20 Plus members of Merseyside Sub Aqua Club Branch 5 got the chance to spend a couple of hours with the North West Emergency Training Team at their Centre in Birkenhead. Members firstly received a very informative presentation from Dave about the effects diving and Decompression Illness (DCI) can have on the body and what we can do as responsible divers to try and limit our chances of ever ending up in their chamber for real.
After the presentation we all had the chance to get into the chamber and experience a dry dive down to 40 metres. We took some puzzles with us to see how our brain reacts to the effects of Nitrogen Narcosis and took in some balloons so see how our lungs cope with the pressure and how our voice changes at depth.
It was a fantastic day out for Merseydivers and everyone who attended highly recommended every diver should take the opportunity to attend.
The 23 dinner dance and awards night was held at The Leasowe Caste Hotel on the Wirral and as usual we had a great turnout from our members and a fun night was had by all. We had a record 21 Certificates to give out including newly qualified Ocean Divers, Sports Divers and Coxswains.
It was another very successful dinner dance and awards evening this this year, held yet again at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club. There was a great turn out with nearly a hundred members, partners, family members and friends enjoying themselves. After drinks and introductions there was the usual meal supplied by Alleycats, followed by more drinks, a lengthy prize draw and then the awards.
This year Steve Mills was awarded Diver of the Year in recognition of all the hard work put over many years behind the scenes and for having completed his cave 1 course.
Steve Mills – Diver of the Year
The Andy Marshall memorial trophy for trainee of the year went to Wendy Pretlove.
Wendy Pretlove – Trainee of the Year
There was a special club award this year to Steve McElroy for all his work over many years, especially with training.
Steve McElroy – Special Award
Next were awards for this years diving achievements. Quite a few this year thanks to the massive efforts of the training officers, Steve McElroy, Terry Maloney and Steve Mills as well as the many instructors who have given up lots of their time this year.
Wendy Pretlove – Ocean Diver
Phil Hughes – Ocean Diver
Jourdan McSweeney – Ocean Diver
Ange Coggins – Ocean Diver
Phil Coggins – Ocean Diver
Chris Gould – Ocean Diver
Chris Mills – Dive Leader
This year, the Golden Egg award for the biggest laugh of the year went to Ange Coggins for her attempts to get out of the water after a shore dive in Porth Dafarch this year.
After a really enjoyable evening, some dodgy dancing and as a result of raffles and auctions just short of £2000 was raised for the club. A very big thanks need to go to Vince Clegg and Graeme Cooper of all their efforts in organising the evening.
This week the club took delivery of its new 6.5m Humber RHIB. Equipped with a with a Suzuki 175 four stoke engine this should allow us to take even more members out on club trips. This is a massive investment for the club and something that we have been fundraising towards for a number of years.
The boat has gone off to Conway Marina now to have all the electronics properly fitted and tested and should be back with us soon, ready to be put in the water for its first sea trials.
The sale of the clubs older Viking RHIB to one of the club members provided the final funds needed to reach the target needed for the new boat. Everyone was sad to see it go but they are all looking forward getting out on the new boat.