Post Christmas dinner

A post Christmas dinner will be held at the Swan on 2nd Feb 2013 Can you let ether Mark or John know if you will be attending.

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Egypt in March

The Egypt trip has been booked for 3rd March,we will be staying at the Sonesta again as it so convenient for all. We are going to book Emperordivers as we have an agency for them. Anyone who wants to join … Continue reading

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John Wade

We are delighted to announce that John Wade has won BSAC Branch Volunteer of the Year. John thoroughly deserves this and will be presented with his prize of a Suunto dive computer and the London International Dive Show in March. Well done John!

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CLUB AGM

The club Annual General Meeting will be held at The Swan, Rayne, Essex, on Wednesday 26th October, 2011, at 19.30.

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FARNE ISLANDS by Andrew Coles

Farne Islands Trip – 25th to 26th June 2011
Louis Wheatley very kindly organised this trip to the Farne Islands on 25th to 26th June 2011, very near to his home town of Newcastle. Eight members from the club travelled the 300 plus miles by car to a small fishing town called Seahouses, Northumberland on the Friday. The journey time for most people took at least 7 hours. When we arrived, we all decided to go the pub and relax with a couple of beers at the Lodge Guest House that evening. Most members stayed at the ‘The Old School House’ which was owned by Sovereign Diving, the diving company we were using for the weekend.
The Saturday morning was an early start. We had a lovely cooked breakfast at 7.30am and had to be at Seahouses harbour for 8.00am where we waited to board the Sovereign II which was a twin engine 12 metre Cheverton. The boat was fantastic and was large enough to store everybody’s kit and it even had an electric dive lift making entry and exits a lot easier, especially for the oldies. This was luxury diving compared to the ribs we have used before. The Skipper who we had for the weekend was called Ron. Ron is a fully qualified Skipper with vast experience and knowledge of the Farne Islands and is also a qualified diver, which was very useful as he understood our needs.
The Farne Islands are situated only ten minutes boat ride from Seahouses harbour. They are separated into two groups – inner and outer Farne by Staple Sound, a stretch of water 1 mile wide. The Farne Islands consist of some 28 islets. When we arrived, the conditions weren’t that great; the sky was overcast and the sea was far from calm. We continued to circle the islands until we found a sheltered area where entry and exit would be safe. As we were doing this, many seals could be seen sitting on the islands and swimming nearby. Once we were allowed in, we descended to a depth of roughly 18 metres near to the wall of one of the islands and found a gully that we were able to dive through. The visibility was great and I’m sure we could see at least 15 metres, if not more. As we made our way along the gully we could see seals swimming in the distance and if you were sharp-eyed enough you would notice lobsters and crabs tucked away in small crevices. The morning dive lasted about 40-45 minutes and we were greeted by a hot cup of coffee when we surfaced. During our surface interval we chatted on the boat and compared stories of who saw what. Unfortunately for Louis his dry suit had sprung a leak and that was the end of his diving for the weekend. The second dive in the afternoon was very similar but it was a refreshing change to have such great visibility. Although the sky was overcast I had caught the sun, especially on my face and hands. This will definitely remind me to bring sun tan lotion in future.
We arrived back at the harbour at 4pm, left our kit on the boat for the night and headed straight back to the hotel to clean up before going to the ‘The Lodge’ pub for a lovely home cooked dinner and some well deserved beers.
The Sunday morning was also an early start. Again we had a full cooked breakfast at 7.30am before boarding at 8.00am at Seahouses Harbour. The Sunday morning dive was more exciting than normal as my diving buddy Chris and I had a face to face encounter with a seal. The seal had been sleeping upright in front of us, he opened his eyes to look at us and seemed to be disinterested and decided to carry on sleeping then thought better of it and swam off. He was only in front of us for around a minute but it is something I will never forget. The second dive in the afternoon was a shallower dive at 12 metres to view a wreck. It was a great dive but we could not stop thinking about our amazing seal encounter!
After the last dive, we returned to the harbour at 4.00pm, packed our kit into our cars and drove the 300 plus miles back home.
Our weekend in diving in the Farne Islands was fantastic, I have been on many drive trips around the UK but I think this has been the best UK dive trip to date. Can’t wait to go back!!!

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CLUB BARBECUE

Club barbecue will be held on 20th August, 2011. Cost is £5 per head and there will be a competition for the most outrageous shirt – mens and ladies! This event is for club members only.

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Newhaven 24th July

Day’s hardboat diving at Newhaven. Cost is £35 per person for 2 dives with tea and scones included! Contact us if you want to join in!

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Pool Dive

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We all had a Brill night at braintree pool night session my grandaughter came with us for 1st time and loved it (future club scuba diver in the making) with training going on.And one club diver 1st dive after spine … Continue reading

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Newhaven 27th/28th May

During the Friday of 26th May ten members from the club traveled to Newhaven, with the planing to come down next day,for a trip on Sea Zonesdive boat. The plan was to dive the T R Thompson and The City … Continue reading

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Training at Gildenburgh

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A training dive at Gildenburgh Dive Centre, near Whittlesey, Cambs, took place on 11th June. 3 members attended, the visibility (unusually!) was really good and all enjoyed 2 really good dives. The high spot of the day was when an … Continue reading

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