Reivers Sub-Aqua Club
Last Updated: 20 September 2006
Frequently asked questions
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Underwater lies another world - colours, creatures, sounds and sensations that have no parallel on land. Diving lets you experience the freedom of weightlessness in this magical seascape.
Diving is a sport for everyone who can swim: it's not an 'extreme' sport, and you don't have to be an athlete. Modern Scuba equipment is simple, safe and reliable - allowing you to relax and enjoy the fantastic surroundings.
Scuba Diving is an adventure sport which is physiologically invasive. A thorough regime of training is necessary even before a Diver can enter open water. This training continues for several years as the Diver becomes more experienced. UK diving differs from tropical sub-aqua in several important ways. Our waters are somewhat cold at about 8°c in March to 18°c in September, although in our dry suits we do not feel it and the visibility in British waters can be limited, the average being around 4 metres and our waters are strongly tidal, so a working knowledge of the Sea is needed.
When you begin training the Club will lend you a Cylinder; Regulator and Buoyancy Jacket. There is no charge for this. You will be asked to provide the more personal items of fins; mask and snorkel. As training progresses you will need a dry suit for your first open water dives. This can either be hired from a dive shop or members will usually be happy to lend a suit to enable you to decide which type is best for you. As you become a regular diver you will then need to purchase the essential equipment as the Club equipment is required for newer trainees. A membrane Dry Suit costs from £300, a neoprene Suit somewhat more. Other essentials would be a Regulator (£150); Instrument Console and Octopus (£150); Buoyancy Jacket (£270); Cylinder (£130); Knife (£20); Weight Belt (£25). However there is usually a supply of good second-hand equipment available which can reduce the start-up cost considerably.
Scuba Diving in the UK
Experience a feeling of freedom that you can only find underwater. Explore wrecks, caves and rock formations, swim amongst colourful fish and see them in their natural habitat, see things underwater in rivers, lakes and the sea that you never imagined existed. Its a great way to make new friends, learn new skills and above all HAVE FUN. Its your chance to explore an exciting new domain!
DIVE TIP # 1
How to Use Less Air
Keep your hands to yourself. By folding your hands and keeping your arms close to your body, you become more streamlined and move more efficiently. And when you move efficiently, you use less air. For more tips to help you conserve psi, read "16 Air-Saving Secrets.
DIVE TIP #2
How to Survive Low Visibility:
Locate an alternate exit. If you lose the dive boat and have to make an ascent without a reference line, you don't want to be in the path of boat traffic, or where swells are breaking on rock. Before you get in the water, note a compass heading that's likely to take you away from surface hazards.
Check out RSD's article on Low Visibility for more tips on diving in less than picture-perfect conditions.
DIVE TIP #3
How To Be Dive-Ready
Before you pack for a dive trip, refresh your memory by practicing mounting your BC and regulator on a tank. Also, now is the time to have equipment repaired or serviced, especially your regulator, computer and BC. Why spend a precious holiday getting yourself and your equipment back up to speed when you've got months to do it at home?
Consult "Are You Dive-Ready?" for our checklist of things to know before you go on your next dive trip.
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