5* IDC Resort

Firstly we’d like to wish all of our clients an excellent remainder of the festive season.  We thank you all hugely for your business in 2012 and look forwards to delivering many more unforgettable underwater moments in 2013.

We are extremely happy to announce that we have recently been awarded 5*IDC Resort status from PADI.  This is excellent news and means we will be running six Instructor Development Courses throughout 2013 out of our new facility in Golfe Juan.

For more information about our GoPro offering please click on the GoPro button on the homepage.  We look forwards to seeing you all soon for more diving adventures.


5*IDC Resort and 2013 Instructor Development Programme dates

With the long term goal of buying our own premises recently achieved we are very pleased to announce our recent success in becoming a PADI 5*IDC Resort.

This is fantastic news and the new facilities will mean much more comfort for all of our clients, we will also have a small boutique/pro-shop selling Aqualing dive equipment plus a decent range of diving fashion wear and accessories.

It also means that we will be running a full programme of Instructor Development Courses in 2013, the dates of which are as follows.

Feb to March
March to April
May to June
Sept to Oct
Oct to Nov
IDC Prep
30 (Nov)/1
25/1 March
25 – 29
27 – 31
23 – 27
28 – 1
2 – 6
3 – 8
31 – 5
2- 7
29 – 4
3 – 8
12 – 14
9 – 11
11 – 13
8 – 10
12 – 14
17 – 19

For full information on our prices and how to sign up for one of the places on our Instructor Development Courses please send an e-mail to info@www.diamonddiving.net. 


Scuba 2000, ex Adventure Diving & HydroActive

Today we welcome our second group of the « arriere saison ».  Great bunch of folks from Ireland, who we are strongly looking forwards to re/introducing to the great diving in the area.

Scuba 2000 from Uckfield, West Sussex visited us again in early September and we have a group from HydroActive, (Beds & Herts) coming down for the second time this year in October.

Loads of rainfall these last few days, which has not done the Viz any favours, but it will no doubt settle down soon. Surface temperature is still 22 degrees.

We will be diving until early November.  Including DrySuit specialty courses 😉




What constitutes good preparation for a PADI Instructor Development Course?

The PADI IDC is intensive, and rightly so.

You basically go from being a dive guide with a bit of teaching and assisting responsibility to an Instructor who has the right to go out there and start selling, organising and delivering their own courses.  All of this in a course that typically lasts ten days, sometimes less.

So how can you prepare optimally, to minimise stress and really get the best out of your Instructor Development Course?

Here are a few tips:

1.  Dive, dive, dive.  More time in the water, more comfortable you will be.

2.  Watch the PADI DM video and get all of the 20 skill demonstrations sorted (no pun intended) in your head, and practice them in the water if you have the opportunity.  This should be in the bag as a competence before you arrive at the IDC, if you have an IDC prep, it should be for fine honing the demos, not relearning the skills, for example.

3.  Get your theory down.  Revise, go through the Dive Theory online via PADI eLearning, get out the Diving Knowledge Workbook and work the problems.  Arrive at the IDC already with a list of what your weak points are on the theory.

4.  Familiarise yourself with the Instructor Manual and the Guide to Teaching.  The Instructor Manual is a very logical and well laid out document, and the art of getting a good score in standards exams is knowing how to find stuff QUICKLY.  Read it, highlight it, figure out what sorts of information you find where.  A little bit of time investment doing this is going to make your life a huge amount easier during the course itself.

5.  Revisit your Open Water, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver and DiveMaster manuals and try and understand how they are structured, why they are structured like that, and again, how to find relevant information quickly.

If you follow these five basic steps and invest a bit of time before you get to the IDC you’ll get alot more out of your IDC at lower stress levels and come out of the IE as a better prepared entry level PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

We hope to see you soon in the South of France for some excellent fun and the start of a path to living out your dreams.  Any questions please call Alex on 0033615305223 or e-mail alex@www.diamonddiving.net.      


PADI Instructor Development Course late 2012 schedule, Cote d’Azur

Live the dream, work sharing your passion with others, change your life, move to paradise, the world can indeed be your oyster!

Here at Diamond Diving we are organising three PADI Instructor Development Courses in the wonderful environment of the Cote d’Azur for the Autumn and Winter of 2012.  All of this in conjunction with our preferred 5*IDC partner centre.

The dates for the three IDC’s including two days preparation for candidates who wish to brush up on skills, exam standards and theory before attacking the IDC proper and the Instructor Examination itself are as follows:

15th to 30th September
20th October to 4th November
1st to 16th December

We will also be organising a three day Master Scuba Diver Trainer programme running you through the ins and outs of teaching, costing and marketing the following extremely popular and useful PADI Specialties:

Surface Marker Buoy Distinctive
Enriched Air (Nitrox)
Dry Suit
Fish Identification
Digital Underwater Photography
Aware Shark Conservation

The dates for the three MSDT programmes are 2-4 October, 6-8 November and 18-20 December.

For further details, prices and bookings please call Alex on +33 (0) 615305223 or e-mail alex@www.diamonddiving.net

And for more information please see our dedicated GoPro website : http://living-websites-2.eu/diamond-diving/gopro-lifestyle/

Introduce a Friend Scheme

Here at Diamond Diving on the Cote d’Azur we’re the first to admit we’re not the cheapest dive school in the area.  We are firm believers that with dive training you don’t cut corners and of course we pride ourselves on good service and small numbers.  All of that of course comes at a price, particularly when running a small business in this part of the world.

That said we obviously want you, our clients, to dive much as possible and we want to make you regular divers, so help is at hand to extend your annual diving budgets with us in the form of our « Introduce a Friend » scheme.  The scheme has proved popular over the past couple of years with a number of clients significantly extending their dive purchasing power by bringing friends along to share their new found passion.  After all, diving is a really sociable activity.

The scheme is based on a points system.  If you introduce someone who signs up for an Open Water, Advanced or Rescue Course you get five points and a free fun dive, and this descends down a sliding scale to half a point for introducing someone who comes for one fun dive.  If you have any questions please call us on 0615305223 or e-mail info@www.diamonddiving.net

Basically five points equals one free fun dive or the first half of a Discover Scuba Diving experience.

Fun Dive 
½ point
Adventure Dive
1 point
Discover Scuba Diving
2 points
PADI Specialty / EFR
3 points
Scuba Diver
4 points
Open Water / Advanced / Rescue / EFRi
5 points
Divemaster / IDC
10 points
Counts for first reservation of any client introduced. 

2012 promotional video

We recommend you take two minutes to check out this video on our YouTube channel that gives a good feel for what we are about, the Cote d’Azur, the diving, the beautiful coastline, and typically how happy our clients are with the service we offer.


For more videos of the diving in the area you can subscibe to our YouTube channel, « DiamondDiving1 ».

2012 Diamond Diving promo video

My Animoto Video

This is a great two minute promotional video showing the brilliant coastline, great surroundings, the team, our RIB, some good underwater and surface shots and plenty of very happy clients.  Enjoy!

The benefits of Peak Performance Buoyancy…

When can I do my Advanced? What does it involve? How much does it cost? What does it entail?

These are questions we hear really often from clients who understandably want to progress, learn and develop in the PADI system. The kind of clients we love to hear from, as they have become passionate about their diving from the start, and have « got the bug ».
The Advanced is a great rating, don’t get me wrong, but above all it is designed to be modular and allow people to sample certain areas of diving that might be interesting for later on….think more Adventure dives and less Advanced Open Water Diver…
So for a diver who has finished their Open Water, is loving this amazing new activity and really wants to progress and enjoy it even more, our question would be : What is the investment in training that is going to help you enjoy your diving more quickly, reinforce good habits fresh from the Open Water Course, get infinitely more comfortable in the water, reduce your air consumption and energy dispensed in the water, and get you on a fast track to appreciating all the beautiful life and scenery down there in « Le monde du silence ». Yep – the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty, that’s what – two dives 100% focused on giving you more comfort and control in the water.
Affordable, a bit of knowledge development via a small manual, and without realising it you’ve already done 20% of your Advanced Open Water aswell….PPB is also a great introduction to PADI Specialty courses that are excellent at broadening and deepening your knowledge and skills in areas of diving that interest you (Deep, Wreck, Surface Marker Buoy, Enriched Air, DrySuit, Digital Photography to name just a handful)….and before you know it you’ve made an early start on the path to Master Scuba Diver aswell.
Sound interesting? Call us or e-mail us for further details, also a great way to tune you up and get you rolling after a bit of a layoff over the winter…