31 May 2007
Monday 2nd July - SW Rocks DRIFT 12-14 metres depth - meet at marina 6.15pm, phone shop 3.30pm - any qualification - £20
Saturday 7th July - Stanwold wreck 27-31 metres depth - meet at marina 8.15am, phone mobile 6.30am - advanced or above - £30
Saturday 7th July - Pentrych wreck 24-25 metre depth - meet at marina 2.15pm, phone shop 12pm - advanced or above - £25
Sunday 8th July - Indiana wreck 6-7 metres depth - meet at marina 7.15am, phone shop day before! - any qualification - £25
Sunday 8th July - Worthing Wall 13-14 metres depth - meet at marina 12.15pm, phone shop 10am - any qualification - £25
Monday 9th July - Kingmere Rocks DRIFT 14-16 metres depth - meet at marina 6.15pm, phone shop 3.30pm - any qualification - £25
Saturday 14th July - City of London wreck 27-28 metres depth - meet at marina 9.15am, phone mobile 7am - advanced or above - £25
Saturday 14th July - Indiana wreck 6-7 metres depth - meet at marina 2.15pm, phone shop 12pm - any qualification - £25
Sunday 15th July - Miown wreck 10-11 metres depth - meet at marina 9.15am, phone mobile 7am - any qualification - £20
Monday 16th July - Silo Reef DRIFT 5-6 metres depth - meet at marina 6.15pm, phone shop 3.30pm - any qualification - £20
Saturday 21st July - HB Pentrych wreck 20 metres depth + SW Rocks DRIFT (2 dives) - meet at marina 7.15am, phone shop day before! - advanced or above - £45
Sunday 22nd July - Worthing Wall 12-13 metres depth - meet at marina 8.15am, phone mobile 6.30am - any qualification - £25
Sunday 22nd July - Indiana wreck 10-11 metres depth - meet at marina 1.15pm, phone shop 11am - any qualification - £25
Monday 23rd July - SW Rocks DRIFT 13-14 metres depth - meet at marina 6.15pm, phone shop 3.30pm - any qualification - £20
Sunday 29th July - City of London wreck 27-28 metres depth - meet at marina 9.15am, phone mobile 7am - advanced or above - £25
Sunday 29th July - Miown wreck 6-7 metres depth - meet at marina 1.15pm, phone shop 11am - any qualification - £20
Monday 30th July - Worthing Wall DRIFT 12-13 metres - meet at marina 6.15pm, phone shop 3.30pm - any qualification - £25
Simon has booked a place on the dates in red ..any buddies up for it ?
2. Sheila B
3. Ernie B
4. John D
5. Mandy G
6. Paul G
7. Simon T
8. Jim H
Reserve : Matt W
Update 2/6/07: Trip now fully booked , add a comment if you would like to be a 'reserve'
30 May 2007
11. Reserve: Stephen
Update 7/6/07: This dive will be on the wreck of the Brisbane . Ropes Off time is 1130hrs BST . Please ensure that you are loaded in good time!
The numbers meant we could make some provisional bookings for another dive trip and other dives and events. More details on those when the notes of the meeting are produced and circulated. It looks as though the newly planned dive trip to Littlehampton may be oversubscribed and so the usual 'first-come-first-served' principle will have to be applied. As soon as I get a figure for the boat charter I will circulate it and ask for cheques. Receipt of cheques will be the order of booking places.
The enthusiasm to get in the water was really good to see, let's make sure it happens!
20 May 2007
The UK's HSE have fought against this imposition from some eurocrat but alas have lost. This new standard will known as the BS EN144-2003. This system has been used in the rest of europe since 2003.
There is a petition against this which you can access online at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/SCUBA-valves/#detail if you wish to fight against the euro nanny who feels that divers are not capable of knowing what gas is in their own cylinders.
When it was launched in 1914 it was intended to be superior to its sister ship the Titanic but, two years later, the Britannic lay at the bottom of the Aegean Sea - the victim of a mine laid by a German U-boat. A project is under way to transform it into a subaquatic paradise for divers and a haven for tourists.
Now that going to be quite a project, not least as the wreck lies in 122 metres of sea water ! One to watch closely! More info and pictures on :-
19 May 2007
It's very easy to assist to support the MCS, all you need to do is visit the link below and follow their helpful guidance, that's assuming you value our marine environment and want to do something to help it improve:-
17 May 2007
16 May 2007
Eastbourne Emergency Services Display , or Eastbourne 999 as it is commonly known ,will have a display from the the RN Clearance Divers.
The Southern Diving Unit 2 (or SDU 2) is the team of RN Clearance Divers based at Horsea Island in Portsmouth. Every Clearance Diver undergoes training in the following fields:
- Diving in all types of Naval Diving equipment, to depths of 60 metres.
- Mine Countermeasures ( the clearance of mines at sea).
- Explosive Ordnance Disposal ( Bomb Disposal by sea or land).
- Underwater engineering and Demolitions.
The Divers of SDU 2 are ready for a bomb disposal callout 24hrs a day, 365 days of the year. They are often sent to the assistance of fishing vessels, which have trawled up mines, bombs or torpedoes. On other occasions the team will deal with unexploded ordnance found on the beach, or found inland. Increasingly, the team will be called to suspicious packages, which may be bombs placed by criminals or terrorists.
In a typical year SDU 2 Divers will attend several hundred EOD incidents.
14 May 2007
Contact Chris Wood firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0776142096 for more information.
June 22nd-24th Manacles, Cornwall. Three days diving on the rocky pinnacles and reefs around the Manacles, justly famous for their jewel anemone clad walls, sea fan forests, and if you are very lucky, basking sharks. We have three places available for this weekend.
Contact Brod Mason at email@example.com or call 07836 570321
June 24th-29th Alderney Channel Islands. Alderney is the least well known of the Channel Islands in terms of diving and Seasearch has been invited to carry out a survey of it's marine life and habitats for the Alderney Wildlife Trust. This is real exploratory diving but to take part you will need to have had previous Seasearch experience. We have either one or three spaces available and for more information contact Chris Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0776142096.
If you haven't checked list of dives available for a while go to the MCS website www.mcsuk.org and follow the 'what we do' and 'divers pages' links to see the full list of dives we have organised.
13 May 2007
Join the Anthony Nolan Trust and the British Red Cross on this fundraising challenge weekend. Take off from a tower 100 ft above the Bewl Water reservoir and slide 800ft through the air!
No experience necessary, just a head for heights. Enjoy the thrill of a lifetime! A £15 entry fee and your pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £100 is all that’s required. Bring the family and make a day of it.
Our industrious Hon Sec, Shiela has produced the notes from our last meeting (25/4/07) which will be sent out today. Thank you Shiela !
The next meeting will be held at the:
08 May 2007
i am trying to date this piece of water junk found in Malta near the wreck of the Maori. from the corrosion and growth, I reckon it's been there 5-10 years. yay? nay?
so, how long has it been in the water? how much of its wear was suffered at the surface?
the ultimate aim is to identify the make and model (and preferably before all my biker friends find the answer).
Thanks in advance.
PS no reward is offered, but you're free to claim the bike if you're willing to collect it.
In the last couple of years we have seen a big increase in diver sightings of the snake pipefish and both species of seahorses. Formerly rarely seen, the snake pipefish has become abundant at certain times of year, especially on North Sea coasts, but unusual numbers of juveniles have been seen in the Atlantic as well.
07 May 2007
06 May 2007
04 May 2007
As always all the information is on the website at www.seasearch.org.uk
There are 'Observer' and 'Surveyor' courses in Kent/Sussex during June if anyone is interested.
03 May 2007
Full details on :-
Information on his charter schedule can be found at:-
Best wishes to Sean (details below) who has just overcome an injury!
Sean P. White.
T: 01243 811477
M: 07801 511135
02 May 2007
also, April's National Geographic covers the complete ruination of global fishing stock, and how marine reserves, with 100% no-take zones, can help reverse the trend.
On the plus side, there are some photographs which make wannabe underwater snappers feel sick with envy and despair...