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Diving in 2014

The sun is sinning in a blue sky, the weather looks great! Whilst gazing out of the living room window. A new season of diving is upon use and some of use are already stacking out dive sites in the English Channel.

Our first Club organised dive is onboard the Channel Diver out of Brighton, in April and we are ready to take the bookings! Excellent boat, lots of space and a perfect platform to start the 2014 season with a gentle splash! We are also looking into ideas of making the club organised diving more affordable, so watch this space!

We have also have implemented a schedule for Pool Marshalling, which we review at the end of the dive season. In short, if you are Sport diver or above, you are asked to do a One Hour Thursday evening Pool Marshall session this year and watch over the Pool for that evening.
See my previous emails regarding the sessions, for more details.

we are not the only Club that have implemented this, for example:

I also have emailed you all with a questionnaire regarding Training. we are trying to find out what training the club want and are then tailoring the needs accordingly. We are now analysing the results, more information will be made available at a later date.

So, in summery:

Dive booking are now take! And the first dive is in April! (Lots of space! Excellent boat!)
A Pool Marshall schedule is implemented.
Club Training courses are being looked at.

Diving Officer

DO report 2014

Surrey Aquanauts 2013 DO’s report:

Before I kick off with the all important numbers, I would like to thank the following people:

Bonz, as training Officer
Pinky and Perky, as Equipment Officers,
Pie, as initial, (flawed) Expedition Officer
Mick as Boat Officer and
An honorable mention of
Steve, as deputy Training Officer, not appointed..

Out of all the club organized trips, only a small number of days where blown out compared to last year. Making 2013 a cracker of a year.

We also had a massive amount of try dives with 2 scout groups, Foxhill try dives and lots off walk inns, bring this years total to over 70.

On the training front we have currently a Sport Divers and Dive leaders training ongoing.
We have a new Ocean diver in the form of Aleaasha and a Sports diver in the form of Richard.

We also have increased our instructor base by having Christian passing his OWI and Bonz getting his Assistant Advanced Instructor ticket.

Also we have a new OWI instructor joining this year, welcome Tina.

So, after all, not bad for a small club! He?

Ok! Numbers:

We did 335 recorded club dives…… that is 41 less than last year!
-Maybe we need to log our dives better when we are going out diving?
And me not losing 4 dive log sheets to the power of the washing machine.

We dived in the UK, France, Scotland, Egypt and South Africa.

We consumed 677.000 liters of air which is 30.000 more than last year!
-are we getting unfit??

But then again:
We spend 246 hours in the water, which is in increase of a whole of 5 hours compared to last year.

We dived to a depth of 8.177 meters, which is 70 meters more than last year.
This year total means, we dived up to 75% of the distance of the Mariana Trench.

An average dive time is 44 minutes, which is 5 minutes more than last year.
An average dive depth of 24 meters, which is 2 meters more than last year

We have, under water, an average breathing rate of 63 liters a minute.

Used up 63 full 12 liter tanks or 50 full 15 liter tanks.
Now for the moment we all been waiting for;

In reversed order:
10- Daryl with 10
9- Jo with 13
8- our chairman with 15
7- Chris Knights with 17
6- me! With 18
5- Frank with 20
4- Steve with 21
3- Andy with 27
2-Paul with 43
1- Bonz

Bonz did 71 dives, which is 21% of all the clubs diving:
During which he spent 59 hours under water and dived to a depth of 1.7 km and consumed shy of 100.000 liters of air.

His average dive time is 49 minutes long, which is 4 minutes longer than the average of the club, and dives to a depth of 24 meters. His mean breathing rate is only 32 liters a minute compared to the average SA member which has a mean breathing rate 63 liters a minute. No comments made! Quack!