Now that we’re into 2012, plans for the dive programme are set and published so please start thinking about those weekend dates that you’re available for and get your dives booked early to avoid disappointment.
We’ve continued last season’s strategy of trying to allow a single day’s diving to give people the choice of either doing one day or travelling on both days to try and keep the costs down rather than have to book accommodation as well.
As well as the tried and trusted destinations of Poole and Weymouth, this season we’re trying a new boat, the Emma Jane, out of Chichester.
There is also a full RIB programme so please get yourself on the RIB, particularly you new Ocean/Sport divers. The Farnes trip on the Jubilee weekend is one to look forward to, great diving and lots of seals – bring those cameras.
On the training front, Steve and I are looking at running O2 and Boat Handling courses in the next couple of months – both excellent skills to acquire and the more of us that know how to use this essential equipment and drive the boat the better for all of us. Bonz is manfully continuing his crusade to get everyone into Vobster, either training or being trained.
Since my last article, we’ve had a couple of new members; David and Ash who are Ocean Divers getting their qualifications up to Sport for their DoE award.
There are also two or three who have been for try dives and are thinking of joining so we may have a few more by my next article.
I’m looking forward to seeing some of our senior divers come through their instructor training this year to take the pressure off the few that we have at the moment. (Almost) finally, get yourselves down to the pool on 23rd February.
It’s games night and Chris Knights has devised some fiendishly clever games to test your skills. It’s great fun so make sure you’re there.
Finally, as I said in my last article (and will say in my next) we will need a new DO in October so all you Advanced Divers out there, put yourself forward, please don’t leave it to the same old guard to fill the post.
It’s not that much of a burden and there are enough senior, experienced members who will always help in a very constructive manner.
Keep up the training and start getting yourselves diving fit, there are only two months to go before the first scheduled RIB dive.