Diving - civvy Scubadoo and RN stuff.

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
There is currently a diver's 'love in' going in another thread. So, as one of the guilty parties, I have begun this thread so that divers (that's air, nitrox and mixed gas divers - NOT M**F) can bore each other with dits or even helpful information.

Possibly this thread will encourage people to take up diving as part of AT (Adventurous Training), answer some diving related questions and maybe even the CDs will play nice and help out!

I owe my diving career to the RN, as despite always having wanted to dive, I began by becoming a Ship's Diver and later Supervisor. I am also a BSAC First Class Diver and Advanced Instructor and was a SADS though let it lapse due to no longer diving with Service personnel.

Still diving now in southern Spain - very lucky to have some of southern mainland Spain's best diving literally on my doorstep.

So, in your own time, with a backward flip (CLEAR!) go.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
I hoped you'd put that link up!

Every year we pop over the the Canaries, as it is cheap as chips. Last time we were in Lanzarote, this park was half finished. Now it is done and I can'r wait to give it a bash!

PS the 'little girl' in the bow of the boat is the dive centre owner's daughter (Rubicon diving) - not a lot of people know that!!
 

Asasioun

Badgeman
How do you get into diving in the RN? (Without simply joining as a diver)

It was something i had a brief look for previously, but as ill be *fingers-crossed) going in as an ETME(SM) it obviously isnt part of the job description.

Can you pick it up on the side? If so, how does that work?
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Do you mean diving as a trade, or diving as an adventure sport?

For the former, there is no way now, as 'they' removed the requirements for Ship's Divers some years ago.
For the latter, ask your PTI. Each major shore area has a dive club and will organise training local area dives and expeds. Top tip - to get the most out of joining a service club, get a civvy qual first - possibly while on holiday. It will save you a lot of time and make you a more useful member of the branch, though depending on your diving qual, you may need a tiny bit of cross training.

All military diving clubs use the BSAC training and club model.
 

Sumo

War Hero
I treat diving like parachuting. I wouldn't see any reason to leave a perfectly serviceable plane, the same there is no reason to leave a serviceable boat:po_O;)
 

Asasioun

Badgeman
Do you mean diving as a trade, or diving as an adventure sport?

The latter. I'm pretty set on my trade now.


Top tip - to get the most out of joining a service club, get a civvy qual first - possibly while on holiday. It will save you a lot of time and make you a more useful member of the branch, though depending on your diving qual, you may need a tiny bit of cross training.

Well, I was asking because I was wanting to pick it up, and thinking it might be easier to do through the navy, but if it's easier to do it separately, then I'll just look into that.

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