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If you read Diving magazines there is a common tenancy to refer to the older members of the club in mocking terms  ‘crinkly divers’ being one of them!  The truth is yes plenty of old stories of how it was but also and often forgotten is that it is those divers who paved the way for better equipment and facilities for modern diving!

The truth is with homemade wetsuits very small cylinders diving did tend to be about only worrying about not freezing to death or running out of air, decompression was something to be dreamt of.

However not only was the equipment problematic but getting out to a dive site without having a club boat became an interesting part of the equation!

Enterprising fishermen soon learnt they could make extra money taking out divers for very little extra effort and this is where ‘Stan Hall’s ark’ came in.

The Farne Islands in Northumberland  has  always been  a favourite location for the Club and when you find an available boat it had to be tried if it spared towing the aging Club boat that was not always going to start!.

Well a contingent of twelve turned up for the weekend at the Farnes   booked by an ex-member of the Club. Promises of accommodation and a boat were a real hit and cheap to boot. However rather importantly he had forgotten to tell the group that one of the reasons it was cheap was no bedding supplied!  sleeping bags were rather required in May in the North East!  and pre-mobile phones  most people had left for the North East before the oversight was discovered and leaving after work initially the most important task was to make last orders!

The accommodation was a dormitory made of breezeblock  and would have been cold at the best of times, however once the alcohol wore off , one member lost it issued several rude words, banged two dustbin lids together (dustbin lids and him are another story) which was not really essential as most were awake anyway and disappeared into the night. Well actually he drove home and took the poor passengers gear with him.

It was therefore the following day when a rather ragged bunch of tired divers met Stan for the first time and were introduced to the ark alongside the quay at Seahouses. The boat was bobbing about in the harbour (never a good sign) and when given the once over an obvious question was asked? How do we get back into the boat! Stan looked at us as if we were mad and famously quoted ‘How do you think!’ You climb up the tyres hung over the side! (How stupid of us to think he might have a ladder!)

So there you have it, did we turn around and go home NO! We went out on the Ark got seasick as it rolled around (or was that the alcohol)  and bravely threw  ourselves over the side. You have to visualise that the deck was so far down stood up only your head was visible and to get over the side you had to stand on a bench and throw yourself out!

After the dive you then had to try and put a knee into one of the tyres and try and haul yourself up high enough for somebody to grab your harness and pull you bodily over the side! And then freefall into the deck!

Ask around a few will eventually own up to being on this  epic trip!

It was a story from many many years ago and to a degree forgotten about (I wonder why!) but whilst in the Farnes this last trip a chance conversation led me to believe the ‘ark’ still existed  and I now have the pictures to prove it! Just imagine tyres being hung over the side and trying to get a knee into them in a pitching boat wearing a single cylinder and weight belt, and ex navy jet fins that would not fit into anything!

This weekend we swam to the back of the dive boat where the skipper lowers a hydraulic platform  into the water for you to stand on whilst you rise into the sky so that you can walk on to the deck !  So have we changed things you bet we have!)




The main Club Dive of the year, having taken two years at least to book due to its popularity, we are finally booked on for the 09th September -14th September 2012.

Please if you get chance have a look on a map where this lies! Long drive up and then transfer to a boat for a base at a restaurant which is highly commended (Where do they get their trade from!)

Then out daily to  hopefully the Small Isles - Canna, Rhum, Muck, Eigg and Erskay plus the SE tip of Skye.


Currently fully booked are you on the reserve list?



Diving POOLE area

Next Trip I have been notified of is the 05th-08th July 2012 apart from the odd day trip we organise at short notice or weekend if anybody is interested?

New ground for a lot of the Club staying in the central Poole area (no pubs here for eating and drinking in then!) New skipper and the area is littered with wrecks ranging from 15m-30+m ranging from flat pack scrap yards to intact(ish) casualties!

The Kyarra looks like the one for us at 18m high mixed cargo and 30m to the sea bed. For those old enough to remember the Black Hawk I might not say to much! Plenty of scenic diving as well so lets see whats out there! 

Farne Isles

Apologises your web site keepers have failed miserably to keep you up to date with the next series of dives!

This is a mid week special with Sovereign Diving based in Seahouses. Back to the old haunts of the Farnes and with luck some decent weather!

What more could any Dive Club ask for fantastic marine life, last time due to the look do not take policy it was underwater supermarket time, never seen so many lobsters on ledges like underwater shelves! Loads of wrecks and seals to keep us company roll on next week!

Jan is the organiser if anybody interested we still have spare places

Wash Away Those Cobwebs

2012-04-11 08:00
Muddy Puddle
Event Type: 
Dive trip

Wash away those Cobwebs with a dip in the cool refreshing clear waters of either Capernwray or Ecclestone lagoon.

We're intending to go on the Wednesday after the bank holiday herd has wandered off into the sunset.

Give me a call if you fancy it.

Membership prices frozen for a further year

Just a quick Hello and time to get ready for the Diving season! The Club has had the Annual General Meeting, elected its Committee and now ready to take on 2012. Firstly membership has been frozen at last years prices making the Club extremely good value. If you are going to join with your son or daughter new price structure in place to make it  half the price to help them get started. We are looking to recruit some new members and arrange a training programme soon. Why not give us a ring and register your interest? Plenty of time to work in the pool now and get ready for those warmer months. Are we going diving this year-absolutely! Kevin is trying to get us started with a few days in Estertit at the end of April, we already have a trip booked to Poole and Scotland but these are just for starters. Lets have some ideas of where and when? We have the pool at Fit City every Monday evening from 08.00 to 09.00 with plenty of space to train safely and get fit Please use it!

Diving 2012

The Club is already looking to next year and some exciting diving!

Why not come and join us? Meet down at the baths and get fit, or try out your gear ready for the next weekend? All welcome new and old members.

This Club might be small but we have considerable experience, knowledge and people who want to dive. We do not spend every weekend training at a quarry, we arrange trips to cater for all experiences! We are a Club and should be proud that we have organisers who ensure the diving is for Club Members!

Looking forward to our next event is the Christmas Bash which again is being held at the Moorside in Disley (who knows what the disco theme will be this year? after the Abba tribute band last time. The venue was chosen by the majority as an excuse to have a night away and a couple of drinks for a very reasonable price, thanks as ever to Julia for the organising. We will folow this with the AGM in the New Year and then to the diving.

Rathlin Island

A quick thanks to Graham for organising this trip! Long weekend diving with Aquaholic's based in Balllycastle. 14 Club Members and ferrys to catch as well as accommodation is never easy. Delivered on budget an excellent trip to round the year off. Diving from two ribs proved interesting especially as only one had a liift! The pub could not have been closer and proved a more than adequate place to debrief the days diving. We even managed some sight seeing (Giants Causeway etc) The two signature dives are the wreck and a very scenic wall which in places disappears into 100m+ depths. Certainly at times not for the faint hearted dealing with the swell and currents. The weather at times could have been kinder but at least did not prevent us diving.

Roll on the next trip


Diving Loch Fyne 17th June 2011

well 12 brave souls headed off on Thursday 17th to be in situ for four days diving with Malcolm at Loch Fyne Charters to try out his new boat Big Blue. The start did not look promising a pub which shut at 21.50pm and not enough beds for the number of divers (great!) However problem solved back to our old haunts, drinking to after midnight and one very sore head the next day (who could that of been?)

Malcolm rang to say the weather was not promising but we could get the gear sorted and dive in the Loch.

First dive on a wall, good vis but weather terrible, so much so afternoon dive cancelled, back to the pub then!

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