Season 2 Ep2: Emma, PADI Regional Mgr on The Community Spirit of Scuba Diving – All In this TOGETHER

We chat to Emma Samuelsson about the rise of female scuba divers, the need for community & the incredible scuba spirit that keeps us pining to dive deeper and for longer.

Scuba Diving is for everyone and anyone who is curious of what lies beneath the waves and loves a new challenge.

It feels like summer is finally here & more of us are coming out of our lockdown bubbles and throwing ourselves into new exciting adventures. With UK diving on the rise since we can not trek far this year due to Covid-19 regulations on travel, it’s not surprising that the scuba community is booming with lots of friendly faces excited to share stories and discover what we have on offer in our very own coastlines from sea kelp forests, shipwrecks to cold water reefs.

In this episode we talk to Emma, PADI’s Regional Manager for the UK & Europe about her bug for scuba diving; How she got into it, where it’s taken her on her career and how it opened up a world of travel, building confidence beneath the waves, meeting new people and concludes that it’s essentially that scuba community that excites her. No matter where you are in the world you can find common ground amongst divers. Emma highlights some of the most popular specialty courses globally and the importance of the Drysuit & DSMB for safety and comfort whilst diving in the UK.

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Season 2 Ep 1: The importance of the correct equipment for comfort and most of all safety.

What winter watersports are you doing? Have you got everything you need to stay warm & safe? Why not enhance your diving and first aid knowledge during lockdown…

Welcome back to Season 2, Episode 1! We start this season off fresh on a cold, blistery winter morning admiring the watersport junkies who brave the cold, rain and wind crashing against the waves to enjoy their activity. Here Miriam expresses her care and passion for safety at sea or where ever you may be enjoying time in the water. Have you got all the right equipment and do you take your mobile with you in a waterproof case to be safe.

We chat about lockdown and how to keep your diving knowledge up whilst being part of a community and getting the most of your learning experience. Why not sign up to one of our lockdown lessons on Zoom, we are running first aid courses including Airbourne Pathogen, that couldn’t be more appropriate for the times. Keep you home and workplace safe and be prepared for any emergency circumstance.

Most of all we are here to connect with our Andark friends to keep the community alive during these unprecedented times and want you guys to share your knowledge, stories and ask us any questions Andark/equipment related to better your experience. So please comment below or email us at admin@andark.co.uk

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HAVE YOU GOT YOUR WINTER ESSENTIALS?

Epiosode 8: Reflecting on 2020 – All the positives & sailing into 2021 with a new attitude to life at Andark!

We chat about how the world turned upside down due to Covid19 and how Miriam adapted to the changes at Andark, focusing her plans on sharing knowledge and building a diving & watersports community.

We understand this year has been an emotional whirlwind for most; Grinding us to a halt all of a sudden made us reflect and reset, being separated from loved ones has made us feel isolated at times and look to other comforts such as nature. One thing that has stuck out for us at Andark is the importance of our health and the feeling of being part of a community. After all it surely highlighted how connected we are, as Covid19 struck us on a global level.

This is why Miriam has found new ways to connect with our extended Andark family and friends all across the world. You can tune into our Andark Podcast and Youtube channel and ALWAYS be a part of our hub.

Miriam discusses the positives of adapting to the change and how it has accelerated the movement of her vision and goal where she plans to take Andark in 2021… Tune in to find out.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM US ALL!

Episode7: An inspirational talk about open water swimming and diving at Andark Lake with Mike.

Having joined Andark on a scholarship, Mike now manages Andark Lake and is joining many in the open water movement that seems to have really taken off during 2020.

Mike came to Andark with no diving experience or knowledge but has become an integral member of our family having completed his divemaster and Tec 40 diver training he can advise and assist you on diving products and trialling new diving equipment at our Andark Lake. We chta to Mike about the popular increase in open water ssimming since March lockdown, as so many want to get in touch with nature whilst pools closed and how we can offer a safe space to practise any swimming or diving trails the lake before venturing off into the sea.

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Check out our Andark Lake site where you can hire it out for a social or sporting swimming event for the afternoon or evening with great soup being served at the cafe to warm you up afterwards.

Episode6: Diving deep in conversation with Seb & Dylan, Andark’s Padi Diving Instructors.

Andark’s friendly mermen, Seb & Dylan, share their love for being “under the sea”…

Learn How to Dive…

Seb & Dylan run most of Andark’s Dive courses and teach all levels from Discover Scuba, PADI Referral, PADI Open Water, PADI Advanced Open Water & PADI Rescue diver. In this weeks podcast we talk about the journey they went on to make it into the diving instructor world, discuss two different approaches to working as a dive instructor abroad and how you can turn your fear into fascination.

LEARN TO DIVE COURSES

KEEP DIVING & ENHANCE YOUR SKILLS

GIVE THE GIFT OF DIVING

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Episode 5: An interesting conversation with Andark’s Head Tec Diving Instructor

Graeme Fraser is a part time PADI diving instructor at Andark, who holds a wealth of knowledge and shares his Tec Diving expertise with us…

RELATED COURSES

Tec Diving

Graeme Fraser specialises in Tec Diving and is Andark’s Head Tec diving instructor. In this weeks podcast Graeme tells us about his diving journey and how he discovered Tec Diving and also explains the benefits of holding Tec knowledge to improve every dive.

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Episode 4: An eyeopening discussion with Steve Cook, Andark’s Project Aware ambassador & Training Course Manager

Steve Cook has some incredible tales of the deep, given his extensive experience diving and with a heart felt purpose to conserve the nature & beauty of our oceans!

First Aid Training

Steve Cook specialises in all of our First Aid training courses and highlights the importance of safety whilst diving, sailing or at work in any circumstance. It’s always great to have awareness of what to do when faced with an accident.

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Project Aware
Project Aware

Project Aware and what matters

We discuss diving with purpose, where Steve expresses his enthusiasm and passion for ocean conservation encouraging all divers to take a mesh bag and a small diving knife on every dive as you will always come across debris that needs cleaning up.

Get involved & help save our seas

We are currently running our lockdown courses online including our Conservation subjects – Dive Against Debris, Shark Conservation & Project Aware, Coral Reef with Project Aware. Be a part of the change with us!

USE CODE: BF10 for 10% off all Lockdown Courses

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Episode 3: An in-“depth” talk with commercial diver Mike

We catch up with one of Andark’s commercial divers, Mike, who shares his bountiful knowledge and skills behind his favourite activity and profession and tells insightful stories that lead him to where he is now including a close encounter with a shark!

Mike is an excellent commercial diving instructor and likes to drive the fear out of you by encouraging you to push past your supposed limits to help you face any challenges.

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Sometimes it can be hard to know where to take your diving. Which is why our Andark team offer full support and advice and will be happy to speak to you about your future diving journey to help you discover what to do next. If you are interested in Commercial Diving or have any questions for Mike , please leave a comment below.

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