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DIVEMASTER Experience Programmes

DIVEMASTER Experience Programmes

Diamond Diving is an Award winning PADI 5* IDC Resort.  We are located in Golfe Juan on the iconic Cote d’Azur (South of France) between Antibes Juan Les Pins and Cannes.  The dive centre is just half an hour from Nice Airport.  Our maximum capacity is sixteen divers and we operate two 6.5 metre RIBS.  We are proud to be an Aqualung partner centre and run a small PROSHOP supplying the entire Aqualung, Apeks and Omer product ranges.

Our core values are centred around teamwork, mutual respect, customer service, quality of teaching and passion for the marine environment.  Our client base is diverse both culturally and internationally. Courses and briefings are conducted in both English and French. 

 

We have a small number of places available during the 2019 season for motivated individuals looking to develop a solid foundation for a future career in the dive industry.  You will integrate within our small team for a period of two to three months between May and September.  There is a small fee to cover teaching materials and your PADI membership application.  You will also need to budget for living expenses during your time with us.

Our Course Director Alex will be on hand on a permanent basis to provide advice and guidance in your development, in conjunction with our Instructor team.  For exceptional individuals there is the possibility to extend your time with us to a second season and progress towards your PADI Instructor rating.

Ideally you will already be qualified as a Rescue Diver but we will also consider applications from the right candidates with Open Water or Advanced Open Water certifications.  To be considered for one of the places please send a CV with references and covering letter to info@diamonddiving.net

 


2018 season dates and news

2018 SEASON DATES AND NEWS

For the forthcoming season both boats will have new Yamaha 150 4 stroke clean energy engines (no more noisy smoky two strokes) which will enable us, weather allowing, to take experienced and autonomous divers to slightly more challenging sites more often.  On the programme more often this coming season will be sites such as (but not limited to) :

Bilitis, Seiche St Pierre, Seiche St Pierre Avancée, Le Masque, Le Robuste 2, Sec A Pierre, Les Deux Chariots, Cap Gros and Pequerolles.

Other dates worth noting are as follows:

 

SPECIALTY COURSES

9/10 June                            UNDERWATER NAVIGATION

16/17 June                          OCEAN REEF FULL FACE MASK AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

TEC CCR 40 REBREATHER COURSE AND REBREATHER TRY DIVES

We are continuing to work in partnership with Jean-François André of HippoConsulting who is the only PADI Rebreather Instructor Trainer in France at the moment.  We have provisional dates of the weekends of 25/26 August and 22/3 September and 29/30 September to run the TEC CCR 40 Rebreather course.  For more information see http://www.diamonddiving.net/diving-courses/rebreather/

ISLAND OR CAP D’ANTIBES DIVE DAYS

As usual these will involve a double tank dive with a Lebanese picnic lunch supplied by us and included in the supplement of €20.  Either two dives around the islands with a picnic on St Honorat or two dives further around the Cap with lunch on the boat.

June 17th, July 1st , August 5th

VAR DIVE DAYS

The tried, tested and very much enjoyed formula of first dive on Les Peniches d’Antheor and the second on Les Pyramides.  Two excellent dive sites.  Lunch at a restaurant at The Port of Boulouris where we get tanks filled by our friends at EuroPlongée.  Fuel supplement of €20, plus budget for lunch.

June 24th , September 16th , August 26th

 

WOMEN’S DIVE DAY                    21st JULY

GIRL DIVE POWER!  Further to our successful participation in this event last year we’ll be doing it again!  We’ve always been a particularly girl friendly dive centre and we’re quite rightly proud of that.  So ladies get a €15 discount per dive plus a complementary aperitif and gift from us and PADI.  Please reserve in advance!

 

NIGHT DIVES

Further to the popularity of the end of season night dive programme last year we’re initially proposing four dates, there will be more if demand dictates!  There is also the possibility to sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty meaning you make three of the four of these dives.

September 6th and 20th   October 4th and 18th

 

END OF SEASON SOCIAL AND DIVE AGAINST DEBRIS      21st OCTOBER

An opportunity to come and protect the marine environment through a free clean up dive followed by a set menu at Gigi’s to mark the end of another season.  Good fun guaranteed for all!

 

 

 


Long term DiveMaster experience programmes

We have a number of places for individuals seeking to develop a career in the dive industry for the forthcoming season between June and September.  You will be implicated in a programme taking you up to Dive Master during a long term course, in a small team including a Master Instructor and Course Director.  The minimum period of time needed for this intensive training is two months.  Ideal minimum prerequisites are 25 logged dives and Advanced Open Water.  Please contact Alex on +33(0)615305223 or info@diamonddiving.net for more information.


January 2018 news

JANUARY 2018 NEWS, SALON DE LA PLONGEE, REBREATHER PARTNERSHIP, 2018 DIVE TRIP

Fresh back from the 2018 Paris dive-show, here is the latest news for the beginning of 2018.

We’re happy to extend our partnership with Jean-Francois André of HippoConsulting (PADI Rebreather Instructor Trainer (Submatix)) who will be running a PADI Tec CCR 40 course with us over the following weekends in April.  7/8, 14/15, 21/22.  There will also be the opportunity to do either a half day or full day Rebreather Try Dive.  To be repeated in September according to demand.

Further to the success of our Cap Vert trip last November we will soon release details of a Red Sea Liveaboard, specific dates to be confirmed, but scheduled for November 2018.

We have a full calendar of Instructor Development Courses running this year and will also be supplementing this with two Intensive 10 day DiveMaster courses.  These will run from 14th to 23rd April and 6th to 15th October inclusive.

Following the installation of a new Yamaha 150CV outboard on Nounou, our BWA RIB in September 2017, Blue Diamond will fully refreshed for 2018 with new tubes and a new engine.  We’re looking forwards to seeing you all soon.


Ocean Reef, Aqualung Fusion DrySuit, PADI Open Day

SATURDAY MAY 13TH

ALL DAY : AQUALUNG FUSION DRYSUIT AND OCEAN REEF FULL FACE MASK TRY DAY

FROM 6PM : EVENING SOCIAL EVENT FREE AND OPEN TO ALL WITH PRESENTATION FROM PADI REGIONAL MANAGER

On the 13th May we’re running an Open Day plus Evening Social with the opportunity to try two high end aspirational pieces of equipment.  This is on a first come, first served basis.  Boat spaces will be charged €25 as opposed to normal dive rates to cover costs for the day.  Please register your interest as early as possible to avoid disappointment, specifying which product, and morning, afternoon or both.

Firstly we’ll be offering our clients the opportunity to try the Aqualung Fusion Dry-Suit range and secondly one of the full face masks from the Ocean Reef product range, together with the Ocean Reef full face Aria snorkels.

The Fusion Dry Suit range are excellent quality, innovative suits whose stand-out features are lightness, comfort, compactness and flexibility.  For more information about the product range please see: http://www.aqualung.com/fr/gear/drywear

The advantages of diving with Full Face Masks are significant and include improved vision, comfort, safety, warmth and flexibility.  For more detail about all of these advantages please see : http://diving.oceanreefgroup.com/products/why-dive-an-idm/

The total capacity for the day is twelve people trying the Ocean Reef Full Face Masks and eight people trying the Aqualung Fusion DrySuit.  It is possible to do one in the morning and one in the afternoon but not both at the same time.

At the end of the day at around 6.00pm there will be a presentation from Martial Warnier de Wailly, the Regional Manager for PADI in France.  We’re very lucky to have Martial attending and he will be talking about the advantages of the PADI app for tablets and smartphones, Ocean Reef Full Face Mask Specialty and a little bit about the opportunities to become a professional in the PADI system, followed by drinks and an aperitif.  Everyone is welcome for the evening event which will be another opportunity to socialize and get to know new dive buddies.  Feel free to invite keen prospective divers!


2017 PADI Instructor Development Schedule

We are pleased to confirm our Instructor Development Course Schedule for 2017 (all at our base in Golfe Juan except where stated):

Happy candidates and staff before teaching in Open Water
Happy candidates and staff before teaching in Open Water

18th January to 8th February in Oman (includes MSDT and Exam in Muscat)

18th March to 2nd April

20th May to 4th June

28th October to 12th November

25th November to 10th December

Within this schedule we will be conducting Emergency First Response Instructor Courses and Specialty Instructor Training.  Please call or e-mail for a chat and advice on your goals for becoming a PADI Instructor!

All of the courses can be taught in both French and English, or a combination of the two.


And now for something a little bit different!

And now for something a little bit different:  late August, September and October dive schedule!

 

And now for something a little bit different!  Due to various requests, and our desire to provide as many motivating and exciting reasons to dive as possible we have put in place the following schedule for September and October (imho the best time of the year to dive on the Cote d’Azur):

 

Night dives:                                       Thursday 8th, 15th and 22nd September

(€10 supplement over normal per dive price)(RDV 7.30pm)

Ownership of your own lamp is compulsory, we are running a special off on the excellent Alu Solo Black (a very cool matt black “light sabre” to illuminate your underwater adventures), please ask for further information

 

Deep dives (morning only):        Sunday 28th August, 4/11/25 September and 2 October

(Standard per dive rate)

Reserved for clients with Advanced and Deep Specialty.  Weather allowing we will target sites that we dive less frequently such as Dromadaire to Enfer, Sec A Pierre, Masque, Deux Chariots, Seiche St Pierre Avancee.  Deep Specialty can be organised for those that do not yet have it over these dates.  Another good reason to invest in a lamp!

 

Island Dive Days:                             Saturday 27th August and Saturday 24th September

(€20 supplement over normal price for two dives plus lunch)

Two dives around Les Iles de Lerins with lunch on St Honorat in between.  We will be organising a group rate to eat a set menu at La Tonnelle restaurant if both days have at least six clients who reserve.

 

Var Dive Days:                                   Saturday 10th September and Saturday 1st October

(€35 supplement over normal price for two dives plus lunch)

One dive on Les Peniches d’Antheor and one dive on Les Pyramides off L’Ile d’Or.  Stop for lunch at Port de Boulouris in a local restaurant.

 

All of these dates are subject to the usual conditions regarding weather and we reserve the right to amend dates if necessary for your safety, comfort and enjoyment.  All reservations by first come first served confirmation.  Any cancellations or changes within 72 hours of the date will forfeit one of two dives from their dive pack or a 50% deposit payable up front.


PADI Award, Discover Rebreather, Dive Against Debris

Diamond Diving wins another PADI Award!

Award 2016

We are very happy to have received an Award from PADI EMEA at the recent Paris Diveshow for our exceptional implication in the diving industry.

A great reward for our work over the past seven years since our first Award as best French newcomer in 2009.  A big thanks to our clients and to the PADI EMEA French team!

Our next Emergency First Response Course is organised for the weekend of the 27th and 28th of February, so if you need or want to learn some extremely useful primary and secondary care skills just e-mail or call.

We will be cleaning up the local dive environment next time on April 17th so let us know if you would like to join in.  A free dive in return for your conservation efforts!

And finally we are organising another “Discover Rebreathers” day on April 30th with our long term partner, Jean-Francois Andre.  We always have excellent feedback on these events.  Maximum eight places and the price is 85 Euros per person.


Become a PADI DiveMaster in 2016 !

PADI DiveMaster : Looking for a challenge this year ?  Look no further than the adventure, opportunity and privilege of becoming an entry level PADI Professional with us in the South of France !

Often we train people up over six week full time internships, but for those that are time poor due to professional and other commitments we are running two ten day intensive PADI DiveMaster courses.

The dates are the 5th to the 15th of May inclusive and the 11th to the 20th of November inclusive.  You will be trained to the usual high standards that we insist on by Alex and Noemie, providing excellent preparation for those considering going on to do their Instructor Development Courses.

The price is €1285 per person including all study materials (Crewpack), all diving costs and equipment hire if necessary.  We’re offering an early booking discount of 10% for those able to confirm before the end of January.

During the course you will become familiar with the PADI system and develop professional level dive theory and physical.  You will also develop excellent skill demonstrations, assist on client training courses and much much more.

To check prerequisites, or to book your place send an e-mail to info@diamonddiving.net or call Alex on +33(0) 615305223 or Noemie on +33 (0) 675780168


PADI Instructor Training in Oman

We are delighted to have recently launched a collaboration with Nomad Ocean Adventures to provide PADI Instructor Training in Oman.  Nomad is a real “Diving Safari” base camp.  It has everything in place to provide a fun and enriching learning great experience.  The perfect place to get you on the right track for a career in the scuba diving industry.

Based in Dibba, Musandam, Nomad is easy to get to via a flight to Dubai followed by a relatively short land transfer.  Once here you have everything at your disposition to prepare for your Instructor Examination (IE) in the best conditions.  This includes a great climate, on site swimming pool, accommodation and all meals included in the package price.

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As soon as the small amount of stress and anxiety of the IE is over we return to Nomad for Specialty Instructor Training. This gives you the opportunity to appreciate some of the truly excellent local diving , and optimise your chances of clinching that dream first job in the industry as quickly as possible.

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In 2016 our Course Director Alex will be running two Instructor Development Courses in January and October.  For a quote and further information e-mail info@diamonddiving.net or call +33 (0)615305223.


Cote d’Azur floods

We were sprung out of our beds early Sunday morning by Noemie’s Dad calling and asking us if we had seen the news, and explaining just how bad things were.  Needless to say we feared the worst and driving down the hill from Antibes into Golfe Juan that morning was a humbling experience.  Fortunately the dive centre escaped completely any water damage, and the boats are absolutely fine.  Many of our neighbouring commerces have had their basements completely flooded with stocks and stores written off.  Mud everywhere.  The local baker has lost all of his ovens and working equipment.

The clean up in Golfe Juan-Vallauris and other affected towns is full speed ahead and it looks like the French government is throwing everything at this mess to minimise the negative effects on homes, lives and businesses. This includes putting tax and social charges bills on hold until the businesses concerned get back up on their feet and a fund generated to pay out ahead of the insurance companies processing the claims.  Our thoughts and condolences go to all those that lost their lives in this tragedy and their families.  All this devastation generated by around an hour of the most intense rainfall I have ever witnessed.

On an environmental note this kind of weather disturbance is clearly not going to go away.  So as a community I believe passionately that divers have a responsibility to speak out and make others face up to this very “Inconvenient Truth”.

Diving conditions are expected to be asbsolutely fine for the weekend so for anybody thinking of a late season long weekend break our message would be don’t hesitate…