Christmas Dive at Stoney

Wednesday morning was cold, dark and wet. Ideal conditions for diving at Stoney.We approached the entrance at 9.15 to be faced with queues of traffic on both sides of the road. This was not looking promising. We didn’t relish walking from the top car park. Several ‘phone calls passed between those of us in the queues. Daren was near the front, Ian, behind us decided not to wait any longer. As it happened, just after Ian left, the queues disappeared and we were directed to the bottom car park. We were a motley bunch of 6 decrepit divers and...

Breaking the ice at Capernwray

Fresh back from a club trip up to Capernwray our hearty group of divers who braved the freezing cold and the ice enjoy what will probably be the last trip before Christmas. The group made their way up in the club van (the name Marlin-mobile seems to be catching), sliding on the ice at times but eventually making it to the relative safety of the car park. Despite the heavy frost and ice on the ground the water temperature remained around 8 degrees C and everyone remarked on the great visibility the cold provided. It will take more than a bit of snow to...

Stoney Cove, 09.10.2011

The plan was a nice weekend away camping in Babbacombe with easy shore dives suitable for all members, unfortunately the British weather had other things in mind and decided to surround the whole area in near gale force winds. After checking alternatives around the country and finding the same we have fallen back on our every reliable Stoney Cove. It was a nice warm Sunday, and although quite busy, the Cove was a nice way to get some diving in when everywhere else was blown away. Everyone enjoyed a nice couple of dives and a good discussion in the...

Weekly Deco 60

Trip spaces:  1) We have been offered 3 spaces on a trip to the Isle of Man next June (10th to 17th) with Coventry BSAC. Two have been taken by Garry and Steve and at the time of going to press there is still one space available but it isn’t likely to be free for long. The trip is suitable for experienced Sport Divers and above, Steve has all the details. 2) We are organising a trip to the Scillies in May which is also suitable for experienced Sport Divers and above. At the moment we have booked five spaces, we’re not booking the whole boat so if you’d...

Weekly Deco 58

Last week I promised a weekend at Swanage or Plymouth with Kev’s new boat. Some of us remember the last 2 trips with Kev and boats. We had to redefine the first one as a submarine as it took on water at an alarming rate and was not visible above the water line when fully loaded, and his new one comes with a health warning ‘People who are pregnant or people with back problems, motion sickness, or heart problems should not ride’ Although that is more to do with the skipper than the craft. Friday night came and Kev...

Weekly Deco 57

It’s been an emotional year so far with sadness for some of us losing mothers and grandmothers but joy that we can all share with the birth of Martin and Caroline’s baby Jennifer, who’s attendance at the club already surpasses that of some members  , another grandchild for Jim, news that Nicola and Mike are expecting a daughter and our Wendy’s engagement. So, the future’s bright and we still have several months ahead of us for diving and socialising. Starting with a trip next weekend either to Swanage or Plymouth with Kev’s new boat (crash helmets advisable) followed...