The April and June 2016 issues of Hullo are now on the website on our newsletter page. Thanks as always to Don for pulling it all together.
The 2016 season is in full swing and club members have been busy diving in warm water and cold. Check out our video gallery for two new videos of the MV Canada, a popular dive site just 3 miles off Withernsea. Great viz on both clips - shows just how great our local diving can be. The first video was taken by James Higson, son of club member Bob Higson - you can't miss Bob in the video, he's the day-glo yellow one! The second is from Craig Plant - watch out for the man vs crab sequence. If warm water and big toothy fish are more your thing, visit our photo gallery for Red Sea shark shots from Vincent Hong's recent trip.
In July 2016, the pool we use for training at South Hunsley School is due to close. The pool has served the community, school pupils, swimming club and thousands of swimmers for the past 50 years and provides facilities for swimming lessons and galas for Primary School and South Hunsley pupils, base for the 200 member South Hunsley Swimming Club, Elderly and Disabled swimmers, Master Swimmers, Triathletes, Aqua Fit, Lifesaving and Water Safety Courses, Water Polo Club, Out of School/ Holiday Clubs, Pool Parties for local community children, Public and Leisure swimming sessions and of course, training for scuba divers.
Effective training for divers requires a deep pool - you simply can't practice a lot of the skills needed to dive safely (ascents, buoyancy control, rescue technique) in a shallow pool. If the pool at South Hunsley School closes, we will struggle to find suitable alternative facilities locally.
Please support the campaign to save the pool by signing Friends of South Hunsley Pool's petition on Change.org at
We're back in the pool for training, trying out kit or just for a swim. The club has exclusive use of the pool at South Hunsley School from 7-8pm on Tuesdays until the end of May. You can find directions here.
We offer a wide range of training for beginners and more experienced divers, so if you'd like to move to the next level, now's the time to start. Talk to the club instructors or see our training page for more details.
We also offer try dives for people who'd like to have a go with scuba gear and find out what it's all about. January is a great time to start training if you're looking to get in the sea in the UK or overseas this summer. Try dives are available for £10 and the cost is deducted from the membership fee for try divers who join the club in 2016.
We recently received an enquiry via our website from the great grandson of a crew member (possibly Captain) of the MV Victoria, which sank in the Humber in 1940, asking if we had any information about the ship and its location. Unfortunately, I have been unable to reply to the enquiry because the email address given doesn't seem to work. I'm posting here and on Facebook in the hope that it finds the person who made the enquiry.
I found quite a bit of information about the MV/HMS Princess Victoria, including personal accounts from other descendants of crew members, on wrecksite.eu - a fantastic source of information about historic wrecks.
Princess Victoria was built in 1939 as the first stern loading car ferry for the London Midland & Scottish Railway Co. and was used on the Stranraer to Larne route. Engines by Wm Denny & Sulzer diesels, 21 knots (Sulzer constructed the port engine in Winterthur, whilst Denny constructed the starboard in Dumbarton). She was taken over by the Admiralty as an auxiliary minelayer. On the 19th May 1940 she struck a mine off the entrance to the Humber and sank quickly. Captain J.B.E. Hall, three officers and 32 ratings were killed. See HMS Princess Victoria on wrecksite.eu for further information.
Looking for something to fill your time now the weather is drawing in and the dive season draws to a close? Check out the new material in our video gallery from our resident film mogul Craig Plant. As well as videos of classic wreck dives (Canada, Kos 16 and Grangemouth), were giving you not-so-exclusive access to one of Craig's famous trip videos, documenting diving in Scapa Flow in May 2015.
A sad farewell to Reg Thomson Honorary founder member of BSAC Hull Branch.
Reg passed away aged 92 on Saturday 15th August 2015.
You can read about Reg's early diving career and his massive contribution to the club on our How it All Began page here.
Congratulations to our annual award winners! Simon Tracy, trainee of the year, receiving his splendid trophy from dive officer Trevor Jones (left) and Dennis Graham, diver of the year, proud to see his name is amongst some diving legends on this magnificent trophy (right).
Swanland Screen contacted me this week to ask if we could promote their screening of Blackfish on 16th May, which I'm sure will be of interest to some of our divers. A mesmerising psychological thriller with a killer whale at its centre, Blackfish is the first film since Grizzly Man to show how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits. Details are on the flyer.
This months Hullo features a fascinating article on scientific diving in Cuba.
Check it out over on our newsletter page.