Wrecks – A New View (June 2016)

If you’re planning a dive, one of the key tasks is thorough research of the site and in the case of a wreck of the specific objects to be explored; you might refer to various diving books (particularly the Diver Guide series) for descriptions & occasionally the odd black & white photo of what the…

Buying a Drysuit (May 2016)

If you are serious about diving in the UK you will understand the need for some thermal protection (the UK climate being what it is!) and in theory you have a number of options: wetsuit, semi-dry & drysuit. A wetsuit; regardless of how thick you might get it, due to the fact the water is in contact with your body…

Is Diving Expensive?

Well, yes it is, relative to tiddlywinks or shove-ha-penny!! As an avid skier for the past 46 years, I can honestly say had I saved every expense I incurred during my skiing career, I would now give a close run to Rupert Murdoch’s fortune but I am a great deal happier with more real friends…

SCUBA Books (Feb 2016)

6th February, 2016: If you’ve just taken up SCUBA diving then your book collection will likely to consist of a number of training/textbooks related to the organisation through which you are earning/have earned your qualification but there’s a whole world of literature out there about your new-found hobby, so how do you know what ‘s…

GPS for Dummy Divers (Jun 2004)

by Paul Morris. 20th June, 2004: HOW NOT TO GET LOST WITH GPS. So, you have selected a dive site, consulted a chart, obtained a position, and put it all into the magic little black/grey box called G.P.S. How can you possibly get lost? Allow me to explain. What do I know about GPS anyway?…

Tide Prediction (May 2003)

By Harry Ryalls (BSAC OWI1627) Have you ever sat watching the waves lap the shoreline and wondered what is happening? What allows the water to do that? How do tides come and go? Why do some places in the world have no tides at all? What are tides anyway? Well read on and I hope…

Rebreathers or a Breath of Re-cycled air (Mar 2002)

A fun-time story by Harry Ryalls. Introduction Over the coming weeks, we are going to be playing with two different types of rebreathers courtesy of Current State Diving and Richard Bull. Wednesday 20th March 2002 was to be our first experience and also a bit of a sort out night for the coming weeks. Sadly…

Marine Life Identification Course (Sep 2000)

Held at the Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth – 29th Sept. – 1st Oct. 2000: Course organized and run by: Peter Messenger and Keith Hiscock Introduction Seven of our club members recently attended a BSAC Marine Life Identification course held at the Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, with diving kindly hosted by Plymouth Sound Sub Aqua Club. The…