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New - Snorkelling Courses

We are very pleased to announce that we are now and approved BSAC Snorkelling Centre and will be offering a full range of snorkelling courses.  

Experience Snorkelling - A one off session for people who want to learn the basics of snorkelling. £15.

Dolphin Snorkeller - Aimed at kids this six week course is great fun and teaches all the basic snorkelling skills.  Each week children will complete a different module and receive a dolphin sticker in their workbook.  After the six weeks once they have collected all the stickers they will receive their Dolphin Snorkeller badge.   This course is great for teaching kids snorkelling skills as well as improving their water confidence.  Cost: £10 per session.  

Snorkel Diver:  This course covers all the basic snorkelling skills as well as the  theory behind it all.   You will complete four theory modules, a water confidence assessment and five pool training sessions to gain your certification.    Cost: £90 plus £10 for snorkel diver manual.

Specialty of The Month - Underwater Navigator, 

Sunday 3rd May

 May's Specialty of the Month is the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty.  Good navigation is key to making the most of every dive.  Can you find your way around a dive site with confidence?  If not then this course is for you.  You will complete three dives on Sunday 3rd May at Capernwray to gain your Specialty.  Club members will recieve a 10% discount on the course price as it is our Specialty of the Month.  Course price £150 plus £23.50 for the manual.  Contact us at the shop to book your place.


Coastal Diver Specialty - Sunday 26th April 2015

Complete your PADI Coastal diver specialty and you will learn everything you need to know to dive safely from the coast.  We will look at  tides, tide tables, tidal flow, reading charts and the weather.  We will complete a theory session on Tuesday 21st April, starting 6.30pm at the York shop and then two dives at either Beadnell Bay or Eyemouth on the Sunday (weather dependent).  The cost of the course is £125.  Club members recieve a 10% discount on the course as it is our specialty of the month.

Find Out All About Free Diving - Tuesday 14th April 2015

Come and find out all about Free diving at the club meeting on Tuesday 14th April, 7.30pm at the Carlton Tavern, Acomb  Road, York (just up the road from the York shop).  Steve Millard, one of the top free diving instructors in the country is coming along to give a talk on free diving.  He has represented the UK internationally and coaches the current UK team, so he certainly knows his stuff.  His talk will explain all about free diving, dispel some of the myths and tell you how you can get involved. He will also explain how some of the techniques used by free divers can really help to improve your air consumption as a scuba diver.  Everyone is welcome, you don't need to be a cub member to come along.  Overland Underwater are hoping to run some courses in conjunction with Steve and have a free diving club running in our pool training sessions, so if you want to give it a go, or you are just interested to hear more about it then get yourself down.

Overland Underwater visits Tobago – November 2010

A group of 18 from the Overland Underwater Dive Club flew out to Tobago for a two week twin centre trip on 3rd November 2010. We had a real mix of divers with some having completed hundreds of dives whilst others were relatively inexperienced and one even completed her PADI Open Water Diver Certification whilst we were out there. We also had several non diving partners along for a couple of relaxing weeks in the sunshine.

We spent the first week in Crown Point, the main town in Tobago which is situated to the south west of the island. Here you have access to the dive sites on the Caribbean Coast which benefits from the influence of the Orinoco River, whose nutrient rich waters support an abundance of marine life with sheltered reefs of hard and soft corals, colourful sponges and a thriving fish population. For the more experienced this coast also boasts Tobago’s finest wreck, the Maverick, a former car ferry that was intentionally sunk in 1997 and lies in 30m. Unfortunately there had been tropical storms the week before we arrived which meant that the normally clear waters were somewhat murky for the first few days. However, visibility aside there was still lots to see and with water temperatures of 29°C it made for some very pleasant diving.

For the second week we transferred up to Speyside, a small village located at the remote Northern end of Tobago facing on to the Atlantic coast. Here you are situated on the edge of the rainforest with Goat Island and Little Tobago just off the coast making for some spectacular scenery. This part of the island is world famous for its spectacular drift dives and boasts the largest brain coral in the world, measuring over 5 metres across. Visibility had improved dramatically and we had some spectacular dives.

Out of the water we had an excellent two weeks too. Nick and Carolyn kept us all entertained with their comedy antics. Our resident naturalist David was in his element and had us all spotting exotic birds with his infectious enthusiasm. Sam and Mike did their best to investigate all the islands night life whilst the non diving contingency (aka the “Womens Institute”) kept us all organised with regular reconnaissance trips finding the best places to eat, etc.

Tobago is a great island with fantastic scenery, white sandy beaches, the legendary laid back Caribbean hospitality and some great diving. We would like to thank Extra Divers for looking after us while we were there and everyone who came along for making it a memorable trip. We would thoroughly recommend Tobago as a good value Caribbean destination with lots to offer.

2010 – A Review

Despite the general economic gloom 2010 proved to be another good year for Overland Underwater. Training has been as busy as ever. We have introduced over 100 people to the amazing underwater world via the “Discover Scuba” experience. Eighty two people became qualified divers by gaining the PADI Open Water Diver qualification and in addition about another 40 people completed the Open Water Diver referral course and then headed out to an array of exotic destinations to complete their open water dives and gain their qualification. Whether their training dives were completed here in the UK with us at Capernwray, or in some exotic location abroad, these divers have had the opportunity to enter a whole new world. For some diving will be an occasional holiday pastime. For others it will become a lifelong hobby, but for all we hope that it has been a positive and rewarding experience for everyone.

As well as learning to dive, our divers were keen to broaden their dive experience by continuing their training and completing the Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver and Speciality training courses, with over 150 continuing education certifications issued by us in 2010. Taking your training past the Open Water Diver level opens up new opportunities to qualified divers and we are very pleased that so many have taken the opportunity to improve their dive skills and learn about different types of diving. Our most popular Speciality was Enriched Air with Drysuit Diver coming a close second. Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Diver, Wreck Diver, Deep Diver and Digital Underwater Photographer were also popular choices.

As divers gain more experience some consider taking their diving further and gaining a professional qualification such as Divemaster or Instructor. In 2010 we were very pleased to train several new Divemasters and Instructors as well as helping some of our certified instructors to gain higher instructor qualifications.

As well as a busy year training, the highlight for us in 2010 was the opening of our new centre in Harrogate in March which is proving a great success. The Dive Club has gone from strength to strength with a successful trip to Egypt in June and Tobago in November as well as the regular UK trips to the Farnes, St Abbs and other destinations. The dive club gives members the chance to meet new dive buddies and some great friendships have been made in 2010. Our club members have been busy diving right through the 2010 dive season both on organised club trips and independently.

Lets hope that 2011 brings another good years diving for all of us!

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