Sidemount – Steamline Your Diving With Dive In Limassol This Year

Our PADI Master Instructor Alex Miodrag is back with Dive In for the Summer of 2017, and this year he has added to the Specialties he can teach, Sidemount and Full Face Mask.

Dive In’s  feature diving for 2017 is Sidemount and Alex will be available to teach you how to get the very best from Sidemount diving. He will teach you all about the many benefits of diving with Sidemount, homing in on your existing diving skills, and perfecting them whilst having fun.

Sidemount

Your will learn how to;

  • Properly assemble and set up your Sidemount scuba diving equipment, correctly, safely and comfortably. By carrying your tanks on your sides instead of your back it will reduce drag making your dives more comfortable.
  • Trim your weight system and Sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.
  • Respond correctly to potential problems when Sidemount diving. For example if you plan to use Sidemount for a boat dive he will best advise you in making sure you will be able to quickly secure and release tanks on a moving platform or in choppy conditions.

No excuses! Sidemount is suitable for recreational scuba diving, so contact us today to find out how you can book, and gain your specialty in Sidemount Diving and get the best out of your dives!

 

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive towards your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

Why not combine the Sidemount Course with an Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN) Course to get the most benefits of this way of diving, extending your bottom time.

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Edible Six Pack Rings Could Save Marine Animals

What a fantastic idea!!

Saltwater Brewery a small craft beer brand in Florida whose primary target are surfers fishermen and people who love the sea, has come up with an idea that could save the lives of marine animals around the world: biodegradable and edible six-pack rings.
We have got used to seeing tragic pictures of birds, otters, turtles, and fish stuck in plastic six-pack rings that slowly kill them after getting wrapped around their necks when humans chuck them in the ocean or lose them on the beach.

Saltwater Brewery’s product makes it easy for animals to simply chew them off and even eat them. Even better, the rings are created from a by-product of the beer-making process meaning that they are not only completely safe for fish to eat, but they are completely sustainable and biodegradable, too.

If nothing eats them, they simply dissolve!

As with many environmentally friendly products, the edible six-pack rings are more expensive to produce. Saltwater Brewery is working to add the rings to all of their canned products, and ideally they will share the technology with other breweries and drink makers, so the future will be littered with less plastic.

Instructor Development Course Dates 2017

Dive In Limassol runs 4 IDC’s each year, with our very experienced Course Director.

Dive In has been training PADI Professionals since it started 23 Years ago.

In this time we have trained over 1,530 PADI Professionals who are now working all over the World teaching the World to dive. At Dive In we are also proud to have Jurg Dalher as our Course Director, he has an outstanding reputation in the Diving Industry and with PADI due to his dedication and professionalism in teaching Diving and IDC’S.

2017 IDC Dates

IDC-Staff Instructor Course                                                                                               April 14th – 16th

Instructor Course Prep Program                                                                                       April 14th – 16th

Instructor Development Course                                                                                       April 17th –  24th

EFR Instructor Courses & PADI Instructor Specialties                                                   April 25th  – 28th

Instructor Examination                                                                                                        April 29th –  30th     

 

IDC-Staff Instructor Course                                                                                               June 9th – 11th

Instructor Course Prep Program                                                                                       June 9th – 11th

Instructor Development Course                                                                                       June 12th – 19th

EFR Instructor Courses & PADI Instructor Specialties                                                   June 20th – 23rd

Instructor Examination                                                                                                        June 24th – 25th    

 

IDC-Staff Instructor Course                                                                                                September 8th – 10th

Instructor Course Prep Program                                                                                       September 8th – 10th

Instructor Development Course                                                                                       September 11th – 18th

EFR Instructor Courses & PADI Instructor Specialties                                                   September 19th  –22nd

Instructor Examination                                                                                                        September 23rd  – 24th  

 

IDC-Staff Instructor Course                                                                                                November 17th – 19th

Instructor Course Prep Program                                                                                       November 17th – 19th

Instructor Development Course                                                                                       November 20th – 27th

EFR Instructor Courses & PADI Instructor Specialties                                                   November 28th – Dec 1st

Instructor Examination                                                                                                        December 2nd  – 3rd

 

Artificial Reefs In Cyprus – Marine Protected Areas

Over the past few years Cyprus has been sinking ships in order to create artificial reefs. The need for this initiative has been the dwindling fish stocks around the island.

The project is being financed to a great extent by the EU fisheries programme which has been running from 2007. Funding for the first reef was supported by the programme. Contributions to the project have been made by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Cyprus Dive Centre Association.

We first blogged this in July 2015 Artificial Reef Blog

In August last year The Fisheries Department produced a film about the Artificial Reefs, and asked Jonathan to do the English voice over!!

The film is now available and is a fascinating documentary.

Our PADI Gold Course Director

Gold Course DirectorCongratulations to Jurg, Dive In’s PADI Course Director, on achieving his Gold Course Director status for 2016/17.

He is one of only 74 PADI Gold Course Directors in The World!

This is a great achievement and goes to show his Professionalism and enthusiasm in all that he does.

Since becoming a CD, Jurg has issued just under 2,000 Instructor ratings!

Chloe IEI myself did my IDC with Jurg, and Dive In is proud to have him as our CD. He is soo good and we have complete faith in him, that my daughter did her IDC with Jurg and passed the PADI Instructor Exams last October. Her PADI Instructor Examiner was Vikki Batten, a Director of Rebreather Technologies in the Technical Division, an Instructor Examiner and a Technical Diving Consultant in the Training and Quality Management Department.

Dive In has been a 5 Star Instructor Development Centre since 2000, and we run 4 PADI Instructor Development Courses a year.

We are so confident of our IDC that we even offer a Guaranteed Pass if you attend our full IDC Programme, as well as full Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Prep, to really give you ahead start in your new career.

We have a dedicated IDC Website where you can find a huge amount of information on our PADI Go Pro Programmes.

 

 

 

Rescue Training with Limassol Professional Life Guards Association

Dive In Limassol on 3rd September 2016, were asked to take part in the public rescue displays in Limassol with the Limassol Professional Life Guard Association.This Diver Rescue was just one of the many scenarios, they showed, others included a jet ski accident, an inflatable boat overturned and swimmers in distress.

We had great fun with the Life Guards, and the Marine Police who kindly gave us special permission to fire off the distress flares.

This event was covered by the local news channels and watched by several Limassol MPS and well as a large audience on the beach.

PADI Celebrates 50 Years

To commemorate 50 Years as a Scuba Diving Training Agency PADI will be releasing this year more videos and a limited edition Black 50th Year Certification Card.

This is the latest new Video from PADI featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle who says it best:
PADI can be an agent of change.
Enlisting divers.
Enlisting the powers that the PADI members have.
To spread the word…to engage people, to engage the world.
To take care of the ocean that takes care of all of us.

 

New Celebrity Fitness Trend: Scuba Diving | Shape Magazine

Nina Dobrev

Celebrity Divers

Skip the gym and hit the high seas! Scuba diving is the hot new workout Jessica Alba, Sandra Bullock, Katie Holmes and Nina Dobrev love.
In fact, just 30 minutes of scuba diving can burn up to 400 calories for the average woman. Most diving excursions last about 30 to 45 minutes, so depending on the diver’s experience level and the type of dive, it’s not uncommon to burn 500+ calories during one workout.
Read the full story at Shape Magazine written by Jennipher Walters a certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.

Source: New Celebrity Fitness Trend: Scuba Diving | Shape Magazine

Washing Your Dive Gear

As a scuba diver we must look after our equipment so it can look after us underwater!

During the PADI Open Water Course, when you started diving, there is a whole section on equipment and how to care for it, hopefully your Instructor would have gone through the correct way to wash the dive gear. Although in some Countries, all this is done for you by the staff. This should not have been the case as it is a part of the Open Water Course, as it is with the PADI Scuba Diver Course. Its covered in the very first chapter.

At Dive In, when we train customers we do go through the correct way to wash the diving equipment.

After each dive, whether it be in a pool or the sea, the equipment needs to be washed properly.

Why?

Well both chlorine and salt water can damage the gear. Chlorine is a type of bleach, and salt in the water when dry will turn into salt crystals. This will damage BCD’s, wetsuits and of course the regulators.

So how do you wash your gear after each dive?

  • Ensure that the dust cap is in place. Why it is called a dust cap is strange as its main purpose is to stop water entering the 1st stage of the regulator. Failure to have this in place and getting water in the 1st stage, will mean that the regulator will need servicing. This is costly, and most Dive Centre’s will charge you for this!!
  • Firstly rinse the regulators in clean fresh water. Do not push the purge button when doing this, the purge should never be push when in water unless connected to a cylinder that has been turned on. Shake the excess water out and hang to dry.
  • Next comes the BCD. Rinse in the fresh water, put water into the BCD via the manual inflation tube, by holding down the button that releases the air whist filling with the water. Turn upside down and swill the water around inside the BCD. Whilst still upside down empty all of the water out via the inflator, push both the inflate and deflate buttons to clean them thoroughly. Turn the right way up and pull the dump valve at the bottom to ensure all the water is out. Hang up to dry after manually blowing air into the BCD.
  • Rinse your mask.
  • Wetsuits are next. Thoroughly rinse, inside out and hang to dry. Make such that   all the equipment drys in the shade, as direct sunlight will bleach your gear.
  • Now your boots and lastly the weight belt.

Remember this order for hygiene! Some divers do pee in their wetsuits and who wants to rinse their regulators in anther divers pee?????

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