Dive Odyssea’s 25 years

PADI recognition of 25 years of dive excellence:

As well as a nice piece of glassware, with it’s message from the PADI CEO, Debbie received a personal note from the PADI EMEA office, based in Bristol:

At a time when Dive Centre’s around the world have been forced to close due to a drop in demand caused by Covid-19 and travel restrictions. Dive Odyssea, under Debbie’s care, has not only survived, but continued to provide quality training not only to people, young and older, breathing their first hesitant bubble underwater, but to more experienced divers working toward technical and professional qualifications.

But Dive Odyssea is not just another PADI dive centre: it has acheived the statuses of:

Team Work:

Of course, none of it could have happened without the support of the many volunteers and “PADI Pros”.  Over the past 25 years, they have given their time, energy and enthusiasm to provide safe, supportive and enjoyable training, trips (overseas and in the UK) and hilarious (occasionally riotous!) “apres dive” evenings (snorting vodka shots(!) and karaoke anyone?)

Hard Work!

Don’t under estimate the amount of work behind the scenes that goes into running these events.  A training weekend at Stoney or Chepstow involves hours of organisation: checking progress of students’ training, ensuring training logs are complete, arranging accomodation, booking access to the dive site; ensuring the right kit is available, rounding up the right  mix of “Pros” to get it all running seamlessly.  It may look straight forward to the students, but like ducks and swans, the effortless glide takes a lot of paddling unseen, underwater!

But if all goes well, and to plan, the Pro gets the chance to pose with the successful students for the post qualification photo!

Everyone who knows Debbie will want to join in the celebration of Dive Odyssea’s continuing success story.  If you want to be part of it, whether you are a hard core diver, a complete novice, or some one who just dives for the fun of it, ring us, and come and join the fun!








Happy Silver Anniversary

“25 Years, Darling, 25 years!”

We’ve all heard the show biz luvvies boast about 25 years in the “business “(normally it’s really less than 5 or long over 40!).

This year it’s Dive Odyssea’s turn to bang the gong and proclaim 25 years in the business,

The Dive business!

Dive Odyssea logo

Founded 1996

I won’t say how long Debbie has been diving, but suffice it to say her PADI registration number is only 5 digits long, compared to the 6 digit number issued to nearly every other dive pro you will encounter!  Dive Odyssea was her project and has issued thousands of certifications, from the first level Open Water Diver through to Assistant Instrauctor, as well as preparing many divers for their Instructor Examinations.

Find out about our training services here!

A basket full of certifications!

At long last we are able to finish training some of our students in open water. Last weekend, 22nd and 23rd May, saw an intrepid bunch of divers, instructional staff and students brave the weather in deepest Gloucestershire for some serious training!

Debbie at Chepstow
Debbie, students Emma and daughter Olivia, and Alex (their Dive Master)

Steve (Assistant Instructor), Monti, Martin, Rob (Master Instructor), Louis, Michael and Katie

Rob, Kelly and Steve

So the role of Honour?

                • Kelly: Advanced Open Water Diver
                • Emma and Olivia; Open Water Diver and Dry Suit Diver
                • Martin, Monti, Louis, Katie: Dry Suit Diver
                • Michael: Peak Performance Bouancy

Congratulations to all of them!

Pool updates and Chepstow in May

Some good news at last!

We have shallow pools booked from 20th April and are waiting on final confirmation from Garons.

We are off to Chepstow on 22nd and 23rd May for training and fun dives. We all need to desparately get back in the water and this is the first weekend that will allow overnight stays in a Hotel/B&B. Chepstow is a lovely site to dive with good onsite facilities too.

If you are planning to jump on a boat with us in 2021 its important to get a dive in first somewhere like Chepstow. You may have some unfinished training to complete.

You may need to increase your dives for a holiday you have planned, again Chepstow is an ideal location. We are diving Sat and Sun. Chepstow have a booking system.

If you are just fun diving please book your own spot on NDAC’s website, if you are training we will do it for you We must be quick either way as there are limited spaces. Be careful and book both days if that’s your intent.

Drop Debbie a line to tell her you and coming and if you require accommodation on debbie@dive-odyssea.co.uk or call her on 01702 542759 after 12 Noon during the week. We had a training group booked on 21st and 22nd November 2020. We do some have credit vouchers we can use if you plan to come in May. Don’t worry if cant make May: any Credit needs to be used by November 2021. Chepstow is a lovely site to dive with good onsite facilities too.

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!