Our branch, number 1016 was formed in 1979 and currently boasts a membership of 70 divers. This is a mixture of various diving grades, providing a good blend of diving skills, from Trainees, Sports Divers through to the more advanced grades of Dive Leader, Advanced Diver and First Class Diver.
Many of our more advanced divers are also nationally qualified instructors. A number of our members have attended the external courses run by BSAC in such topics as Boat Handling, First Aid Treatment, Oxygen Administration Therapy, Marine VHF Radio, Marine Conservation etc.
During the winter months we meet on a Wednesday evening for pool training and a social get-together. Theory lessons are also held mid-week too. During the summer months we have regular dives arranged for Wednesday evenings and at weekends.
The training programme normally commences in the autumn and continues through to spring. This means that by early summer most trainees have reached the Ocean or Sports diver grades and are able to progress to their open-water training.
For the newcomers there are beach dives and shallow water dives on some of the inshore reefs, where there is much to see. This is quickly followed by dives from the Club boats. For the more experienced divers there are exciting wrecks to explore in some of the deeper water offshore. If you enjoy underwater photography, then a dive on one of the natural and/or artificial reefs with their plethora of marine life, will give you plenty to smile about.
Each year we arrange a Club holiday to a location in the UK, which takes place in the early summer, around the Witsun bank holiday weekend. For the more experienced divers there are expeditions to some of the more remote diving locations both in the UK and abroad.