Congratulations to Sharon Miles and Lauren Fowler on passing their PADI Advanced Open Water Course, well done to you both, thanks to George Birch, Simon Jones and Elaine Fowler for their assistance.
Technical scuba diving involves going beyond recreational scuba diving limits and includes one or more of the following: ⦁ Diving beyond 40 metres/130 feet ⦁ Required stage decompression ⦁ Diving in an overhead environment beyond 40 linear metres/130 linear feet of the surface ⦁ Accelerated decompression and/or the use of variable gas mixtures during the dive ⦁ Use of extensive equipment and technologies In technical diving the surface is often inaccessible in an emergency, so tec divers use extensive procedures, equipment and training to manage the added risks and potential hazards. For Course details click on learn moreLearn More
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IANTD/PADI MSDT/ EFR Instructor
Rob started diving in 1985, mainly diving abroad and in 2005 qualified with PADI. In 2011 gained PADI instructor and holds MSDT qualification. With an interest in Tec diving he attended Tek-Camp and was converted to Tec diving gaining IANTD Tec Instructor for both O/C and CCR AP Rebreather and qualified to dive it to 100m he is also qualified on the JJ Rebreather.
George started his diving with the military in 1973 and qualified as a BSAC diver, he later attained his Sub Aqua Diving Supervisor (SADS) qualification he has dived and taught in Singapore, Malaya, Belize, Norway, Spain,Cyprus,Germany and UK. in 2012 he attended Tek Camp and converted to Technical Diving and now dives Rebreathers , using Poseidon MK7 and JJ to 100m and AP units to 40m. A keen underwater Videographer he keeps us amused with our weekly blog write-ups.
TDI/PADI Dive Master
Ian started diving in 2012 and is qualified as a PADI Divemaster with extensive diving and training in the UK and in egypt. He progressed on to technical diving where he qualified as a PADI Tec-sidemount, Tec Deep and Heliox diver before converting to ccr. Ian's main diving is on the JJ CCR unit and qualified as TDI Advanced Mixed diver(100m)
Dyan has been diving for 4 years and is qualified to dive TEK Twinset, Side-mount and Poseidon CCR MOD1. Having dived extensively in Egypt and South Coast of England and can be seen at vobster and NDAC. Soon to start her passion in photography Dyan is our longest female member and well respected within the group but would like to meet and dive with other female divers.
During the event of Covid 19 Lockdown 1 we have been fortunate to have guest speakers talk about their various projects that they have been working on and these can be seen via Zoom links on our southern-divers facebook page.
The list of presenters and topics are below for those that want a reminder:
Sat 28th March Marcus Blatchford Intro to Photogrammetry. Not recorded
Sat 4th April Dave Gration Malta Heritage. Not recorded
Sat 11th April Phil Short Gribshunden 1495 Baltic Sea Archaeology
Sat 18th April Ian France Veggfjellan IX, cave.
Sat 25th April Martin Robson The Blue Lake dive to 200+Meters
Sat 2nd May Tim Clements "Crater in the Ocean, a Cenote at 70 meters"
Sat 9th May Chris Lemons Last Breath.
Sat 16th May Phil Short Tulsamerican.
Sat 23rd May Connor Roe Thai Cave Rescue. Not recorded
Sat 30th May Rick Ayrton The Britannic.
Sat 6th June David Russell The Kursk Incident
Sat 13th June Andy Torbet Technical; Diving on the TV.
Sat 20th June Dr Mark Turner PFO and DCI's.
Sat 27th June Martin Robson Digging to the Centre of the Earth.
Lockdown 2, the return:
Sat 14th November Gavin Newman Mini Subs
Sat 21st November Rachael Priest "Scapa Flow: Life beyond the wrecks...".
Sat 28th November Phil Short "30 years underground"
Lockdown 3, the final:
Saturday 16th January Billy Baxter talking about life as a blindman. An inspirational chat.
Saturday 30th January Dennis Mears of Predator Drysuits, talking about looking after our Drysuits.
Saturday 13th February Ray Ives talking about his life underwater.
Saturday 27th February John Halladay talking about Greenpeace, his involvement.
Saturday 6th March Rob Summers and Darren Hector talking about cylinders.
Saturday 13th March Rick Ayrton talking about the Malin Head Classics.
Saturday 27th March Aron Arngrimsson founder of Dirty Dozens Expeditions telling us about the amazing diving in Truk and Bikini
Thank you to all who participated both as audience, or as a presenter, you helped to keep us sane, now let's go diving, stay safe.