Well, today we have taken giant strides towards having some play time. We were driving home after a trip to find a coffee table (successful) when we noticed that there was a dive shop on the road we were travelling along. Not only that, it was having a special sales events, so we stopped and popped in.
Oh boy, were we glad we did! Andark Scuba Diving and Watersports Specialists have a deceptively unpretentious premises, which, when viewed from the road, looks a little like a shed with blacked out windows. Little does one realise that this reaches, Tardis-like, backwards and incorporates a well stocked shop and a huge training pool and classroom area. We met the staff, both dive trainers and highly competent shop staff, and were very impressed with what we heard and saw.
We left armed with leaflets on the Andark Scuba Adventurers Club, their Sunday diving programme, the courses available in the pool, the latest Andark diver's newsletter and with a receipt for a 7mm full length ladies wet suit, which is now on order.
All of a sudden our horizons have been opened and we are full of excitement about the prospect of diving again. There are more courses available through PADI now and I have been browsing these on the Andark website. We are going to get our equipment serviced, book refresher courses for us both as it was August 2008 when we last dived, and then off we will go to see what the chilly waters in England have in store for us. More on this in future posts.