Masked up, spaced out, and out on a boat again – to dive the Outer Mulberry off Selsey Bill. Even the less-than-great vis didn’t dampen the mood!
This week there were a few decisions to be made, so we were back on Zoom, discussing surveys, enquiries, AGMs, sailing trips, allotments and purple beans.
Sadly, social distancing isn’t really feasible on the club boats, so they remain confined to barracks in the boat shed – but both engines were purring in a run up exercise in the shed’s water tanks during this week’s Thursday club night activity.
HSAC’s first dives for 2020, and Giles’ first ever UK sea dive! A cuttlefish appeared under the pier at Swanage, and there was even a little blue sky as well as the forecast rain!
Finally, we’re actually planning a real dive in the real sea – Saturday 25th July under Swanage Pier. The weather forecast could be sunnier, but several members are heading off for the coast in beautiful Swanage, with two types of face mask, new risk assessment, socially distanced buddy checks and great eagerness and anticipation to have a look at the life below the pier.
This Thursday evening deep stop tables were the topic, with time for a chat in advance of diving in Swanage next weekend – venturing out for the Club’s first dives of 2020 under new social distancing rules.
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 . . . . . .
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.
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.
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.