We have used the winter months to start some building work in the dive centre. Within the near future both classrooms will be finished, as will the new service centre. This will be located at the back of the centre, on the ground floor, and finally a new fire exit built at the bottom of the stairs. This is so we meet all of the fire regulations.
The Chelmer Valley High School Discover Scuba Diving sessions have now finished. The Open Water course will be starting after half term.
The course will be run as an after school club. All the theory will be completed using one of the school classrooms. In the past we have used a school pool but in this instance Chelmer Valley Park school do not have their own pool, so they will the using the South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre pool for the practical skills. The final qualifying dive wills be completed in Kent over a weekend later on in the year.
This Wednesday saw Gary and Paul working with 10 young people in the South Woodham Ferrers holiday programme completing their Discover Scuba Diving session. This is something we have done over the last five years during every school holiday and many of the students have progressed on to the Seal Team or PADI Open Water course.
When Gary was at PADI Headquarters in Bristol a few weeks ago talking to Richard Somerset and Matt Clements, Territory Manager and Area Manager respectively, the subject of working with people with disabilities, both physical and learning, came up. This lead onto applying for, and getting accredited in, Adaptive Techniques Specialty Instructor. Unlike the International Association for Handicap Divers, which Gary is an Instructor in, this is not about changing the PADI course standards; this is about teaching the individual how to adapt their skills to teach those with disabilities.
Gary will be running this course in the near future for any Dive Master, or above. Anyone who is interested and would like more information regarding this course, please get in touch with Gary at the Dive Centre on 01268 520111.