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😁

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.


Typical Night at the Pool 20th Feb

Just a Typical night at the pool, plenty of training and practicing of skills. Everyone wanting to be ready for the training day coming soon.

Pool Entry         Training

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.

Training Days Loch Long Sept 2016

Training Days in Loch Long.

Several weekends with training happening for different diver grades


Marshall Laing‘s training dives with Martin P myself & Mary Archer our shore maiden.
well done Marshall on getting 1/2 signed off



Craig, Angus doing Ocean Diver Training. Ally doing drysuit orientation. Joined by GUSAC just to make the party bigger.


Regional Boat Handling Course


So Thistle divers supported the South Scotland’s Regional Boat Handling Course, we had 2 Instructors on the course and 1 member participating (Andy Gibson). Martin Paterson Assisted on the course and is now a qualified BH Instructor, just in time for Thistles own courses starting to run, (dates imminent). The Theory session was held at St Andrews University, room courtesy of the St Andrews University Students. Thistle Divers also provided our RHIB for the in-water day held at South Queensferry on the Firth of Forth.

Weather was good, to good for boat handling, choppier weather is always welcome. Three of the students have completed the course and dates will be arranged to finish off the other students.

BH Course         BH Andy

BH Course group & Andy gaining access to Boat Shed.

Training day 31st July 2016

Training day 31 July

My first as training officer and it was a great day for the diving and social element.
Typically for us “thistlers” we mucked in sharing transport where possible! Some headed to site after picking up their passengers and some headed direct to Loch Long, Finnart for 9am. Everyone was sharp with the exception of Audrey who was early to set up Gazebo with helpers.
We had 15 divers including 5 OD’s for their first open water, and a total of 22 heads.
Mostly members and their family and 1 guest diver, Simon, who became a fully fledged “thistler” next day!
Diving was exciting, all our instructors and an assistant open water instructor giving their expertise to our OD’s.
I was so jealous being unable to get into water!
BBQ was arranged and all of the non divers and divers helped in any way they could.
Non divers even helped with the dive slate and Ciaran, Anne’s grandson was photographer for the day! Paul got some under water photos of one of our OD’s!
Weather stayed pleasant with some sunny spells and much was achieved with the diving, and out of the water with a fantastic friendly banter from all!

Thistle trainingday   Thistle inwater  Thistle Mask clear  George Thistle

Mary Archer


Rebreather Try Dive Night May


Some pictures taken on a Monday Pool Night in May courtesy of Paul Scott.

Anne1       Trainees    Martin Trainees

Also invited to the Pool were a Group prepping for First Class Diver, they were playing with Rebreathers.Alex n Debbie1      Rebreather Night     Rob

Lots going on in the Pool.

Training Day, Loch Long

Training Day

After a few attempts at bringing instructors and students together at the same place, on the same day and at the same time, we succeeded on Sunday the 13th March at Loch Long.

In the carpark of the A frames we had a pre dive brief before “buddies” donned kit and made their way to the waters edge.

Now arranging a days diving is one thing, but when it comes to feeding the divers, well that’s another story. However, in my defence I can only say that I must have been absent on the day that the club held

BBQ training!

One of our new recruits enjoyed the sausages so much, he actually took half a dozen home… Thanks Dexter.

As the first wave of divers exited the now flooding Loch, there were a few smiles of satisfaction from both trainees and instructors. All the effort and time spent receiving training and instructing trainees in the pool had proven to be very effective and well worth the hard work. Sadly, they were quickly brought back down to earth when presented with a half raw and half charcoal lunch.

We were also joined by a few members of the GUSAC and were able to assist them not only with shore cover, but one of our assistant instructors was able to help out by buddying one of their divers.

Training Day 1       Training Day

Everyone who attended got a dive and achieved something whether it was sharpening skills or just giving them a polish.

After the debrief we met up again at the Green Kettle for a cuppa and a heat by the fire. Except for Andy and Dexter, Andy had to drive him home, he had a tummy upset apparently?

All in all it was a good day with a few laughs and we are already planning the next training event which will hopefully take place in June.

Keep an eye on the website for the details.