On a sunny day in July a group of instructors, students and those roped in to help went to Vobster for some open water training. As well as teaching ocean and sports diver lessons, we were able to run the ‘rescue management scenarios’ for some of our dive leaders. A good day was had by all; the mock casualties survived, everyone got signed off and Ante has now completed his ocean diver course.
On 23rd February, 8 students and 6 instructors were joined by Resussi Annie and friends for our annual oxygen administration course. As part of diver first aid training, the course is hugely important and the club encourages all members to keep up to date with these skills.
Keen to get the diving season started early in 2019, six members of Putney Sub Aqua Club, headed up to Vobster Quay bright and early on 17th February for a straightforward (but cold) first dive of the year.
At a brisk 5 degrees Celsius, drysuits were the order of the day for all, except Pradeep who we hope has now defrosted after his first and only dive of the day.
A great day out, with all who attended raring to go for the rest 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.
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!