A taste of diving off the Club boats

July 2020, a regular Thursday evening gathering on zoom, and we were transported back in time by a video of a sunny day out on the club boats diving the Mixon Hole in 2002.   Mike talked through the action, from launching the boats down the Bracklesham slipway, testing the engines, motoring to site, kitting up, buddy checks and rolling back into the water.  This sparked a discussion about what extras a new diver should remember to take out on the boat – woolly hat, sun cream, lunch, hot drink, tools, spares . . . . . . 

How to use the compressor

Thanks to Mike, this Thursday’s video gathering was a useful introduction to using our compressor  – from a video he took when he went to the boat shed to fill Tim’s new cylinders for safe storage.  

Early June Thursday ‘pub’ quiz

Thanks to Nick, David and Francis for setting some fun and some challenging questions for our Thursday Zoom gathering this week, liberally mixed in with a good chat. 

Dry intro to Seasearch

Troubled internet connection meant the introduction to Seasearch was akin to the two Ronnies giving the answer to the previous question, as Bryony attempted to run through what’s involved in this national project for recording seabed habitats and marine life.   Quiz planned for next week.  

. . . . went to sea in a beautiful sea grey boat

Flares, mayday and pan pan were all covered in David’s lecture at the end of May – going through all the emergency procedures and kit in place on our club boats, Eagle and Cobra.  

Dive Planning – 14th and 21st May 2020

Normally we’d be out diving at this time of year, but this is not a normal year, so we were doing the next best thing and preparing for when we can dust off our kit and our boats and get into the water  –  learning the ins and outs of planning dives.   We’ve gone through tides and slack water and were working our way into locating wrecks when Mike had to deal with a house alarm!  We reconvened the following week and finished off a really instructive session.   

Zoom for May 7th: What kind of crab is that?

Francis showed us all a range of marine life most of us recognise but don’t necessarily know by name.  A really good evening of fantastic photos and videos, reminding us what is out there in the sea off the south coast, while we sit at home look longingly at our clean and dry diving kit still stacked in its winter quarters. 

Navigating the Solent in Lockdown

Thanks to David for a good introduction / reminder of all things navigation, from chart plotters to collision courses, and from longitude to lateral markers.  

Revision session and test – April 23rd

Like everything else this year, Thursday club evenings aren’t the same, but we’re now running lectures online each week at 8.10pm, just after we’ve all been out to join our neighbours applauding the NHS.  This week, we discovered we have the technology not only to effectively deliver a lecture, but also to run a test via Zoom.  Thanks to Nick for making it another informative and enjoyable Thursday evening gathering, and well done to all the trainees who succeeded in simultaneously holding up the correct multiple choice options and passing the test with flying colours.  

I think we should meet on the net . . . .

said our DO, after a few of weeks of lockdown, and so in April we gathered on Zoom with our various drinks and snacks and had a good chat.  We also formulated a rough schedule for the weeks ahead to get all the theory covered for our newest members so they’ll be qualified to join in with diving out in the sea once restrictions are lifted and it is safe again.