Have you ever wanted to swim with the dolphins, uncover a shipwreck, or even just explore the beautiful Northern British Columbia lakes? Well now you can; Ota Hally and two of his certified PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) instructors will be offering scuba lessons in Tumbler Ridge for four days starting September 3rd and ending on the 6th. Ota has been diving worldwide for over 47 years, and has been a PADI Master Instructor for 26 years. With his PADI Master Instructor Certification he is able to certify scuba instructors. He offers an open water course as well as advanced scuba diving courses. Most of his lessons and courses are taught in lakes unless a pool is closer and easier to access. If he begins his students off in a pool, he will then move them to a lake to give a more realistic feel of natural surroundings.
The only diving limitations that you will have are under ice and in a river which is inadvisable because of the strong currents. Before enrolling in a diving session you will need these requirements: a basic knowledge of swimming, to be at least ten years of age, and you must be able to withstand severe physical activity.
It is advised to wait a minimum of 24 hours after scuba diving before flying. Otherwise you will end up with decompression sickness (the bends), which pains result from the rapid change in pressure.
Shortly after leaving Czechoslovakia in 1968, Ota opened a small fish and dive charter boat business in Kitimat, British Columbia. Ota became passionate about diving on the first day of his training. This then became the motivation behind his company ?Blue H2O?.
Scuba diving could be the unforgettable experience of a life time. Even if water makes you feel anxious, diving may be a way to conquer your fear of water. Ota will assist in the water in a way that you are able to feel secure when diving. He has helped many people overcome their fear of water. Ota will be delighted to answer any questions or other concerns that you may have. Please come down and sign up for a scuba lesson today. The sign-up sheet is at the Tumbler Ridge Recreational Centre. The deadline for sign-up is Wednesday September 2nd.