Merry Christmas

Nollaig Chridheil, Nadolig LLawen, Nollaig Shona Duit!°

It has been a roller coaster year: every time it seems to be getting better, something comes along and hits us with a sockfull of sand behind the ear!

Merry Chrstmas

Anyway, plans are afoot for a full year of UK diving next year with old favourites and some new experiences too!  Training is supposed to start again in March, with a trip to Chepstow for Open Water and Dry Suit students already ramped up and raring to go.

We have plenty of ideas for those gifts for divers… talk to us!

Meanwhile, Christmas… No Dinner Dance this year, so save up your piccies for the photography competitions, and keep noting all the daft things people say ready for next years SUKKER of the (2) Year(s)†.

° Scots Gaelic, Welsh and Irish for Merry Christmas!

† For those of you unfamiliar with the riotous behaviour of Dive Odyssea at this seasonal time, “Sukker of the Year” is awarded to the person who has done or said something hilarious during the year.  More often  than not double entendre creeps in…

“It will all end in tiers!”

So, lockdown on the way out, but Essex and Southend-on-Sea are now in “Tier Two” together.  Not yet certain what that means for us and our programme for the end of this year.

  • We are awaiting decisions from Garon Park regarding the pool, and actively pursuing some alternatives.
  • Don’t yet know what options are available to us for Open Water dives: awaiting the announcement of decisions regarding some sites, but as Kent is in Tier Three, the sites there are off limits!

Watch this space…

We do have lots of good things in train for next year though.

  • In the UK: Oban for whiskey wreck diving, Farne Islands for seals, Swanage Oban
  • The Maldives and, of course, the Red Sea.

Blue Melody

Watch our events on line for the latest info, but Oban is already selling well, as are the Maldives and the Red Sea.  Get in quick: 2021 going to be a good year for diving!

Thunderbirds are Go!!!

Remember “Thunderbirds”?

“Calling International Rescue. There are people in danger!”

“Thunderbirds are Go!” (drum roll please….)

Well, UK divers have their own “Tracey”s whenever a marine mammal gets stranded or is taken ill: The British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

Dive Odyssea ran a Marine Mammal Medic course on Southend Sea Front in conjunction with BDMLR, and there are now another 25  divers trained to assist whenever a dolphin, whale or seal gets into dire straights (not the pop band, silly!).

Plans are afoot for another training session next spring, so get you funny hat and sash on, and contact Dive Odyssea to join International British Divers Marine Life Rescue†!!!

(† You don’t get to ride in a rocket, mole or submarine though)

Scuba diving during the Covid-19 outbreak

No two ways about it: times have been hard for every one.  In the early stages of lockdown, nothing was happening anywhere and everything was getting cancelled: holidays, outings to restaurants, theatres, cinemas.  It was bleak!

So, five months on, what has changed?

  • Since the lifting of some of the restrictions, we have managed a few days open water diving, in lakes and the sea, and most recently, a weekend trip to Swange! 
  • Although public and school swimming pools are still shut locally, we have managed a few sessions in a private establishment, including celebrating PADI’s “Women’s Day 2020”.
  • “Classroom” Sessions have been held al fresco in the car park (luckily not today as it has been taking a leaf out of the pop music genre “wet, wet, wet”!)
  • We have completed Open Water certification for one of our students, and have started some others on their Advanced.

Dive Odyssea is going it’s best to bring a little normality and fun back in to people’s lives.  Give us a ring and see what we can do for you!

Or checkout our events on  here

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 and 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!