You have got to hand it to Ocean View at Lancing , they have got very comprehensive facilities for divers but arguably their greatest asset is a a warm welcome!
Not only is Ocean View a 5 star PADI IDC Centre but it has :-
* an on site 4 metre deep training pool
* All levels of training from novice to instructor run in spacious classrooms
* On-site servicing by Asset trained technicians including wetsuits and drysuit repairs
* Nitrox and Air to 300Bar
* On site diving and recreation club including fully licensed bar
* Boat charter available
* Access to an inland (all year) open water dive site (Brighton Marina)
I might be wrong (and some one will no doubt correct me if I am) but I don't think that any other dive centre in Sussex (possibly the South East) has all of those facilities and having now personally used of all the facilities it fair to say that they will take some beating!
But as I said above all of those wonderful facilities (the pool is REALLY warm!) are secondary to an unsurpassed friendly and welcoming atmosphere. And, yes the bar prices are very reasonable too! Graeme & business partner Sue made the Meridian Diver contingent very welcome as did the OV members present. A very pleasant evening followed as the exchange of dive stories (and other tall stories) were exchanged and some ideas discussed. In between serving the drinks and welcoming guests Graeme was showing new kit to divers and sorting out some servicing and repair jobs. Well done to our hosts for a jolly good social evening.
A special thanks to from my chum who I took for a try dive in their pool a couple of weeks ago, he was very impressed with the facilities and I think , he may just have been hooked!