Well done to David Grimson who recently attained the grade of BSAC Dive Leader with iDive. Well done David and thanks to all the instructors who were involved in helping you attain this qualification.
Also well done to Ian Cross, David Grimson, Naina Mistry, Alasdair Green and Aaron Hunt for successfully completing the Boat handling SDC.
Boat Handling SDC
Five members of iDive successfully completed the BSAC Boat Handling course over 2 days. All participants said they thoroughly enjoyed the course and it had given them a new perspective on what is involved in using the club boats. There was drama on the second day as Martin and his crew had to rescue a sailing boat in distress. Thanks to Martin Royal for supporting this training.
Club Mark Assessment
Martin Hammond of BSAC visited the club on Thursday to carry out our club mark assessment. I am pleased to report that we were successful and will received our accreditation once the remaining formalities have been completed. A massive thank you to Naina Mistry who put in all of the work necessary to enable us to achieve this major achievement.
New Dive Show In Coventry
A brand-new dive exhibition is being launched in 22-24 February 2019 which aims to inspire and enthuse existing divers as well as attract newcomers to the sport. The show will be held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Details of the dive show and tickets can be purchase on the Go Diving Show website.
Voluntary Recall Notice - Shearwater
When transmitters of both colors are used by the same diver in the same dive, signal interference could be produced between transmitters causing dropped signals and loss of communications. Although the chance of this occurring is small, the potential is there.
The transmitter is cylindrical in shape, three inches in length, YELLOW in color, and marked with the letters “FCC ID: MH8A” along with a unique serial number. It is sold by Shearwater Research to dealers worldwide under their part number 13009.
Divers should cease using the YELLOW version of the Shearwater wireless tank pressure transmitter.
BSAC Incident Report 2018
The BSAC Incident Report for 2018 is now available.
The report is compiled by BSAC Incidents Advisor, Clare Peddie, who has taken over the role from Brian Cumming after over twenty years’ service in the role. This year the report presents the familiar analysis of the incidents but has a fresh new look and some key factors of the report are highlighted below.
The data in the report is gathered from incident report forms, through the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, the RNLI, MOD Superintendent of Diving, PADI EMEA, and RoSPA.
Unfortunately, it is very sad that BSAC reports that nineteen divers died in this reporting year, six of these were BSAC members and thirteen were non-BSAC members. Three fatalities of these divers were over the age of seventy and the average age of the divers who died was 55.8 years (last year the average age was 55.3). This is regrettably the highest number of fatalities since 2004.
All divers should review the content as we can learn from the recommendations.
Increase In Cost Of BSAC Training Packs
BSAC Training Packs are Increasing by 12.5% next year. The packs are still good value with this increase in our opinion as they they include a qualification card.
TODI Christmas Diving Trip – 8-10 Dec 2018
iDive Pool Games Night – 13 Dec 2018