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14th December 2015 - Biggin Hill Air Cadets - Try Dive event

The final Try Dive event of the year took place, with 4 attending. Charlotte our young member once again assisted the Diving Officer with the pre-pool lecture.

30th November 2015 - 49th Annual General Meeting Croy-Tech BSAC 187

The 49th Annual General Meeting of Croy-Tech BSAC 187 took place on Monday 30th November. The evening was well attended by member's and relatives. 

The Chair 
opened the meeting and the individual Committee Reports were given. These gave a full account of the club activities over the past year, and what is to come in 2016.

The customary raffle took place and the committee for 2016 decided.

This bought us to the Award presentations for 2014/2015

The Dave Thorpe Memorial Shield was not presented this year, as no member qualified.

Nigel Jeffs (Diving Officer) presented the Diver of the Year award to joint winners Ray Painter & Dave Stacey for obtaining the highest number of club dives during 2014/2015.

Shirley Painter (Secretary) presented the Member of the Year award to Ray Painter who has now won this award for a record 5th time.

Shirley Painter also presented the "Gotcha Award" to a member who suffered a non dangerous mishap. This year the recipient was Dave Kibble.

Refreshments were provided once again by Croy-Tech Cafe (Thanks Daniel).
In all the meeting was an enjoyable sucess.


1st November 2015 - The Steam Trawler
Probably the last open water dive of the season, but maybe not! 
(It was the warmest November day on record, Wales 22 degrees)

4 member's experienced near perfect surface conditions to hopefully explore this popular dive site. Unfortunately the conditions below the surface were not perfect. 2 of the divers missed the wreck by only approximately 1 metre, the second pair were lucky enough to get straight on the wreck. However with the vis only about 1-2 metres, it was not a great dive.

28th September 2015 - Try Dives - Biggin Hill Air Cadets 


Another group from Biggin Hill Air Cadets attended for Try Dives. Charlotte Burns was on hand to assist also. This is a popular event for these cadets, and we have had repeat Try Dives for some. We hope to host another further session just prior to Christmas.


9th August 2015 - City of Brisbane 
A second weekend running and the weather was favourable, so Croy-Tech 3 took off out of the Marina again. This time the dive was on the City of Brisbane. The conditions were Force 1 to 2 later increasing to 3 to 4. Water Temp 14 degrees. Visability was between 3 to 4 metres. Maximum depth 21.7 metres, dive times varied between 50 & 55 minutes.


2nd August 2015 - Pentyrch Dive 
Croy-Tech 3 went out of Brighton Marina with a group of diving members from the club. This wreck is always popular. The conditions were not ideal, South Westerlys 3-4, water temp. 14 degrees. The maximum depth was 23.4 metres and dive times varied between 36 and 40 minutes. They all enjoyed this dive.


1st August 2015 - Annual Club BBQ
Our thanks to Ashley & Ann who kindly hosted this event once again.The BBQ was attended by those member's & relatives not on holiday at the time. The weather was warm and dry, the food was very good as usual.



19th July 2015 - Steam Trawler Dive 

A small group took our club boat Croy-Tech 3 out and they dived on the Steam Trawler, out of Brighton.

The weather forecast from three sources suggested 3 to 4's , but the actual conditions were more like 4 to 5.
However a successful dive was had.



22nd to 25th June 2015 - Farne Islands Dive Trip

This traditional club trip was well attended, and a total of 63 dives were completed over the 4 days.

The weather was less than kind to us, and probably the worst I have experienced in 20 years of going to the Farnes. However, the underwater conditions were very good, with the best visibility ever! from between 6 to 20 metres, yes 20 metres.

When the group dived the famous wreck, the "Somali", on both the 24th & 25th June, the viz was 12 to 20 metres. The water temperature was around 10 to 13 degrees. The picture on the far right above, shows treasure recovered from this wreck.

In addition to the friendly Seals, there was a particularly large one who seemed a little more aggressive!

As usual at this time of year, there were plenty of sea birds nesting, this made for a very busy sky scape.
3 of our divers witnessed birds swimming underwater, this was a first for these 3 very experienced divers, and they hovered at about 3 metres for some time, just watching the birds plunging in and feeding. What a treat!!

We have already made a provisional booking for next summer.



15th June 2015 - Try Dives - Biggin Hill Air Cadets 
A further group of Air Cadets and 2 Instructors from Biggin Hill Squadron, joined us for Try Dives.
Charlotte, our youngest member once again assisted the Diving Officer with the pre-pool lecture, explaining the Scuba Kit.
The 2 Cadet Instructors enjoyed refreshing their own scuba skills.

18th May 2015 - Try Dives - Biggin Hill Air Cadets


Croy-Tech hosted a second group of Cadets and one Instructor from Biggin Hill, all were very enthusiastic.

Our youngest member, Sport Diver (Charlotte Burns 13) who is also an Air Cadet with this squadron, gave the pre-pool lecture explaining the Scuba kit and basic techniques to the cadets, under the watchful eyes of our Diving & Training Officer's. 

Although Charlotte is only 13, she is a very accomplished Scuba Diver, and is currently being shadowed by a film crew from Coventry University who are making a documentary about her acheivements and adventures over the course of this summer. It is hoped that the film will encourage young people to actively take up the sport of Scuba Diving.

The evening was a little hectic, but enjoyed by all. We hope to host further groups in the near future.



16th March 2015 - Try Dives - Biggin Hill Air Cadets 
A Group of 6 Air Cadets from Biggin Hill Squadron 2427 joined Croy-Tech for the evening to enjoy pre- scheduled Try Dives. Each Session consists of a brief poolside lecture explaining the Scuba equipment and various safety rules relating to it's use.The Try Dives cost £15.00 per student.The pool session lasts approximately 45 minutes, at the end of which the student receives a signed certificate, a BSAC video and a Scuba magazine, together with some club information.Croy-Tech hopes to host another group from Biggin Hill very soon.




Update on Charlotte Burns - Handicapped Scuba Association 

Charlotte has now booked her course with HSA this is scheduled for April. She is funding the course herself and has set up a page inviting donations for the respected organisation "Dive Ability". This charity aims to assist disabled youngsters experience the sport of scuba diving.

If you wish to learn more or donate then please follow the link below.

We wish her well and THANK YOU


14th & 15th February 2015 - LIDS - London International Dive Show   

Croy-Techs youngest club member Charlotte Burns aged just 13 (and BSAC's youngest ever Sport Diver),  gave a lively 30 minute talk to a group of children at the show. Charlotte who is a confident and knowledgeable young lady captivated their attention and interacted with them throughout the session. Watching adults were also impressed.


At the end of the talk Charlotte was approached by various organisations regarding her possible participation in their future promotions for sport diving. As a result, Charlotte now intends to take a special HSA (Handicapped Scuba Association) training course that will authorise her to Buddy with disabled divers.

We at the club are extremely proud of having Charlotte as a member, she is a valuable asset to any group she is involved with.

See our "Be Inspired" page for more information on Charlotte.



26th January 2015 - Try Dives - Combined Cadet Forces - Rutlish School, Morden
For the 3rd year running, Croy-Tech was delighted once again to host a Try Dive session for 4 Cadets from CCF, Rutlish School, Morden. The 4 young Cadets accompanied by their Commanders were given the customary introductory lecture by one of our Open Water Instructors, and then continued with some 50 minutes in the pool using the Scuba equipment and learning the basis skills.
All present enjoyed the session very much, and we hope that Rutlish CCF will call upon us again very soon.



24th January 2015 - Annual Seasonal Meal - Coombe Lodge
A party of 20 members and guests attended the Croy-Tech Annual Seasonal Meal. The evening was a great success and the traditional Raffle took place raising funds for the club. Thank you to all who supported the evening.



11th January 2015 - Divers Cove, Godstone
5 Divers took to the water on this bright but very cold Sunday. The depths ranged from 0 to 7 metres, dive times from 0 mins to 50 minutes. The water temperature was 6 degrees. Chilly day! Everyone warmed up in the cafe afterwards.



The 2015 Season Kicks Off !!!!


1st January 2015 - Buckland Lakes
Our  traditional New Years Day Dive took place at Buckland Lakes. 5 Divers braved the 6 to 8 degree water temperatures, on a very grey and miserable day. The dive times ranged between 23 and 43 minutes, and depths achieved 9.6 to 14.7 metres. Visablility 1 to 2 metres.


Last updated 1 February 2018