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.
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.
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.
“Just come back from a couple of dives at wraysbury with liz what a great day. Decent vis loads of lobster size crayfish perch everywhere big ones and lots of shoals of juveniles. A couple of pikes and a leather carp. And only 10 miles from home.” – Darren
You don’t have to go all the way to the coast to enjoy UK diving.
Another trip to Vobster diving centre for Putney BSAC, this time for some for dive leader training. Once again the water was very cold, none of us could feel hands by the end of the second dive. Some valuable lessons were learnt however:
- Vobster does indeed contain some fish, we know, because we saw one on our first dive
- Never forget to bring gaffer tape, it can solve a whole range of problems
- If enjoy faffing then diving is the sport for you. 2 hours of kit set up for a half hour dive, brilliant!