Scuba diving needs some sort of training, whether you are a novice or experienced in ordinary diving. In the Midlands, there is no shortage of places to take such lessons. Most trainers are affiliated with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), so you can trust them to offer quality and safety.
Your choice of a training facility will, thus, be mostly informed by personal factors like budget, referrals, and your location. Training costs range between £25 and £ 259.
You can spend as little as £449 where a hotel package is included. Here are some training facilities you might want to consider:
Aqua sport is located off Warwick Road, where Birmingham borders Solihull. The facility has nice facilities like a heated training pool and a testing cylinder with IDEST Cylinder. They also have a retail shop where they sell top-quality gear. Their team of trainers has been hailed by many learners.
Scuba School Limited
This training facility doubles up as a club with a membership of over 150. They offer all levels of training for both adults and children. Training happens throughout the week between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm.
Scuba Shack focuses on learners who want to learn fast. They have a specially dedicated programme to take you through the ranks fast. Located in Wolverhampton, this 5-Star PADI instructor development facility has some of the best inland dives.
This Worcester training facility is owned and run by Elwyn & Lesley Harper. They offer diving classes of all levels for children and adults. They also have a shop selling diving equipment.
Other reputable scuba diving training facilities include ScubaTeks, Warwickshire Scuba Centre, Excel Scuba, Immerse School of Diving, MR Diving, Dosthill Quarry, Dive Buddies, Club Sub Diving Centre, and Scuba Pursuits.
The cost of training varies from one facility to another. However, in all of them, the cost is largely determined by the level of training that you would want to take. These levels include:
Starter Diver: (Try dive and Open Water Dive)
Diver Level Courses: Seal Team, Master Seal Team, First Response, Advanced Open Water, Care for Children, Rescue Diver, and Master Scuba Diver.
PADI Speciality Courses: Aware Fish Identification, Boat Diver, Deep Diver, Night Diver, Multi-Level Diver, Equipment Specialist, Dry Suit Diver, Underwater Navigator, Search and Recovery, Wreck Driver, Underwater Photography/Videography Diver, O2 Provider, Peak Performance and Buoyancy.
Professional Courses: Staff Instructor Update, First Response Instructor, Assistant Instructor, Divemaster, and Scuba Diver Trainer.
The cost will also depend on the package. A hotel package usually raises the cost significantly. All these courses are PADI certifications. Subscribe to stay updated on these packages.