In conjunction with Steve Gibbons I have been running a series of boat trials both on the river and the sea. After eventually getting the broken bolt drilled out and a new bolt fitted and after checking we had no leaks it was time to get the boat on the water. So on Sunday 17th July we had the1st trial down the Thames to Richmond lock after asking to go through the fuel tank emptied on us so after apologising to the lock keeper we decided with the fuel we had left on the boat it was time to turn around and head back to Putney, with a stop at the White Hart in Barnes for a swifty where George joined us (We now know we can fit a bike on the boat).
Crew Steve, Mark, Paul, Brian and for a bit George
2nd Trial (Sea trial)
On Sunday 7th August we had the 2nd trial launching from Bracklesham Bay it was very quickly obvious that although reliable the boat is down on power, so our attempts at project Florida was doomed to fail. We then headed in to Chichester harbour for a bit of practice in boat traffic, then back to Bracklesham Bay for boat recovery.
Crew Steve, Mark, Nick H, Michal and Brian
3rd Trial (Thames)
Thursday 18th August saw us launching on the Thames. As we thought it may be a problem with Fuel we were using a spare tank connected directly to the engine thus eliminating any problems with the fixed fuel tank, fuel lines, fuel filter and primer. Unfortunately, this was not the problem but we are now are step further by eliminating these. It was a nice evening so rather than just give up when we realised this wasn’t the solution, we did a little trip down the Thames, giving more people experience with Femti. Once the boat was safely back at the HYC a post trip pint in the Boathouse was the order of the day.
Crew Steve, Paul, Liam, Emma and Brian
We will continue to look at the lack of the power we have a few ideas and hopefully be able to get her out diving before the year end.
Kindly organised by our TO, George, a crew of PSAC divers headed down to Swanage for the weekend of the 25/26th June with a plan to dive the Carentan and the Aeolian Sky on the Saturday, and the Kyarra on the Sunday. The trip was also part of the “work up” for the diving later this year with divers practicing both deeper dives and accelerated deco with EON 80% stages.
Sadly, the weather had other plans and the skipper of the Mary Jo had to cancel Saturday’s dives due to increasing wind and sea conditions. However, local conditions in the bay were not bad and the club enjoyed some under-pier diving, albeit somewhat over-equipped with twinsets, Nitrox 32 etc in what was at times a chest-deep environment.
The weekend was certainly not wasted with a couple of under-pier dives, evening drinks on the roof terrace of Gee Whites and a pretty decent dinner at the Anchor Inn. As a Dive Leader trainee I was also able to gain valuable experience as top cover, and as deputy trip organiser, as well as participate in the Practical Rescue Management session on Sunday. The latter was ably run by Charles Denby and George and assisted by new member and instructor Jack.
Thank you to George for organising, and all the instructors for the as ever generous time and patience.
Last but not least, shoutout to George and Liam who managed to discover Swanage’s only nightclub and were “largeing it” until the early hours of the morning.
Following strict Government guidelines and Covid safety measures we are back in the pool. There is a one way system at the leisure centre, we have to wear face masks, adhere to social distancing and keep to our bubble groups. But, with the days getting shorter and winter around the corner, it is really nice to have something to look forward during these difficult times. We have been doing try dives, training, swimming and are looking forward to hosting a twinset try dive in the coming weeks.
Photo: Elodie our youngest member who is being taught to dive by her Father – our boat officer Nick.
On 26th January we held our annual oxygen administration course at the Hurlingham Yacht Club. There was a good turn out of 5 instructors and 10 trainees. Over a mixture of practical and theory sessions we covered basic life support, casualty assessment, oxygen administration and diving incidents. Though we hope never to have to use these skills, the club encourages all members to keep up to date with them. A fun day was had by all, however Resussi Annie was exhausted at the end.
Despite the windy weather, 12 keen members of Putney SAC headed out for some diving just off the coast of Brighton on the 31st March 2019. A nice late start for a change and a quick stop off at Newhaven Scuba to pick up some rental cylinders got us to Brighton Marina at about 12:30pm ready to board Channel Diver and head out for the afternoon.
Due to the weather not being quite as bad as anticipated we stuck with the original plan and headed out to the SS Pentyrch, a 103m long cargo ship torpedoed by UB-40 (the German submarine, not the band!) on 18th April 1918 on a voyage from Tyne to Genoa with a cargo of coal. The visibility wasn’t great and the conditions were very choppy, with a bit of swell down on the wreck, butnevertheless a very interesting wreck and definitely one that needs another couple of visits to properly explore it.
The club held its AGM on 18th November at the HYC. The AGM is the only formal club meeting of the year when all the members get together to review the past year, nominate who will be looking after the club for the following year, plan for 2015 and also reward achievements and contributions to the club by individual members.
This year the annual Putney BSAC awards went to:
Club Person of the Year – Philippa Davis
Philippa won for the fantastic job she did as both chair of the club and membership secretary. She always put the effort in to introduce new members to the club ensuring they an enthusiastic welcome, as well as providing a leadership presence for the whole club.
Diver of the Year – Tim Watson
Tim won this award for the enthusiasm he has shown throughout the year for diving and the efforts he makes to attend as many dive trips as possible.
Photographer of the Year – Steve Gibbons
Steve won for the fantastic photo he took of a turtle swimming through a school of fish in Sipadan, which you can look at here
Skomer Claw – Steve Gibbons
The Skomer Claw is given to the club member responsible for the funniest incident of the year. Steve had several incidents for which he was nominated for the award, but it was jumping into the water at Vobster with his drysuit undone that clinched the award for him, which was particularly funny as he was the instructor that day.
One of the key functions of the AGM is to elect a committee for the upcoming year. This year we can welcome two members who are joining the committee for the first time, Dale and Sarah.
The diving season is beginning and it’s about time we took the club rib out to ensure it’s ready for the diving season ahead and what better way to do that than a trip down the Thames in the early spring sunshine. Darren, Sue, Nic and Brian took the boat out for a jolly on the river stopping at a few pubs along the way and scaring the customers of a Nandos when they all walked in wearing their drysuits!