Let the hunger games begin…
Ok, so the annual Putney SAC pool games didn’t herald the fall of a despotic regime and the transformation of society, but the stakes were still pretty high. Pride and all that… and some Quality Street for the winners which I totally forgot to buy. Woops. If I were a gamemaker I’m pretty sure I’d be shot. Luckily, our club members are a little more forgiving (I think…).
We had two teams of three competing in this year’s games – longstanding members (Team A) vs. less longstanding members (Team B). I don’t think I’m allowed to say oldies vs. youngsters but oh look, I just did. The games consist of four challenges which are both demanding (for the participants) and hilarious (for the bystanders). Continue reading Pool games – April 2017
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.
Continue reading Newhaven – March 2017
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.
Continue reading Boat handling course
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.
Continue reading Photographer of the Year 2016
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.
Continue reading Lundy
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