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 by a social outing to see our luvvie Chris in the following production on Saturday 10 th September. Email me if you’re interested please and I’ll book tickets.
Plymouth diving weekend
We still have a couple of places left on the Plymouth trip on Red Alert for 24 th / 25 th September. Rugby club will also be there with their club Rib ( If they can get their act together) and this will probably be the last time we’ll book a hard boat at this location. I’ll bring boat sweets.
50 metre dry dive
There are still a couple of spaces for the visit to the chamber near Liverpool on October 16 th . The day consists of a short presentation on the work carried out at the recompression unit; Diving safety, decompression illness and the basic management of a patient suffering from DCI. We will then be briefed on the safety aspects of the recompression chamber and introduced to the chamber environment where you can experience the effects of nitrogen narcosis. The minimum number of people required for a dry dive is 10. You must possess a self certification, and be able to provide evidence that on the day that you are medically fit to dive. They also require proof of a diver qualification. Non divers will not be allowed in the recompression chamber. Minimum age 16. Cost is £25 per person. Take your log-books to obtain a verification stamp and check the accuracy of your dive computer.
Annual General Meeting
It’s nearly that time of year again where we fall over ourselves in the rush to secure those committee positions we all want. All posts, apart from DO which is a bit speshul, are open to all members whether you’ve been in Marlin for years or weeks. Don’t be shy, if you have a talent it’s your duty to share it. We definitely need a new secretary as Richard has too many commitments to carry on, although I’m sure he’ll confirm that it’s just a case of taking a few notes at committee meetings. If you’re good at sums you could consider the role of treasurer or if you’re bursting with ideas to improve the club then chairman could be the job for you. In addition we need between 2 and 8 members who will assist in running the club. The meeting has to take place in October or November. If there are dates when you will be unable to attend will you let me know before Monday 5 th September please and we’ll arrange the date to suit everyone.
Calendar for the coming weeks
|Saturday 3rd September||Seaside|
|Monday 5th September||Committee meeting|
|Wednesday 7th September||Stoney Night Dive|
|Saturday 10th September||Theatre trip|
|Wednesday 21st September||Stoney Night Dive|
|Saturday 24th September||Plymouth ‘Red Alert’|
|Saturday 1st October||Dave Spikey at Bedworth Civic Hall|
|Sunday 16th October||50 metre dry dive|
In the chair this week :- Cathy