An Ocean Diver trip to Swanage in the sunshine - for a change! An early start means we secured a base camp on the promenade leading to the pier, so everyone camped by the cake!
Gill says; " My family has been involved with Calshot Divers for a few years now. My husband Joe had been a diver in the military for many years and had missed it. I was always looking for different experiences and challenges for our two teenage sons to try out, so the try-dives with Calshot Divers seemed like a good opportunity. Very reasonably priced and something different that not many people get to try out; both boys loved their birthday treats of being under water in a safe environment and Joe enjoyed being able to get back to diving again. So they all decided to train as Ocean Divers. It was good for them to have something they could all do together and the boys enjoy having an unusual skill. The boys have used their experience of diving towards their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards. They have both dived at Andark and Vobster and Adam has been diving in the sea at Swanage. I have been able to relax knowing that they are in safe hands. So far I have not braved the water – but I have enjoyed the other benefits of involvement with the club – Lovely people, the annual Skittles night (with amazing raffle prizes) and days out with a difference, usually involving me sitting in the sun eating cake and watching them dive. Then of course being ready with a flask of hot chocolate and some towels. "
Muriel's first Open Water dive.
4th July 2021
Muriel joined us for a "Try Dive" in November 2019, and signed up for Ocean Diver training at the start of 2020. The first couple of lectures were done in the pub on a Wednesday as usual - then came Covid. We continued the Ocean Diver lectures, revision and Theory Test via Zoom. With Lockdown 2 looming, Muriel decided to "listen in" on the Sports Diver theory that we were then starting! Muriel is the most qualified member we've ever had, who's never been in the sea! June 5th and the restrictions eased, and we were able to offer Muriel her first Ocean Diver pool session. This was rapidly followed by a 2nd 1:1 session in a small private pool. Swanage was delayed a week due to bad weather, and almost again after a "covid scare" - but everyone continued to test negative - so we finally got Muriel into the open water on July 2nd. After some initial "loose fin" issues, and a slight "navigational error", we were on our way - just don't mention crabs! We saw a lot of crabs, and each larger than the previous. Our pre-dive checklist is now B.A.R.C, Buoyancy, Air, Releases and what to do if you see Crabs. Bravo Muriel.