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What's On: So you want to ...learn to dive.

WHAT? Well worth taking the plunge, if you will, by training in one of the UK's 180 diving centres. Explore reefs and wrecks around North Wales, then tackle the Bahamas, Great Barrier Reef, Red Sea

WHERE? Try a course with Anglesey Divers of Holyhead, accredited to professional association PADI. Spokeswoman Caroline Sampson, 36, said: 'I enjoy diving because you see things other people don't - marine life and wrecks.'

Check out octopus, lobsters, crabs

starfish, anemones and even bull husk sharks ('more afraid of you than you are of them').

You could even dive for a living. Divers are needed to maintain bridges, boats and docks, build oil platforms, work on salvage ships and search for treasure. Or you could study submerged archeology

HOW MUCH? A two-hour taster in Trearddur Bay Hotel pool costs pounds 30, then a four-day Open Water Diver course is pounds 340. Just bring swimming costume and towel as

kit, manual and videos are provided. Once qualified, you can dive down to 18 metres with someone with the same qualification or higher. In the first two days you learn hand signals, theory and get pool sessions. Then you move excitingly on to the open sea - firstly near shore, then in deeper water.

If it's for you, buy your own drysuit or wetsuit, cylinder and breathing regulator from pounds 800 second-hand, up to pounds 3,000 new. Ring 01407 764545 or visit www.diveanglesey.co.uk

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Date:Mar 18, 2005
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