Sunday, 26 December 2010

Perfect Weather for Walking off the Turkey

Blue sky and sunshine gave us perfect weather for Walking off the Turkey - the Treasure Hunt around Selsey that we organise in aid of Selsey RNLI........ This year 81 people and dogs participated (including at least one of our trainee Divemasters) and the winning score was 91% - with additional donations, we raised £88.  Thanks to everyone who braved the cold and enjoyed the excellent seaviews with snow on the South Downs forming the backdrop to Bognor Regis.

Monday, 13 December 2010

December 13th - Xmas dinner at The Seal; snow for the Rescue course?

Saturday night we took over the back room at The Seal for the Mulberry Divers christmas meal....special mention to Jason for bringing along a selection of mind- twisting tricks (best to gloss over whether the boat skippers could undo that rope) which kept people amused between courses. The food and drink was of course excellent and the evening passed quickly in a relaxed atmosphere.

Next weekend sees our last course in 2010 - we're hoping to complete of the Rescue course under the Lifeboat station and run the planned Mixon dive on Sunday............but we're keeping a close eye on the weather.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

December 7th - Steam at Vobster; snow in Selsey

Frustratingly it looks like we will be stuck on 99 Phoenix trips this year - it would have been nice to have hit the century. However the weather since mid-October has been windy (usually from the wrong direction) and frequently with some swell - during this very cold spell, visibility has been non-existent under the Lifeboat Station. The November Social Evening gave an opportunity to review people's photo's from the Marsa Shagra trip and enjoy Linda's homemade curries. (We'll be going back to Marsa Shagra next September for more relaxed diving).

There is still plenty of training underway so at the end of November we went to Vobster - as we drove in (-6C temperature) there was steam rising from the water (water temperature 9C); visibility was excellent and the thermocline had vanished - some compensation for the cold air that stiffened BCD buckles and made my lead shot weight belt difficult to buckle up. There was a distinct reluctance on the part of some people to leave the water between dives since that was the warmest place.

We had hoped to attend the PADI TecRec day at Portland last Saturday - however the Selsey snow and resultant lingering ice meant that we decided discretion was the best policy - we plan to offer TecRec 40 and 45 next year; there are some excellent deeper wrecks off Selsey that will be atractive dives.

Date for the Diary - Boxing Day 'Walk Off the Turkey' Treasure Hunt for the RNLI - starts 1030 at the Inshore Boathouse next to the RNLI shop. Entrance £1 per person / four legged creatures............approx length one hour and finishes at the Lifeboat Inn.