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Scuba Experience Days

Going on a diving vacation soon? Learn to scuba dive in the comfort of a local pool and save valuable time on holiday. Besides, who wants to learn things on holiday? Boooring!

Our scuba diving sessions take place in Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, the Midlands, Essex, County Durham and lots of other handy locations, and all sessions are led by qualified PADI instructors.

No equipment or experience is needed: all you need is the ability to swim, which is always a good idea when you’re in a swimming pool anyway. You’ll learn all the essential scuba techniques to enjoy your new hobby.


Q: Scuba? Like the dog?
A: Right. No idea what you are talking about there. No, this is Scuba diving, the water activity beloved of sea fanatics and members of pub quiz teams (who know what it’s an acronym for).
Q: So I bet I need to be an ace swimmer to get this going?
A: Not an ace one, but you will need to be able to swim. But no other experience will be necessary.
Q: So is this the one with the tanks?
A: You betcha! You’ll wear a mask and air tanks and flippers and that kind of malarkey. But all of that should be provided for you.
Q: So what do I need to bring? Beside my sense of adventure? And a towel?
A: Yes a towel and usually a swimming costume of whatever scantily outrageous design you see fit. You’ll want to feel comfortable and mobile in the water, so probably best to avoid any crazy stuff with bizarre jutting wings and the like.
Q: How long do I get, tough guy?
A: It rather depends on the experience you purchase, but you expect to spend about an hour in the pool.
Q: But what if I catch the bug? The Scuba bug?
A: That would be great! And there might be an opportunity to book additional lessons at the Scuba centre after your experience has ceased. 

Q: And the children, won’t you think of the children?
A: Yes, we have special Scuba experiences aimed at children and families. Kids from 8 to 12 can take part.
Q: Plus then there’s my horrifying allergy to water?
A: Then life must be quite trying for you. You may be required to sign a health declaration before taking part and those aged 45 years and over or with a history of heart problems in the family may not be able to take part at some locations (please check all the details on the experience page prior to booking). Any concerns, worries, doubts or fears, just contact us or the supplier.

Fun Facts

  • 1. The term SCUBA (an acronym for ‘self-contained underwater breathing apparatus’) originally referred to United States combat frogmen's oxygen re-breathers, developed during World War II. I don’t know what’s wrong with calling them United States Combat Frogmen’s Oxygen Re-breathers or USCFOR. I’d love to join an USCFOR club.
  • 2. The use of diving bells is recorded by the Greek philosopher Aristotle in the 4th century BC. I think the quote was something like: “I went to the water park but the queue for the diving bell was too long”
  • 3. Relief carvings from several centuries BC show Assyrian soldiers crossing rivers using inflated goatskin floats, possibly as breathing apparatus. Or they couldn’t get enough of the smell of goatskin.
  • 4. In the 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci mentioned that systems were used at that time to artificially breathe underwater. Let’s hope it wasn’t pasta based, as I can’t imagine that would work at all.
  • 5. Hugh Bradner, a University of California physicist invented the modern wetsuit in 1952. Before that, people’s suits got wet, they just didn’t have a name for it.
  • 6. The current record for the longest continuous submergence using SCUBA gear was set by Mike Stevens in 1986 when he was under for 212.5 hours. He must have just been one big prune after that.
  • 7. Bart Simpson herself, Nancy Cartwright, played Daffney, one of the Snorks, the snorkel headed animated creatures from the 1980’s cartoon series. Daffney Snork was also the name of my short-lived cabaret act, before I was told to never do that again.
  • 8. The Aqua-Lung was invented in Paris in 1942 by the engineer Émile Gagnan and the lieutenant, the soon-to-be famous undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau. It must have really made his undersea exploring so much easier.
  • 9. In the 2004 film Anchorman Ron Burgundy performs an amazing jazz flute solo, during which he plays the beginning of the song Aqualung by Jethro Tull. For a brief moment it almost made Jethro Tull fashionable, before everyone remembered Ian Anderson’s leggings.