Dry Dive - London Whipps Cross Hospital


Saturday, 1 February 2020

10:00am to 3:00pm

London Whipps Cross Hospital – Hyperbaric Chamber

Cost: £40 (no certification)

Cost with PADI Dry Diving Chamber Awareness Specialty: £65

Maximum spaces: 16 – so first come, first served.

Contact for booking:

What is a Dry Dive?

Dry diving is a fun and safe way to experience nitrogen narcosis at 40m for the first time. A recompression chamber is the perfect environment to test a diver’s ability at depth and simulate the diving experience in a safe and water-free environment. Tasks are performed by the divers to test the level of their impairment caused by narcosis. These are great fun and show how surprisingly difficult it is to carry out simple tasks at 40m. You also sound like Donald Duck when you talk which is absolutely hilarious – or is it the narcosis?

A dry dive in the recompression chamber can prepare a diver mentally for what can happen underwater. Dry diving is designed to familiarise divers to the hyperbaric facilities available, the procedures, knowledge, problems and hazards associated with a recompression chamber.

Optionally, you can earn a PADI specialty certification – PADI Chamber Awareness Specialty which will contribute towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver qualification.

End of Year Club Dive

Stoney Cove - Sunday 29th December

9:00am to 12:00pm

Lunch at The Mill on the Soar afterwards

Site entry: £22 non-members, £15 Dive-Log Members

A fun dive in chilly water - a dry suit is an absolute must, followed by lunch at The Mill on the Soar.

Contact Ian to so we have an idea of numbers andJean for booking

Y40 and Venice - March 2020

Friday 20 March to Sunday 22 March.

We are organising a trip to Y40 – a 41 metre deep pool located about 40 miles from Venice, Italy.

This is a great social weekend to one of the world’s most beautiful locations with some diving. It’s a great trip for non-diving partners and divers alike. We did a trial run for it in March this year and had a great time – see Facebook photos.

Y40 was until recently the world’s deepest indoor pool (there is now a deeper one in Poland – but it’s not Venice 😉). The pool is filled with heated thermal spring water to a balmy 32-34 degs C. There are snacks and a café on site, as well as viewing into the pool area. The pool itself has a 10 metre section with artificial caves, tunnels and pipes for divers to explore.

North London Scuba Club Committee will manage the Y40 booking process. We will need a deposit payment up front of £35 to secure the Y40 booking.

Total estimated cost of trip: £230

Outline itinerary

  • Early Friday morning flight from London Luton to Venice Marco Polo arriving lunch time
  • Taxi to 4* hotel in Mestre (approx. 35 mins)
  • Lunch at local Pizerria
  • Train to Y40
  • Dive at Y40 18:00 to 19:00
  • Return to Mestre
  • Dinner at local Pizzeria / hotel
  • Saturday – Venice
  • Sunday morning /early lunch in Venice
  • Check in at Venice Marco Polo by 15:00
  • Return to London Luton airport arrive 17:45

Contact Ian for more details with regard to timings, flights and hotel recommendations