Monday, 16 July 2018

DM Club Underwater Treasure Hunting in Capernwray

Spring 2018 has been amazingly beautiful in North England. Blue sky, Sun shine, no rain!! This is the best Spring since 1970's according to TV reporters. 
Dive Manchester, DM Club, is taking good advantage of this beautiful season, diving every single weekend!! (Well, even with bad weather, we would be diving though. 😆)
On Sunday 15th of July, we had a special event in Capernwray. "Underwater Treasure Hunting" 20 people participated for this Treasure Hunting.
Team was selected by drawing names at the start. Every team took the task/question chart and made own diving plan to collect the information hidden everywhere in the quarry.
There were certain rules; 2 dives, no buddy separation, no less than 50 bar at the end of the dive, etc. How they make the route/dive plan was all depending on every team.
It was brilliant! Most of them were usually diving with the same group. With this event, they got an opportunity to dive with someone else. Meet new divers, dive with new buddies. It was all good fun!

At the end of the day, the points were calculated. The winers of this even was the team Harold & Gary!! Well done, guys!! Winer's prize was Apeks Backpack. 

All participants received prizes at the end. Happy ending. 😉

Yes, Diving is FUN!!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Beautiful Spring! Let's go Diving!!

Sunday 6th of May, 2018. Such a beautiful Sunday!! Blue sky, air temperature 24C. This sooooo rare for this area. It was too gorgeous to miss diving! We had 4 Open Water Diver Course students. How lucky they are!! When the weather is so good, everything seems so easy.

We normally come to Capernwray Diving Quarry for our training diving and some local pleasure divings. This quarry has good facilities; diver friendly cafe, good changing rooms, showers, meeting room, easy entry/exit, training platforms under water, etc. 
Visibility can be quite good as well. This Sunday could be more crowded; however, thanks to the Bank Holiday Monday. It was not too bad. We had plenty of rooms in training platform area, so we didn't have to squeeze ourselves too much for skill sessions.

When we organise courses, each instructor has maximum 3 students to look after. This Sunday, the instructor & students ration was 1:2, so it was quite good. When teaching in Malta, rather warm water, I had some occasions that I had 4 students; however, it was very rare. In order to keep the quality of the lessons, we do not like to let instructors have more than 3 students. Having more students is not easy for safety and also too cold for students to stay still under water while waiting for other team members to go through the skills.
My instructor friend was having 4 dives a few weeks ago. The water was still pretty cold and weather was not so great. What she did was to separate the group in two, and she took Group A for her 1st dive, Group B for her 2nd dive. Then again, Group A for her 3rd dive, and Group B for her 4th dive. By doing so, students did not have to stay in water too long. It may be very tiring for instructors, but she took the safety of the students as the top priority. 
I thought she was brilliant!
Diving cannot be some painful memories. It always has to be FUN! and of course SAFE!

When the weather is great like this weekend, it is also great to have some time to socialise with other Club Members.  We "accidentally" ended up with having social gathering in our local pub. :D 
DM Club members always love to have great time together!
Come dive with us. XX

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Learn to Scuba Dive in Manchester - Spring has Come! Let's Go Diving!

Spring has come! All the sudden, shop became busy with divers coming in to sort out their equipment and cylinders. It seems every diver is awake now. 

When addicted to scuba diving like us, season does not matter. We go diving all year around. For most of sensible divers, when the spring weather arrives, that is the sign of Diving Season to start.

We had a Club Dive Trip to Eyemouth last weekend. Beautiful Blue Sky. Calm water. Nice day out. Visibility...well...we may not want to talk about it just for now. ;)

Anyway, no matter how experienced diver they are, they all start from 1st diving experience. All adventure start from here.
We conduct "Discover Scuba Diving" (try dive) every week in local swimming pool.
It is one evening experience to see how Scuba Diving is.

We start with briefing; basic knowledge of Scuba Diving, how to use equipment, basic skills in water, etc. Then you try Scuba diving in the swimming pool for an hour.
If you enjoy, that is the start of your new adventure. If you find this is not for you, well, you at least have given a try and seen how it is like.
You never know what it is like till you actually try in water.

Don't hesitate. Give a try! Our Motto is "Diving is FUN!" Come and have some laugh with us!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

DM Club Trip 2019 starts with Red Sea Liveaboard!!

If you are divers, Red Sea Liveaboard must be one of your bucket lists. It is one of the most popular diving trips for all ages and levels for all year round.
Dive Manchester like to choose winter season when UK diving is becoming a bit like torture, so we can get away from cold weather and get a bit of sun.

"Northern Wreck & Reef" is probably the most popular itinerary; no minimum logged dives required covering major ship wrecks in Red Sea. Our team; however, has done that itinerary. Last year, we also did "Straight of Tiran & North", covering beautiful reef in Tiran and major ship wrecks in North. When we inquired for the trip for February 2019, originally the boat was booked for "Northern Wrecks and Reef" Thanks to the agent. They have allowed us to take the boat to different route! "North & Brothers"! North, as I've said repeatedly, for the ship wrecks. Brothers, this northernmost part of Egypt's offshore marine park is well known as "Shark Point" Yes!! Sharks!! They are beautiful creatures. Unfortunately, the famous movie implanted the wrong image of sharks many decades ago. Dear divers, they normally do not like our bubbles and they don't come too close to us. Our bubbles are too noisy for them.
This trip will have minimum logged dive requirement; 20 dives or more. If you are still not so confident divers, do not worry. I'm gonna be with you. That is what "instructor" is for. I will be your guarding angel. :D
DM Club Trip, Red Sea 2018

A few more spaces are still available.
Our Red Sea Trip 2018 was like a Boy's Trip, but Not 2019!!
It is gonna be more girls coming to dive with us. Hooray!!

For more information, please contact me, Anne Jpn, at Dive Manchester on Facebook or email/phone. / 0161 302 3140

Come Dive with Me! 

XXAnne Jpn

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Aqualung Fusion Drysuits - 3 Different Sizes in 1 Suit

When diving in cold water, one of the most important equipment is "Drysuits". In my case, if the water temperature hit 23C degree, I do not want to dive in wetsuits. I will take my drysuits out. For most of divers, probably somewhere about 16-18C degree water temperature is the reference to change their suits.

In Wetsuits, as you may already know, you will be "wet"; water gets trapped between the suit and your skin and works as insulation. Drysuits, on the other hand, you do not get wet. You stay dry. The suit traps air or another gas, acting as an insulator.

While Wetsuits are made from neoprene, various materials are used to make Drysuits; neoprene, coated fabric, crushed neoprene, trilaminate, etc. Each material has different insulation and flexibility. It will be your choice to make to pick what drysuits you like to use.

Let's see how much air it can hold.
Now, let me talk about Aqualung Fusion Suits. This suits have been in the market for some years. When it was introduced, not many divers appreciated. Main reason was that it was so different from other suits that many divers found it very strange and uncomfortable. There were lots of misunderstanding about how to put them on or how to use them. In last few years, this has slowly but surely started changing. Many Dive Schools now use the Fusion suits because it is very easy to use for new divers.

FYI, he is quite slim person!!
Aqualung Fusion Suits are constructed with 2 layers; inner "bag" and outer skin. Outer skin is very stretchy material, constantly squeezing the inner "bag". This inner "bag" is, on the other hand, extremely BIG! This let 3 different size of people to share the same drysuits.
Because of this excess room in the inner bag, thin under suits or thick under suits, whichever you choose, the flexibility of the suits will be the same.

The key point of this suits is you need to know how to put them on correctly. If you do not put them on correctly, this flexibility will be completely lost and it will be very uncomfortable.
Since outer layer is constantly squeezing the inner bag, the great benefit is that you hardly get excess air trapped in the suits. Also it is very unlikely to get air trapped in your boots. Ascending is also much easier than other kinds of drysuits.
Negative factor is probably lack of insulation. You will need good inner suits to gain your insulation, especially good thick warm socks.
Because of this different character, PADI, in fact, has Fusion Drysuits Specialty Course, separated from regular Drysuits Specialty Course.

If you are struggling buoyancy with drysuits, this Fusion suits may be an option to gain better control.
If you have good fitting comfortable drysuits, cold water diving is not scary at all!!

Diving is FUN!!

Monday, 9 April 2018

Congratulations, Steve! For your 300th Dive!! Viva!! Diveholics!!

Scuba Dive in Manchester, DM Club local diving

Some of you may have noticed that our DM Club Members are very much addicted to Scuba Diving. We are out for diving every weekend even when snowing! When sensible people are staying home keeping themselves warm and cozy, DM Club Members are torturing themselves by jumping into the deadly cold water, having "ice-cream" headache and nearly having "frostbites" on fingers. 

Why? Because there's water available for Scuba Diving!
This Sunday was special for our Club Members. Our active member Steve had his 300th dive!! Hooray!! 300th dive!! This is an amazing number! Congratulations, Steve!! We were so happy to share this special dive with Steve.
Many times, we dive in the same diving quarry. Some people may think "it's not interesting if always the same place" Well, that is not true. Even if same location, every dive is different.
I'm a Tech Diving instructor and Trimix Diver myself. Since my students had to postpone their schedule, I had my relaxing pleasure dives with Club Members.
My first dive was with a tech diver. It was like a little check dive. Well, it turned out very relaxing diving for me! He was a brilliant diver and much better diver than he thought himself. :D Waving other divers who were passing by us; watching big fish swimming by us, singling each other for that... Every moment was just FUN!
2nd dive was with other Club Members, another relaxing dive. Oh, this time, those fish were coming so close to us!! Letting us stroke and not even going away! They are normally relaxed around divers, but today, they were extremely relaxed and coming for more strokes! It was GREAT! Most probably they won't act like that next time we go in. Fish do have feeling. 
So, that was Steve's 301st dive. 

Logging dives may not sound exciting. But hey! Once you stop logging, you won't have a chance to celebrate your special dive!
My friend recently did her 3000th dive! Yes, she is still logging!! Amazing isn't it?
I have done so far 2438th dive. Since I moved to UK, I'm not diving every day anymore, but hey! One day, I will have my 3000th! I wonder where it is going to be!

Steve's 300th Dive
Dear Divers! Keep on diving! 
After all, diving is FUN!!!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Bare 7mm Ultrawarmth Dry Hood - Add extra warmth to your Scuba Diving

Going for Scuba Diving in this weather...MAD!!😂
Spring this year seems still sleeping somewhere and making its arrival very late and slow. 1st of April 2017 had wonderful sunny day, brilliant for diving weekend. This year? We had SNOW!!! I could not believe my eyes!! Did it stop us from going for diving? Nahhhh! Nothing could stop us from Scuba Diving. We have serious addiction problem with Scuba Diving. 😂

When diving in cold water, equipping yourself well with thermal items is crucial. As long as you keep yourself warm during the dive, it is, in fact, quite pleasant; crystal clear water, quiet dive site, slow movement of fish (they must feel cold as well!).
Of course selecting good thermal inner wear is very important; however, the most important item for me is a HOOD.
Body heat escape from your head much more than anything. When having a good hood, you can feel amazingly warm.

Dive Manchester - DM Club / Addicted to Scuba Diving

When "mild" winter, 5mm Hood may do good job for many divers. If 7mm, it is much better when the water temperature is below 7C, from my experience. 
I normally feel extremely cold in water, very bad. I have been using 9mm hood for winter. It is warm; however, after 1 dive, my jaw hurts very badly. 9mm neoprene is thick and warm but lose its flexibility unfortunately, causing pain on your jaw. 

Recently, I received 7mm Ultrawarmth Dry Hood from Bare Sports. Bare is known with high quality neoprene. Their neoprene grade is always "A" while most manufactures' top end neoprene can achieve B or C. This 7mm Ultrawarmth Dry Hood is now becoming my alternative option for cold water diving. Elastek outer fabric for great fit and stretch; high-loft Celliant inner fabric helps conserve lost body heat and accelerates thermal recovery. In other words, 7mm thick ness with warmth of more than 9mm thickness. With this hood, I don't get pain on my jaw after diving! With top quality neoprene, it is very soft on the face. Let's see how many divings it can work. Sometimes, soft neoprene get compressed faster than the others. I shall find that out a bit later.

As a Scuba Addict, our search for good quality equipment never ends.
Diving is FUN!!

DM Club Underwater Treasure Hunting in Capernwray

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