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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...

Ensor’s Pool, Lingmoor Park, Nuneaton

With the weather in Brixham looking ropey and the dive team reduced to two, a change of plan was in order. As something different, we decided to dive Ensor’s Pool, a flooded former clay pit that had served a local brickworks and colliery, and which is now a local nature reserve (and had not been dived by the club before). The lake is 220 metres long by 50 metres wide, and was reported to have an average depth of 8 metres. The aim of the diving ops was to: Survey the lake bed to determine its approximate profile and...

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...

Five Go To Swanage

Day One – Monday 29 June – Peter writes: We’d need to set off at 5 am on Monday to beat the weekend commuters, advised Jamie. So that decided it: at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon the five of us – Martin, Hugh, Steve, Jamie and Peter – set off from Nuneaton in two cars for Swanage. Hugh had found us a cracker of a camp site – flat pitches, good clean toilet blocks and, best of all, an on-site bar and restaurant. By 7 pm we had Jamie’s tent up and were ensconced in the bar. Next morning...

Diving Round-up

In the last couple of months we have been diving at Stoney Cove twice, Babbacombe, and Eyemouth. Mike C writes, “The sun was shining as we managed to pick an absolutely gorgeous day to start off our monthly trips to Stoney Cove. Water temperatures weren’t as accommodating as the the weather but still some longer dives were done. “Visibility varied from very good on the shelf in the sunlight, to almost zero where the clouds of debris fell off towards the depths, back to good again once into the deeper water. “Eight members came along during the day: Garry,...

Stoney Cove 22nd Dec 2016

Despite the cold 6*C temperature but good 10M viz, Mike W and I saw a fish which we have never seen there before. As we descended from the Gresham to the 20M level but before we took off west to the APC, we saw a black Bullhead fish (Millers thumb, Cottus Gobia). Or at least that’s what I think it is. However it normally lives in rivers. I have emailed Stoney Cove for verification. Awaiting outcome Hugh On 29th Dec Stoney Cove emailed me to say there had been NO previous sightings of Bull Heads. These normally live in gravelly bottom...