Annual General Meeting Notice – 29 November 2018

The Branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Thursday 29th November 2018 at 21.30 for the following purposes:

  1. The presentation of the Minutes of the Previous Annual General Meeting held on 30th November 2017.
  2. The appointment of Tellers for any vote by show of hands that may be required.
  3. The Chairman’s Report.
  4. The Diving Officer’s Report.
  5. The Membership Secretary’s Report.
  6. The Treasurer’s Report, the presentation and adoption, if approved, of the audited accounts and balance sheet for financial year to end September 2018 and the appointment of independent person(s) as reviewer(s).
  7. Presentation of trophies.
  8. Election of Officers of the Branch and the Committee Members.
  9. Consideration of Any Other Business as the Chairman of the meeting may select, to have been notified to the Branch Secretary at least 7 days prior to the meeting.

The AGM will be held at the Clubhouse, King George V Car Park, Queen Mary Close (off Hook Rise South), Tolworth, Surrey.

Kingston & Elmbridge BSAC holds personal data that is used in a limited number of ways for branch purposes only, as set out in the Branch constitution. The Committee intends to make available (to any member who requests it) a list containing members’ name, contact telephone number and email address. Please advise the Branch Secretary if you do NOT wish to have your details on this list (which will be maintained by the Branch Secretary.

Paul Eyden

Branch Secretary

Click here for the  Official Notice Document. KESAC AGM Notice 2018

What’s Stopping You?

“Breaking Barriers with Bubbles!”

On Thursday last week the club hosted a talk from Duncan Brown, a Trustee and  one of the founding members of Dive Ability.

Since 2012 Dive Ability have been taking folk with all manner of disabilities into the water to give them the chance to dive that they perhaps never though possible.  Whether they be quadriplegic, paraplegic, MS sufferers, amputees, blind or a myriad of other problems they are all welcomed.

Duncan showed videos of the work the charity does, with monthly training courses and trial dives at Lord Wandsworth College, to dive trips to the Red Sea.  

Duncan spoke about how working as a team of 5 support divers and a specially designed harness to help a quadriplegic diver maintain stabilisation, propulsion and equalising of the ears during diving in the red sea.   (One diver swimming backwards in front of the disabled diver for equalising and eye contact, two on either side to prevent role, one on the feet to keep them together and one above the tank to provide the propulsion…if you were wondering!)

Although working closely with BSAC and PADI as well as other recognised diving organisations Dive Ability courses are certified through the HSA (Handicapped Scuba Association) of America, including the instructor courses. 

The instructors learn more about how to handle the different disabilities during a dive, rather than dive theory again.  The hardest part of their training is when they have to don a black out mask, or when they have their feet tied together or their arms or both arms and feet to experience what it is like for the trainees and divers they will be training and supporting.  It’s only then that instructors come to the realisation on how much courage these disabled divers have and the trust they put into the team around them.

Truly inspirational to hear about the disabled divers helped by Dive Ability.

Scapa Scapa Doooo!

Scapa Flow 2018 Club Trip Report!  

Adrian, Len, Martin, Tony, Elaine, Tom, Jackie, Brian, Ian and Mark

Jackie Maskell writes:

On the 31st August 11 brave members embarked in 2 Crew vans on the long 14.5 hour journey to Scapa Flow. Starting at 3am all I will say is that some people found it easier to get up than others !!!!! 

We Eventually arrived on the 1st September being warmly welcomed by our crew of Hazel , Helen (Galley person), Lee ( Deck hand) and Nathan (Skipper). Hazel was working on their other boat Valkyhoree (new boat to their fleet that has ensuite showers). We then moved into our luxury accommodation, MV Valkyrie for the next 6 nights. Ian was happy as he  had a good result he drew the straw and had his own apartment for the week , however we were all very close to him so he didn’t escape the medley of snoring!!

We were very lucky with the weather it was calm and sunny until the Friday then it rained for Ian, Kev and Adrian’s awayday for sight seeing to Skara Brae (a stone-built  Neolithic settlement) and Kirkwall.

On our first night in the Ferry Inn we bumped into Simon Roderson, editor of the BSAC Scuba magazine as he is doing a feature re: 100th year of Scapa for next year. This isn’t the first time our holidays have clashed – hopefully we may get another mention in the magazine.

Other evenings we blended in with the locals in Flatties bar I can personally recommend the Orkney Gin and the men took a liking to the Scapa Special beer!!

View from the boat

Mark’s Kit – Duggy’s Favourite Place

Picture from Ian’s sightseeing trip


DAY 1 – SMS Karlsruhe

We dived the SMS Karlsruhe that was a light cruiser sunk in November 1914, from an accidental explosion. As you can see below it has changed quite a lot!!

Depth 12-25metres

SMS Karlsruhe

SMS Karlsruhe


Day 2 – F2+ WC21 Barge

For our second dive we chose the F2+ WC21 Barge that was a World War 11 German escort boat , it sank during a gale in 1946 and came to rest in Gutter Sound between the islands of Hoy and Farra.

 Depth: 8-16 m

F2+ WC21 Barge

F2+ WC21 Barge

 


Day 2 – SMS Dresden

SMS Dresden was a light cruiser that was commisioned in 1918 but never saw any action it was scuttled in 1919. The bow sits at 25 metre  and slopes to 38 metres at the stern. It is a very pretty wreck.

Depth: 25-38m

SMS Dresden

SMS Dresden


Day 2 – SMS Brummer

SMS Brummer, a mine laying cruiser carrying 400 mines. Despite being designed as a minelayer, the German Navy never operated her as such. She and her sister (The Bremse) were used to raid a British convoy to Norway in October 1917. Scuttled 21st June 1919.

Depth 22-36 metres

SMS Brummer

SMS Brummer


Day 3 – SMS V83

The SMS V83 was a motor torpedo boat destroyer built in Hamburg and launched in 1916.

She formed part of the VII Flotilla and was involved in night attacks on the English Channel.

During the scuttling of the German Fleet she was boarded by the British Navy and she was beached on the east side of Rysa Little, alongside the SMS G-92 which was later towed away to be scrapped.

The V-83 still lays in her original position and was not used in the salvage operations of the Hindenburg, although there was an unsuccessful attempt to raise her in 1926.

Maximum depth 15 metre

SMS V83

SMS V83


Day 3 – SMS Gobernador Bories

SMS Gobernador Bories : A block ship used for whaling sits in 12 metres of water and scuttled in Oct 1914. Being in the current the visibility was 10 metres.

Maximum depth 12 metre

SMS Gobernador Bories

SMS Gobernador Bories


Day 4 – SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm

SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm – A German Battleship.

Maximum depth 12-38 metre

SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm


Day 4 – SMS Coln

The Coln a cruiser of the German fleet its sister boat is the Dresden. A playful seal found us on the wreck.

Maximum depth 36 metre

SMS Coln

SMS Coln


Day 5 – SMS Markgraf

SMS Markgraf battle ship used in the WW1 (1913)

Maximum depth 24-45 metre

SMS Markgraf

SMS Markgraf


Day 5 – UB116

UB 116 was a type UB 111 German costal torpedo attack submarine, it was the last naval vessel to be sunk during WW1in 1918. As you can see there isn’t much left .

Maximum depth 26 metre

UB-116

Ian on the wreck of the UB116


Day 6 – SMS Bayern

The only parts left of the battleship SMS Bayern are the 4 Turets. It was build in 1915 and sunk in June 1919. A very nice dive !

Maximum depth 24-42 metre

SMS Bayern


We visited Lyness museum but it is shut until 2020 for renovations so we visited the cemetery here are a few photos.

We didn’t have any major disasters under water but a few of us forgot that our tanks were tied up when kitting up !!! mentioning no names!!! On the journey home one of the Crew buses took a detour around Glasgow city centre !!

The food onboard was good and plentiful I am sure we all came home a little heavier.

The write up would not be complete without a mention of the neurotic dog onboard call Duggy!! Ian and Mark’s new friend apparently Ian was positioned where Duggy’s toilet was or was he just blaming the dog!!! Mark’s kit was where duggy would sit when no one was diving and duggy had a very long shaggy coat.

A picture of Duggy the Boat Dog

Duggy the Boat Dog

It was a great trip with lots of laughs, fab crew, company and diving thank you everyone for making it a very memorable trip!

Scapa Flow 2018

Earlier this month a group from the Kingston and Elmbridge Sub Aqua Club drove for 13 hours just to get to the Northern Cost of Scotland….it was then a two hour ferry ride the next morning to Scapa Flow.

Here is a little video produced by Jackie and Brian Maskell….who I never have thought would be into Harpsichord  music…listen out for it…you learn something new everyday.

Anyhoo they have kindly shared this with us to put on the club website.

I am sure someone in the group will be submitting a full write up and pictures for the website soon…in the meantime enjoy the video and see if you can spot the playful seal.

 

A Swell Time in Portland!

Weymouth dive trip 18th 19th August

Paul Battersby writes:

Brian Deluce had organised his final Weymouth trip of the season aboard Skin Deeper departing from Portland Marina on Saturday morning of the 18th.

Due to the early start on Saturday, 9 brave souls made the journey down on Friday evening with some delays around the New Forest due to the usual Friday traffic issues. The majority of the crew stayed at the Bunker Portland, with a couple of couples preferring the more luxurious hotel and B&B option.

After a quick walk around Victoria square and a look at Chesil beach a few of the crew sampled some refreshments at the Little Ship Inn across the road from the Bunker.

After a hearty breakfast at the Bunker we set off to the Marina which luckily was only a few minutes’ drive away to load the gear. The first dive was to the ALEX VAN OPSTAL MV, the first victim of the 2nd World War, she was torpedoed and sunk on 15th September 1939, two weeks into the War.

The weather was reasonable with a swell building as the day went on, the first dive was very enjoyable with 5-6m vis plenty of eels a few lobsters and fish to be seen, water temp was a balmy 19C at 30M!

As the swell was building the dive manager decided the second dive would be on the scallop beds a little closer to shore. This was a drift dive with a reasonable current running hence some concentration was required to pick up scallops.  A good haul was gathered by Chris, Brian, and Jackie with Chris also picking up a prehistoric fossil!

The sun managed to come out on the return to harbour and after unloading the boat we stopped for refreshments at The Boat That Rocks with a nice view over the harbour.

Richard then led a group to Underwater Explorers to continue his search for more equipment which turned into a record day’s business for the store! A few of the more hardy souls then made their way to the Cove House Inn at the end of Chesil beach.

The bunker turned on a very nice French themed evening meal, Mark can provide the recipe for the main course if anyone would like to try it at home.

As the weather was not looking good for Sunday the dive manager decided to call off the second days diving. Luckily the weather was not quite as bad as the 2014 storms see pics here!

Brian has booked dates for 2019 if anyone would like to get in early for a great weekend diving.   

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Cornwall 2018

Photo of club members relaxing after a hard day of diving in Cornwall 2018

Club Members Relaxing – Nice to see Adrian hasn’t been left behind…

Image of Cornish Pussy - a Dive Boat

MV Cornish Pussy

Our 2018 trip to Cornwall was based again in Falmouth staying at the Grove Hotel again. Our host, Geoff, made us welcome with great breakfasts. In the evenings his gin and tonics were just as generous on the gin as last year! We used Dive action again with Gary Fox. He is a very experienced skipper and each evening he took our cylinders back to his base and filled them for the next day’s diving. His boat, Cornish Pussy, worked well and the pick-ups were as smooth as last year.

Our first dive was far from perfect. Adrian must be a strong candidate for the “Wooden Spoon” this year as he realised on Monday morning that he had left his dry suit at home. Luckily Matt had a wetsuit to fit in his cavernous van. This came with a shorty over suit giving the torso area 10mm of neoprene, cosy enough for the trip. Add to that the divers under weighted and regulators not working and we looked far from the experienced dive club that we are!

From there our diving got better, Adrian was trying out a twin set loaned by Richard Hoyle prior to his trip to Scapa Flow. Matt and Nicky took Jon and Emma under their wing for the first two days with no problems. For our first day we dived on the Epsilon and then the Rock Island Bridge wrecks. The visibility was disappointing at around 5 metres.

Photo of the front of The Grove hotel

The Grove Hotel – Where we stayed for the duration

Tuesday we dived on the Coroni River (31 metres) and a drift dive on the East Narrows. Visibility was poor at 2 – 3 metres so we were expecting for more later in the week. Wednesday was also poor but Thursday we dived on the Mohegan (32 metres) and the Carmarthan (22 metres). The Mohegan was well stocked with life including lobster, crab, congers and bib. Both wrecks were blessed with up to 5 metres visibility. The novelty of the Camarthan was the boilers. They were upright on their base so stood up like a couple of huge tin cans.

Most of the time we made our own arrangements on food but on the Monday night we all met at Rick Stein’s fish and chip restaurant. On Thursday, our last night, we all ate at a Caribbean themed restaurant called Cribbs. This was voted the best food of the trip, complete with some excellent cocktails.

It was generally thought that we would not use Falmouth as a base next time and that, perhaps, we take a break from Cornwall next year and look to diving from the Penzance area. Gary Fox suggested that we base his boat in Newlyn and this will allow us access to the wrecks in Mount’s Bay and along the coast to Lands End. Gary assured us that these were far better dive sites with, usually, better visibility.

Any takers to run this trip?

 

Kingston’s Overseas Diving Trips Commended!

Well…in so much as we were heavily featured in BSAC’s latest edition of SCUBA Magazine article “All Aboard – 10 Steps to Planning a Club Trip Abroad”….so we must be doing something right! 🙂

If you want to read more about the 2017 Galapagos Trip Click here.

There is also a great feature on Thistlegorm in 3D, which we also dived during a live-aboard club trip to the Red Sea in 2017!  For this Red Sea Trip Click here.

Also read up about our latest trip to Malta 2018 here.

Image of SCUBA Magazine Front Cover Issue 82 September 2018

SCUBA Magazine – Issue 82 September 2018

Image of Kingston And Elmbridge Club Members on Zodiak RIB during Galapagos Trip 2017

“Grin and Wave Boys, Just Grin and Wave” – Usual Suspects!

R-L – Jim (Waving), Elaine, Kev, Tony, Brian, “Another Diver”, Jackie

Picture of Club Members Relaxing and Sightseeing

Pic 1 (L-R) Gill, Kev, Paul, Jim, Jackie, Brian and Audrey. Pic 2 (L-R) Random Guy, Elaine, Tony, Jim, Audrey, Jackie, Brian, Paul, Gill and Kev

Abandon Ship, Abandon Ship!

So your ship is going down….things are looking very grim….what do you do?  How will you react?  Will you make good or bad decisions? 

We all like to think that we will do the right thing in a crisis, but rarely we do.  I remember once frozen to the spot as rapid gunfire went off all around me while living in war torn Northern Uganda back in 1999.  What I should have done is hit the floor and not look around for where the sound was coming from!  Nowadays… people take the Darwin awards that one step further by getting out their smart phones and start recording such scenes!

One of the ways to find out how you will cope in a tight situation is to put yourself on a course that 1) will teach you the theory of what to do if you find yourself in one and 2) a course that then puts that theory you have learnt to the test!

Enter Andark Diving and Watersports based down in Swanwick, Southampton.  Andark run many different types of training courses, but it was their RYA Sea Survival Course that Jim Molyneux our club Building Officer on the Committee organised a trip for any interested club members to attend in May 2018. 

Now, BSAC do offer many skills development courses; one such is the Practical Rescue Management which our Tony and Elaine organised last year at Wraysbury, which focuses mainly on what do with an injured diver in the sea and how to manage their rescue and evacuation.   

There is obviously some repetition on the RYA’s Sea Survival course such as ‘human factors’, first aid, radio work, flares and helicopter/boat transfer (a good refresher)….but this course answers questions like….what if your ship is sinking, types of life rafts, life vests, sea survival gear and what you need in your grab bag to survive?  

Split into a morning of theory and an afternoon of practical drills in Andark’s own purpose built training pool the course was non stop and fun…something for everyone!

The day (27th May 2018) started at 9am with 9 members of Kingston and Elmbridge Sub Aqua Club joining four other sailors who would use the training on their own boats or required the qualification to further their commercial captain ratings.

The day’s training was led by an RNLI trainer, who himself is a Cox from a nearby Lifeboat station and therefore brought to the training much more in depth knowledge and first-hand experience.

While the mornings theory session was comprehensive, for me the afternoon session was the real eye opener into how I would cope….little did we know what was in store for us!

After lunch we made our way over to Andark’s indoor swimming pool used for Recreation and Commercial Diving training and HUET training.  (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training).

We all changed into our old clothes and donned life vests before jumping into the swimming pool and proceeded to learn how to keep warm, how to keep together in a ring, placing any injured people in the centre.  We then practiced how to move in one line linked together by our toes under the arms of the person in front – in a move called the  ‘crocodile’ (or as any funky dance floor king or queen knows it’s – ‘oops upside your head’ dance move) .  This formation reduced the chance of people being separated and is useful in ‘dragging’ any one injured through the water.

Next we each had a go of getting into a 10 man life raft from the water, which was actually quite tricky trying to stand up on a rope ladder that was determined to fold under the life raft!  We then practiced how to use the equipment we ‘brought’ in our grab bag and how to right a capsized life raft…again, quiet hard work if you didn’t know the technique required (glad I practiced it).

We then all had a go jumping off a 3m high platform into the pool to simulated what it would be like to jump fully clothed with life vest on from a high sided boat.  It was such a long way down, but eventually everyone successfully achieved this and felt good for doing so!

The final activity and one I wasn’t expecting was when our trainer took the two groups we had previously been placed into two different changing rooms.  Our group was then briefed as to use any means at our disposal to try and put the other group off evacuating an imaginary ship (pool side)into the life raft we had just practiced using.   When we returned from the changing rooms the team at Andark had darkened the whole swimming pool by covering all the windows and had switched on the sprinkler systems to replicate rain.  We were then given a cold water hose, lots of different buckets, whistles and wooden boards to make as much noise and splashing water as we could when the other team came out of their changing room. 

This was so much fun for our group….not so much for the other, however after they had successful evacuated their ship into the water, then into the life rafter and rowed back and forth a few times in the pool it was our turn!  Revenge was sweet for them!

I may not have done or remembered everything correctly that day, but by practicing the skills we had learnt I can definitely say we are all better prepared should such an unfortunate event happen to us in the future.  

Thank you Jim for organising such a fun and informative day!

Malta Trip 2018

“The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km north of Africa. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino with a total population of over 400,000 inhabitants occupying an area of 316 square kilometres.

Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre.” Visit Malta

Malta is also where Malteser Chocolates come from, the recipe for which was once guarded by the Maltese Knights of old. 
(Ed. Kidding (Sadly), fake news…A Malteser in Malta wouldn’t even make it into your mouth without melting…such was the heat during our trip)

Maltese Flag

Anyhooo….we move on.

Map and Location of Malta

The trip consisted of 19 club members and 6 non-diving partners with all but two (explain later) staying in the Hotel Cavalieri, St Julians Area of Sliema Bay.  The hotel had fantastic views over the harbour and lots of bars and restaurants inside and surrounding the hotel which allowed the different couples and groups to go off and explore after a days diving.

The hotel was only a 10 minute ride in Dive System vehicles to the centre, who came picked us every morning…only prolonged by waiting for late arrivals! (Ed.  Don’t be late, even if by 2 minutes….take it from me the amount of grief you get the whole week long!!  Still at least they didn’t leave me behind….).  

MV Rozi (Tug)

At the end of the diving day we could then either take a bus back to the hotel or a 30-40 minute stroll.  (Those none divers…and Adrian, found bus services very good and allowed them to explore other areas and towns while we were diving…however I thought it was a bit

MV Imperial Eagle

cheeky that locals only had to pay €1.50 and foreigners paid €2…imagine how that would go down in London …but at least it gave you up to 2 hours to go on as many buses as you would like)

Len our club chairman and trip organiser arranged for 5 days, 10 dives, through Malta’s largest and longest running dive centres in Malta – Dive Systems  (40 years…young).  The dives mainly consisted of deep wrecks, a little bit of cave diving with swim throughs and ‘reefs’.  We were told that there was to be no deco diving and the max dive time of 60 minutes was imposed.  All dives were guided by Dive System staff.

There were 2 days of shore dives and 3 days of boat dives.  Having never done any shore diving myself, especially in the heat of the sun in Malta, it certainly was hot in our wet suits and everyone couldn’t wait once kitted up to dive in to cool off!  

There were few hurdles not usually seen on the way down to the quarry lake at Chepstow NDAC or the quayside of Newhaven….the sheer number of tourists we had to make our way through for one and on particular occasion bikini clad exotic beauties who had set up shop right next to the entry point.  (Not that I am complaining too much mind you, but did think it wasn’t the brightest of ideas considering the amount of heavy kit we were packing (woof) that could knock them out should any of us stumble). 

Admittedly they quickly realised that it wasn’t a good idea seeing 20 sweating, red faced, cursing divers of various sizes and fitness, foaming at the mouth and most of whom having donned  saliva smeared masks before entering the waters 3m below in as elegant a fashion that a Giant Stride allows.  We must have looked a right sight!  (For those who don’t know why you spit into your mask it is to prevent the mask from fogging up (we wash it out before descending!)

Needless to say the boat dives were a lot less frantic and for most dive sites we were the only ones out there diving in beautiful clear blue seas thanks to Malta archipelago being formed of Sandstone. Vis was anything from 15m+.

MV Imperial Eagle

Each dive day started with being collected by the Dive System team from our hotel and dropped off at the Dive Centre, we then had about 45 minutes to kit up using the blue boxes we had been given to put all our kit in and also to collect our BCD jackets and wet suites off the peg. 

I brought my 3mm full wet suit, but was kindly given a 3mm shortie to go over the top as many of the dives were in water temperature of around 19-20oC.  I found this kept my core nice an warm.  Even with this level of rubber on, there was always seemed to be thermocline around 19-26m that would make you shudder and think about peeing even if you had peed before diving until you dropped below it to slightly warmer waters.

Most of the wrecks had been prepped and sunk by the Maltese authorities over the years as attractions for divers to swim around in.  As the water was so clear around them you could make out every detail of the boats.   It must be said that sea life was not as I have seen on other trips around the UK and Red Sea, especially the diversity and size of fish, something that is concerning for all who live in the Med and dive these sites.

Okay so the first day didn’t exactly go to plan for some people…I left my BCD on the peg back in the dive centre, doh, but fortunately the crew had a backup one that I was able to use and saved my day of diving! Phew

MV Karwela

Next, and I don’t really know how to spin/explain for this…but “at the end of Day 1 in the Big Brother Household” all contestants failed to notice that we had in fact left Adrian (bearing in mind he’s got to be at least 6′ 3″) behind at the first dive site….a good 45 minute drive back to the Dive Centre!

Seriously, none of us realised as we drove off into the sunset in 3 vehicles, even after stopping off to eat ice cream for 20 minutes; nor did we realise after unloading the van and washing all our kit to hang out to dry….AND nor did we realise despite seeing his lonely box on the kit room floor and not put away.   

I would say we must have been in the beach bar across the way from the Dive Centre…(lovely little bar called the Exiles…great food, great music, great value…sorry back to story) for at least ooooo about 20 minutes before Adrian walked in calmly looking all hot and told us about the journey he had taken using bus No. 222 back to Sliema! 

MV Karwela

He had gone to use the toilet and through a series of misunderstandings and being that there were 3 vehicles we all thought he was on the other vehicle.  Well at least we know he doesn’t pee in his wet suit!

WHERE WAS HIS BUDDY? I hear you all cry…well he was sitting next to me enjoying a nice cooled pint of the local Sisk Beer of course!  Still I reckon given us another…10-15 minutes longer with the dark night skies drawing in…we would have realised…maybe.  Gulp!! 

Needless to say he didn’t have to buy his beer that night and the flip side he could now speak fluent Maltese…or at least enough to buy a bus ticket and haggle for a chicken in the market – Por Favor (Sorry that’s Ian who says that, even in Brussels).

We soon got our kit and routines together over the next few days.  Adrian was never left alone or out of someone’s sight again….even the guides took a special interest in him when counting heads.  A marked man.

Um El Faroud

Actually embarrassing situation aside we do dive tight as a club always looking out for each other underwater…which appeared to be something our of the norm for our new guide to Dive System that season…who in the beginning kept looking behind constantly to check we were still together and not spread out all over the place.  One of the things with diving in the UK is that we dare not spread out more than a meter maybe 4m on a good dive or we would never see each other again.  It did make me chuckle that he would turn round and we would wave back…”yep still here, still together!”

That closeness in the club, that constant signalling, eye contact, checking makes diving so enjoyable and safe as we know each others abilities, plus the fun nights out with stories to tell in the club house back in the UK.

Um El Faroud

So back to the two who didn’t stay in the Cavalieri Hotel…those being Gieta and Jon.  Gieta’s father was Maltese and along with Gieta’s mother they had bought a property by the sea, not too far from St Julian’s Bay, that they would use for holiday getaways. 

Gieta has spent a lot of time and effort doing up her parents property even to the point of sending over a container of good quality used furniture and kitchen (so yes, even the kitchen sink) that she had collected over a few years in the UK. 

We were all invited on the second to last night to come round for a roof top BBQ and party overlooking the sea.   Gieta has really done a grand job designing and using the furniture she had exported from the UK, plus the use of lots of photos of her and her family and mementos placed around the house gave it such a homely and inviting feel.  We all brought some food and drinks with us, that Jon and lots of different helpers helped to cook throughout the evening.

P29

Other memories for me of this trip was how friendly and helpful people were, their love of the England football team beating Columbia on penalties, the warm night strolls around the town, the amazing ice cream (still burning that off in the gym!), the great food and drink of Exiles bar, the friendly and fun staff of Dive Systems and finally how well it had all been organised by Len!  Thanks Len! 

And thank you everyone on that trip…Good memories!

Dives Undertaken: 

Day 1 (Saturday) Cirkewwa, Malta (Shore) (Also last known position of Adrian that day)

1.       MV Rozi (Tug Boat) Depth 20-34m. 

2.       P29 (Patrol Boat – Former German then Maltese Naval Boat) Depth 20-34m. 

Day 2 (Sunday) Wied is-Zurrieq, Malta (Shore)

3.       MV Um El Faroud (110m tanker) Depth 20-36m. External to Stern and Prop.

4.       MV Um El Faroud Depth 20-36m. Entered Engine Room and out

Day 3 (Monday) Malta (Boat)

5.       MV Imperial Eagle (45m Ferry) Depth 32-39m. (also the statue of Jesus at 34m)

6.       St Michael’s Caves and Reefs. Depth 20-24m.

Day 4 (Tuesday) Dwerja, Gozo (Boat)

7.       Crocodile Rock (Wall) 35m (Avg) – 65m+. 

8.       Azure Window and Reef (Swim Throughs and Cave) Depth 20-40m.  

Day 5 (Wednesday) Xatt I-Ahmar, Gozo (Boat)

9.      MV Karwela (50m Ferry) Depth 30-45m.

10.   MV Cominoland (35m long former cruise passenger ship) Depth 30-45m.

#If you go down to the pool tonight you can be sure of a big surprise!#

For those of you not on Facebook and won’t have seen Gieta’s Post tonight, Kingston Borough Council are introducing, as of next week, a flat £1.50 charge for parking in the car park out the front of New Malden Swimming anytime after 18:30.

You can pay by contactless or chip and pin cards, Apple Pay, Ringo App or with old fashion coinage!
 
The reason why Gieta and Emma are looking so pleased in this image despite the horrid yellow sticker being found on their windshields was that the guy was putting them on there with a £0.00 fine to give people fair warning of he change. 
 
Don’t be caught out next time you are down the pool!
 
Remember the pool is there for us to use.  There is always one of our guys and gals down there each week providing top cover to make sure we are safe and collecting £2 a swim charge for those not training.
 
It really is good opportunity to enjoy a quiet swim towards the end of a long week.
 
You can also take kit to try out or just take some fins, snorkel and a mask! (Not normally allowed during public swim times)
 
So let’s us it!
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