They say the early bird catches the worm, but I’m not sure the same can be said for the early diver getting the good conditions. Not for us anyway. Starting at the crack of dawn (my first sunrise of 2017 I think), 4 brave divers and a kind cox made their way to Newhaven for the first UK ocean dive of the year.
Second only to diving off it, the most fun you can have with the club boat is driving it (is that the right choice of verb?). With that in mind, 9 brave PSAC souls made the decision to take the BSAC Boat Handling Course to increase their usefulness to the club and give them the freedom to take the boat out on the open waves. The course is split into two sections, a day of classroom teaching, and a day of hands on teaching on the Thames.
As the year begins to draw to a close, members of Putney SAC, old and new, and those without whom many of us wouldn’t be able to dive (the understanding spouse) gathered for the annual Christmas dinner to partake in the two most important activities of a dive club other than diving: eating, and talking about diving!
It was great to see so many new members there – even some who haven’t completed their first course yet. 2017 looks like it’s going to be a great year for the club and with a packed dive and social calendar, there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved.
Happy Christmas to you all, and see you in the new year if not before!
Congratulations to our photo award winners. As voted by the club members at the AGM this week, the best photos are as follows.
Our members have submitted their best shots, drum roll please….! Continue reading Photographer of the Year 2016 (submissions)
Our destination: Lundy, an island in the Bristol Channel. The trip: almost a year in the planning. The anticipation: high. Lundy has reefs, wrecks, seals, and that relaxed island life. What more could you ask for? Well, some decent weather and a working compressor would be a start.
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
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.
9 intrepid souls battled through May Bank Holiday and half term traffic to make it down to Bovisand. Sadly the big rhib was out of action, but they squeezed us onto Red Alert. After a lazy morning in the sunshine, we went out to Hilsea Point followed by the Glen Strathallen where the viz was slightly better! Continue reading Bovisand, Plymouth
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