Happy New Year, 2019 Dive Plan!

Happy New Year from all at East Cornwall Divers!

For the 2019 dive year, we are going to try something a little different, and put together an ‘advance plan’ for the neap weekends of the year.

Of course the weather will still dictate the final plan on the day, but the idea is to try and allow members to plan ahead for dates they might want to keep free, and to enable us to plan a little further ahead for some more adventurous day or weekend trips either our from our base in Torpoint, or taking the boat to launch a little further along the coast. We will also plan some trips from charter boats, for ultimate UK dive luxury!

Libby and Ash are finalising the plan with input from other club members and it will be published soon. They are looking for volunteer DMs for each of the planned weekends.

On the non-neap weekends, and weekday evenings, we’ll still run our usual local dives on a ‘best available dive’ basis, planned a few days in advance.

The plan is not set in stone so if you have any specific sites/areas you would like to dive this year, please contact Libby or Ash and we’ll find a good weekend to fit it into the plan ūüôā

It’s 2019 – lets go diving!

Congratulations, Sports Divers!

Congratulations to our 2018 Sports Diver cohort!

We now have two additional sports divers in the club, who have already completed some depth progression, and 3 students who are only one or two sessions away from completing Sports Diver.

We look forward to continuing diving with you next year!

Sports Diver 2018

We are running a Sports Diver course in 2018…

Theory sessions begin Wednesday 10th Jan at 7pm at the club. If you don’t already have a sports diver pack (cost: ¬£40) – see Chris and he can arrange.

There will be 6 x 1 hour lectures, and 8 x open water sessions which will be araranged to suit.

We are aiming to complete the course this spring to allow you to enjoy diving with us the rest of the year.

Sports diver is one of the best courses you can do to allow you to enjoy the best of British diving – it will open up almost all of the sites we visit regularly, and you’ll have fun on the course too!

Contact us for further details.

Fundraising!

East Cornwall Divers are fundraising! As you may have heard, our boat engine finally succumbed to 19 years of use, taking hundreds of divers from Cornwall and beyond on thousands of successful dives in and around the South West of England.

After determining that it was no longer economically viable to repair, we have raised more than half the funds we need for a new engine, but are still more than £4000 short Рand now we need your help!

View our fundraising page here!

As a non-profit making branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club, established almost 30 years, we hope that by securing donations through our fundraising scheme, including crowdfunding, we can continue to promote diving and the underwater environment in and around Cornwall for years to come.

Please take a look at our crowdfunding campaign and the rewards on offer.

Welcome new members!

East Cornwall Divers would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members. This year we have had several new members join – some with existing diving qualifications who are new to the area and looking to get out and about diving, and others looking to learn to dive – we look forward to helping you through your training and seeing you out on the boat!

If you know anyone who you think would be interested in coming for a dive or learning to dive, why not invite them down one Wednesday night?

Boat launched!

Thanks to several members including (but not limited to!) Austin, Trevor and Chris, remaining issues with the boat have been resolved Рand yesterday it was launched and is back in the marina!

Lets go diving!

Pool sessions 2016/2017

We have booked two further pool sessions at Whitsand Bay Fort holiday park.

  • Wednesday 2nd November 2016
  • Wednesday 7th December 2016

The pool is booked for 2-hours from 6pm – 8pm each night. After the pool we can retire to the bar/restaurant on-site for our usual weekly social.

All being well we will continue with the pool on the first Wednesday of each month into 2017.

If you know anyone interested in a Try Dive please let us know!

Christmas Party & raffle – confirmed!

This years Christmas Party will be taking place on Saturday 3rd December 2016. As always, our Christmas Party is open to everyone Рplease bring family, friends, neighbours and anyone else you can think of Рthe more the merrier!

The party will be a three course meal at 1845 in The Boathouse Cafe, Plymouth, followed, at 2130 by a 2 hour cruise on one of their party boats!

All boats have a  licensed bar and dance floor so please bring your dancing feet! We will also hold a club raffle on the boat; all raffle prizes gratefully accepted.

The cost is £29.95 per person and must be paid in full by 1200 on Monday 10th October.

Jan will be at the club on Wednesday 5th October if you wish to bring cheque or cash, or you can pay by bank transfer Рplease see Jan for details.

 

The address of the Boathouse Cafe is: 2-5 Commercial Wharf, Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2NX

Christmas party!

It’s time to start planning our annual Christmas party!

Jan has kindly offered to undertake this again and has a few ideas including the Plymouth Aquarium!

Further details to follow but this is always a great chance to let your hair down and bring along friends and family members to socialise with the rest of the club.

Successful Scapa Flow trip!

11 East Cornwall Divers members took the almost 750-mile trip from Cornwall to Orkney to dive the wrecks of Scapa Flow!

We had an excellent week aboard MV Huskyan, staying at the perfectly located Divers Lodge in Stromness.

We met up with another diver to fill the 12th space and had a great week, lots of successful dives, and some good “apres-dive” in the local pubs and restaurants of Stromness.

The non-divers who joined the trip also enjoyed visiting many of the historic sites such as Skara Brae and generally enjoying the scenery and hospitality of Orkney!

So, when do we go back? ūüôā