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Diving Vobster Quay (Sept 2017)

What superb overcast but warm sunny weather for diving today at Vobster Quay.

Congratulations to John and Mahew on completion of your PADI Advanced Open Water course.
Also to Paul on completing the PADI Wreck Diver Speciality today.
Water temperature was 17 degrees on the surface dropping to a cool 9 degrees on the deep dive.

Thank you to Helen and Gary for the inwater instruction and supervision of today’s divers who showed great competence and skill improvement throught their courses.

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Dive Machine receives PADI 20 year award

PADI 20 year award

Great news.

Emma Hewitt, Regional manager paid us a visit a few days ago and presented us with our 20 year award as a PADI Dive Centre.
It was well receive by Course Director Robert Varns and Carol Varns.
Hard to imagine all those years ago when we started out back in Southborough that we would still be teaching and serving divers.

PADI 20 year awardIn these years we have met many new friends and aquaintences.
Taught literally thousands of divers to either start diving or taking them to new levels of experience.
Of these we have gained new friends. Some of them have been with us throughout our 20 years of teaching.
We have seen 3 generations of divers coming through. Various divers have met through diving with us, got married and now their children are also diving.

It gives us enormous pleasure to see all our customers, to assist them and give then expert advice.
Looking forward to a great future ahead and seeing  the Dive Machine go to newer heights.

A huge thank you goes out to every customer, also present and past staff in helping us reach this prostigious 20 year achievement.

Hope to be seeing you all again real soon.

Robert Varns
PADI Course Director
EFR (&FAAW) Instructor Trainer
TecRec Instructor Trainer

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A superb weekend of diving with students.

What a great weekend of diving.

The open water students did extremely well despite poor visibility, including one who has immediately started his Advanced Open Water course.
The Wreck speciality divers worked well mapping 2 wrecks and practicing laying wreck lines both externally and internally inside the wrecks. We was surrounded by hundreds of perch and also spotted 5 pike on the dives to add to the enjoyment.
Eloise completed her Peak Performance Buoyancy course and was able to shed a further 2 kg in the process.
Once again the staff of Dive Machine excelled in their hard work and effort making it a supoerb weekend of diving.
Roll on Friday where  we will be doing one morning dive followed by a great air show at Eastbourne Air Display.
We have 2 late cancellations so there are 2 spaces now available for the 18th August. If you wish to join us for a great day out in the channel email or ring us at the dive centre. Tel:01732773553.

  

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Pool dives July 2017

Another superb 2  pool sessions this weekend.
Extremely busy with Open Water divers, Drysuit orientations, ReActivates, DSD’s and seals.
We are in for a bumper weekend next week with 12 divers going into Open Water for their qualifying dives. Here’s wishing them all the best of success with their training courses and qualifications.
Most of all a huge thank you to the Dive Machine staff making the training a great success.
Well done to everyone in the team.

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EFR Student Qualifies

Beccky Winton congratulates the new first aid student

Well done to Graham Chapman on completion of his EFR Refresher course.

Also well done to Becky Winton. As a new EFR Instructor Becky has now taught her first EFR course with James.

Becky has also completed her First Aid at Work Instructor and will be teaching First at at work courses next month.

It was a pleasure being a body for his skills deevelopment and scenarios.
I felt I was well looked after. Let’s hope you don’t need to put the skills to the test in real medical issues however if you do you are well equipped now to deal with anything should it happen.

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Lake Diving & next Boat Dive trip.

Lake diving
Lake diving
Lake diving

Shame the boat dive was blown out last night with the wind picking up.
Still we all had a fab 60 minute dive in holborough instead.

Next Boat Dive

We have another evening boat dive arranged for Tuesday 18th April. This will be a drift dive on the Brighton Ledges with skipper Steve Johnson on Channel Diver.
Meet time to load is 5pm at Brighton Marina ropes away 5.30pm. Depth will be 12-14 metres.
You will need SMB’s and torches in addition to standard kit. The leges are abound with fish life and there’s always a huge amount of species to be seen on every dive there. Suitable for Open Water diver and above.

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padi-channel-diver-boat-speciality

If you wish to join us please ring Dive Machine on 01732773553 or email robert@divemachine.co.uk to book a space

 

We are also diving Buckland Lake this weekend. Join us for a dive or two.

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In the pool this weekend, fancy a bubble?

If you are looking to get your “scuba gills” wet this weekend we have another 2 pool sessions to book into.
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th April. P.M.

Do you need to refresh your skills on a ReActive program?. It takes between 60-90 minutes to complete.

Never tried scuba? Then it’s time to have a go on a Discover Scuba Diving session.

Just need to try out your kit after a service or before going off on holiday.? Come and test your kit out.

Are you aged between 8 and 11 join in the Seal Team program.

We may even show you how to make Air rings as in the above video.

Need to brush up on your TecDiving skills. Come and practice in the pool.

Telephone us to book a slot: Tel:01732773553

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Evening Boat dive Wednesday 12th April

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Evening Boat-Wreck Dive
We will be diving the wreck of the SS Pentrych on Wednesday 12th April.Meet at 17:00 and Departing Brighton West Jetty at 17:45 sharp.
Depth 19 -23 metres. Suitable for Advanced Open Water and above or students taking their deep training dive.
Cost is £30 per person. Advanced booking required. Tel: 01732773553
Skipper, Steve Johnson on Channel Diver.
If you need equipment to hire, please let us know. 


Easter Weekend 
On 15th & 16th April we are going to Buckland Lake for training dives.
Qualified divers are welcome to join us for the weekend.
We will be meeting at Buckland for 09:30
Anyone wishing to join us for pleasure dives on the day please let us know.


Vobster Quay 
On 23rd April we are going to Vobster Quay for Advanced and Speciality training dives. Qualified divers are welcome to join us for the day.
We will be meeting at VobsterQuay for entry at 08:30
Anyone wishing to join us for pleasure dives on the day please let us know.


Eastbourne Air Show
Eastbourne Air Show with BBQ in the boat and 1 morning dive.
Come and have a great morning dive followed by watching the Air show from the boat. It’s the most enjoyable way to watch the air display.


Dieppe & Normandy Landings
The dates of the trip are from Monday 10th – Thursday 13th July 2017.
A trip not to be missed if you are into great wreck diving.

EMAIL US HERE

Hope to see you diving with us.

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A great weekend of PADI diver training

How good are your Rescue skills

Once again we have had a busy weekend of PADI training courses.
Student divers have over the last 2 days completed, Drysuit and Full Face Mask speciality courses at Holborough lake with Dive Machine. Students also completed, the PADI Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver courses. Instructors, Helen Acton, Bill Wilson, Andy Munden & Robert Varns had challenging conditions with visibility following the poor weather with wind and rain recently. The students across all the courses worked well through their skills and all came out smiling and feeling the the efforts were all worthwhile. Conditions can only only get better heir-on. Our new Divemaster candidates worked well as did our other recently qualified Divemasters.
Well done to everyone on a great weekend of diving. Also thank you to Helen and James for supplying the top-side photo’s.

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Paul Cook qualifies as a PADI Divemaster

Paul Cook PADI Divemaster
Paul Cook PADI Divemaster
Paul Cook PADI Divemaster

Well done to Paul Cook who qualified as a PADI Divemaster today.
Helen Acton (OWSI) was his qualifying Instructor who has worked with Paul over recent months assisting him in developing his diving skills and knowledge to a professional level.

We look forward to you working with us in your new capacity as a Divemaster.
Next step for Paul is to become a DSD Leader.