Egypt September 2018
A group of club members chartered spaces out of Hurghada on Blue O Two’s dive vessel Blue Finn. Fantastic diving and great fun as captured by the following videos. Diving the North and Big Brothers itinerary.
Clubhouse - 6th December 2012 - The Pool goes Live!
A truly auspicious day in the club’s long history – the day when we finally got to use our own pool in our own clubhouse!
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18:00 Dave Hoskins and Tony Spencer have devoted untold hours to building the pool and poolroom, as well as much of the rest of the interior of the building. Determined to be the first people to dive in the pool, they arranged a secret assignation before other club members arrived.
With the pool lights switched on and the room lights switched off, it looked absolutely amazing!
Chairman Robin Maggs was instrumental in getting the whole clubhouse venture off the ground. He then skillfully guided the entire construction process as the official project manager. On the pretext of gathering members together for a group photo, the opportunity was taken to divest Robin of his jacket and shoes and ensure that he became the next person to “celebrate” the pool coming in to use.
21:00 – 21:30
Newcomer Deborah Sanders claimed the distinction of being the first trainee to receive instruction in our own pool. Training Officer Nigel Wichall took her through her paces.
Clubhouse - The Final Push 2012
Official sign-off is achieved and the end is sighted
In January and February work was focused on completing the pool and surrounds. In March it switched to the necessities for official “sign-off” by the buildings inspector – a major landmark that was achieved on 2nd April. Work continued on the lobby, main changing room and classroom through April and early May.
Clubhouse - Internal and External Progress 2009-2011
The building site gradually turns into a fine clubroom and a basic dive facility
The compressor room and boat garage were the first to become operational. After boarding the first floor and constructing the stairs, the pool room ceiling and walls were done, but the main focus was to complete the first floor – clubroom, bar, kitchen, stage, gun display, toilets. This was finished in time for the Dinner and Dance in early March 2011. Efforts then moved outside, with the rear path, the patio and bridge, so we could enjoy drinks outside in the summer. In autumn 2011, work moved back inside with the major effort on plasterboarding all the ground floor ceilings. At the tail end of the year attention moved back to the pool.
Clubhouse - Construction 2008-2009
After several years in gestation, work finally started on site in early July 2008.
The pool was built first and the building erected around it. In spite of a very wet winter, the shell of the building was completed in mid April 2009.
Isle of Man - 14th-22nd June 2014
This very successful holiday on the Isle of Man was organised by Paul Wright through Discover Diving. Five members enjoyed a fabuous week with great weather and excellent visibility.
Azores Holiday - August 3rd-10th 2013
Organised by James Padfield, through tour operator divetheazores, this holiday was enjoyed by seven club members.
Red Sea Holiday - February 2013
Photos from another successful Red Sea liveaboard holiday, organised by Dave Hoskins through tour operator blue o two.
Mull Holiday - June 30th - July 7th 2012
Organised by Paul Wright, this holiday was enjoyed by nine club members. It was based in self-catering accommodation in Tobermory with diving from a chartered hard boat.
Lundy Weekend - August 19th-21st 2011
Organised by James Padfield, the weekend proved to be a great success, with fine weather and diving conditions.
The superb dive boat Obsession II was booked for two days. In order to fill the boat, the Swindon members (James, Bernie, Dale, Lou, Gill and Helen) were acompanied by friends from other clubs. A great time was had by all. Some of the Swindon members were making their first to Lundy and having their first experience of diving with seals.
Red Sea Holiday - March 2011
In March 2011, a large group of members went to The Brothers on the liveaboard M/Y Blue Horizon, organised by Dave Hoskins through the tour operator blue o two.
General Gallery - British
This is the showcase for photos taken by members on a diving trips around the British coast and inland dive sites.
Monty halls evening
A speaker evening with the unique broadcaster.
Monty kept us entetained and amused with stories about his amazing life and the many TV series that he’s worked on.
River Swim 2014
Our annual sponsored swim in the R. Thames raising money for the RNLI
The swim is usually held on the first Sunday of the New Year – it generates more money if we do it when it’s cold and icy! This year, due to the extremely high rainfall making the river swollen and dangerous, the event has been postponed and re-arranged twice, finally being held in the more clement conditions of 6th April.
doug allen evening
A speaker evening with the award winning polar camerman.
Doug entertained us with amazing stories from his extraordinary life and work. We were joined by members of the public who had bought tickets online – the first event of this type that we have hosted in our new clubhouse.
Public party - grand opening
25th may 2013
A great occasion to show off our achievement – with special guest David Bellamy to perform the official opening of the clubhouse
At the end of a long hard road in building our new clubhouse, this was our opportunity to show it off. With stalls and exhibits in the main clubroom, kit demo and kit display in the boat shed, try dives in the pool, a bouncy castle outside and lots of other fun things to do, there was something for everyone.
private party - grand opening
25th may 2013
With the Public Open Day over, it was time to relax and party!