Spec Savers weekend
Oyster Diving is offering DIVER readers 10% off when they book any two PADI speciality courses during its ”Spec Savers” weekend at the National Diving & Activity Centre at Chepstow on 23-24 August.
Possible spec options include Nitrox (normally £145), Deep Diver (£195), Wreck (£245), Underwater Digital Photography (£245), Drysuit Diver (£145) and Peak Performance Buoyancy (£145).
Depending on your choice of specialties, you may even be able to complete a third course.
Once you have completed five specialties and have your Rescue Diver and 50 logged dives you can apply to become a Master Scuba Diver.
Chepstow offers the ideal playground to complete these specialties, says Oyster: ”Its crystal-clear waters are filled with interesting wrecks, aquatic life and training platforms.”
www.oysterdiving.com

SSI afloat in Red Sea
Since starting in 1970, Scuba Schools International (SSI) says it has grown to include more than 30 service centres and is represented in more than 110 countries with more than 2500 international locations. Now SSI courses are available on the blue o two Red Sea liveaboard fleet through its instructors.
Courses available include Deep Diving, Nitrox and Recreational Sidemount up to Advanced, and prices start from £90 (ex certification fees and materials), says blue o two, and can be completed during your holiday on any of its vessels.
www.blueotwo.com

Unlimited training for under £20
Unlike most organisations and dive schools, the member-clubs of the Sub-Aqua Association (SAA) don’t charge for courses. Their instructors work for free, and yet the SAA offers qualifications recognised the world over, it says.
The training agency is the UK’s issuing authority for the international CMAS qualifications. Its clubs are independent but work together to maintain what it says are ”very high standards of training, safety and friendliness”.
Why join an SAA club Individual skills and qualification courses rapidly add up, says the organisation, but access to every qualification offered is covered by the membership price of your club, which is usually £20 or less a month.
If the course is local, it’s free, and all diver grades fall into that category except for the very highest. Even if the course is national, the fee charged is only enough to cover the venue and travel costs for the volunteer instructor.
A wide variety of courses is offered, says the SAA, from a Scuba Tune-up to Instructor, Boat-Handling, Oxygen Admin, Chartwork & Navigation, Rescue Diver and even Self-Reliant Diver training – all available to SAA members at cost price.
saa.org.uk

Can’t stop writing
S.C.U.B.A. AG is a relatively new diver training agency based in Switzerland
– the name stands for Swiss Company for Underwater Breathing & Activities. It serves dive professionals in English, Dutch, French and German.
”What makes us special is that we already have a complete set of instructor and student materials in several languages,” says S.C.U.B.A. In its two years of existence it has already published 89 titles plus supporting materials for instructors, reflecting a wide range of courses and specialities.
”Worldwide this places us at third rank in the diving industry with respect to available training aids,” it claims.
www.scuba-international.com

Troubleshooters
Aquanauts Grenada reckons it can sort out a lot of individual diver hang-ups in the time you spend holidaying on the Caribbean island.
If, for example, you worry that you need a lot of air, it suggests that you become a Sidemount Diver. If you get cold easily and hate that dry-mouth reg feeling, it offers the chance to sample rebreather diving.
If you simply feel the need to go deeper, Aquanauts says it can help you to do that safely as a TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Diver or with the PADI Tec Deep courses. A Peak Performance Buoyancy course can solve fundamental problems, and if you simply want to be a better wreck-diver, Aquanauts insists that Grenada is the ideal location for a Wreck Diver course, with more than a dozen wrecks minutes away from True Blue Bay Resort by boat straight from the dive centre. In July and September the resort offers packages for buddies (half-price) and single divers.
www.aquanautsgrenada.com

Alpha’s Cyprus deals
Alpha Divers in Larnaca, which calls itself ”the Zenobia Specialist” after Cyprus’s famed ferry wreck attraction, says it is the only dive centre on the island with its own 22-diver capacity boat and eight-diver RIB, ”allowing full flexibility for your diver progression”.
It also claims to be the only dive centre in the Mediterranean able to offer the full range of qualifications. It provides PADI 5* Instructor Development courses for 650 euros and PADI
TecRec (Tec40, 45 and 50 courses for 250 euros each, minimum two people). Disabled Divers International (DDI) and DAN Instructor training is also on the menu.
Open Water Divers can complete a suite of five specialities – Deep, Wreck, Digital Underwater Photography, Nitrox and Underwater Navigation – in 13 dives over six days for 750 euros, plus the Advanced Open Water Diver course free. Alternatively, you can buy two specialities and get the third one free.
Alpha Divers says it can arrange flight, luxury accommodation and car hire as well as diving for you if requested.
www.alpha-divers.com