Divecrew Blog

iPhone search

Divecrew is always up for a challenge. Todays challenge find a lost iphone in a lake! Maximum depth of the search area was 2.2 metres. Silt bottom with a weed layer. Visibility was half a metre! Needed a torch despite brilliant sunshine. Lady paddleboarding dropped the phone, fortuately in a water tight clear case. Used a search pattern and eventually found the iphone. One happy lady as it was still working fine.

Divecrew have had some strange challenges. Another iphone at Dorney Lake – Found. Fouled prop on the river Thames – cleared. Checking entry and exit points for open water simming at various locations in Berkshire and London. Found a rolex. Checking out the bottom of a 20 metre well. Repairing plumbing in a large koi carp pond.

If you have a challenge and you would like Divecrew to attend. Call the A Team. 01344 771113

BSAC Fast Track Centre

We may have been locked down but Divecrew have not stopped innovating. The country’s first commercial BSAC Fast Track Centre is Divecrew. Working closely with BSAC, you can complete you Ocean Diver with Divecrew and return to the BSAC fold trained to dive. Divecrew are used to delivering courses through paid instructors. A typical open water student takes three weekends to complete. This includes theory, confined water and open water. So cutting the time does this mean cutting the quality. No. In short we operate small groups of student divers. We operate with senior instructors. Divecrew is the UK’s only Gold Star IDC Centre. Quality is our ethos our mantle our reputation. We do not take it lightly.

To find out more contact Divecrew working in partnership with BSAC.

A Small Business and Corona Virus

So how has the lock down been affecting Divecrew.?

I guess the response to that is pretty much like every other small business.
This is financially the toughest time our business has had in the 7 years we have owned it. In January and February we had a fantastic start to the year, our busiest so far and then Kapow.!! Its like the lights went out. Divecrew doors closed.

After about 24 hours of feeling sorry for ourselves, we decided to take some positive action. We had loads of projects that we had wanted to achieve, but time has always been tricky- so now was the time- no more excuses.
Divecrew revamp, has included:-

Painting some of the shop
Taking up the old carpet that was in a third of the shop and cleaning and staining the floor to match
Painting the classroom, and fixing the floor and door
Put a new roof on the classroom to stop the water dribbling in
Staining all the exterior woodwork
That was just for starters- we are also hoping to paint the container and de rust it, but waiting for the special paint to arrive, and give the outside of the building a lick of paint

Having listened to a few webinars we decided to get more active on our Facebook site – as I am sure many of you have seen.
In times of crisis like this it is important to make sure people still know you are there and ready to open your doors. We want to be ready and waiting and primed for opening- But alas, we are still not sure when that will happen yet and if we can resume training but its important to remain positive, and comment that “If ever there was a time to support your local, small independent businesses, it is NOW and when the doors open again.

I fear some businesses will not make it, so spread the positive news about Divecrew. We are hear and we will come out better and stronger.

Thank you

Part 3: Sarah Richard

Part 2: Cat Cushenan

Time for change

Why a Dive Master?

Why become a Dive Master? Well it is the first level of being a professional. But it is not just a badge. At Divecrew you will be trained not to Dive Master levels but actually instructor standards. Why? Dive Masters key role is the safety diver for the instructor. As a Master Instructor with thousands of dives, if I need a Dive Master to get me out of trouble underwater, I am in serious trouble. YOU WANT THE BEST. My experience of fast track Dive Masters is one of the majority actually not being that good. Certainly not to work at Divecrew.

The Divecrew Dive Master programme is an internship. You work with real students. No role play. No instructors acting like students. Why? Because some students do things one would never dream of doing.

The Dive Master programme is definitely not a give me. Divecrew expects the highest standards of knowledge, diving skills and customer care. Being a TEAM player is very important. Divecrew supports its trainee Dive Masters all the way. First we assign a senior instructor as a mentor. We provide lots of different resources and information to exceed the knowledge required for a Dive Master. We provide a free Equipment Speciality Course. Why? Because Dive Masters need the skills and knowledge to repair kit off site and provide clients with the very best advice on equipment. Divecrew provides free Master Classes, run by Master Instructors. These classes including confined water, open water and theory. Control, logistics, adaptive teaching, skills and organisation. Divecrew wants its Dive Masters to be the best.

So does it work? YES IT DOES. Those Dive Masters that go on to be instructors find the transition really easy as they have already been expected to be of instructor standard. Our instructor candidates always score very high on PADI Instructor Examinations.

Unlike some dive centres in the UK, we pay our Dive Masters for the courses they work on. We offer a kit discount scheme for active Dive Masters. We pay site entry fees and overnight accommodation for some courses. We have other opportunities such as safety diving where the person is paid. We provide numerous other benefits too. You are never going to be rich, but being a valuable and respected TEAM member, with some income and great fun, you ought to make 2020 your year to turn professional.

Contact Divecrew to arrange a no obligation meeting and learn about being the best. 01344 771113

 

Gas Guzzler Course

Are you bit of an air hog? Do you end others dives early? Getting your self stressed? Well this a course for you. Divecrew have mustered years of experience into helping divers with bit of an air problem. 14th March 2020, our Master Instructor is applying all his knowledge and skills to help divers. The […]

DC Monthly – September 19

Welcome to DiveCrew’s blog! Here is where you will find your regular blow by blow of bubbles from the team, keep up with what’s been happening, a heads up on what’s coming and some professional insights into the world of diving from products to places and more! 

So a round up of this months happenings; it’s been a busy month at the centre with plenty of courses on, new trips in the line up, school programmes starting, and developments at Guildford as well as a multitude of tall tales from the crew! 

Where to start?

Well since I’m writing this first edition it should only be fitting to start with my point of view and that’s at our implant at the Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre! If you haven’t heard already we have dropped a new lead line and established a site right in the heart of Guildford! With pools on site and easy access (plenty of of parking, not that we are sour about the recent developments at crowthorne – more on this later!). The implant has been in place for a while now, now permanently staffed, predominantly by yours truly, things have moved from strength to strength. A full shop fit out has been designed, it’s construction and inset has been scheduled for early next month, stay tuned for details on all the diving goodies we will be stocking! But what are those goodies if we have no where to use them I hear you ask! Well! With pools on site we are working with the spectrum to provide you with a fantastic time table of; tune ups, open water, scuba experiences and of course for those who just need to get wet, Splash sessions! We are also working hard on our commercial offerings, completing maintenance in the Guildford Lido and networking with other sites in the local area! There is a coffee shop on site serving big name brand coffee COugh STA, so feel free to pop by and catch up! 

With the new site comes a new area full of new divers to meet and new divers to make! Young and old alike! – please note my attempt at a terrible intro to our schools programme! Well it’s September already and that means back to school, with year on year success of our school diving programmes introducing young students from some of the top schools, we are too! The team delivering everything from seal team missions to young aquanauts, to full open water courses! Those who qualify often go on to join their classmates on trips all over the world! Top educational institutions including Eton College welcoming us for another year, students with an interest in conservation and marine biology taking advantage of this great opportunity, are you doing your bit? Have you got your AWARE specialty? 

While we’re talking about education and courses! we’ve been putting you all through your paces this last month with plenty of newly qualified divers, divers advancing their skills (that includes us too! I completed my rescue early this month and had a fantastic time too!), and divers returning to the water after stretch of staying dry! We are always looking to enhance the experiences of our students and this month saw the first open water students complete their courses at Cromhall, a fantastic dive site, and not just another flooded quarry, it is home to the protected greater crested newt & and a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) with some incredible water quality the visibility is fantastic. If you are curious about the courses we teach (and attend) then stay tuned we will be posting full features on these written by attending students and the instructors conducting them!  

Now here at DiveCrew we like to think of ourselves as a sort of family (an odd one with some strange hobbies and habits granted), nothing demonstrates this more than the Egan’s! Rowan (one of our instructors) put me through my dry suit this month as well as getting a couple of nervous new divers get through their OW but that doesn’t say family until we introduce Lewis his son and also a member of the team who this month achieved his Jr. Master Scuba Diver rating! A phenomenal achievement and the team couldn’t be prouder of the work he has put in, well maybe Rowan could! 

We also welcome and congratulate John Taylor & Rafal Kopacki for reaching the depths of PADI instructors and joining the DiveCrew team of instructors! This is no mean feat with DiveCrew setting extremely high standards for its instructors, far higher than PADI require to pass the course! I don’t want to say too much here, as you should really hear the story of the horses mouth! So look out for that in another blog entry! 

Now teaching is only a part of what we do here at DiveCrew, we put our many skills to use in a variety of other ways too! This month we were in attendance at Swim Serpentine. The event is part of a well known trifecta of sporting events including the London Marathon & London to Brighton Cycle ride. The Swim Serpentine as the name suggests is a swimming event of varying distances’ covering half mile, full mile and 2 miles around a 1 mile course in the serpentine lake, Hyde Park! This has been a regular feature of the DiveCrew calendar for several years, this year saw over 6000 swimmers participate, raising funds for Children with Cancer UK. Our role was two fold, prior to the event we conducted a search & recovery sweep of the entry and exit areas and worm up area of the course. Removing hazards from the water that cause injury to the swimmers. For the event itself we took on the role of rescue divers, poised ready to deploy at a moments notice to any swimmer in destress, working with a huge team of kayakers and first responders. To find out more about what we got up to take  look the dedicated entry in the blog section.

Now I did say we would return to this, as many of you who have visited Crowthorne for course, coffee or concern, will have found that sadly certain parking facilities have been hindered, this has been a frustration for all and completely out of our hands! Local authorities have made the changes in a view to protect the natural beauty, diversity and public access to the local woodlands, something that I think we can all understand as custodians of the underwater world. We just wish they would have asked! Fear not if you are visiting and have concerns over parking just give the centre a call! 

What to expect in from next months DC monthly!

The grand opening of Guildford’s shop fit! 

A round up of the Mystic Malta trip & Farne Islands! 

Another great gear review! 

And much, much more from the team!