First of all, a belated MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!
The Sunchaser Scuba team wishes you all the best for you and your families. We wish you all the diving in the world, as a first time diver or more experienced diver.
The past couple of weeks we had a lot of families come and celebrate the holidays with us here in the BVI’s. With all these amazing divers we had our hands full! We had a complete mix of divers from first time divers, certified divers, people getting certified and furthering the knowledge of certified divers.
So what have all these people been up to then? Let’s have a look at our most popular courses and experiences that we offer to our guests!
For those who have reached the age of 8 or 9 we offer a Bubblemaker experience! It is an hour of fun in the pool with one of our instructors! Yes, they will actually be wearing real dive equipment! We will be blowing bubbles under the water, playing games such as finding treasure, racing and learning underwater hand signals! At the end our Bubblemakers receive a certificate as a reward for their outstanding pool performance!
For those 10 years old and above it is time to actually go diving in the ocean and for them we offer a Discover Scuba Diving course, also known as a resort course. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving course is a four-hour introduction to diving! Perfect to give it a shot and see what it is like to dive, without having to commit to one of the dive courses! After a short theory and pool session, you will be taken on a dive to a maximum depth of 40 ft! On successful completion of this trip you are NOT certified, but you are allowed to join us on the majority of our dive trips!
Bert Kilbride (founder of Kilbrides Underwater Tours and our original dive shop) received the ‘NOGI’ award for sports education for inventing the resort course, now known as the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, in 1987. Bert and a select group of people including Jacques Cousteau all received the award for scuba diving.
The next step up would be to do the PADI Open Water course and get certified. After successfully completing the PADI Open Water course you are certified for life and allowed to dive anywhere in the world! This course, which takes about 4 days entails self-study with the manual and DVD. Then we will test your knowledge. We will then take you in the pool to teach you all you need to know and get you comfortable in the equipment. Lastly, you have to complete four open water dives on which you will demonstrate mastery of the previously taught skills and explore the underwater world.
If you don’t want to do all the work on vacation you could do some at home and finish with us! In the first option you will do the theory and pool work at home with your local dive shop! When you come on vacation all you have to do is complete your 4 open water dives with us! You can also do your theory on-line with PADI e-learning and when you come on vacation you will do the pool work here and complete the 4 ocean dives!
Now you know how to dive, it is time to fine tune your skills! What way better to do this than to take the Advanced Open Water course! Learn how to better navigate underwater, identify fish and their families, fine tune your buoyancy, go that little bit deeper and much more, all under the watchful eye of your instructor! After completing the relevant theory parts in the manual, you will go and practice on the 5 required dives that you just read about!
These are the courses most people do here while on vacation. If you still haven’t had enough, we do also offer Emergency First Response, PADI Rescue and Divemaster courses for those who wish to continue on after the Advanced course.
Lastly we want to thank all of the past years divers for diving with us!
We hope to see you all back in 2013 for some more fun-filled dive trips!