Sligo, Ireland

On the last Friday of June, the HYC witnessed an unusual event when Brian, John (a trusted ex-club member) and Michal met and started the load up John’s famous green-grey 90s Land Rover Defender 110, aka “Molly”. With cylinders and luggage on the roof and our Humber Assault 5m RIB on tow we headed to Ireland. Continue reading Sligo, Ireland

Training at Vobster Quay

On 2nd July 7 of us got up at the crack of dawn, or before for Leszek, and made it to Vobster Quay for a day’s training.  William and Marc completed their Ocean Diver open water training and for Marc that completes his qualification.  Leszek, Dale and Iris played with lifting bags and delayed surface marker buoys as part of Dive Leader qualification.  Sarah, Steve T, Steve G and Simon instructed.

Kyarra & Peveril Ledges, Swanage

Friday 10 July saw a group of nine divers from Putney SAC heading down to Swanage for a cold, wet weekend. and that was out of the water! The drive down was a pleasant one, followed by a sampling of Swanage’s finest kebabs. Which was apparently a safer bet than the Chinese, the only other place still serving food. Yikes.

Our plan for the weekend was to dive in the 30m range, the main aim being to visit the very well known wreck, the Kyarra. Although the brief sunny spell of weather had passed earlier in the week, being British divers it didn’t dampen our excitement. We were also joined by a local pair who are coming to Lundy with us later in the year, and who made a great addition to our group. Continue reading Kyarra & Peveril Ledges, Swanage

Selsey Lifeboat Station

Last Saturday we set out to visit the Selsey Lifeboat Station on the south coast. The plan was to start the season with an easy dive and it was a success.

Some divers claim to have seen colourful things and others claim to have found treasure, but I’d argue that the most memorable thing to take away from this trip was the absolutely delightful lunch provided by The Seal Pub – I’d go back just for that.

Many thanks to Liz who went through the effort of producing a seemingly flawless plan and to Mulberry Divers for providing a wealth of local knowledge. Thanks also to those who helped get the bewildered new divers down to the location with everything they needed, the club’s community spirit shined bright on this day.

Pool Olympics

The Pool Olympics took place this week at our usual Putney Leisure Centre swimming pool. The object of the event is to compete in a few ridiculous games for the grand prize of a box of chocolates. The word olympic is said to be a misleading magnification of the event’s true nature.

This year’s turnout saw the Dolphins compete against the Geriatrics with a mix of Putney BSAC and Cosmos BSAC in both teams. Continue reading Pool Olympics

Teaching oxygen administration

Eight members turned up to today’s oxygen administration and basic life support course.

This one-day course is designed to teach the administration of oxygen as a means on increasing the effectiveness of First Aid treatment of diving accidents. Oxygen treatment takes place on the surface – either on a boat or dry land. This course gives confidence to divers so they can assist with a diving-related injury.

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