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Pool session Fitzalan – 7:30 – 8:30pm - as ever if you need kit please let me or Steve know – afterwards in The SandMartin
PLEASE REMEMBER IF YOU NEED ANY KIT FOR POOL OR THE WEEKEND TO GIVE PLENTY OF NOTICE. LAST MINUTE REQUESTS CANNOT ALWAYS BE ACCOMMODATED
Thank you guys for all doing so well on holiday, particularly our newer members, who had praise from the dive staff. Bill has penned a few lines for us below . He did miss one thing however, Kaz has returned super fit, mainly as he had to walk back and fro from the dive centre to the hotel to collect the bits he forgot on the first (and second) trip!
Cardiff BSAC Lanzarote 2019
Kaz was sitting on the boat after our first dive, without his hearing aids in, absent mindedly talking to himself. Joachim the Skipper had taken all our handed in fins, and chucked them in the front of the boat in their pairs.
“Those funny black ones are Ross’s. The scabby yellow ones are Bill’s. The pinkie ones are Rhi’s” He stopped momentarily. “I know those” He blurted out, glancing in Andrew’s direction. “Right set of coral crushers those are”
We had just had a serious incident and needed to de-stress.
Ross decided he wanted his wildlife interference badge, and in the presence of Bill (an old exponent of the dark art) had decided to grab hold of a reasonably sized Torpedo Ray (commonly called the Electric Ray) Holding onto both wings like electrodes, the fish must have thought, aye, aye. He’s worth a right old belt and whacked Ross the voltage.
His eyeballs flashed like LED’s and he shook off the offending fish. Bill had watched the whole episode and as he’s a technical philistine without the usual GoPro doodah’s, you’ll just have to take his word for it. But he very nearly drowned laughing.
Meanwhile Rhian and Mark G. sat in the boat shivering uncontrollably. Water temperature was 19’C air temperature about the same with a bit of wind chill. They decided to grab some over-suits.
The diving was the usual high standards with Angel Sharks, Octopus, Cuttlefish, Sea Horses, Barracuda, Grouper, Tuna, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Bull Rays and all the usual critters.
The actual diving was the usual Cardiff BSAC standards of floundering about, running low on gas, forgetting stuff, and wee’ing in suits (even while still in the shop kitting up)
The organisation by Anne was seamless. Airport pick-ups, delivery to Brizzztul. Pre-flight Tamazapans mit lagers all fine.
Mark W’s luggage had all been spray painted with large white crosses (as if it had been condemned by Border force) and fair enough nobody was brave enough to nick it.
The diving, accommodation and weather was all fine, and a few snifters were had by all most evenings. Several of the group had taken the secluded apartments and they were also smashing.
The newcomers performed admirably and the Dive Centre was well pleased with their performance.
It was several days into the trip when on a quiet evening over a few sherbets that Kaz announced. “In Iran all nipples are 9” apart (225mm)
You can imagine the fuss and kafuffle that created with grown men wanting theirs measuring. Matt J. had an app on his phone (natch) which could satisfy or dispute the claim. Mark W doubted this and said he might be able to make the grade if the measurement was taken around the back.
One lady on the beach had left tramlines which exceeded the claim.
It was two days later over several schnauzers, Kaz said in a very casual manner. “You know what I said about the 9”. I made that up”
The hooligans on this trip were:
Mark G. Mark W. Mark T. Matt J. Matt Y. Linda W. Linda T. (now my spell-checker’s broken) Andrew, Andy & Rhian, Ross, Dan & Liane, Anne & Steve, Dave, Kaz, Chris and Bill
A huge thank you to Anne for getting us all there and home again.
To Safari Divers staff for putting up with us, and to everyone on the trip who enjoyed themselves.
Having had a week away from our favourite watering hole, we were desperate to get back into the lake. Bill was there to supervise some rescue drills, which provided some amusement to the passing dog walkers!
Given his instructing duties he left the overseeing of the latest additions to the lake to me and Steve. Mainly Steve as this involved lifting bags and string. Its starting to remind me of the underwater museum in Lanzarote…..
Other than were passing divers/victims had stirred it up, Cossie is still clear.
Don’t forget the lake is now available without charge for members of Cardiff BSAC as we have paid an annual membership. You still need to book, so whilst most Sundays will be booked anyway, you can always book another day/evening – just let me know and I’ll liase with the park staff
Committee meeting on Sunday after the dive, Cosmeston Lakes Café, any members are welcome to attend
If anyone wants to organize a dive weekend, please step forward !
Dive Show and Conference
Date for the diary – 26/27 October NEC – 26th is Conference day – this year hosted by Andy Torbet .
Keep an eye out for offers, if you go to the conference you will get free access to the dive show all weekend and early bird’s will get free parking with their tickets.
Club Kit Hire fees
It has been over 10 years since we have looked at hire charges for club kit. The kit hire has now been increased as follows:
Hire of 10l or 12l cylinder (hired full, returned empty)£10
BCD & Regs for weekend £20
Steve will bring a laminated sheet with him each week to remind you of the costs!
If you are on Facebook, and aren’t yet friends of Cardiff BSAC, please do sign up for that, you may get to hear of dives/events as the details are released!
If you don’t use Facebook, consider signing up – even if you only use it for club information!
Don’t forget we have tide tables for 12 months + on our website – great tool for planning your UK diving! Thanks to Mark for updating!!