Just arrived from Mares. The incredibly shiny and brilliantly clever Regulator... the 28XR - HR. The perfect Regulator for divers who want a Regulator that will do everything. From standard recreational diving that will take everything you can throw at it, to technical backmount, sidemount and stages. The new dual piston design allows for consistent breathing regardless of cylinder pressure. These new regulators are also environmentally sealed, giving you the performance you need when diving colder waters.
Now in stock... the amazing new Aqua Lung Leg3nd First Stage, the incredible Leg3nd MBS Second Stage and the new Leg3nd Octo in DIN.
LEG3ND is for the passionate, the explorers, the ones for whom diving is more than a sport. Aqua Lung, the original pioneer of the scuba regulator, brings you the most capable, coveted and advanced line of regulators ever created: This is the new LEG3ND, a masterpiece of engineering, built for all conditions, all depths and all dives. After all, the ocean is the ultimate proving ground - a place where respect is given and earned equally, where true Legends belong.
We are planning on running our next Stress & Rescue Course, Oxygen Administration Course and EFR First Aid and First Aid Refresher Courses through March and April. The exact dates haven’t been agreed yet so there is still some flexibility. Just pop in, give us a call or drop us an email and we can chat through the scheduling options. Once we’ve got a group organised, we’ll agree the final dates. Don’t forget, with only 1 day at Stoney Cove, the Stress & Rescue Course is an option even for those of you that don’t do Stoney that often! There are number of ways that the schedule can be varied to meet individual requirements, so please pop in if you have any scheduling issues.
The Stress & Rescue Course is open to anyone who has completed their Open Water Course, is at least 12 years old, has dived recently and who feels confident in-water. The Oxygen and First Aid Courses are open to anyone. The Stress & Rescue Course is a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to progress to Master Scuba Diver or follow the Professional route and become a Divemaster.
These Courses can be undertaken separately or for anyone looking to complete their complete Stress & Rescue program, this consists of all 3 elements, one of which is optional but highly recommended:
Emergency First Response (CPR & First Aid Course). This is compulsory unless you have an alternative, current, CPR certification and takes 1⅓ full training days in the classroom. The first day can be used as the EFR Refresher Course for existing First Aiders needing a refresher.
Oxygen Administration. This is optional and requires ⅔ full classroom day. We normally combine the second First Aid day and the optional Oxygen Administration course into 1 full day of training. This allows us to integrate Oxygen use into the practical scenarios.
Rescue Course. At least 1 day of academics followed by at least 3 or 4 Sunday afternoon / Thursday evening pool sessions and 1 day at Stoney Cove for the 3 practical application dives.
We will schedule the academic sessions to run on a Saturday or Sunday and the Confined Water sessions to run on a number of Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings are for practice and catch-up. The format for this course enables us to spend more time developing skills in the pool and finish off with a single day at Stoney Cove running through a number of realistic Rescue Scenarios.
Schedule for all elements:
Training Day 1 - 9:00am to 4:00pm - Emergency First Response Lectures including Defibrillator Training
Training Day 2 - 8:30am to 12:00pm - Oxygen Admin Specialty Lectures followed by 12:00 to 14:00 - EFR & Oxygen Admin Scenarios (Day 2 of the full EFR Course) followed by 5:00pm to 7:00pm Pool Skill Review *
Training Day 3 - 8:30am to 4:00pm – Stress & Rescue Theory sessions followed by 5:00pm to 7:00pm Rescue Pool *
Training Day 4 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Rescue Pool *
Training Day 5 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Rescue Pool *
Training Day 6 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm Rescue Pool *
Training Day 7 - 7:00am to 2:00pm Rescue Stoney
* For anyone that cannot make every Sunday Pool session, it is possible to catch up on the Thursday evenings before or after the missed Sunday or use these Thursday evenings as additional practice sessions.
For more detailed information and costings, see below.
All of the information about the Stress & Rescue Course and other elements is available from our web site - www.divenorthampton.co.uk In case accessing this is difficult for you, I'll run through the basics....
Emergency First Response Course - from £90.
A compulsory part of the Stress & Rescue Course. This is a stand-alone course that provides a complete medical first-aid qualification. This qualification must be renewed every 2 years. Excellent first aid and emergency CPR training for divers and non-divers alike. You may opt out of this course if you hold a valid and appropriate first aid/CPR qualification. 11/3 full training days in the classroom or it may be possible to combine this with the Oxygen Administration Course and run both Courses over 2 full Saturdays or a Saturday & Sunday. This course will include the use of Defibrillators and training to deploy them in an emergency.
Oxygen Administration Specialty - from £99.
An essential course that teaches the use and administration of oxygen in diving emergency situations. This course is a PADI distinctive specialty and counts towards a Master Scuba Diver rating. It is not necessary but highly recommended that this course be taken during your Rescue Course. 2/3 full classroom day or it may be possible to combine this with the EFR Course and run both Courses over 2 full Saturdays or a Saturday & Sunday.
Stress & Rescue Course - from £265.
Min Age 12 and you must already be an Open Water diver or equivalent, be at least 12 years old, have dived recently and who feels confident in-water. You must have completed the EFR course or hold a valid and appropriate first aid/CPR qualification. The Stress & Rescue Course teaches exemplary rescue and self-rescue skills and is a must for all serious divers. 1 full day of lectures (usually Saturday or a Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm in our training room), usually 4 pool sessions (Sunday evening pool session - 4:00pm onwards) followed by 1 very intensive day of Open Water dives at Stoney Cove.
Rescue Package - from £425
See the appropriate sections above. Covers the Stress & Rescue Course, Emergency First Response & Oxygen Administration Specialty
Feel free to visit the shop for a chat or give us a ring for more information.
All the best
Our regular School/Club kit sell-off is back. As always, the kit was brought in around Christmas time in 2018 for the 2019 season and we’ve just had the replacement 2020 kit start to arrive. We were so pleased with them last year, we’ve gone for the same again this year! The kit has mainly been used in the pool or Stoney Cove. If you want the kit servicing before you take it away, we are offering a big discount for this – a £49.95 fixed price for the Reg set.
Last year we went for the fantastic new Apeks XL4+ Regulator sets which means we are now able to offer these to you at a fantastic price. These are the latest version of the XL4+ range and not to be confused with the original XL4 regulator which doesn’t have the same features. They are fully cold-water rated (we’ve used them through the winter at Stoney Cove and they’ve been brilliant) and come with 2 High Pressure ports meaning you can have a gauge and transmitter. Combined with the lightweight, flexible hoses, these are not just great for the cold water, they also make a truly fantastic travel set.
The Reg Sets (Full Apeks XL4+ First & Second Stage set in DIN with the Apeks XL4 Octo and Apeks SPG) for £249.95, down about £15 on last year, which is so much of a steal I don’t even want to think about it! These retail at £692 for the Reg, Octo and Console. You are therefore getting these with over £440 off retail, or about 35% of what they should be. They don’t come with an LPI hose, but if you want one, I’ll throw in a new one for £15. They may not come with the DIN cap, the first people in get their pick!
For more information, follow the links below:
XL4+ Regulator - http://www.ns-a.co.uk/DIVENorthampton/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_10&products_id=1677
XL4 Octo - http://www.ns-a.co.uk/DIVENorthampton/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_12&products_id=1629
Gauge - http://www.ns-a.co.uk/DIVENorthampton/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=27_188&products_id=1039
These are available on a first-come, first-served basis and there are only 7 sets left so people will need to be quick!
If you want one or more holding for you, drop me an email or a call and we’ll put them to one side.
Monday 17th February. A fascinating subject... if you fancy going, just let Karen know on firstname.lastname@example.org.
As usual, we are closed over much of Christmas so Club Members wanting kit for the Christmas period can collect it any time from now and return any kit when we reopen in the new year.
We'd like to wish all of customers, club members and divers a very happy Christmas and a great New Year!
Our holiday opening hours are on our website and shown below...
The new MTX-RC Regulator from Apeks.
Go warm, go cold, go deep, go anywhere. Enjoy control in the extreme with the MTX-RC scuba diving regulator. Combining rugged, military grade engineering with the super-smooth breathing experience that Apeks regulators are renowned for, the MTX-RC is the regulator that lets you explore more.Featuring the same freeze-resistant technology enjoyed by the whole MTX-R range, the MTX-RC resists free-flows in even the coldest temperatures, while offering the user the additional flexibility to adjust the settings for a more comfortable breathe in less extreme environments.
All this is achieved using an innovative first stage design that protects the regulator from freezing and a full set of user controls on the second stage to adjust the breathing performance based on the diver’s individual needs.
Includes a tactical style messenger bag to keep your regulators safe on your travels. Perfectly sized for a laptop, it’s also your new work bag!
So Stuff and Lou have decided they want to do the Northern Wrecks and Reefs Liveaboard next September, thought we’d do it as a trip and wondered if you fancied coming along. The date we are looking at is 5th September 2020 on Whirlwind, booking through Scuba Travel. The trip includes the Northern Wrecks and Reefs itinerary in a twin cabin (with another person unless you would like to pay an extra £350 to be on your own), EasyJet flights from Gatwick (and back), 7 nights on a full board basis, all marine park fees, 1 x 12litre tank, air fills and weight. They also include a hotel (Hilton Resort Hurghada) on the last day on a one room between two basis so you can have a kip, drop your bags or freshen up and they even feed you! They have a private beach, bars, sports facilities indoor and outdoor pools etc.
The Wrecks and Reefs itinerary gets to some of the most iconic dive sites Egypt has to offer, as well a few of lesser known beauties. After the check dive, this tour starts in style. Tiran and Ras Mohammed are rightly two of the best known areas for diving in the Northern Red Sea. The coral gardens play host to hundreds and thousands of candy coloured fish. The deep walls of Tiran mirror the startling drop offs of Ras Mohammed. Blue spotted sting rays, eagle rays and manta abound and the summer months see large pelagic sharks gather on the drop off. Cruising past Shark and Yolanda, Wrecks and Reefs takes in the Alternatives, Small Crack and Bluff Point before moving onto the wrecks. The Northern Red Sea is a wreck diver's delight. The almighty Thistlegorm is the setting for unforgettable diving, day or night. The Kingston, Dunraven, Giannis D and Carnatic only add to the excitement. These 19th and 20th century wrecks have, over the course of time, formed artificial reefs but each is still packed with unique artefacts that tell their story.
Stuff that isn’t included:
* Nitrox – this is an extra £60 per person
* Speciality Coffees and booze – The guys run an honesty tab or you can grab some at the airport to take on board
* Rental kit hire
* Entry Visa - £25 pre-paid before we go
* Tips for the crew
"What is the cost for all this endless fun"? I hear you cry. Well, the cost per person (EXCLUDING the list above) is £1,495. However, if we get a full boat of 22 peeps (which is what I am intending) we get a 12% discount which will be split amongst the entire group. We have been several times before and have always had an absolute blast and we are very much hoping you would like to join us. If you are interested, can you let me know ASAP – we will then need to pay a £250 per person deposit to Scuba Travel to secure the places, followed by a £250 interim payment in March and the balance in June.
HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE – if you agree that you are going and pay your deposit, you are under an obligation to pay the total cost of your trip. If you decide to drop out of the trip YOU WILL STILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SHARE. If you get someone to go in your place, YOU will be responsible for any costs or fees incurred changing the name on the trip. By paying the deposit you are agreeing to these terms.
Any questions or to get booking info, please contact Lou on email@example.com
All the best
Come on in to DIVE Northampton on Saturday 14th December. From 9:00am to 4:30pm we will have the team and to tell you all about the exciting new opportunities afforded by the SSI Training System.
We will be joined by SSI who will happily explain the in and outs of the SSI System.
We will help you set yourselves up on the SSI App and if you bring your Certification Cards in with you, we will transfer your Certifications across and explain how everything works.
In acknowledgement of the fact that it's the Christmas season, we will have mince pies of course and there will even be a raffle giving away a free course/workshop to all who come in...