Date: 24th to 26th May 2019 Organiser: Tony Fitz Dive Manager: Rob Edwards
As part of his Advanced Diver qualification, Rob is managing two days of wreck diving out of Amlwch, North Anglesey, in May 2019.
There will be three nights camping at Mountview Caravan and Camping park, starting Friday 24th May. Three boats will be going and so there should be space for 16 divers. All grades of diver will be catered for.
The entry list is up on the club notice board. £25 deposit required before 24th April.
Contact Tony Fitz or Rob Edwards for more details.
Diving with Steve and Michelle at Discover Diving. Leaving from the Pier Head Liverpool to Douglass on Friday 17th and staying in the bunkhouse of Discover Diving in Port St Mary, IOM.
Hard boat diving on The Thracian (32m), The Stack off the Calf of Man, The Clan McMaster drift dive (22m) and the Citrine (15m).
The costs are £140 for diving and self catering bunkhouse accommodation. 12l tanks and weights included but additional surcharge for twinset fills. £46.50 foot passenger ferry fare, Liverpool to Douglass
The trip is limited to 12 divers & 2 non-divers. (Sports diver and above only)
First come basis. Contact John for a place or more details.
Alistair Reynolds is looking to run the BSAC Mixed Gas Blender SDC in the near future. This will be a Thursday evening course consisting of theory sessions followed by practical involving filling cylinders using mixed gas.
This course is open to Sports Divers and above and is limited to 12 places.
The cost of the course will be £60 each. A Mixed Gas Blender Q-Card is included in this cost as evidence of your skill level.
Anyone interested should add their names to the sheet on the club notice board.
The Kids Christmas party has come around again. On Saturday 15th December we will have Billy the children’s entertainer and Stephanie the face painter. Santa will be in the boat house again, same as usual, buy your children a present of no more than £10, wrap it up with their name on and Santa will give it to them.
Saturday 15th starts at 9am in the clubhouse and consists of a day of theory sessions covering nautical charts, tides, position fixing, passage planning and dive site location.
The following day, Sunday 16th is a day afloat putting the sessions from the day before into practice. There will be three boats on the water, both club boats with their new Lowrance electronics and Alan Jones will kindly be bring his boat to provide more spaces on the course.
All the places were taken but as someone has just dropped out there may still be one place remaining. Contact Geoff for more details.
As promised, I have organised a Christmas Bash at the Irby Mill, which is a great venue for good ‘scoff’ and real ale, on Saturday 22nd December 2018 (meeting at 7pm….food 8pm) The cost is actually £22.95, however, as it is a club event it is not unreasonable for us to charge £25pp with the excess going to club funds.
Numbers are strictly limited to the first 50 people, accordingly, this is really on a first come first serve basis. The menu is available and meals will have to be pre-booked (payment to The Major) this ensures a speedy service and works very well.
This years Branch 5 annual dinner, held at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club, was the best attended in many years. Over one hundred members, family and friends enjoyed a fantastic meal and a great evening of awards, raffle prises and entertainment, including an amazing set from the ‘Forty Thieves’ which had nearly everyone up and dancing until late.
The evening raised an estimated £1,500 for the club so a big thanks to Alan Jones, Vince Clegg, Dave Edwards and Robbie Edwards for organising such a memorable evening.
Vince has created a dvd of pictures from the evening which can be purchased from Dave or John behind the bar. These will cost £6 and will come with one or two 8x6in prints, all money going to the club funds.
Just tell me folks where has this year gone and here I am yet another year younger! So, what is on the Agenda? Well firstly there is the AGM on Thursdays, 22th. November 2018, which is a week later than usual due to the Dinner Dance having been put back a week. Our Equipment Officer, John Dunne is standing down this time round and there is also a new position of ‘Communication Officer’ up for grabs which will be advertised together with a job description within the next week. With regard to Tony Fitzpatrick, he has completed three years as Diving Officer and would normally stand down, however, due to the 2016 AGM being delayed until the February and meant he did not get a full year, he is now able to serve an extra year (Article 3 (b) of our Constitution). Of course, you should not forget that anybody can ‘throw their hat in the ring’ and challenge the present incumbents.’ up for grabs which will be advertised together with a job description within the next week. With regard to Tony Fitzpatrick, he has completed three years as Diving Officer and would normally stand down, however, due to the 2016 AGM being delayed until the February and meant he did not get a full year, he is now able to serve an extra year (Article 3 (b) of our Constitution). Of course, you should not forget that anybody can ‘throw their hat in the ring’ and challenge the present incumbents.
Speaking of the annual Dinner Dance, this is being held on Saturday, 17th. November 2018, at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club. So, what we have is the same venue and a similar format to last year, however, this year you will be dancing to ‘The Forty Thieves’ which is a fourpiece band that plays all usual the disco anthems that everybody gets up to and comes highly recommended. The down side is that we have had to raise the price from £38 to £40, but in fairness this is the first increase in quite a few years and you are getting a band. All the usual forms can be found on the club Notice board and tickets purchased from behind the bar.
As you are aware, the club has been looking to extend its footprint out into the rear car park, albeit that the Council are less than happy with our proposals. Accordingly, the committee has agreed to ‘Plan B’ and extend just the interior of the club, specifically knocking through into what used to be the kit store and redeveloping the bar area. I would hope that by the time of the AGM we will be able to present a detailed overview of the plans and a definite timetable for the work.
During the winter period we will be taking stock of all the club equipment and preparing a schedule for repair/replacement, testing and servicing. In fact, recently several of the club bottles have failed pressure testing, while some of the training regulators have seen better days. Accordingly, if anybody has any ‘gash’ kit they would like to donate to the club we can offer it a good home. Also, has anybody got any small pool fins they no longer use and where have all the weights gone from behind the bar? Can we have them back please?
Regarding training, Chris Woods and Steve Mills have already set in motion a series of lectures for up and coming Dive Leaders and Advanced Divers (they begin on Thursday, 4th. October 2018, usual place, usual time). In addition, ‘Stevie Mac’ is currently running, arguably the most important SDC you will ever do, namely buoyancy and trim. This will be followed over the weekend of the 3rd./4th. November with an Accelerated Decompression course run by Alistair Reynolds. We had also hoped to do include a Chartwork SDC in the current programme, however, with so much going on this will have to wait until the New Year.
That’s it folks, safe diving and I do hope to see you all in the near future.