Southsea Sub Aqua Club News
View From the Fort Issue 2
Hello and a very Happy New Year to you. Because of Christmas and foul weather not much diving activity has taken place since the last issue so I have focussed this issue on PLANNING and thinking about how we collectively can organise some great dives when the wind stops battering us.
I hope you like the format and if you have an article you would like to include please let me know and I can include it in the next issue.
To see the whole issue, click here.
Enjoy & safe diving!
Chris Cairns (D.O.)
View from the Fort: Issue 1
Hello and welcome to the first issue of "View from the Fort" - a light hearted update on the activities in and around Southsea Sub Aqua Club and other things to interest South Coast divers like you.
We hope you enjoy this new format and feel free to spread the word. We have limited information on email addresses for our members and it would be great if everybody could see a copy.
Your New Diving Officer - Chris Cairns
For those of you that don't know I have now been appointed as the Diving Officer at Southsea Sub Aqua Club and I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know a little more about me and hopefully let you in on what is planned for a fantastic year of diving in 2014! I was introduced to diving by my Dad at the tender age of 9, taking my first venture under the waves at Lulworth Cove in January 1985. Having been around divers all my life and doing it for real for nearly 30 years it's fair to say I've got the bug! In that time I have done a fair few dives in varying conditions and most them in and around the UK. Believe it or not I have never been to the Red Sea, but that looks to change in 2014 with the new diving schedule. I like all types of diving but when pressed I would have to say my real passion is wreck diving. I love the history, the mystique and the brass. With a fantastic nautical history our coastal waters boast some of the best wreck diving in the world. As my desire to find better and more intact wrecks increased it saw me turing to more exotic gases and have qualified with Trimix for 100m dives and more recently a rebreather. As an Advanced Diver and Open Water Instructor I want to arrange dives that appeal to all our members, including you. A plan for 2014 is being put together as we speak and I welcome your thoughts and contributions to the diving activities for 2014 and beyond.
We think Southsea Sub Aqua Club is already a great place to be and as we approach getting 100 members we must be doing something right. There is an active social calendar, regular dives and a great training programme. But that is what WE think. What about YOU? A short survey has been prepared and we would love it if you could spend a couple of minutes filling it in. By letting us know the types of diving you want to do and the training you would like to achieve we can be sure to try and create an exciting programme for 2014 that will keep even the fussiest members happy. If you have an idea or feel you could offer advice on how to do things differently let us know. After all if we don't know it's broken we can't set the wheels in motion to fix it. Please click the image to the right to take the survey because it will benefit you and the diving we offer in the club.
It's official Southsea Sub Aqua Club can now be found on Facebook. In an attempt to attract new members a new Group has been created on Facebook. It will serve as a platform for SSAC members (and those thinking of joining) to see what is going on and chat with like minded individuals. If you want to see what all the fuss is about follow the link here or follow the Facebook logo on the left. If you don't use Facebook then don't worry all the great stuff we be published in "View from the Fort"!
Your Club Needs You!
Being of a certain age I have "grandfather" rights to tow things like the club rib. Truth be known I'm pretty rubbish at it and always end up passing the wheel to somebody else when it comes to reversing. Am I alone? Thought not. If like me you would like some tips and trips on towing and reversing the club RIB please speak with Ron who has kindly offered to set up some cones in the top car park and offer some training on reversing. Have you got a skill you share that will benefit your fellow divers? If so please let me know and I can include it in the next issue of "View from the Fort".
True or False?
As divers we study the behaviour of gasses under pressure. Boyle's Law tells us all about the relationship between pressure and volume for an ideal gas. But what about the gas created after a Lamb Vindaloo? Yes I'm talking about bottom burps, trouser coughs and trumping. True or False? You can't break wind below 10m because of the increased pressure exerted on the colon.
MULBERRY 70 – SSAC Diving Project for 2014
As part of the 70th Anniversary of DDay and in recognition of the significant role played by the Solent in the preparations for the Invasion of Normandy, members of SSAC will be taking to the water this summer to record the remains of Mulberry Harbour units along the South Coast.
2014 - Diamond Celebration Year For Southsea Sub-Aqua Club
SSAC members and guests celebrated Christmas at the Club House with a visit from Santa and friends. A four course meal with wine was served by Santa’s little helpers and was followed by festive games and dancing into the early hours. Santa made a special guest appearance to auction 10 beautifully decorated Christmas trees. A giant inflatable Santa plus snowmen and tree were also auctioned.
Peter Small Award 2013
Southsea Sub-Aqua Club was awarded the British Sub-Aqua Club Peter Small award at the Diving Conference held at the NEC Birmingham in October. The prestigious award is made to the most worthwhile project carried out in British waters and was given in recognition of the Club’s work on the British Tank Landing Craft LCT427 which was lost as she neared her home port of Portsmouth after taking part in the WW2 Normandy invasions. The winner’s medal was presented to Alison Mayor who led the project together with a cheque for £1000 which will be used to make improvements to the Club’s new RIB.
Submarine A1 Heritage Dive
Want the chance to dive on the first British designed and built submarine?
Submarine A1 sank in just 12m of water in 1911 and is now an officially protected wreck site. BSAC Southern region is arranging a day of diving for BSAC members on the historic site on 21 July 2013 which will give divers the chance to learn more about the fascinating history of the submarine from Southsea’s Diving Officer and A1 Licensee, Martin Davies as well as diving the wreck.
More information and to register an interest at the BSAC Southern Region web site.
Air Swimmers Grand Prix
26 May 2013
After a dive was blown out one Saturday evening in May, members, family and friends took part in an Air Swimmers Grand Prix in the clubhouse. More control was required with thumbs than with breathing or buoyancy which resulted in the overall victor after a number of rounds being a teenager!
March 2013: SSAC's first club trip of the year to Cornwall was a huge success.
Staying in nearby Flushing Cove and venturing out with our dive RHIB 'Alan Blake', the cold but calm waters of the Manacles reef provided excellent diving with visibility typically around 6-8m. The Manacles reef is renowned for its wrecks and marine life and provided some first class diving despite being early in the season. The jewel anemones were particularly beautiful.
The holiday was also time to celebrate our Diving Officer Martin's significant birthday with a cake and a fish and chip supper for ten.
Eyemouth September 2012
Straddling the English/Scottish border, the waters between Seahouses in Northumberland and the Scottish town of North Berwick are one of the finest diving areas in the UK and one we've wanted to visit for many years.
From the Farne Islands' seals and underwater cliffs in the south to the wrecks of steam-driven submarines off the Isle of May in the north, not forgetting Eyemouth's famous deep wrecks and the scenic masterpieces of St Abbs Head inbetween, the area's volcanic past has combined with the maritime casualties of war and weather to create an amazing variety of dive sites. In short this is truly a "coast for all divers".
In early September 2012 a group of divers loosely connected with Southsea SAC spent a week based in the pretty port of Eyemouth experiencing it all for themselves.