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. 

March 2020 pool session

Back for our third pool session of 2020, continuing with training and try dives and checking out diving and camera kit. 

2020 Chinese New Year

It was back to Nick and Maddie’s again for another delicious celebration of the Chinese New Year on February 1st – crackers, spring rolls, soup, then pancakes even before the main course arrived.  Amazingly everyone still had space for Claudia’s cake and ice cream!  Thanks to Rob for his expert social organisation as usual. 

Kit tips

Churt Club’s newly refurbished back room provided a perfect setting for members to bring along and show new members and everyone else the bits of their kit they really like, and to show how they’ve found everything is best configured.  A good way to spend a chilly Thursday evening in January, looking forward to the diving season ahead.