Training

Scuba Diving Training Notices

Hi All, Thanks to all the instructors for their contributions and all students…

Hi All, Thanks to all the instructors for their contributions and all students and club members who attended the Twinset Diver SDC at the weekend. I’m sure you all agree it was a very thought provoking and worth while course! Unfortunately we ran a little short on time towards the end and didn’t have as much time on planning and kit preparation as we would have liked, therefore we will be recapping on those two elements at 1.30pm at the clubhouse on Saturday the 21st February followed by the pool session. We will decide the date of the open water modules after the pool assessment, as I say kit configuration will occur prior to the pool session but to help on time can you please make sure … 1- your kit is configured so you can reach all isolators. 2- Hoses are out of the way and streamlined. 3- you have at least 1 long DV hose. Andy H will be at the pool this Saturday for anyone wanting to practice before hand. Remember this Saturday is the AGM it would be great to see as many club members as we can after the pool session! Please note that the following Saturday (14th) the clubhouse is closed so after pool social will be in the Travs. Kind regards Steve Cheesmond Diving Officer BSAC Mansfield 735

Hi All, Currently we have 5 students signed up for the full course leaving 1 ava…

Hi All, Currently we have 5 students signed up for the full course leaving 1 available space, please let me know ASAP if you are interested before the packs are ordered. We also have a few people attending the theory on the Saturday, again everyone is welcome please try and attend, we will be covering all aspects of twinset diving including shutdown procedures, gas planning, equipment configuration etc. The theory starts at 10am prompt at the sailing club please bring lunch, tea coffee and snacks are available to purchase there. If you are taking part in the full course please bring All your open water equipment including Drysuit, weights, reels torches etc.(Ted just your current set up please) look forward to seeing as many club members as possible, cheers. Steve Cheesmond Diving Officer BSAC Mansfield 735

PLEASE NOTE THE DATES FOR THIS SDC HAVE BEEN AMENDED Hi All, This year we are g…

PLEASE NOTE THE DATES FOR THIS SDC HAVE BEEN AMENDED Hi All, This year we are going to be running some Skill Development Courses (SDC’s) within the club, some of which have not yet been run within the East Midlands region, therefore will be open as regional SDC’s. The first course runs on Saturday 31st January at the clubhouse and Sunday 1st February at Stoney Cove. This is the “Twinset Diver Course”(see below). May I stress that ALL members of the club whether just getting into or currently diving with a Twinset will benefit from this course, as certain procedures and planning are developed not included in any of your previous training. It also leads onto the Accelerated Decompression Procedures running in March, any Sports divers that completes this course and the upcoming ADP can increase their depth limit to 40m. Although this SDC is only open to Sports Divers and above, any Trainees or Ocean divers would greatly benefit from sitting in on the Saturday theory and practical lessons as you will almost certainly be diving with Twinset divers in the near future and so an insight into Twinset equipment and techniques will be a great advantage. Again all members please do your best to take part as this really is of benefit to your diving. How to ensure you carry sufficient gas for your planned dive and appropriate configuration methods A central theme running through this course and a basic principle of twin-set diving is self sufficiency within a buddy diving context. This concept translates in practice as adopting an attitude and equipment provision that supports oneself as the first port of call response for resolving a problem. This course complements and supports the Accelerated decompression procedures course (ADP). Entry requirement, Entry level is BSAC Sports Diver with depth expereince to 35m, plus 20 additional dives. Alternatively, students must hold an acceptable diving qualification with another agency which equates to the above standards (35m). What you’ll learn The Twin-set Diving course has a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons, teaching you: • Configurations, Ancillary Equipment & Failure Mode Responses • Dive planning and monitoring • Practical Equipment configuration • Open Water practice Learning materials Your course pack includes all the learning materials you need for the course. The pack includes: Twin-set Diving course manual and a Qualification Card application. Course costs… £45 per diver ( Stoney entrance and air-fills not included) Sitting in on lectures only.. £3. All fees payable on the day. Deadline for entrance is Monday 19th Kind regards Steve Cheesmond Diving Officer BSAC Mansfield 735.

Mansfield 735 Diving Club Would like to give a big thank you to the current spon…

Mansfield 735 Diving Club Would like to give a big thank you to the current sponsors for the following Charity Raffle Prizes for 2014 1 x 3m DSMB – Donated By AP Valves £100 Voucher – Donated by Oonasdivers 1 Polo Shirt & Hat ‘Shark Raving Mad’ – Donated by Oonasdivers 1 x PCm Ikelite Dive Torch – Donated by Cameras Underwater 1 x 4th Element Dry Bag – Donated by Andy Jackson 1 x 4th Element Goody Bag – Donated by Andy Jackson 1 x AP Valves DSMB (Black) – Donated by Ted Marsh 1 x Sunday Lunch (2 Courses) for 2 At ‘The Lion at Farnsfield’ – C/o Andy Harrison 1x 5 Day Dive pack – Donated by Elite Diving – Sharm el Sheikh 1 x Ladies ‘Weird Fish’ T Shirt – Donated by Ted Marsh 1 x 35cl Bottle Southern Comfort – Donated by Ted Marsh Various goodies – Donated by Divers Warehouse Tickets to Performance – Donated by Mansfield Palace Theatre

Hi everybody, Chaps dust those tuxedos down and treat the other half to a new s…

Hi everybody,

Chaps dust those tuxedos down and treat the other half to a new sparkly frock.

This years dinner dance is being held at the red brick house, Mansfield Woodhouse on Saturday the 22nd of November. Kick off will again be 6.30pm. Would like to be sat down for the meal by 7.30pm if possible. Book taxis for 12.30 am. Bar closes at midnight.

If you are a first timer, it is a black tie event where certificates and awards are issued out to qualifying trainees and members. The evening consists of, on arrival drinks at the bar, followed by a three coarse meal, ( menu below ) freshly ground coffee and mints and disco. Oh yes and a few DRINKY POOS. There will again be a photographer, so once you have arrived and acquired a drink, go and have your photograph taken. ( will be having a bit of fun with the photos this year ) Friends and family are more than welcome,The more the merrier.

The price for the evening is £28 per person. Bargain.

Can all payments and menu choices be given to me please. Would prefer a cheque but cash is okay.
(cheques made payable to MANSFIELD 735 BSAC)
Can you make sure you put down WHO IS HAVING WHAT MEAL please so i can sort out the menu cards for the tables. Also plesse let me know if you cannot make it so i don’t have to keep chasing you up to see if you are going.

You can give me payment and menu choices at the club house on Thursdays or the pool on Saturdays. If not pop it through my door or mail it to me. (please get in touch for my address). You can also email me menu choices and give me payment separately. Whatever tickles your fancy.

Some folks are staying the night at the red brick house.
I don’t know what the prices for rooms are so i would advise you to ring them ASAP to see what is available.

Any questions please feel free to get in touch with me.

It was a cracking night last year with 75 of us feeling a little bit tipsy by the end of the night so lets make this year even better.

I WILL NEED ALL PAYMENT AND MENU CHOICES HANDED IN TO ME BY NOVEMBER THE 8TH PLEASE, AS I HAVE TO HAND EVERYTHING IN TO THE RED BRICK BY THEN.

Thanks a lot.

Dave Anstey.

MENU

STARTERS,

CHEFS HOMEMADE PLUM AND BASIL SOUP.

PRAWN CEASER STYLE SALAD WITH PARMESAN, CROUTONS AND ANCHOVIES.

HAM, HOCK AND PARSLEY BALLONTINE, CRUSTY BREAD, APRICOT AND GINGER CHUTNEY.

MAINS,

STEAMED FILLET OF SALMON, MUSHROOM AND BASIL PESTO CREAM SAUCE.

ROAST BEEF WITH YORKSHIRE PUDDING.

FILLET OF CHICKEN, CHASSEUR STYLE SAUCE WITH TARRAGON AND WHITE WINE.

all main courses are served with fresh seasonal vegetables.

(VEGETARIAN AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST)

DESERTS

WARM WINTER BERRY CRUMBLE WITH VANILLA INFUSED CUSTARD.

VANILLA AND THYME PANNA COTTA WITH CRUSHED RASPBERRIES.

DARK CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE TORTE.

Followed by
,
FRESHLY GROUND COFFEE AND MINTS.

Hi everyone. On saturday the 19th of July there will be a try dive session of 10…

Hi everyone.
On saturday the 19th of July there will be a try dive session of 10 or 12 kids.
Can everyone who can take try dives give me a yes or a no if you can help out please. Asap.
I would like to do the whole lot in one go if possible. Obviously its down to kit and who can take one. If not it will be half snorkeling and half diving then swap over.
If anyone has any club 7 or 10ltr cylinders or small BCs it would be appreciated if we could have them back just for this one session please. Will probably need some extra regs if anyone has any spare also.
Also it would be a good idea to cancel any training for that day but it doesn’t stop any trainees getting in the pool and having a poddle about.
Again let me know if you can help out please. Text or email or carrier pigeon.
Thanks guys.
Dave.

Oban Shore Dives

Easdale.

Seil Island, Nr Oban.

An old slate quarry fronts the sea in the village of Easdale, flushed by sea water at high tide, I’m told it makes an interesting dive, but with shear sides to a depth of around 40m great care should be taken. Parking can be found near the old jetty and then 15m walk to the quarry. Its reported there are more diveable quarry’s on Easdale island, a short ferry ride from the jetty. Air from the Oban dive centers.

Oban.

Dunstaffnage Castle.

Heading north out of Oban take a left turn signed Castle and Dunstaffnage Marine Biology Labs. Park and kit up in the car park near the castle and walk through to the headland. A pleasant shore dive, descend down a rocky shore line keeping close to the shore, through a kelp layer, where you’ll find a sandy bottom, max depth 19m, with a wide variety of life, Dogfish anemones etc. Please use an SMB as there is a yacht marina in the bay and the headland is favoured by fishermen so watch out for line / lures. Air at Puffin Divers. Thanks to Tony for details.

Dunollie castle.

Under the castle on a bend in the road is a small concrete ramp into the sea, a wall can be dived to the north to a depth of around 12 metres. There is no parking on the bend so kit needs to dropped off and transport moved around the headland.

Gallennach. Sound of Kerrera.

From Oban centre follow signs for the ferry terminal and then Gallenach keeping to the minor road south down the coast, until you see Puffin Dive Centre. There is plenty of parking nearby and air from the dive centre. Enter the water at the adjacent slipway, once through the kelp layer there is a shale bottom with the usual bits and pieces around an old pier. Thanks to Tony for details.

Mull.

Tobermory Harbour.

Dive from metal or stone steps off main sea front. A shale bottom with max depth of 20m. Years worth of discarded junk, bottles, plates etc. An excellent night dive site with loads of creepy crawlies lobsters etc. Air from Sea Fare in the harbour front shops. Please use an SMB When diving around boat traffic. Thanks to Tony for details.

Fort William.

The Underwater Centre. An-Aird.

The long pier that can be seen from Fort William town centre is home to the Underwater Centre, a commercial diving training operation that has opened its doors to sport divers. The center has a dive shop with full equipment hire and air, suit drying area, onsite deco chamber, 21 en-suite bedrooms and a brand new fish restaurant. The diving is based around Loch Linnhe and shore diving from the pier, guided dives are available and the centre lists nine shore dive sites from 6 to 55 metres with four wrecks, a collection of armoured vehicles a nature trail and a drift dive from the centres RIB. Link to their web site for more details www.theunderwatercenter.co.uk

Arisaig. Nr Fort Willam

Lon Liath.

A shallow shore dive out to a rock in a small sandy bay, 6m at high water. The dive is in front of the golf course. Park on the road side and wander in. ( there is a small car park on a headland nearby but it is for golf club use only.) This area of the Scottish coast is very beautiful with white sandy beaches backed with sand dunes, the film ‘Local Hero’ was made just around the next bay. Slept in the car one night on the way to Skye in the very same spot and the sunrise was to die for. Thanks John for the details.


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