31 December 2008
Its no doubt going to be a tough year with a serious recession on the cards, so let's not forget those who we rely on as they too rely on us as customers. In particular we should not forget the friendship , goodwill and willingness of those who contributed to the socials we have enjoyed , such as the Christmas Party. In particular:-
Graeme at Ocean View
Steve at Channel Divers
Mick at Seazones
SEE YOU ALL THERE
This will still be going ahead as long as we don`t get any hurricanes, typhoons or tsunamis in the mean time! Meet at 14.00hrs ready to dive at 14.45hrs , if its blown or latte maybe a mass dive in sheltered waters then off for a beer in the Marina? Only a tenner? It was crystal clear yesterday!
Any way see you guys next year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!
30 December 2008
Take a look and let me know if I'm still the only Green Diver!
29 December 2008
OV have approx 20 bowlers!!! Can we match that???
I now need your money! £14.99 pp - Chris will email all MDers with the payment arrangements / details.
26 December 2008
These have been invaluable to me this year and should be a must in any divers kit for that extra layer without the need for a hood especially abroad or for those follically challenged who get burn`t heads while snorkelling
Please have a look at the link for colours then post what you would like then pay me in cash/cheque for £20 on the bowling night then we`ll order by the end of the month
if you look hard enough on the Scap site you may see a familiar face modelling underwater- no prizes for the right answer!!
Seeing as this is home waters for you guy's, 'll ask here!
[Matt , nothing like a good old thorny question on Boxing Day to revive the ailing grey matter! Slack times are a science of their own! I took a look at the PADI website for the answer, it's crammed full of usefull information dive planning as you would expect (;-)) , so check out THIS!]
25 December 2008
24 December 2008
The highlights for me were meeting Mr and Mrs Jack and the success with the Adopt a Wreck Award, but added to that the new friends we have made with Divers from Ocean View and RDC.
Hopefully 2009 will see Meridian Divers grow but equally as important that with any growth is we dont forget where we have come from and support others in the same way we have been supported throughout this year.
So I would also like to say a very big thank you to all the people both within MD and everyone else who have made this a very special year for me and I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and I look forward to diving and all the other stuff with you next year I think you are all great people, people which I class as great friends without exception.
I cant wait to film and edit the 2009 round up
And to the ...bags that nicked my car and kit I hope all your teeth fall out and you choke on your xmas dinner you wont keep me out of the water.
I've not done as much diving as I'd have liked this year but one thing I have got this year is lots of new buddies! I would like to thank everyone I've dived with and those who have organised dives, weekends, trips away and socials and to also thank everyone who has attended!!!
Certainly socially it has been a great year and with the bowling already planned for January, 2009 looks set to be the same - let's just hope that we get a bit more diving too!
21 December 2008
20 December 2008
OK, you've read the blog, seen the film and got the T Shirt - but NOW you can have the whole story presented to you by master story teller 'Tad' at Ocean View , 7.30pm , Friday 9th January 2009.
For one night only Tad is making a guest appearance at OV to share his experiences behind the lens, the tales of intrigue and daring, the highs and the lows of adopt a wreck project management. Yep, one night only - any atheists should reconsider their beliefs ! One night only? That must be some sort of Divine intervention?
19 December 2008
As the trip is full can I please have full payment £85 (diving only) by the end of January. Dives include Kyarra, Aleolian sky and drifts
Camping Site below :
5. chris-p PAID
7. steve l
10. gary s
This trip is open to all now for the remaining spaces, when trip is full Iwill ask for the full amount of trip £135 per diver (Simon will find out about non divers) :-
8. Tad (to confirm)
10. Simon + Linda
18 December 2008
It will be held at Brighton Bowlplex, time to be confirmed but looking at around 7.30ish. Food will be buffet and the cost is £14.99 per person. This includes the buffet, shoe hire and 2 games of bowling.
All ages are welcome so bring the kids along (they're probably better than a lot of us!)
We are going to provisionally book this next week but will need to know definate numbers by 4th January 2009.
Well, if a round of applause for the staff at the Tudor House Restuarant, Alfriston is any guide I think it's fair to say everyone at the third MD Christmas Dinner had a very enjoyable dinner!
Personally I thought the meal was even better than the dinner we had enjoyed back in July at our Mr Jack Commemorative Dive Dinner.
Linda & Simon get my personal vote of thanks for donating a bottle of Fine Champagne Cognac VSOP to the raffle.
They say a picture paints a thousand words - well if that's the case , may be I should let some of the photos speak for themselves .
The Grand Raffle saw many , many winners - far too many to show ALL the photos but not to be left empty handed , Nicki bagged a super MOSCHINO perfum prize.
Santa Claus is usually depicted wearing a red suit so methinks Sheila had that image in her mind when she became cheif raffle caller and prize manager!
This shot is of course no reflection of Paul's personal hygiene - it was just a complete coincidence that he should win the pack of assorted smellies! That should make your Christmas more bareable Mandy!
The growing 'Clan Parsons' weren't to be outdone either , I lost count how many prizes they won but I thought I use this photo of Nick with his navigational aid. Knowing how much Nick likes boats this prize will remind him that the left side of the boat with the red light is the PORT side!
Matt puts on a brave face - that lovely Champagne Cognac has already been bagged , it was enough to make him turn to gin!
Judging by the smile on Debbie's face she thinks she knows what's inside this long narrow package. Shiela , who is having a laugh at the idea actually does know what's in there - sorry Debbie better luck next time!
Sean had a very clear idea of what prize he wanted - and looking at the smile on his face he must have been promised it.
15 December 2008
We're getting close now ... to the MD Christmas Dinner at the Tudor House Restaurant , High Street , Alfriston , East Sussex on Wednesday 17th December.
For those of you who need a little help in finding it click HERE
For those of you who want some last minute info on the place click HERE
The rendezvous time is 7.30pm for drinks in readiness for 8.00pm at the table!
There is adequate parking in Alfriston but you may have to walk a few hundred metres! Take care if there is rain !
Looking forward to seeing you all there. In addition to the raffle, several MD challenges / competitions will be decided on the night! With awards & trophies to the winners. The raffle has a good selection of prizes including:-
* Air / Nitrox Card from Ocean View Diving
* A Place on a Boat Charter from Sea Zones
* A Place on a Boat Charter from Channel Diver
* The 'Mr Jack' Prize (Donated by Mr Norman Jack)
* Diving Equipment
* A bottle of Brandy
* A bottle of Gin
(Don't forget you can add more to the raffle prizes if you wish! All donations gratefully received)
13 December 2008
I have sent an Email to everyone who has ordered one.
It is not too late to order if you wish to be stylish. The cost is £16.00 for the Polo Shirts and £25.00 for the fleeces.
12 December 2008
I'm thinking about going.
"On the 10th January 2009 the National Diving & Activity Centre and Yorkshire Divers will be hosting a Guinness World Record Extreme Ironing Event. You are invited to take part in this event and raise money For the RNLI; a charity providing 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The sport that is 'extreme ironing' is an outdoor activity that combines the danger and excitement of an 'extreme' sport with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt. It involves taking an iron and board to remote locations and ironing a few items of laundry. Our Guinness World Record attempt will be for the most number of divers underwater ironing at the same time.
The present record is currently held at 72 by an Australian group - we think that you can do better than that, so here is your opportunity to join in!"
07 December 2008
With a little help from the local Off-Licence things soon got going and we all took our seats to be fed and entertained. Divided over 3 tables, it was deemed from the start that our table would be the noisiest and we did not disappoint! Following a meal that was ok, and 2 free bottles of sparkling wine (one courtesy of Holiday Inn, the other thanks to Wendy and her winning the game of heads & tails!!) the music started and we put on our dancing shoes.
All to soon, us oldies found it too much (let's face it - one glass & I'm out of it!) and we had to leave the younger ones (and those who were passed caring!) to it!
Matt is compiling a gallery and I will be taking cash or cheques for those photos that should NEVER be shown!!!!
05 December 2008
This photo was taken after the House Reef (North) dive and shows L to R : Marlis, André , Guenther, and I. It was taken as we exited by some hapless passer by who was pressed into photograhic service! Yes, I know , don't put your mask on your head! But when you have little hair you have to mask it somehow , boom boom!
04 December 2008
I believe that there are one or two people who wish to attend but who haven't yet notified me of their meal choices or paid . If there is someone who has not given me their choices & their cheque they are NOT included on the list sent to the restaurant.
If this applies to you and you do want to attend you should contact me immediately.
03 December 2008
If you see any dive kit being advertised or hear of anything being sold on the cheap I would appreciate you letting me know.
It would be great if some Meridian Divers could join us at The Holiday Inn, Brighton. Price is £29.95 for 3 course meal & juice fm disco (There's also the entertainment (Trez, Tracey & Anna - need I say more!!!!)
If you want to join us, give Graeme/OV a call on 01903 767224
02 December 2008
I believe MM enjoyed his little stay on the island , a gin & tonic on the beach watching the sun go down seemed to round off a days hard graft wrestling with all that heavy SCUBA stuff.
Oh - and here (above) is the obligatory Clown Fish shot! Apologies on behalf of MM for that further self-indulgence!
In recent years there has almost been a rebirth of local diving, with new firms, new clubs , new boats and lots of new blogs, it's very encouraging (especially in the economic climate) . The local growth in diving & diving facilities may give boost to the 'sink-one' campaign, which could yet become a 'Sink-one-for-Sussex' scale project.
01 December 2008
The cost of this dive is £90 payable to OV but £95 if paying by card
For the price of your ticket you also recieve full admission for 2 people to watch/record your shark experience,so once your dive is finished feel free to tour the sea life centre and see there new attractions
This is a unique chance to dive with a variety of sharks plus not forgetting the stars of the show the 2 very large turtles also many different species of fish without the need to fly halfway round the world.
If you are intrested in this dive please post your comment or contact me or Ocean view
ps. if you don`t get on this dive i`m more than happy to run some more dive`s next year if i get enough intrest.