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.
Check out this new video of long term member Bob and his son at 8 Acre Lake, one of our local inland dive spots and a popular location for training.
If you're thinking of learning to dive for summer 2015, now is the time to start. Our pool at South Hunsley School is now open for training. We offer a range of training courses at the club, from absolute beginner to advanced.
View our training page to find out more or contact Trevor Jones, Diving Officer on 01482 862818 or email@example.com
Two of Hull's original founder members - now aged 90 and 85 who would like to contact fellow divers who helped to found the Hull Branch of the British Sub Aqua Club. They went by the name of Hull Frogmen – along with four diving friends. Reg Thompson and Brian (Chick) Verity appeal for past members of the sub aqua club that Reg, Brian and others helped found in 1954 to join in its Diamond Anniversary festivities.
Reg only hung up his fins 8 years ago at the age of 82. Reg and Brian are now honorary life members of our Club the British Sub Aqua Club Hull Branch.
We'd like to welcome as many past and present members as possible to attend a 60th birthday barbecue at the Ship Inn in Dunswell on Sat June 28.
"We'd love to hear from former Hull Branch divers and to see any old photos or diving memorabilia you can bring along to share with us. As a club we must have had more than 1,500 members train and dive with us over the last six decades so hopefully some of you are still in the area and able to attend."
For more information about the Hull BSAC club's 60th anniversary barbecue on Sat. June 28 at 7.30pm Contact The Club Secretary Steph. Wattam on 01482 631880 or E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Tetley, the Chief Executive of the British Sub-Aqua Club, has paid tribute to the British Sub Aqua Hull branch.
"Reg and Brian were early pioneers of the sport in the UK and have a proud heritage. The sport is growing in popularity and we are very proud that the Duke of Cambridge has just become the third generation of his family to become President of the British Sub-Aqua Club. He is following in footsteps of his father and grandfather at the helm of BSAC, which is the governing body for scuba diving.
The Duke has spoken of how he hopes his Presidency will inspire his little son George and other youngsters to also take the plunge and explore the underwater world. It is important this new generation remembers the contribution of people like Reg and Brian who helped lay the foundations for this fantastic and exciting sport."
Diving Officer Reg, an Advanced Diver, has dived all over the world, including the Red Sea, Barbados and Turkey.
Brian, a First Class Diver and Instructor spent some time in America Key West Looking for sunken treasure. Brian who was in the fire service obtained a oxygen re-breather Breathing Apparatus Set and converted it to diving this was abandoned after a few problems.
Both Reg and Brian agree that the best diving experiences have been off Flamborough Head on this coast.
Trevor Jones MBE, Diving Officer, reminisces,
"I first met Reg at a boat club at Hornsea coming out of the sea in a wetsuit. He Inspired me with his exploits in diving and encouraged me to take up the sport. After diving for over forty years I'm proud to be a Life Honorary Member of HULL Branch and be able to chat with Reg and Brian."
Just a reminder that it is the AGM on Tuesday 10th June, just a few weeks away and this year is significant as it is our 60th Anniversary.
Over the years the number of members have declined for various reasons but our enthusiasm and appetite remain the same. I hope this year, being a bit special, we have a good turn out.
As usual there will be a buffet at the 'Break in the Proceedings' and a sixtieth birthday cake to cut and enjoy and of course opportunity to talk shop with other members.
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE AGM 19.30 hrs King William IV Cottingham
Paul Field, a member of Hull Branch, first suggested that we should have a Club Web Site and of course Paul got the job. That was sixteen years ago and what a fantastic Web Master he has been.
The Committee and members wish to thank Paul for his dedication and constant updating of the site over the years.
WELL DONE PAUL!
The Branch has a new Web Master, Sarah Clinch to continue the good work and receive support from the Committee and Members.
The new issues of our legendary newsletter, Hullo, is now available here. Many thanks to editor Don Wilson. There's a great story from Matt Newsome about diving with sharks in Chester (yes, really), oh, and extreme horse riding of course. Go on, click, you know you want to.
Club member Paul Caldwell is looking to organise a trip to the Farnes in May. Contact us using the contact form to find out more, or contact Paul direct if you have his details.
Paul has pencilled in with Sovereign Divers (http://www.sovereigndiving.co.uk/diving.html) a dive hard boat (toilet, coffee, lift, oxygen etc) for the weekend of May 10th and 11th 2014 for Farnes diving. I've dived with them before and they are excellent.
The boat is £450 per day taking min 6 people, max 12. We need 6 people to go hard on the trip asap and obviously others welcome and need confirming asap. Any spaces left over can be filled by Sovereign but there is no guarantee we will get the full 12, although there is a good chance. Sovereign is very well known. Usually 2 dives per day leaving Seahouses around 9 and returning mid afternoon depending in tide etc. Usually on the sunday we finish by 14.00. This gives time sat pm to see the sights, beer garden and filling tanks. They may be able to do 3 dives on the saturday but will cost extre.
Accommodation. We can organise this through them at £30 pp pn B+B. In the past many of gone up to Seahouses on the saturdayaiming to arrive no later 0800 harbour side, approx 3.30 hrs to be safe from East Yorkshire. there is plenty of other accommodation locally but it can get booked. There is also a campsite/caravan site.
Food. Plenty of choice. I propose reserving a large table sat eve at a very good Curry house or Pizza place, both are excellent.
Other dates. Sovereign can do a boat weekend of April 26/27 but not the accomodation.