“Head up, feet down”….how many times have you heard that from your diving instructor? Used to describe anything from controlling a descent to venting the air from a drysuit, these four simple words cover a multitude. The pioneering staff of Scubadive West have found yet another use for this term…it aptly describes our new PADI Orientation to Surface-Supplied Air Diving Specialty (a bit of a mouthful for sure!). In short-hand let us refer to it simply as the “Hard Hat” Diver Specialty, where you literally walk underwater in full commercial dive gear.
This one-day Specialty gives recreational divers of all levels the opportunity to learn more about the world of commercial diving, and what is involved in becoming a commerical diver. Candidates also get the opportunity to walk the seabed wearing a full set of surface-supplied commercial diving gear.
A recent addition to this exciting programme is an underwater CCTV video system. This is a diver-held inspection camera, which provides a live video feed to a television monitor on the surface. Our latest participants were given the task of providing video footage of a boat’s hull, the base of a pier and a standby diver (Cillian Gray obliged on this one!).
Tiernan Gray, an experienced commercial diver and PADI Instructor runs this programme and more dates are available from our website.
The next course will take place this Saturday 31st October, with additional dates to be added for the winter months.