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!
The club held its AGM on 19th 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 2014 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 – Darren Jones
Darren won for organising two hugely successful trips aboard last year, to Tenerife and Kenya. For fitting an A-frame to the club rib, a task which has eluded many previous boat officers and for all the extra time and hard work he put into the club throughout last year. The club would be a much poorer place without him.
Diver of the Year – Tim Watson
As the person who won this award and writer of this article I’d like to think I won this award because of my dolphin like grace underwater, charming personality and devilish good looks, however, it may have been that other members of the club were just taking pity on me.
Photographer of the Year – John Heagney
John won for the stunning photos he took in Kenya, which you can look at here
Skomer Claw – John Heagney
The Skomer Claw is given to the club member responsible for the funniest incident of the year. John won this for a mishap he had in Kenya, the details of which are not fit to be put on our website. However if you meet him I’m sure he’d be more than willing to tell the story.
One of the key functions of the AGM is to elect a committee for the upcoming year. This year we can welcome back a couple of old faces that are returning to the committee after taking a few years off and some members who are joining the committee for the first time .
Our committee members for 2014 are:
On behalf of the 2014 committee I’d like to extend a big thank you to our outgoing committee members Brian, Flo, Justine, Andy, Peter and John. They all made a huge effort in helping out with the committee last year and it’s thanks to people like them giving up some of there time that the club keeps running.
On the 13th of July, Putney SAC were invited to put up a stand at the Barnes Festival here in London. The festival is held annually and takes up the whole of the small “hamlet” of Barnes SW15. If you have never been to Barnes in London, you are missing out on a truly wonderful part of London, it was voted the “Best and Ideal Village in England”. Which is no small feat, when you consider the beautiful villages that we have in and around this wonderful England. The criterion for this accolade, was worked out by a number of “village” factors…does it have a pond, does it have a pub, does it have a church…etc etc. Barnes has it all, and is very pretty too!
As you can imagine, this also draws in people who can afford to live in such eloquence, especially so close to the hub of London. So when we were asked by the committee of the Barnes festival if we would like to set up a stand there, we jumped at the chance to promote our branch and the BSAC. Our branch is situated in the neighbouring borough of Putney & Wandsworth, only a five minute drive away, and is in an ideal catchment area for new members to the club.
So early on Saturday morning of the 13th, Darren Jones (Boat Officer) and John Heagney (D.O) picked up the club RHIB and made our way to Barnes. The festival organisers had marked out an area the size of a small table for our pitch to be set up in, needless to say, they didn’t quite expect us to have a RHIB & trailer, a 8m x 5m gazebo, and two 4 x 4 Land Rover’s.
As luck would have it, the area that we were given as our patch, was on the edge of the pond, and was a little out of the way from the rest of the festival….this proved to be a bit of a god send, as we were able to spread out and accommodate our entire display wonderfully! With the help from BSAC HQ, we were able to embellish our stand with BSAC flags and banners, and give out freebie items to our visitors, which went down very well indeed. We were inundated with enquiries from a number of source, such as…..lapsed BSAC members, PADI divers who were interested in taking up the sport more seriously..(we gently pointed out the difference between PADI and BSAC ) and gave due respect to both agencies. We were also approached by a D.O from another BSAC branch that was folding due to lack of numbers, and were looking out for a local BSAC club to regroup and join up with…so all in all a very successful and promising day.
Our branch put in a lot of hard work for this event, and I would just like to thank…Phillippa, Darren, Brian, Waleed, Michal, Sue, and Pete Strong our organiser and liaison man for the day, for all their efforts and teamwork.
The London International Dive Show was held on on 31st March 2012, as always, Putney BSAC had a great showing there and our training officer Steve Gibbons won a BSAC 2011 Branch Volunteer of the Year award for the phenomenal amount of time and effort he puts into training and running of the club in general. Congratulations to Steve, the club wouldn’t be the same without you.