First dives of 2020 – July 25th

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!  

Swanage diving – at last

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.  

Tables before Swanage

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.  

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.