never dived in the UK

I have never dived in the UK before!

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Although the title is not a question, it is a statement that is made many times in diving enquiries. We have written this FAQ to try and answer any questions we have that arrive from that statement.

If you have never dived in the UK before, we would highly recommend a shore dive or two to see what the conditions are like, they may be very different from what you are used to. In fact, if you want to come on to a boat dive, we require that you have completed at least two UK sea dives and dived within the last six months. If you do not fit this criteria, we can take you on an escorted dive, or two. Once you have completed the two dives, we will be much happier taking you on our boat. If you haven’t dived in the last six months you can either complete an inactive diver program, or if you have many dives logged but not dived in a while, just maybe one escorted dive to get you back into it.

We do hire equipment, we have all the basic scuba equipment you need. We do not hire dry suits though, only semi dry wet suits. The semi dry wet suits we have will keep you warm enough in water at nearly any time of year.

Depending on where you have dived before, will depend on what you expect from a boat dive. In most tropical countries, you will have a guide, the price of the guide is included in the price of the boat dive. In the UK, legislation is very different. We have limits to the number of people we can take on a boat, there are also requirements for the guide. Any dive guide in the UK has to be a minimum of a dive master, with an in date HSE medical. The dive guide must be escorted by someone capable of performing a rescue, so a minimum of a rescue diver who also has to have an in date HSE medical. So far an escorted dive from a UK boat, you need to cover the cost of the guide and their rescue diver and their boat spaces. If there are eight people in a group this doesn’t equate to a huge sum across the divers, if you are a lone diver, it becomes very expensive. The other option, is we find you a buddy to dive with, which actually is quite easy and a lot less expense as you only pay for your boat space.