Diving the Bembridge Ledges

Bright sunshine, great vis and a lovely dive on the Bembridge ledges on Saturday 11th June for six members out on the club boat from Eastney.  A beautiful rocky reef with boulders and overhangs harbouring an undulate ray, bib, wrasse and a few spiny spider crabs among the abundance of sponges, seasquirts, anemones and hydroids. Unfortunately, the wind picked up in the afternoon so the planned dive on the Louis will have to wait for another day. 

Blue-sky May day for a test run

The sun shone brightly for Cobra’s first trip out on the water this year with Tim, David, Michael and Nick.  Serviced engine and clean blue hull and she skimmed across the water.  Thanks to Mike and Tim for taking her back down to the coast for the summer. 

Getting Eagle ready

A pleasant May evening at the boatshed finishing Eagle’s engine service and giving her a bit of a clean, before relaxing with a beer.  

Boatshedding and Barbecuing

Successful day of boat maintenance, and a plentiful barbecue to keep everyone happy, and Cobra is now ready to be taken to the coast on May 1st.   Some of the team had already left before we remembered to take a photo!  Great to meet a prospective new member too – warm welcome to Nigel! 

Pizza evening

Thanks to Nick for hosting a great social evening featuring pizzas and broad-ranging discussions about the club boats, training, membership and an active season of dives ahead, particularly after our bigger boat, Cobra, goes to the coast on 1st May.  

March pool gathering

The pool foyer provides a relaxed meeting point for us to gather before going through to get into the water on our monthly training sessions. 

SCUBA drills in the pool

February’s pool session was useful to run through some basic skills with existing and potential members. 

Refreshing Oxygen skills

Diver practicing CPR with a defibrillator

January 29th and seven members piled into Nick’s minibus and headed for an oxygen and diver first aid refresher session in Ashford with Stefan and his SAA SE regional team.  Good day with a new continuous assessment style, and plenty of winter sunshine and biscuits to keep everyone going. 

Events for early 2022

Several dates on the club calendar already, beginning with an Oxygen Admin and Emergency Diver First Aid refresher course, a social discussion session, our AGM and a boatshed day to start the year off.   

December in the pool

We were back in the pool for December’s training session, welcoming another potential new member.