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APRIL / MAY 2013 DIVE TRIP

JUST A QUICK REMINDER 

Fred is in the process of arranging this first abroad trip of the year so that we can all dust off the kit and throw our selves into the Oggin!

 

This will be as cheap as we can possibly make it and to book a place all you have to do is cross Fred's hand with £150.00 and you will receive a phone call to confirm if you are available for the dates found. Say 'YES and you are going say 'NO' and you get your money back!

 

How easy is that! (However time is running out to ensure your place so you have been warned!)

 

Attend AGM to see what other plans we have for the year 

 

Annual General Meeting

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

08.00pm CHEETHAM HILL CRICKET CLUB

 

PLEASE BE THERE!

 

ADDITIONAL NEWS WE NOW HAVE A FACE BOOK PAGE

'SALFORDBSAC' 

For which I am looking for content and ideas to make us look even more attractive! and we have a 

TWITTER ACCOUNT SALFORDBSAC (so please follow the club)

 

Happy to email, snail mail what ever works!!!

 

See you all soon

Nigel 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Well its the start of the New Year and what resolutions did you make?

Lets hope one was to enjoy this years Diving!!!!!!!!!!

First proposal is for the AGM to be held on the 25th January. I would like to see the Club organised and up and running  right from the start of the year.

I know there will be some Committee places available and if you can spare some time to help the Club I would really appreciate the assistance!

First pool will be 07th January and lets start by using this facility (Please)

Following the pool session I am intending to have a quick meeting about the first dives for the year so if you can attend it would be great to see everybody and lets get organised.

 

All the very Best

 

Nigel

Christmas Do

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Well as we head towards the end of the diving season its time to organise the end of year meal and this year it is at The Mitre Hotel Manchester on the 08th December 2012.

Slightly different to previous years it is still our annual excuse to get together and have a few beers and celebrate another great year of Diving and for some of us new diving locations in some difficult weather!

It is also a great time to look forward to next year 2013 and see what we can arrange.

 

For those who have booked and let me know you are coming its 08.00pm although in the bar earlier is good by me!

 

See you there

 

Nigel

Doune trip

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Firstly I must start with a thank you to Jan for organising and sharing this gem of a place with the Club. We just failed to take 12 divers when Kevin had to drop out at the last minute & whom we missed, as we know he would really have enjoyed this one! great to see Colin back and Wendy a two dive club(BSAC Instructor) friend of Jan's who stepped in at the last minute to take Chris's place due to his work commitments. (What did she see us do wrong I wonder?).  

The trip clearly looked like we would have a good one when everybody turned up in Mallaig as organised to meet Andy and his boat on time!

The Scottish weather really threw its best efforts in trying to throw a spanner into the diving programme and the fact we only lost one dive is a credit to Andy. However we did make up for the dive by spending a few hours in the most remote pub in mainland Britain the 'Old Forge'.

The diving was a mix of wall's and did I mention wall's in the different  loch's around Knoydart, Skye and Muck and ended the week on the wreck of HMS Port Napier(a cracking dive for the rust enthusiasts.) Great vis, marine life, and a few interesting sights (ask Graham about the sea pens), and Fred managed not to break his ladder it must have been good.  

The accommodation is a great base for the trip and provided to be interesting with no television and lights out when the generators shut down. The food provided at the restaurant is just fantastic, starting with breakfast, (slightly different every day) packed lunches and homemade cakes every day and then a varied and interesting evening meal each night and if anybody went home hungry I give up!

Well done to the scallop hunters who provided additional courses on more than one occasion, but if left to Pete's traps we might have gone hungry! (its not so useful lying on the beach or the fishing but that's another story)

Would we go again, I believe we are already trying to book!!!!!!!!!

Capenwray the experience for the new Divers

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Firstly many thanks to Graham, Kevin, Jan, Pete, Wayne and Alan for all assisting with the day at Capenwray on the 19th August when we had Adam, Stacey, Matt, Austin and Glenn all in the water! some for first time in open water and two in dry suits which they had not experienced before!

Well done to all the trainee's who carried out two dives and over came all the usual problems this new challenge could throw! Borrowed suits where neck seals do not fully fit, buoyant legs (always enjoyable) in sufficient lead to get down and rumors of one emptying the contents of his cylinder whilst diving with Jan, well a very wise choice to chose Jan as I am sure she had probably only taken 10bar out of her cylinder at this stage! (the woman does not breathe!)

I am sure everybody is now looking looking forward to the next series of dives and to send their thanks to the instructors who made the day so memorable, and to Wayne who provided shore cover and assist with kit etc and I believe provide first aid to two other divers (not ours thankfully) (many thanks)

 

and

Cheers

 

Nigel

 

Latest Dive to be notified St ABBS Oct 2012

19th -21st October Two days diving and accomodation approx £100.00

Please let Jan know if you are interested!

 

Watch this space for proposed dives for 2013

 

Nick has first open water dive in Capenwray

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Just a quick thanks to Debbie for taking in another of this years starters on his first two open water dives at capenwray last Saturday. 

The smile at the Club lastnight said it all, and especially finding the plane.

Lets see who is next

Nigel

Graham gets bitten!

Rumours from the Farnes trip, were that Graham's antic's with the seals resulted in a bitten bum, as well as his fins can apparently now be confirmed as true! We are just waiting for the photographic evidence to post! 

Poole Trip

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Well another trip in this fantastic UK summer! Travel ling to Poole for a four day trip organised by Kevin (Many Thanks) first hurdle was too meet up in the local pub but nearly a disaster as no pub in walking distance- what would we do! Jump in a cab and find everybody had the same idea. (nothing like good planning by Salford divers and for the first time I can remember late starts because of the tides (fantastic!), made having a beer a good deal more comfortable. Thursday found us in brilliant sunshine and calm seas what a start, a good wreck followed by a scenic reef. That night we were joined by our latest addition to the team Rowan who had to throw himself into the drinking after an exhausting drive. Next day rain and cloud but perfectly good diving conditions. 

The wreck of the weekend the Kyarra was first dive and Rowan's first UK boat/ wreck dive found him teamed with Graham wearing an 18litre cylinder! That opened a few eyes especially with the thought of how he would get back out of the water and up the ladder. However he was never going to beat Fred's backward swallow dive off the top rung in full kit and twin set 10 scores all round. With Alan's dodgy ears we had the best skippers mate in a long time helping with kitting and de-kitting.

If you have seen the mearcat you tube video the cry of Alan was even funnier!

Another reef and then back to Poole for another night on the Quay. A phone call that night put paid to Saturday with a truly dreadful forecast that saw high winds and driving rain all day. This did allow for a couple of extra beers and red wine (which is another story!)

For some Saturday passed in a blur or bed (not sure) especially when they did not even surface for the Fred /Rowan face off in a eat all you can buffet. There was always only going to be one winner -well done Fred! 5 plates to 3 no contest!

Sunday was a far better day one dive on a reef, good vis, a steady current and a complete S*&^* with a reel, and it was all over back to port and homeward bound.

Would we go back

 

definitely!

Nigel      

 

 

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