as heavy as a tee shirt), kicking out 1000 lumens, very robust, and costing much less than four holidays worth of hire fees, what’s there not to like?  If you are a UK diver too, it makes a really good option for poking around wrecks too, or as a back up light to bigger lights.

Treat yourself: you won’t regret it!

Another Assistant Instructor!

Best wishes and congratualtions to Jamie Keeble, no longer Dive Master Jamie, but AI Jamie!

Achieving Assistant Instructor rating is no mean feat: you have to be a Dive Master first (a full on internship in it’s own right) then, once you’ve got that nailed,  it’s the same exams, lectures and in water work that you take for the full Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Happy New Year!

Watch our events pages to see what is happening during 2020: overseas trip, UK dive trips (including exciting opportunites to dive in the West Country, or perhaps dive with the seals in the Farne Islands) and other activities, specialist courses, and, of course, open water training weekends.

May all the memories you create this year be wet; in the nicest possible way!