This year the DO is challenging the club to make 1000 dives before the next Dinner Dance (in early 2011).
Things got off to a good start in Weymouth at the beginning of the year with 71 dives and after the Anglesey trip we were over 10% of the way there at 121. Then we had three more great weekends in Weymouth on Gemini II taking us up to 174 thanks to the lots of work by skippers and divers. The week in Weymouth was a bit of a disaster weather wise, but still 83 dives got done and with the Pirate event river clearance a few more took us up once more to 301. After some more Weymouth diving and the Isle of Mann trip we were at 410 – over 1/3 of the way there!Three days later a training weekend in Weymouth added another 16 to the total taking it to 426.
The September training event at Burton Bradstock added 21 to the total and the sports sign off day on Gemini II another 15 taking us up to 462. The Alex project weekend added another 27 dives to raise it to a monster score of 490 – more than 3 of the previous 4 years. But…. this isn’t the end of the season! A dive expedition to Scapa Flow generated 67 more dives Raising the total to 557 – more even than the previous record year and the mass dive at Swanage Pier in October clocked up an impressive 33 dives to a total of 590. A trip to NDAC, a prop recovery dive in Weymouth and a last minute club trip to the Red Sea pushed us up to 616.
Come the New year 3 hardy soles dived in Hinksey lake getting us to 619 and then the Red Sea reef cleanup expedition clocked up 70 more bringing us up to 689. 4 bold souls risked the chilly depths of Vobster Quay to make 8 more taking us to 697 nearly up to 700…..
Finally in March a hardy bunch headed off to Cromhall Quarry to do some dive leader rescue exercises and racked up another 12 dives taking us over the barrier to 709. Not bad at all!
Breakdown so far:
|11th-12th April||Weymouth, Training||44 dives||44|
|3rd May||Weymouth||23 dives||67|
|16th May||Dive Fest (Pentewan)||4 dives||71|
|23rd-25th May||Anglesey||50 dives||121|
|31st May||Weymouth||22 dives||143|
|13th-14th June||Weymouth||17 dives||160|
|4th-5th July||Weymouth||14 dives||174|
|11th-12th July||Weymouth, Training||34 dives||208|
|19th July||NDAC Chepstow||6 dives||214|
|25th July||Pirate Event||4 dives||218|
|25th-31st July||Expedition Weymouth||83 dives||301|
|6th August||Stoney||16 dives||317|
|9th August||Stoney||18 dives||335|
|13th-14th August||Isle of Man||75 dives||410|
|22nd-23rd August||Training weekend||16 dives||426|
|12th-13th September||Burton Bradstock||36 dives||462|
|25th-26th September||Alex Project||28 dives||490|
|3rd-10th October||Scapa Expedition||67 dives||557|
|18th October||Swanage Pier||33 dives||590|
|28th November||Sharm el Sheikh||10 dives||600|
|5th December||NDAC Chepstow||12 Dives||612|
|12th December ||Weymouth prop recovery||4 dives||616|
|1st January 2010||New Year’s Day||3 dives||619|
|8th-15th January 2010||Redsea Reef cleanup||70 dives||689|
|18th February 2010||Vobster Quay||8 dives||697|
|7th March 2010||Cromhall quarry||12 dives||709|