Category Archives: Club Diving Trips

Egypt 2019

June 2019 saw a group of divers from Mansfield and District Scuba Diving Club venture to Port Ghalib, just outside Marsa Alam in Egypt, for a fortnight of diving and relaxation. The group included a few experienced veterans but there was also a good smattering of newly trained divers, for whom this was their first overseas diving trip. What an experience it was! 

With the odd exception, this was the first time club members have been to this Egyptian resort. However the club have many happy memories diving in Sharm with Emperor Divers, so it was an easy decision to choose them again as the dive operator for this trip. As usual, Emperor did not disappoint us and throughout the fortnight the group was able to benefit from being the sole guests on a boat which was brilliant.  Emperor Skye even had the benefit of a tail lift to get divers out of the water, which is unusual for the Red Sea and very welcome.

Having trained at the local pool, 8 Acre Lake and Stoney Cove during some of the very cold weather this year, the new divers loved the freedom and ease of diving in a wet suit, or even just in their swimwear! During the fortnight the group had the opportunity to spend a while with a very chilled out Dugong, as well as being mesmerised by shoals of beautiful fish, gorgeous turtles, barracuda and the odd blue spotted stingray.  Adding to this the beautiful clear waters and colourful coral, the pay off for their hard work was plain for all to see.

The newer divers in the group are now well on their way to training for Club Diver and are keen to get back in the water as soon as possible. Congratulations go to Stacey Cody, Michael Scott, Winnie Tang, Gareth Sparrow and Melanie Haskell who all significantly improved their skills during the period of intense diving. 

A day’s diving at Stoney Cove

July 2016

Paul and I enjoy a couple of dives at Stoney Cove. We enter the water from the bus stop and then swim down the slope to the drop off. We turn left and along the edge at 35 meters until we find the pile of rocks.

scubamad-3Turning left again, we go to the old school bus and Paul has a swim through whilst I play with my new camera. It is then off to the Stanegarth and a swim aft along the hull towards the stern. Then we are off to the tug boat Defiant. From there we swim on to the Transit Van and the Wessex Helicopter. There is a lot to see in Stoney Cove!

Then we start our ascent, doing the safety stops along the way, and out we pop near the wall.

Paul Morton at Stoney Cove
Paul Morton at Stoney Cove

Then it’s off to the cafe for the well earned drink and a bacon butty.

Our second dive is as rewarding and enjoyable as our first of the day.

Many more dives to follow throughout the year, both here in the UK and around the world.

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Training Dive at Eight Acre Lake

Congratulations to Anne for her success in passing her SAA Elementary Diver open water assessment, in very chilly water, at Eight Acre Lake on 8th March 2015. There’s no stopping her now….!
Anne has been a “scuba widow” for over a decade and seen her husband, Chris, committing regular evenings to give training sessions at the clubhouse and a local pool, or leaving her for long weekends to dive in Oban, St Abbs, Seahouses, and even odd weeks away in Sharm. She has also seen over that time both her daughter (Sam) and son (Elliott) get bitten by the “diving bug” and drawn into the deep.

Anne initially became a social member of the scuba club a few years ago, (probably to see more of her family!) and when they all went on their jolly hols, she took to doing some snorkeling whilst the rest of the family dropped below the waves. Over the course of several club holidays in the past few years, Anne has achieved her formal snorkeling qualification and become a competent “fish spotter”. Also, she has trained as a qualified first aider and O2 provider, and been surface supporter on many in-land training expeditions. Also she has been an active social organiser for the Club, arranging lots of fun events and fund-raising activities.

However, despite lots of encouragement, Anne has been quite resistant to the “lure of the deep” because of “all that clat” and hassle needed to get under the water… until now. In a few short months since returning from the last Club holiday to Bonaire, Anne has “gone for it”… attended lectures, trained in the pool, accumulated the required “clat”, passed the theory exam and successfully tacked the required exercises on a training dive in bitterly cold water, to start her diving career.

Anne is working hard towards becoming a Club Diver and diving with the rest of her family when on the Club holiday in June. I have no doubt she will achieve it (source: Diving Officer). She has an excellent tutor in our club Training Officer, Chris (I wonder if it is like teaching your wife to drive?), and the support and encouragement of every Club member, who all value Anne’s efforts in support of the Club.

Congratulations Anne! Good luck with the rest of the training, and “Roll on, June!”

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Bonaire Club Trip October 2014

In October 2014 fourteen club members were lucky enough to spend two fantastic weeks of diving, snorkeling, eating, drinking and other ‘tourist’ activities in the divers’ paradise that is Bonaire.

Bonaire is located in the Caribbean, just north of Venezuela, and is part of the group of islands referred to as both the Dutch Caribbean Islands, and the ABC Islands; Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. You can find out more about Bonaire at Tourism Bonaire.

The main attraction of Bonaire for Scuba Divers is the fact that the vast majority of diving is unguided shore diving, something that is quite rare for vacation diving abroad. I am pleased to say that the diving did not disappoint! The quantity and variety of sea life is huge, with many of us seeing some species for the first time in the open sea.

The Elusive Bonaire Seahorses

Up until the final day’s diving, however, one particular creature had remained elusive – the seahorse. We had all searched around the areas where they could reputedly be found, but to no avail. Fortunately, a number of coincidences came together on that final day.

Firstly, I had met a couple of divers in a dive centre close to where we were staying, at the Blachi Koko apartments in Kralendijk, who came from the UK. I asked them where I could find seahorses, and after some armtwisting they revealed that two had been seen near a boat mooring on Klein Bonaire, the small island close to Bonaire. They also informed me that one of the guides from our dive centre had found them.

Secondly, our dive package included a boat dive, which we had postponed until the last day of diving.

Thirdly, the guide on the boat was the one who had found the seahorses, and he led us straight to them. A truly memorable end to a fabulous holiday!

Please enjoy the photographs.

Mick Lockton

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