Why Choose Scuba Leeds?
Scuba Leeds takes a revolutionary, sector leading approach to diver training. Drawing on advances and techniques from the world of Technical Diving, we work within the world’s most successful diver training system – the PADI system – to develop confident, safe divers who end their introductory training ready to take their diving out into the real world to experience the amazing experiences that await.
It starts by working with great Dive Professionals
From their first introduction to working as a dive professional our Trainee Divemasters are provided with intensive training to ensure that they are able to be the perfect role models, their skills are literally second to none by the time they qualify. We work with 3 PADI Course Directors, led by PADI Platinum Course Director Alan Whitehead and our Instructors are offered the opportunity to train in the UK, Malta and elsewhere to ensure that they experience the widest range of dive conditions. As a customer of Scuba Leeds you will only be trained by highly skilled, truly experienced and extremely dedicated dive professionals.
“…………. one of the North’s most progressive centres” – Nautilus Diving, XDeep Distributor, February 2018.
Committed to developing good divers
At Scuba Leeds we won’t take short cuts to training. For example, on our most popular entry level program: PADI Open Water Diver students are provided with a minimum of 9 hours developing skills in the pool and 2 full days at Open Water BUT if you or your instructor feel you require more time for comfort, confidence or to achieve mastery then that’s all included in the package. This means new divers are able to build their skill level whilst maintaining their personal confidence and safety.
Students train in 2 pools – with the majority of training being completed in one of only a handful of the UK’s 5.5m deep (18mx17m) pools – this provides a much more realistic dive experience for our trainees as they develop and polish their dive skills – making the transfer to Open Water for the qualifying dives much less stressful. We believe that whilst shallow pools are ideal for introducing people to breathing underwater for the first time, to become a diver and hone those critical buoyancy sills there is no substitute for deeper waters.
Learning to dive with Scuba Leeds, your buoyancy control will be at the top of the skills list. While diving is a safe sport if you firstly gain proper training and follow the safety rules, the Divers Alert Network (DAN) statistics has revealed that dive accidents often reflect poor buoyancy control and therefore is a major risk factor in all forms of diving. Additionally – divers who have great buoyancy skills are more comfortable and with more efficient propulsion comes better gas management and longer dives. This is why we at Scuba Leeds put so much emphasis on great buoyancy control at every level of training. This is reflected in the equipment which you will learn to dive in and the way you will dive. Dive professionals have often commented how surprised they are with the levels of skills and competence exhibited by our customers when they dive elsewhere.
“That’s why you (Scuba Leeds) set the benchmark for the North of England when it comes to producing competent divers” – Brett Thorpe: Nautilus Diving & XDeep UK Distributor 25.01.18 comment on SL student photo of her diving in Red Sea after less than 20 dives.
“He has been really well trained!! He is really good for the experience that he has! No one would guess he only had 5 open water dives!!!” – Hendrick Almeida. PADI IDC Staff Instructor 347847 comment on a recently qualified Scuba Leeds student who dived with him on holiday. December 2016
Choice of Study Methods
All PADI courses requires some study – and whilst we try to maximise the in water portion of the course – you will be required to learn some fundamental knowledge that will support you being a safe diver for the rest of your life. Today most people opt to use either the PADI On-line materials OR use the fantastic PADI Touch training tools for smart phones, laptops and tablets. E-reader pdf documents are also available. The choice is down to the individual. Scuba Leeds also works with Scubability TM, and is able to work with divers with physical or learning difficulties. *
We also offer classroom and face to face sessions if that’s your preferred method of learning.
Some courses are conducted fully face to face, especially if they involve practical skills, and others offer a mix of the self-learning and instructor lead learning.
Our school wings and long-hose regulators are all less than 1 year old.
We are now training all new divers in Wings and Harness systems with a long hose configuration. This is ground-breaking as traditionally most training has been in jacket style BCDs. Wings are much better for diving as they hold you in a much more streamlined and comfortable position whilst underwater. The long hose configuration is adapted from technical and advanced diving techniques and makes for safer diving.
Adopting these advanced tools to train in has required some adjustment of the training but this has been thoroughly developed with PADI.
Choice of Qualifying Location
Most people chose to conduct their qualifying dives with us here in the UK. However, there are some divers who due to time constraints, personal preference or other constraints, want to complete their qualifying dives overseas. Scuba Leeds are happy to refer student to suitable centres over-seas to conduct the open water element of the course and we have the option to include you on our regular trips to our group Centre of Excellence – DiveWise in Malta – if you wanted to conduct all your training, or just the qualifying dives overseas.
Scuba Leeds are a founder ‘first wave’ partner of The 2080 Group* of PADI Dive Centres. Working with likeminded centres in the UK and throughout the Mediterranean we share resource, pool ideas and work together with select suppliers. We adopt common platforms and undertake regular self-audit reviews and group audits to ensure that all our members remain at the very forefront of the professional PADI dive centre community. Visit the 2080 Group home page for more details on this initiative.
Fundamentally 2080 Group is working with PADI to improve the way dive centres operate.
PADI Approved Youth Training Centre
Scuba Leeds is recognised as a PADI Youth Training Centre. This scheme – administered by PADI – ensures that we have all the safeguarding, welfare and facilities to support young and vulnerable people learning to dive.
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre
We are subject to PADI’s quality assurance program. This is a globally acclaimed and fully integrated approach to ensure PADI standards are maintained throughout all elements of all courses. We also conduct our own regular reviews.
Protecting The Environment
Scuba Leeds is a 100% Project AWARE Dive Centre. We also have staff and customers participating in Beach Clean-ups and providing important data into the Dive Against Debris data base. We are working with PADI and our associates to offer all course theory material fully online, with no paper, no books and no plastic, so we have a limited environmental impact on the world we love and therefore we directly contribute to and continually promote, the development and maintenance of a better planet.
With every certification Scuba Leeds donates £10 to Project AWARE – PADI’s campaigning charity.
Our Seas Trash Free
Scuba Leeds also supports the Project AWARE Dive Against Debris initiative. The problem of trash and plastics in the sea won’t be solved overnight but we do our bit. We conduct regular Dive versus Debris days at various locations across the North of England. Everyone is invited to get involved.
YOUR INVESTMENT IN YOUR DIVING. YOUR CHOICE.
Wherever you decide to learn to dive you will be embarking on an exciting and incredible new sport. You will see and experience amazing and beautiful things that sadly only a few people ever do.
Whatever you decide to do, your investment in time and training will be significant. We hope that you decide to invest your trust in us.
We can’t wait to meet you and help you make that transition into the fantastic world of scuba diving.
Neil Scarlett – IDC Staff Instructor & Managing Director,
Ben Breakspear -Master Instructor & General Manager
Alex Varnals – PADi Course Director & Sales & Marketing Manager
The Scuba Leeds Team
Scuba Leeds Limited
Dr Alan Whitehead – Platinum Course Director & Director The 2080 Group