Thistle Divers newest & Youngest Ocean Diver

Congratulations to Thistle Divers newest & youngest O/D
Marshall Laing

Very well done to Marshall on achieving this. Roll on Sports Diver. It’s time to just go out and do some fun diving😁

Diver of the Year Award at AGM

Thistle Divers most recent award

Huge Congratulations to Martin Paterson who was voted Diver of the Year 2017 at Thistle Divers AGM this week. The trophy being presented to Martin by Rob Sewell was first presented to Diver of the Year in 1977 – 40 years ago! Well done Martin well deserved.

Anna’s Ocean Diver Adventurers 81yrs young


Anna hit the headlines with stories in the Cumbernauld Herald, Daily Record.

Requests from STV & BBC Radio asking to do interviews.

Anna is still diving, she still has the Passion and Adventure, recently coming back from another amazing trip & completeing 22 dives.

Hats off to one of Thistles Finest😁

Scout Try Dive March

‘Thistlers’ showing team work….. 👌👏

It was extremely busy at pool last night…..
Christina was busy renewing membership for club…. and preparing certificates for scouts.
Andy taking the cash.

John showing video footage from St Kildas
We also had the pleasure to have 32nd Glasgow (1st Kirkintilloch) Scouts for try dives.
Heather and Stephen scout leaders with 9 explores came along, had safety brief from Rob, then into pool with instructors 5 at a time for 30mins each.
Leader, Stephen, participated in try dive also.
It was a successful night with big thanks to everyone:-
Kilsyth pool attendants,
kit setting up/ supplying on loan….
Donald, Audrey, Debi, Andy, Marc and Summer.
Alistair and Marshall who also helped with kitting up and also our in pool life guards!
Thank to all our instructors for their patience in instruction, and finally to each of our 10 explores for displaying first class discipline and eager enthusiasm.

My sincere apologies if I have missed thanking anyone that added to the success.

Training Day March

The weather may have been dreich (until we were ready to leave)!! but the TD spirits were on good form today for our quarterly training day. Well done to everyone for coming along and Congratulations to a certain young man for completing his Dive Leader qualification and to Debbie Kiers for getting Ocean Diver 1 and 2 signed off and to all our other dive colleagues who came along to practice their skills and especially nice to see Mary back in the water. Thanks to Audrey and Linzi who helped keep everyone fed. Lastly thank you to our Instructors and to Ciaran who took photos and was our Assistant Dive Manager for the day. Donald couldn’t wait to photo bomb the picture! :-)) A good day was had by all. We did our good deed as a dive club by cleaning up the area around the lay-by as it was covered in litter (nothing to do with us). We ended our day in the Green Kettle with cake, coffee and hot chocolate…and lots of chat about our Easter trip to Plockton and Lochcarron.


Our Newest Advanced Instructor

Hi Folks,


I would like to welcome our newest Advanced Instructor at Thistle Divers. Our very own Chairperson, Anne Peck.

Anne Peck

Congratulations on such an Epic achievement, very well done from all your Dive Buddies.

Halloween Night OOT

pink-ladies    crowds    crowd-1

Spooky ’twas the evening…a fun filled event at our Clubs fund raising Halloween disco.

We had Dracula and some of his relatives. Pink Ladies and Mario showed up to take on the hulk, also clowns and a nun and celebrities, such as Wayne and Garth, made it an even more star studded event.

crowd-n-prizes    paul-singing


All costumes were fab with the pumpkin winning prize!  Singers/entertainers, aged from just 11 -15years of age, displayed a huge spectrum of talent, 4 of them were currently participating in a production at Cumbernauld Theatre.  They were followed by a lot of folk on the floor showing their skills in 50 penny/pound sliding to win prizes, of sweetie tubs and a bottle of malt followed by the raffle with loads of fantastic prizes. Then the movers and groovers boogied into the small hours with their skilled wriggles and twists, gained from years of slithering around under the seas in kit that would scare a shark.

Great night had by all even the entertainers and organisers!  A. Stokes

Glencoe 23-26th Sept (Non Divers Story)

Thistle Friends & Family

As a family we recently spent September weekend at Invercoe campsite with our friends from Thistle Divers. The weather may not have been great but a fabulous weekend was had by all, especially the children who had adventures in the woodlands and shore line searching for creatures and treasures.


Our children were so excited to be spending a weekend living in a Hobbit Hut, alongside the Thistle Divers who where staying nearby in tents and mobile homes.  They especially loved to play with Skye and Dexter the Thistle dogs.


The children loved to watch the Thistle Divers preparing themselves to go out on the rhib for a days diving and excitedly waving to the divers, as they head off for the day on diving adventures. On one occasion the children even got a chance to go onto the rhib and have a look around. This they advised best part of their holiday and I’m sure in a few years they will be keen divers and boat handlers themselves.


Thank you to Thistle Divers for a wonderful weekend of adventure, fun and the making of memories. We are all looking forward to next years shenanigans.

Maggie Sewell

Wee Andy’s G’s Trip to Gozo

In September I took a trip to Gozo to experience the diving in the Mediterranean. I had been told by other members of Thistle Divers great things so my expectations were high. Fortunately, I was signed off as a Sports Diver just in time to fly out so was able to plan my diving around more adventurous and deeper dives.

I had booked my diving through Scuba Kings, one of 5 or 6 different dive shops in Marsalfron in Gozo. I found them to be a great bunch, knowledgeable about the local dive sites, conscious about safety and comfort and very reasonably priced. I was charged 30 euros a dive which included full kit hire and transport to the dive sites. I did 8 dives in total over 4 days.

Slightly unfortunately the one thing you can’t control is the weather and during my week, whilst the sun shone brightly and the sea was lovely and warm, a strong North Easterly breeze had churned up the sea and meant that the North side of the Island was simply not safe to dive so I was slightly restricted in where I could be taken. However, that did not spoil my diving.

I hired kit and tried out a 3mm shorty wetsuit. My guide, John, was worried that I would be cold. He clearly had not been diving much in Long Fyne in February and his idea of cold was a long way from mine. Basically it was like swimming around in a pleasant lukewarm bath with little pockets of cold water that were quite refreshing.

The first dive I did was at a dive site known locally as Rass Il-Hobz which is a reef pinnacle rising from 40 m at the base to 8 m from the surface. It was a brilliant introduction to what Gozo diving had to offer. The ubiquitous ‘wee brown fish’ were startled at one point by a hungry tuna and the way they moved in unison was reminiscent of the patterns created by starlings in the air.

Four of the dives were at the deliberately sunken wrecks at Ix-Xatt l-Ahmar. These are the MV Xlendi, MV Karwela and MV Cominoland. These all sat around 35 metres so my sports diving qualification came in handy. My favourite was the MV Karwela as you get to ascent up a stairway and it really feels like a sunken ship. Unfortunately the sinking of the MV Xlendi did not go to plan and it landed hull side up so there was not much to see, but the dive was saved by a massive Barracuda just at the end.

My favourite moment of the trip came on the last dive when I got to see my first Octopus – which even squirted out its black ink at John who was obviously annoying it a little by his prodding. What an amazing sight though.

This was a great trip and a place I’ll return to soon – I still have the entire North Shore to do.

Andy Gozo

Glencoe Sept 2015

Yet another fantastic weekend for us thistlers….. Glencoe this time Friday through to Monday.

Huge thanks to jeff Grozier for Cox’n us on his Rhib “Raster” and a his good lady Heather, for supplying breakfast on Sunday predives and a lunch post dives. Teriffic diving had by 5 members, Mary, Rob, Anne, Martin and Myself.


Jeff Buddied rob for one dive and Jeff’s guest Grant buddied Rob for another couple. Good social nights were had at the Gathering and the Clachaig, with non divers Maggie, Bobby, Heather, Jonathan, Audrey and Fynn.

Jeff's Boat        Group Photo