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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 - Scuba diver to OW16 Dec 20182 days 300

PADI - Referral (Dives)16 Dec 20182 days 299

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

PADI - OW (Bronze)05 Jan 20194 days 475

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

PADI - DSD05 Jan 20192 hours 35

Refresher (Pool)05 Jan 20197 Hours 100

PADI - Scuba diver to OW06 Jan 20192 days 300

PADI - DSD06 Jan 20192 hours 35

PADI - Referral (Dives)06 Jan 20192 days 299

PADI - Drysuit12 Jan 20191 day 185

PADI - PPB13 Jan 20191 day 175

PADI - Drysuit18 Jan 20191 day 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)19 Jan 20192 days 350

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

PADI - OW (Bronze)02 Feb 20194 days 475

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

Refresher (Pool)02 Feb 20197 Hours 100

PADI - Referral (Dives)03 Feb 20192 days 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW03 Feb 20192 days 300

Guided Dive (2 dives)09 Feb 20192 Hours 150

Guided Dive (2 dives)10 Feb 20192 Hours 150

PADI - Drysuit15 Feb 20191 day 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)16 Feb 20192 days 350

PADI - Divemaster18 Feb 20194 - 26 weeks 800

PADI - EFR22 Feb 20191 day 135

PADI - Rescue & EFR (silver)22 Feb 20193 days 510

PADI - O2 Admin22 Feb 20194 hours 100

PADI - Referral (Theory &Pool)23 Feb 20192 days 299

PADI - OW (Bronze)23 Feb 20194 days 475

PADI - OW & Drysuit (silver)23 Feb 20194 days 575

Refresher (Pool)23 Feb 20197 Hours 100

PADI - Rescue (Bronze)23 Feb 20192 days 425

PADI - Referral (Dives)24 Feb 20192 days 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW24 Feb 20192 days 300

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

PADI - OW (Bronze)02 Mar 20194 days 475

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

PADI - DSD02 Mar 20192 hours 35

Refresher (Pool)02 Mar 20197 Hours 100

PADI - DSD03 Mar 20192 hours 35

PADI - Referral (Dives)03 Mar 20192 days 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW03 Mar 20192 days 300

PADI - Drysuit09 Mar 20191 day 185

PADI - PPB10 Mar 20191 day 175

PADI - Drysuit15 Mar 20191 day 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)16 Mar 20192 days 350

PADI - Digital underwater Photography 2 day25 Mar 20192 days 450

PADI - DSD06 Apr 20192 hours 35

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

PADI - OW (Bronze)06 Apr 20194 days 475

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

Refresher (Pool)06 Apr 20197 Hours 100

PADI - DSD07 Apr 20192 hours 35

PADI - Referral (Dives)07 Apr 20192 days 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW07 Apr 20192 days 300

PADI - EFR12 Apr 20191 day 135

PADI - Rescue & EFR (silver)12 Apr 20193 days 510

PADI - O2 Admin12 Apr 20194 hours 100

PADI - Rescue (Bronze)13 Apr 20192 days 425

Refresher (Pool)25 Apr 20197 Hours 100

PADI - Drysuit26 Apr 20191 day 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)27 Apr 20192 days 350

PADI - Referral (Dives)02 May 20192 days 299

PADI - DSD04 May 20192 hours 35

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

Refresher (Pool)04 May 20197 Hours 100

PADI - DSD05 May 20192 hours 35

PADI - Referral (Dives)05 May 20192 days 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW05 May 20192 days 300

PADI - Drysuit11 May 20191 day 185

PADI - PPB12 May 20191 day 175

PADI - Drysuit17 May 20191 day 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)18 May 20192 days 350

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 - Drysuit15 Jun 20191 day 185

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 - PPB22 Jun 20191 day 175

PADI - Referral (Dives)23 Jun 20192 days 299

PADI - Scuba diver to OW23 Jun 20192 days 300

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 - 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 - Drysuit19 Jul 20191 day 185

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)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

Guided Dive (2 dives)10 Aug 20192 Hours 150

Guided Dive (2 dives)11 Aug 20192 Hours 150

PADI - Drysuit16 Aug 20191 day 185

PADI - AOW (Bronze)17 Aug 20192 days 350

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 - 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!




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STILL TIME TO JOIN US AT VOBSTER SANTAS!

Stuck for something to do this weekend? Why not join us this Sunday for our festive annual Santa dive? There's still time to get involved - just pop across to [weblink] and sign yourself up!

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POSTED: 14th December 2018

WIN A KUBI DRYBAG

Keep your kit clean and dry in even the toughest conditions with this superb KUBI dry bag donated by the good folk at KUBI Dry Glove Systems.

Built to withstand water, mud and just about anything the elements can throw at it, this natty looking drybag is as tough as... [more]

POSTED: 14th December 2018

WIN A £50 KENT TOOLING VOUCHER!

Think stainless steel diving products made to last and just one name springs to mind - Kent Tooling Diving Products! Purveyors of all things shiny, we've got three £50 gift vouchers to give away in our Vobster Santas raffle draw this Sunday.

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POSTED: 14th December 2018

VOBSTER SANTAS - ALL THE ESSENTIAL INFO!

We're just a couple of days away from Vobster Santas 2018 so we've created a very handy guide packed with all the essential info you need to attend.

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POSTED: 13th December 2018

WIN AN APEKS REGULATOR!

How's this for a star prize? Thanks our good friends at Apeks, one very lucky Santa raffle ticket holder will think Christmas has come early when they pick up this rather gorgeous prize - a shiny new Apeks DS4 + ATX40 regulator!

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POSTED: 13th December 2018

LAST CALL FOR VOBSTER SANTAS 2018!

We'll be sending out a very important email to all registered Santa divers tomorrow packed with useful info you won't want to miss. To ensure that you get this all important email, you must REGISTER your attendance with us!

Registering for Vobster Santas costs nothing and takes just a few seconds... [more]

POSTED: 12th December 2018

WIN AN XT-TECH REGULATOR HOSE

Need a regulator hose that can stand up to the rigours of even the toughest environments? You need XT-Tech from Miflexhoses!

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