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.

SeaSearch Course

SeaSearch Course

What a busy exciting weekend…… Paul, Rob, Anne, Donald and myself, Mary, joined 6 members of Clyde Scottish SAC in classroom on Saturday with Owen Paisley, from Sea Search. We were invited to Greenock Fire Station where Owen delivered an informative course to us.

SeaSearch Team

Heads bursting with knowledge, Paul Rob and I were set to dive Sunday and put into action what we had learned and actually survey a site.
The Clyde was the obvious choice, next to Clyde SSAC’s Club house in Gourock, Inverclyde. 2 fantastic dives we had, noticing life we had never before and successfully completing survey forms to be analysed by Sea Search
Lesser spotted Cat sharks, Gobies, spider crab, common crab, edible crab, hermit crab, scorpion fish, barrel jellyfish, lion’s mane, sea urchins, black brittle star, common starfish, horse mussels, burrowing anemones, kelp forests, various seaweeds, King and Queenie scallops, razor clam, keel worms, and large sea snails or buckies, as they are better known apparently, were some of the animal and plant life we listed. We also listed some man made objects:- a wreck, well small boat really, a platform of sorts and crail pot with other life in them no crail! long ropes and chains and several pieces of litter. I removed an orange golf ball.
5 Clyde members also did dives expressing the same enthusiasm we did at the end of their dives .
We were all well catered for by their fantastic Christina Rodriguez. thank you for your homemade soup, sandwiches, tea and coffee.
Think everyone enjoyed the weekend and extend big thanks to Owen.
Destroying Property
David Gillies Destroying BSAC Property at the end of a good day, shame on you!