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...

Ear Clearing

If you have trouble clearing your ears, or are just interested in knowing more about auditory system physiology, then take a look at this video:

Safety Training with Nets

It’s been a while over the winter training but now we are back in the diving season training has stepped up to prepare us for the summer ahead. This week Kev has organised a fun session of a cross between kit testing and safety drill. All divers should carry some form of cutting tool to deal with any stray pieces of fishing net that may take a shine to them but how many actually try using them before they are needed?   Starting on dry land the traditional divers knives were already running into problems as they just weren’t sharp enough to cut without...

Sport England Grant Gets Us Into the News

A visit to Stoney Cove last month to buy new kit paid for by the lovely people at Sport England got us a section in their monthly newsletter. A big thank you to all those that had a part in filling out all the paperwork, it all paid off in the end. Stoney Cove wrote: It’s always great to be part of a successful bid for grant aid for scuba diving. And thi stime it’s the turn of Marlin SAC, based in Nuneaton. Garry, Cathy and Steve, the leading lights in the club, have worked their socks off to secure a massive...

Fun in the Pool

It was a busy night in the pool on Thursday 3rd, two instructors with new Ocean Diver trainees, Nicky and Martha getting to grips with their drysuits (ready for a chilly trip to the Cove) with another instructor and a try diver with a fourth. Meanwhile, zipping between the other divers and a few swimmers were a small daredevil group trying out a DPV.To steal a quote: “I wonder what would happen if we filled the pool with swimmers and divers, chucked in  a d.p.v and let a couple of amateurs hoof it up and down the pool. I’ll take my first aid box; it’ll be fine.”...

Underwater Photography Workshop: 2

You should have seen what was in the pool last night… tropical fish and sharks mingling with swimmers and photographers with no blood shed. Thanks to Joe for providing the pretty fishes which are now in the equipment store as part of our club resources, to be used at any time should you fancy bringing in your camera. We decided that a Thursday night doesn’t give us enough time to use computers to edit the photos so we’re going to set up a workshop on a weekend to which all members will be invited.

Diving to 40 metres with Clothes On

On Sunday 11 of our members attended the Dry Dive session in the Hyperbaric chamber near Liverpool. The morning began with an explanation of the work done at the chamber (accompanied by some gratuitous gory photo’s of injuries). The chamber operates 24/7, 365 days a year with the majority of their work being to aid healing following injury, fire, or other trauma. Diving incidents account for a very small percentage of their cases but the telephone is manned the whole time by someone able to give advice if anyone suspects DCI. The message I got was that if you...

First Aid Training Update

Branch Training Activities Kev’s reputation must be spreading. Last night we had 19 members eager to brush up on their first aid skills. I’m sure there were even a couple of new jokes in this week’s presentation. Next Thursday will be the last of this set of lectures which will bring together everything we’ve been learning and give us the chance to simulate some incidents. We’ll then have a break for a week before beginning the O2 course.