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September 30th/October 1st 2017 - Swanage Weekend


2017 Dive Season

31st August 2017 - Buckland Lake  3 trainees and 4 divers enjoyed a mid-week days diving at Buckland Lake.

27th August 2017 - Buckland Lake 
3 Divers enjoyed a dive for over an hour. The lake was busy but they all enjoyed the dive. Water temp approx. 19 degrees, visability 4 to 5 metres.

9th August 2017 - CT3 Boat Cover

Alterations of the boat cover for CT3 were carried out, to make it easier for removal prior to dives. It is hoped that it will be quicker to take the cover off and replace it each time the boat is used. **************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

25th July 2017 - Deep Diving & Hyperbaric O2 Talk at Guildford BSAC

Several club member's enjoyed a very interesting talk at Guildford BSAC. given by                                        

Lt. Commander Cyril Lafferty RN - Ex Head of Royal Navy Diving Training and Mine Warfare.

In the 1960's & 70's the Royal Navy was setting new benchmarks for depth and saturation diving, its divers were among the world leaders in the development of new equipment and diving practices and at the forefront was Lt.Commander Cyril Lafferty one of the UK's pioneers in deep diving technology. Cyril Lafferty trained with the Royal Navy as a Clearance Diver working in bomb and mine disposal and on a number of major marine incidents including the Sea Gem (1965) ands Torrey Canyon (1967). He subsequently joined the Royal Navy's deep diving research team, taking part in 600feet dives in the early 1960's and commanded a specialist team diving to 250ft on compressed air for the aircraft and nuclear weapon recovery operations.

Cyril was invited by the US Navy to take part in the Sealab 111 experiments and qualified as a USN Aquanaut together with Phillip Cousteau and the astronaut Commander Scott Carpenter. As one of the pioneers of saturation diving, Cyril took part in and ran experimental dives to 300metres, and was appointed Captain of HMS Reclaim, the navy's deep diving research and salvage ship and took charge of all naval diving training and mine-warfare training.

Leaving the Royal Navy in 1977, Cyril became a submersible pilot and manager of the diver lockout fleet for Vickers Oceanics, worked for both BP and British Gas in their underwater engineering and safety groups and set up a consultancy company to work with offshore oil and diving companies.

In his retirement Cyril has worked extensively with the Multiple Sclerosis Hyperbaric Oxygen facility at Guildford and as Senior Training Advisor for the 60 centres that are members of the National MS Therapy Centres Group.



18th July 2017 - Wraysbury 

3 Divers and 1 spectator planned a trip to Holborough Lake in Kent. But inspite of the website stating that it would be open, sadly it did not. We had arrived at 10am ready for the gates to open, and were disappointed. After a quick chat, and rather than waste the day, it was decided to slog around the M25 to Wraysbury. We arrived there about 11.30am. The conditions were good and the day was at last a success. *********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************


2nd July 2017 - Brighton   6 Divers went out on CT3 in fair conditions and Dived the Pentrych.


25th June - Buckland Lake, Kent - (see photos above)

24th June - Croy-Tech 3, Brighton - Maintenance (see photos above)

12th to 15th June  - Club Dive Holiday, Farne Islands, Northumberland (see photos below)

Over 60 dives were done over the 4 day period. The weather was okay, the wind a little stronger than ideal. The water temp. varied but was around 10 to 13 degrees.

The visability ranged from 3 to 10 metres. Everyone enjoyed the trip.




13th May - Buckland Lake, Kent

7th May -   Buckland Lake, Kent



30th April - Buckland, Lake, Kent

9th April -   Pentyrch, Out of Brighton.

2nd April Croy-Tech 3 Preparation for new season.



March 2017 

19th March -                Buckland Lake, Kent

11th & 12th March -    Vobster Quay, Somerset

Many training dives were completed over this weekend.


21st February - Wraysbury Lake     Water Temp 7 Degrees
5th February  -  Buckland Lake


January 2017
27th January  - Wraysbury Dive Lake     Water only 3 Degrees, part of the lake was actually frozen
22nd January - Buckland Lake, Kent
1st January 2017 - Buckland Lake, Kent    
Only 3 divers braved the very low temperatures of the lake, and as the visability was less than poor, approximately half a metre, they all surfaced within 15 minutes of jumping in. (As a club tradition, it had to be done!).





Last updated 17th September 2017