The pandemic of 2020 rapidly changed the way we do things in many aspects of our life, as we all know. Here at Rey Diving we are adapting to these current times, and as the world changes, we too are changing the logistics of our scuba classes.
Even though the way we now do every day’s tasks is changing, due to covid regulations, Id like to remember when I learned to scuba dive, back in 1995. My scuba buddies and I went straight to the ocean and did all components of the training right in the ocean (no pool.) And it was incredible and lots of fun to get our scuba certifications right in the blue waters of the Caribbean.
Since our pool here in NYC, where we teach our scuba classes, and in fact most pools in New York City don’t allow gatherings of class groups (because of covid and authorities’ mandate) in indoor pools, we are moving our classes outdoors.
And just like we did 25 years ago, we will be teaching straight in an open water environment (no pool.) After all, and as Rey Diving’s principle # 6 says: “Divers are adventure seekers,” I believe that it will actually help accelerate the learning process, and it’s definitely much more fun!
So basically we are not changing the essence of our classes, but we are going back outdoors —back to what we used to do in the past. And in doing so, it is also safer because as we will be outdoors, we can better keep social distancing. That means that we can offer a couple of options for your scuba training and certification as described bellow.
One option will be training in Dutch Springs, PA on one of our traditional intensive weekends, and scheduled during the warmer months of the year starting in April and through November.
We have trained in Dutch Springs for many years now, including during the summer of 2020, and since we all followed the CDC protocols, it proved to be safe and fun.
The second option is to join one of our scuba trips either domestic to Florida, or abroad to the Caribbean, or some other scuba destination. We will conduct the entire scuba training program and will issue your certification during the trip.
I traveled abroad a couple of times during 2020, and felt really safe with airport’s and hotel’s protocols, and now with the vaccine becoming available, we expect an increase (although probably slow, but surely) in traveling demand during 2021 and forward. Hope to see you in 2021… but I really hope to see you and say hi to you, underwater!