Even though winter is now in full swing and the days are getting colder, here at ocean quest we are still running the PADI diving programme to all applicants. This is due to both the pool training sessions that we run as part of the PADI Open Water qualification, and the specialist equipment that we use when doing our open water dives to keep you (and us) warm. The pool session aims to teach you all the skills that is needed to dive in the open water, in a controlled pool environment. This enables you to be safe while learning the fundamental skills of diving. The theory test that follows the pool session aims to broaden your knowledge on the topic of diving. The theory covers many aspects of diving from details about the equipment, to biochemical effects that occur during diving. All this is aimed to give you a vast knowledge prior to the open water dives that occur over a weekend, which are assessed by dive masters. In these open water dives, the skills that were learned in the pool will be repeated in an open water environment in order to make sure these skills can be correctly transitioned from the warm pool environment, to the colder open water environment at different depths. The course is run in the South Wales area around Cardiff, Swansea and Newport and anyone from the age of 10 or above can learn these skills and get this amazing qualification.