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Ghost Fishing in Plymouth

An edited version of this post was first published in the Ghost Fishing UK newsletter, June 2018, and is reproduced here with permission.Photographs © Ghost Fishing UK, used with permission. Truth be told, I was feeling nervous, sitting in my place on the boat. It had been a few months since Scapa Flow, where I’d become a ghost fisher. I’d kept in touch with the team, and even started a course to fine tune my buoyancy and propulsion. But now I was back, and wondering whether I was up to it. This time it was Plymouth, on the English...

Hill Hole Quarry: Crayfish rescue!

A little tired from four days diving in the sea off Plymouth; I’d driven back home the night before. Now the alarm was going off again. It was 6am. The sun was shining. Today was the second site in our Midland Pools Project: Hill Hole Quarry. Our aims, as before, were to investigate what lay beneath the water, do a preliminary survey, and remove what rubbish we could. We’d got permission to dive, and a key to the site, from Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council. Rob and Ellie picked me up at 7.15am and we set off for Markfield....

Portland – June 2018

Staying at: The Bunker in Victoria Square, Portland Diving with: Scimitar   We traveled down on Wednesday 6th June all arriving at slightly different times but some as pairs. The team was big for Marlin Sub-Aqua Club with nine people: Hugh S, who organised the trip, Steve R, Mike C, Garry H, Mike W, Martin M, Dawn H, Pete F and Jamie V. Accommodation was arranged at The Bunker in Victoria Square, Portland for Wednesday and Thursday nights. It was adequate but crowded as there were two bunks (for four people) in each small room with a single sink...

Newbold Quarry: The first Midland pool

“We need to do some project diving this year,” said Martin, “do some work; more than just look at stuff down there. But local, something local.” “Why don’t we dive some quarries?” said Rob. Three months later, and we’re here: Newbold Quarry. The first day’s diving on the Midland Pools Project. (Well, these things need a name!) It had taken some effort to arrange: identify a site, make a reconnaissance trip, negotiate permissions (plural) to dive, develop a plan, risk assessment and method statement. We consulted our friends at Ghost Fishing – UK on the latter. We worried about...

General data protection regulation – GDPR

As the song goes He’s making a list He’s checking it twice He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice Santa Claus is in contravention of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 But not Marlin Sub-Aqua Club! We take your privacy seriously and so have taken a number of steps to ensure compliance with the new law. This has included an audit of the data and processes we apply, and the creation of an improved Privacy policy and Acceptable usage policy. These comply with GDPR, and can be found on links at the footer of each page on...

In Memory of Brian Thake

Marlin SAC have received the sad news that Brian Thake, one of our founder members passed away on April 7th 2018 just a few days short of his 87th birthday. Brian was a keen sailor all of his life and learned to dive at Hinckley sub aqua club after his retirement .  In  1997 Brian  and a few of his friends decided to set up their own BSAC branch based at the old Pingles Swimming pool in Nuneaton, Brian was the inspiration behind the name ‘Marlin’ and the club logo. Brian donated the funds to buy the first 10 new sets...

Dive Accident Responder Course

Rob and Martin attended the DDRC‘s ‘Dive Accident Responder’ course on Saturday 17th March 2018. (Garry attended it in 2017.) The day included: A practical refresher of basic life support (BLS), including oxygen administration and automated external defibrillation (AED) A presentation on decompression illness, and the ‘five minute neuro exam’, including practice carrying it out Talks from the RNLI and HM Coastguard on their search and rescue techniques and helicopter operations, including an accident management scenario discussion A dry dive to 40 metres A backstage tour of the recompression chamber facilities. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions...

Marsa Shagra, Egypt

At the end of November 2017 Ellie, Pete, Steve and myself (Rob) set off for a week at the Red Sea Diving Safari resort of Marsa Shagra. For those of you not in the know of this place Marsa Shagra diving village consists of accommodation ranging from tents to deluxe chalets, a main dining hall where you get all your meals buffet style, a bar and most important of all ‘the shade’ where you store your equipment, kit up and get cylinders from. The set up is basically turn up to dive when you want between opening hours which...

Eyemouth Trip Report 2017

We set off for the long drive on Sunday afternoon, the trip to Eyemouth is over 5 hours but with not too much traffic and most of us travelling in pairs it wasn’t too bad. On arrival we dropped our bags into the accommodation (three of us would be staying up the road at alternative accommodation due to repairs being required at the Home Arms) grabbed some fish and chips from across the road and headed to the pub for a drink.   Monday We boarded the boat after a proper full English breakfast for a gentle start to...

“Best of the South West” trip 2017

On the 16th July, four diving members set off for Plymouth. Martin, Steve, and Hugh were joined by Garry who was already down there. We went on Sunday afternoon to avoid an early tiring journey on Monday morning before diving. This was good for settling in and acclimatising to the area. We stayed at the Boringdon Arms in Turnchapel, not far from the In-Deep Dive Centre at Mount Batten. As it turns out the pub was comfortable with B&B and evening meals, and very adequate. Now I’ve been diving for 30 years but never out of Plymouth so I...