History of Mansfield and District Scuba Diving Club

The name ‘Mansfield and District Scuba Diving Club’ or ‘Scuba MAD’ was adopted by North Notts Nautilus SCUBA club in January 2015

 History of North Notts Nautilus

North Notts Nautilus (NNN) SCUBA club was founded by Mr. A. Lambert in Feb 1973. He and 4 other divers broke away from Mansfied & District Underwater Swimming Club to go it alone. NNN was immediately registered as Club No 586 with the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) and the club Logo was designed as a shield with the divers OK signal at its heart. Beneath this was written the club motto in Latin, ABSIT INVIDIA which means “Let there be no ill will”. The club purchased an inflatable dive boat with a 50 hp engine.

Baths sessions were held on a Thursday evening at The Joseph Whittaker School in Rainworth and this was followed by lectures in a small Café upstairs. Friday night was also baths training at Sutton in Ashfield Swimming Baths followed by alcoholic refreshments at the local “Staff of Life”.

On the 21 Nov 1974 a notice appeared in the weekly news paper The Chronical Advertiser (CHAD), for the proposed development of a three bedroom house at 8, Beech Ave. Mansfield to be converted to a club house for NNN. This was duly passed by the Council and the hard work of conversion began. No windows, doors, electric or gas, and an old Tramp living out his life upstairs. Whilst relating this story to a new member recently he remarked “You stayed then”. Yes I am still here, no longer King of the Road but do my bit as best I can. All conversion work was carried out by voluntary members, wives and friends on evenings and weekends. Very soon the downstairs was fit for us to hold our lectures and a kitchen enabled us to spend social evenings together. Not yet content we applied for a liquor licence and when this was granted we opened a small bar under the stairs.

The next milestone came on Feb1976 when the CHAD sponsored us to visit Loch Ness to search for Nessi. Twenty four divers including two women, gathered outside the CHAD offices to be formally sent off by Mansfield Councilor Mr L. Wright and his Lady. A three page spread was centered on this expedition and CHAD made a film of the whole event which has been transferred to video. This film has been shown in many countries around the world as an example of how news can be made interesting on a very small budget. I can only say, My God it was cold. If Nessi exists she must wear so many clothes that perhaps that’s why nobody sees her.

In mid 1999 , NNN changed its loyalty from BSAC. and became Branch No 942 of the Sub Aqua Association (SAA) and we enjoy our partnership with this excellent organisation to date.

The club house has seen many improvements over the years and today we have a lecture room, equipment store and toilets downstairs. The beer cellar is under the stairs where the bar used to be. Upstairs is completely open plan sporting a relaxed area with comfy chairs. The bar is small but serves all members needs.”If we have not got what you want we will get it for you”.

Why not join us and learn all about the sport of SCUBA diving. Our membership and fund raising will definitely take Scuba MAD into another great period of success.

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Mansfield & District Scuba Diving Club. SAA 942 Est. 1973