The BVI is a fantastic place for the beginner diver. Easily accessible dive sites, well-trained instructors and a multitude of companies offering dives in various locations means that there are many options. For the beginner diver, the major certification on offer is the PADI system which is recognised virtually everywhere worldwide and has become the default standard in diving (though NAUI adherents will violently disagree). Many diving centres will offer training spread over several weekends to accommodate the workers among us. Each dive centre has its own culture, so to speak, ranging from the very laid-back to the very buttoned-down, so ask around for people’s favourites. What works for one person might not work for another.
The sport of free diving is perhaps the most pure expression of athletic ability in the water. Kiwi William Trubridge set a world record by descending 300-plus feet without the benefit of even a pair of fins, testing the limits of human endurance. Interest in the sport is growing, whether competitive or simply as a personal challenge. For further information, email [email protected]