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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
Dive news – Didn’t we have a loverly time ……
The day we went to Stack Rocks
A beautiful day
We had dolphins at play
And all for under a pound you know (err….possibly not)
What a great weekend. We racked up at Milford on Saturday morning to find we’d been ousted from Mackerel quay, due to a cruise ship there to peruse the delight that is Milford Haven.
Using the moorings in the marina usually reserved for fishermen, we hauled the kit down to the pontoon and lugged it all aboard. Two then had to decant having picked on the wrong boat.
We were sharing with Heads of The Valley SAC and we after the usual shakedown (who’s got what kit?) we set off across calm seas. It was even shorts weather for Steve. After some discussion, it was agreed to do The Lucy /Rye Rocks, depending on experience/preference.
We plumped for Rye Rocks with Tanguy and had a lovely dive, not too much fish life, but all the usual suspects, compass jellyfish, lobsters, squat lobsters, edible and velvet swimming crabs, dog fish, sea urchins etc. Those on The Lucy also enjoyed the sunny weather making it an enjoyable dive.
After the break, we went off to the south of Skokholm. It was an interesting dive. The current was tugging at us when we went in. After about 10 minutes I saw to the side a rolling bank of “fog”. I noticed a cloud to the side and thought it was simply another diver kicking up the silt ……no, this was the tide whipping it up as it raced towards us.
In my enthusiasm to try and look at a crayfish, I dawdled whilst Steve was taking pictures of a decorator crab. Mistake….me and Tanguy ended up continuing on our own. When it finally felt a little hairy (ie Tanguy was clinging onto a rock wall in the lee of the current) I decided enough was enough and sent up the DSMB…actually, sent sideways the DSMB was closer too it!
Tanguy definitely got some experience on that dive!
The evening was spent with our new friends in The Taberna…..bless ‘em, the pub doesn’t cope well with a lot of diners!
Sunday and we were back on Mackerel Quay. I eyed up the slip, noting how flat it was. We had decided on The Pinnacles at Stack Rocks and were entertained by a dolphin who followed us most of the way. Although less sunny, the sea state was still fabulous and it was an easy chug out there.
It was a lovely dive, great viz, with more fish life, although there’s one less crab there now! We followed it up with a trip to High Point. Brian gave us a challenge, to see who can collect the most lead shot. I won, well I nearly won, I’d actually say the line won, as it wrapped itself round my trim weight, and removed it in one easy pull when I gathered it in.
One fly in the ointment. Someone let all the water out of The Haven when we got back..OMG that slip was a long haul for us oldies. The youngesters seemed to enjoy running up the 45 degree slope with cylinders in hand.
It was a great weekend, lovely company and when Brian said “The Smalls” I had to think about it for a nano second…….
I still have places for the Sunday so if you are up for it, let me know!
Yes, its now on the radar, has anyone got any suggestions for a Christmas venue – will probably be looking at start December.
Dive Show and Conference
Date for the diary – 26/27 October NEC – 26th is Conference day – this year hosted by Andy Torbet .
Early bird offer will finish soon, so if you are interested in going, check it out now.
Message received from BSAC
Does your club have Sports Divers already training or planning to train for Dive Leader?
This is just a quick note to give you the heads up that we’ll be running a couple of Dive Leader lectures at this year’s BSAC Diving Conference (26 October, The Vox, NEC, Birmingham), for Sports Divers wanting to progress to that grade.
We are offering a reduced conference ticket price of £15 to Sports Divers that sign up to one or more of the lectures. If you have Sports Divers in your club that you think would benefit from going to either DT1 (Role of the Dive Leader) and/or DT12 (The Role of the Dive Manager) please feel free to let them know. They can contact BSAC at (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 350 6224) or simply respond to an email that will be going out to them directly mid next week with a special link for Sports Divers to access the reduced-rate tickets. (Only Sports Divers signed up to the ‘membership benefits and offers’ emails will get this email. Members can update their email preferences on their MyBSAC page).
It’s set to be a great event and will offer so much more for Sports Divers than just the Dive Leader lectures!
We hope to see you and many more of your members there too of course.
More information and tickets can be on the BSAC Diving Conference website. http://conference.bsac.com/
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!!