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Weekly Deco 64

Photography SDCLast Saturday morning nine of us, plus Joe who was instructing, made our way to the Anker Valley canoe clubhouse in Hartshill for the theory lectures of the Photography SDC. Our first challenge was to find the place as despite having a post code and a map drawn by Jim we spent 20 minutes driving up and down country lanes. We were finally hailed by Joe at the gate. As we parked we were met by Jim (who drew the map remember) saying “Oh did you get lost too?” He’d also spotted Nik driving around so we didn’t feel...

Weekly Deco 63

Branch Training Activities Thank you to everyone who made the effort to attend the first aid lecture last night and to Kevin for putting in so much enthusiasm as usual. It was clear that some of us needed more refreshing than others, and for some this was totally new. Next week we move on to part 2 but before that we’ll be at The Anker Valley canoe clubhouse, Applepie Lane, Hartshill, Nuneaton CV10 0SU tomorrow, for the Photography SDC. Don’t forget to check the calendar: https://www.marlinsac.com/about/calendar/ Or the pool marshal list (Ask the committee for the password!): https://www.marlinsac.com/members-area/pool-marshal-rota/

Weekly Deco 62

Happy New Year Everyone Considering how cold, dark and wet it was last night we had a reasonable and boisterous turn out for our first meeting of 2012, with 17 members and 3 guests, including one try diver. We’re hoping that talk of Kevin’s doo dah, Eoin’s penchant for wearing women’s clothing and Joe’s suggestion that he would wear a Rah Rah skirt to show his support for Eoin in New Zealand will not have frightened the try diver away. He said he’d had a good night with Kevin and promised to return next week but was last seen...

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...

Cathy’s impression of club trip to Marsa Shagra, September 2010

2It had been twelve months in the planning, with laughter and tears along the way, but with last minute additions to the group and with the confusion about various sleeping arrangements cleared up, four vehicles stuffed to the gunnels with divers and kit arrived at the Skylane Hotel Gatwick. This was to be our one night stopover and car park for three of the vehicles for the next seven days. Eoin, so reluctant to leave his new bike that he insisted his travelling companions accompany him to his flat so that they too could admire it, consoled himself with...