Ever since I first laid my eyes on the sidemount system I knew that was how I wanted to dive. Sub C Divers hosted an evening with Sidemount Bob himself, RAID Instructor Trainer and Director of Training Garry Dallas put together a fantastic and eye opening evening last week.
This was the latest trip I had organised around Anglesey. Again planning around Neap tides. It was an early start, Bull Bay for 08:00 hrs. As this was a day dash for some they were up and out from home around 05:00 hrs😅... I had prepped the club rib the day before along with my kit. I awoke to a dark n grey sky, wind blowing around 4/5
Preparation and planning started earlier in the year when our DO - Alf Draper suggested he was putting a trip to Oban and I should certainly consider the opportunity if the arrangements come together. Once this was confirmed, Michelle, Xander and I booked on this trip. We were joined by Gerry, Mike Court and Alf. Tuesday before the grand depart we carried out boat Maintenance, changing bearings, spark plugs, checking everything that we needed was in the boat, tested. Many thanks to the team who turned out to help us.
Our latest Ocean Diver trainees have made it across the finish line. Their enthusiasm and drive has paid off and they are now officially our newest qualified members. Well done guys!
A tale of sunburn and great diving! Our annual Bog Bay Bash was another spectacular success!
One evening around April 2018 I was sat at home watching TV when my wife Michelle who was browsing Social media says “do you think the diving club is up for doing a carnival” I asked “how much” the reply was 5.00 for a stand... “why not” I said. Book it and we will tell the club... it was good exposure, new ideas to raise our profile, we could even take the club RIB on the parade. “yes we can even get someone to dress up,” Michelle said... I wonder who she was talking about.
16 BSAC members attended the BSAC Snorkelling Instructor Training Course and Assessment (SITCA) this past weekend including 3 members of Sub C Divers. Joining us were members from BSAC Direct, Chester Sub Aqua Club, Alsager Sub Aqua Club, Burnley & District, Barnsley BSAC Divers,Valkerie and even Peninsula Sub Aqua Club all the way from Cornwall!
So again expectations were high... I'd put a trip on midweek to do the Dakota, a cracking wreck off the coast of Anglesey, launching from Bull Bay. I had dived it previously from a hard boat, so this time it was from the club rib.
As a club, we took 17 divers to the York Diver Training College. Upon arrival, you were greeted by the college team whom simply checked everybody off, did the usual Health and safety drills, fire points etc and then split us into two groups. One group will do the hard hat dive to 8m first whilst the other group would do the Hyperbaric chamber and swap over after lunch.
It seems like only yesterday that Donna came to us to start her training to complete a sponsored scuba dive as this year's challenge. A challenge that she has taken by the horns and driven forwards with passion. I wrote about her training only a few weeks ago, and she really has progressed exponentially.