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Your Questions


Got a burning question that's crying out for an answer? Not sure whether you're up to diving? Got a health concern? Or perhaps you're still not quite sure where to start? We're here to help...

Learning to dive isn't difficult but we understand that most people considering the sport will have questions and concerns that hold them back from taking the plunge. Below you'll find a list of common questions that we've tried our best to answer - if your question isn't answered below, why not call us on 01373 814666 or send us an email to training@vobster.com

Got a burning question? If it's not here then call us today!
Can anyone learn to scuba dive?
You don't need to be superfit or superhuman to learn to dive - just about anyone who's in good health and reasonably fit can learn. Providing you're over the age of ten, can swim and don't suffer from or have a history of any disorder that may cause complications underwater, you're sure to be accepted onto one of our many diving courses. If in doubt, give us a quick ring for a form to guide your doctor. It’s also available on the medical form.
How long does it take to learn?
Entry-level PADI OW courses typically take four days, either four together or over two full weekends. The first two days are spent learning the essential skills and techniques you'll need to become a scuba diver in the safety and comfort of pool. The second two days are spent in open water on four qualifying dives, accompanied by your instructor and fully-trained divemasters to ensure your safety and enjoyment at all times.

To further prepare you for the diving adventures that await you, most courses require home study before the course, backed up by a series of theory review sessions with your instructor. After successfully completing a simple exam, you'll be a certified diver qualified to dive anywhere in the world.
Is learning to dive difficult?
Far from it - learning to dive is one of the easiest and most fun things you can do! You don't need to be super fit or super intelligent to learn to scuba dive - anyone who can swim and has a love of being in the water can take up diving. The theory isn't rocket science either - most of it is common sense stuff that you probably know already and even the new stuff is pretty straightforward...

If you do struggle with any aspect of the course - be it theory or a skill you just can't get the hang of - your instructor and our team of skilled Divemasters will be there every step of the way to help you through it. We all had to start somewhere - none of our instructing staff ever loses sight of that simple little fact - so our patience and understanding is guaranteed!
Which course is best for me?
Which course and/or training organisation that best suits you depends entirely upon the type of diving you want to do...

If you're just getting started in diving or you're interested in recreational diving only, we'd recommend you take a look at the range of courses available from PADI - the world's biggest and most successful diver training agency. If you'd like to discuss your requirements with one of our instructors, call us on 01373 814666 or email us...

For the more experienced diver, we offer a range of technical diving courses designed to push your diving skills and experience to the limits. If technical diving interests you, check out the IANTD courses we offer. Once again, contact us if you'd prefer to discuss your specific requirements with a member of our training staff...
Where can I dive once certified?
Where *can't* you dive?! - that's more the question! With one of our certifications under your belt, the world is your diving oyster. All our certifications are recognised throughout the world so you'll never be too far from a Dive Centre or Resort that will be happy to take you diving. From the colourful reefs of the Maldives to the sunken wrecks and tropical fish in the Egyptian Red Sea, there's a world of diving adventures just waiting to be discovered!

Of course you don't have to jump on a jumbo jet to experience fantastic diving - you can experience it right here in the UK at Vobster Quay! With 36-acres of fresh water diving, Vobster Quay offers a myriad of underwater attractions to explore at your leisure.
Should I learn on holiday?
We're well aware that diving in the UK isn't everyone's idea of 'fun' - for most of the year, the water temperature isn't exactly tropical and the visibility is far from the 30m+ you're likely to get in the Maldives. If you only ever intend to dive in the warm tropical waters of some far flung destination, you might be tempted to learn to dive abroad. Seem like a good idea? Well, not quite...

Whilst learning to dive abroad might sound like an attractive proposition, do you really want to spend the first week of your holiday stuck in a class room with your head buried in a diving manual? Certainly not. This, then, is where a referall course comes in. The beauty of this course is that it gets all the time-intensive introductory stuff - ie. theory lessons and practical pool sessions - out of the way before you go away on holiday, leaving you more time to soak up the sun and get some real diving in!

Once you've completed the first part of the referall here in the UK, we'll sign you off for that section of the course leaving you to finish off the 'open water' section (ie. the 'real' dives in the sea!) in the tropical location of your choice! Referrals are the perfect option for holiday makers who want to learn to dive abroad but don't want to spend valuable time stuck in a stuffy classroom!
How can I book?
Just call us for a chat about dates and programme! Once you're happy with that, just pay a non-refundable deposit and the balance two weeks before your course starts? We'll send you the materials and you can crack on with the home learning.
What if I need to change dates?
We make sure you are happy with your dates when you book, but if circumstances change you can call us to rearrange. Please remember a rebooking fee may apply.
What if I need extra time?
Over 90% of our divers complete as planned, but if you need a bit more practice, or a little extra time to polish your skills and build your confidence, we can schedule extra sessions at a reasonable cost.
Can I train 1:1 with an instructor?
Certainly - it costs more, but you'll receive a fully bespoke programme to develop your skills and knowledge.
Do I need my own kit?
All dive gear hire is included free in our courses, but we recommend that divers buy their own gear to get the most from their diving after the course. We have a fully stocked shop and expert advice available.
Can I do the theory online?
Yes! You can complete the knowledge reviews for most courses from the comfort or your living room, man shed or on the move with PADI e-learning.
Do you run trips for me to dive on?
We certainly do! Vobster has run trips for over ten years and we now have a thriving community of enthusiastic divers for you to join. We run trips for all levels of diver, from shallow shore dives to deep wrecks.
Can I train mid week?
You certainly can! If you can't see dates that would suit you, just give us a call - we have plenty of flexibility to create additional dates.

Training Schedule



Looking for diver training at Vobster Quay? Here's a list of the courses we've got lined up over the next few months...
Course Name
Start Date
Duration
Price
PADI - AOW (Bronze)27 Apr 20192 days£ 350

PADI - Referral (Dives)02 May 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)04 May 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)04 May 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)04 May 20194 days£ 575

PADI - DSD04 May 20192 hours£ 35

Refresher (Pool)04 May 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Scuba diver to OW05 May 20192 days£ 300

PADI - Referral (Dives)05 May 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Drysuit06 May 20191 day£ 185

PADI - Nitrox Computer use (Dry)10 May 20191 day£ 120

PADI - Nitrox Computer (Wet)10 May 20191 day£ 195

PADI - EFR17 May 20191 day£ 135

PADI - Rescue & EFR (silver)17 May 20193 days£ 510

PADI - Rescue (Bronze)18 May 20192 days£ 425

PADI - Drysuit24 May 20191 day£ 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)25 May 20192 days£ 350

PADI - Nitrox Computer use (Dry)25 May 20191 day£ 120

PADI - Nitrox Computer (Wet)25 May 20191 day£ 195

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)01 Jun 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)01 Jun 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)01 Jun 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)01 Jun 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Referral (Dives)02 Jun 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW02 Jun 20192 days£ 300

Guided Dive (2 dives)08 Jun 20192 Hours£ 150

Guided Dive (2 dives)09 Jun 20192 Hours£ 150

PADI - Nitrox Computer use (Dry)15 Jun 20191 day£ 120

PADI - Nitrox Computer (Wet)15 Jun 20191 day£ 195

PADI - Search & Recovery16 Jun 20192 days£ 310

PADI - EFR21 Jun 20191 day£ 135

PADI - Rescue & EFR (silver)21 Jun 20193 days£ 510

PADI - O2 Admin21 Jun 20194 hours£ 100

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)22 Jun 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)22 Jun 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)22 Jun 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)22 Jun 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Drysuit22 Jun 20191 day£ 185

PADI - PPB22 Jun 20191 day£ 175

PADI - Referral (Dives)23 Jun 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW23 Jun 20192 days£ 300

PADI - Digital underwater Photography 2 day24 Jun 20192 days£ 450

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)29 Jun 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)29 Jun 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)29 Jun 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)29 Jun 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Referral (Dives)30 Jun 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW30 Jun 20192 days£ 300

PADI - DSD06 Jul 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)06 Jul 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)06 Jul 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)06 Jul 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)06 Jul 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - DSD07 Jul 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - Referral (Dives)07 Jul 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW07 Jul 20192 days£ 300

PADI - Drysuit12 Jul 20191 day£ 185

PADI - Drysuit13 Jul 20191 day£ 185

PADI - PPB14 Jul 20191 day£ 175

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)18 Jul 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)18 Jul 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)18 Jul 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)18 Jul 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Scuba diver to OW19 Jul 20192 days£ 300

PADI - Referral (Dives)19 Jul 20192 days£ 299

PADI - AOW (Bronze)20 Jul 20192 days£ 350

Guided Dive (2 dives)20 Jul 20192 Hours£ 150

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)22 Jul 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)22 Jul 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)22 Jul 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)22 Jul 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Scuba diver to OW23 Jul 20192 days£ 300

PADI - DSD23 Jul 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - Referral (Dives)23 Jul 20192 days£ 299

PADI - DSD23 Jul 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - DSD30 Jul 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - DSD30 Jul 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)01 Aug 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)01 Aug 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)01 Aug 20194 days£ 575

PADI - Scuba diver to OW02 Aug 20192 days£ 300

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)03 Aug 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)03 Aug 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)03 Aug 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)03 Aug 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Referral (Dives)04 Aug 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW04 Aug 20192 days£ 300

PADI - DSD06 Aug 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - DSD06 Aug 20192 hours£ 35

Guided Dive (2 dives)10 Aug 20192 Hours£ 150

Guided Dive (2 dives)11 Aug 20192 Hours£ 150

PADI - DSD13 Aug 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - DSD13 Aug 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - Drysuit16 Aug 20191 day£ 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)17 Aug 20192 days£ 350

PADI - DSD20 Aug 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - DSD20 Aug 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - EFR23 Aug 20191 day£ 135

PADI - Rescue & EFR (silver)23 Aug 20193 days£ 510

PADI - O2 Admin23 Aug 20194 hours£ 100

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)24 Aug 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)24 Aug 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)24 Aug 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)24 Aug 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Rescue (Bronze)24 Aug 20192 days£ 425

PADI - Referral (Dives)25 Aug 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW25 Aug 20192 days£ 300

PADI - DSD27 Aug 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - DSD27 Aug 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)31 Aug 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)31 Aug 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)31 Aug 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)31 Aug 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Referral (Dives)01 Sep 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW01 Sep 20192 days£ 300

PADI - Drysuit07 Sep 20191 day£ 185

PADI - PPB08 Sep 20191 day£ 175

PADI - Drysuit13 Sep 20191 day£ 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)14 Sep 20192 days£ 350

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)05 Oct 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)05 Oct 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)05 Oct 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)05 Oct 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Referral (Dives)06 Oct 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW06 Oct 20192 days£ 300

Guided Dive (2 dives)12 Oct 20192 Hours£ 150

Guided Dive (2 dives)13 Oct 20192 Hours£ 150

PADI - Drysuit18 Oct 20191 day£ 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)19 Oct 20192 days£ 350

PADI - EFR25 Oct 20191 day£ 135

PADI - Rescue & EFR (silver)25 Oct 20193 days£ 510

PADI - O2 Admin25 Oct 20194 hours£ 100

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)26 Oct 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)26 Oct 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)26 Oct 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)26 Oct 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Rescue (Bronze)26 Oct 20192 days£ 425

PADI - Referral (Dives)27 Oct 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW27 Oct 20192 days£ 300

PADI - DSD02 Nov 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)02 Nov 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)02 Nov 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)02 Nov 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)02 Nov 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - DSD03 Nov 20192 hours£ 35

PADI - Referral (Dives)03 Nov 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW03 Nov 20192 days£ 300

PADI - Drysuit09 Nov 20191 day£ 185

PADI - PPB10 Nov 20191 day£ 175

PADI - Drysuit15 Nov 20191 day£ 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)16 Nov 20192 days£ 350

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)07 Dec 20192 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)07 Dec 20194 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)07 Dec 20194 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)07 Dec 20197 Hours£ 100

PADI - Referral (Dives)08 Dec 20192 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW08 Dec 20192 days£ 300

PADI - DSD04 Jan 20202 hours£ 35

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)04 Jan 20202 days£ 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)04 Jan 20204 days£ 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)04 Jan 20204 days£ 575

Refresher (Pool)04 Jan 20207 Hours£ 100

PADI - DSD05 Jan 20202 hours£ 35

PADI - Referral (Dives)05 Jan 20202 days£ 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW05 Jan 20202 days£ 300

PADI - Drysuit11 Jan 20201 day£ 185

PADI - PPB12 Jan 20201 day£ 175

PADI - Drysuit17 Jan 20201 day£ 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)18 Jan 20202 days£ 350


Need more information on the courses we offer? Call us
on 01373 814666 or email us to discuss your training requirements!




SURFACE WATER TEMPERATURE
10.1°C
RECORDED ON:
22-04-2019    15:52



Great to see the good folk from Calne Divers enjoying the superb Easter weather and the awesome viz!

POSTED: 24th April 2019

This week marks the first of our Thursday late opening evenings so why not join us for a cheeky post-work dive or swim? Out of the water time is 9pm with food and gas available until 8.30pm. See you on Thursday!

POSTED: 23rd April 2019

'Under Pressure' by Gareth Lock is now in stock. The psychological side of diving and teamwork is mandatory reading for ALL divers, from professionals, divemasters, team members and sports divers. It's about your approach to diving, spotting yourself before your make mistakes and most importantly, about being able to raise issues without ridicule. That is essential to take the sport we all love forwards.

Vobster has implemented Human Factors into all it's SCUBA trainingfrom rec to tec and ccr, with only positive results for safety and education. we have reviewd the design of the RedBare CCR at VMS in the same way. Buy the book, read it and implement the lessons - it's... [more]

POSTED: 23rd April 2019

It’s epic o clock. Happy Easter from us all at Vobster Quay.

POSTED: 21st April 2019

This really is the full length of the 6m skills platform visible from the shore. Water temp 10 degrees at surface. Great to see plenty of divers getting early season training and skills in. #vobsterquay #somerset #dive2019 #padi #learntodive #ukdiving

POSTED: 20th April 2019

Sparkly conditions today for Marcus and company. Water now 10 degrees at surface. #vobsterquay #somerset #diveseason2019

POSTED: 20th April 2019

There's treasure out there just waiting to be found! Will you be one of the lucky ones? Scattered around the UK at various popular dive sites, find one of these metal boxes and you and your buddy could be the lucky winners of a fabulous full colour Suunto D5 dive computer. What are you looking for? Grab your gear and go diving this Easter weekend!

POSTED: 19th April 2019












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