We’ve had two trips to Capernwray this month, both very successful.

The first trip was at the beginning of the month.  Three instructors and six students headed up to the dive centre on the one of the warmest weekends we’ve had in the UK for a long time, in the glorious sunshine with air temperatures in the high 20s and water at 17-18°C.  Rather warm in drysuits, so we had to put on our equipment quickly and get into the water.  Dive times were generally just under an hour.

In the evening we decided to try a new venue for our trip meal, this being the Eagle’s Head in Over Kellet, where the friendly staff provided great food and drink whose quality was only beaten by its quantity.  A good time was had by all, with the main astonishment of the evening being when one of our slightly built female members ate the largest plate of ribs I have seen this side of Atlantic in half the time of yours truly, the Club Training Officer, a 6’2″ gentleman who tips the scales at over 220lb.

The weekend saw excellent progress made by all divers, with some completing their ocean diver training, some working on their sports diver training, and some beginning on the road to drysuit mastery.

This weekend was also the first test of the latest editions to our growing collection of brand new top of the range diving equipment, namely five Halcyon wings with steel backplates, weighted single tank adaptors, weight pouches, and the Cinch Quick Adjust harness system, and 15l Euro tanks.  These sets are recommended by the leaders of the diving world.   Everyone who dived on the new equipment thought it to be very easy to use, comfortable to wear, and that it was much more effective as a piece of diving equipment.  These sets, purchased with the help of the Sheffield University Alumni Foundation and Sport Sheffield, allow us to remain a leader in providing the best possible diving equipment and training to our members.

The second weekend in July proceeded in much the same way as the first, with the main difference that it was a lot larger; we had 5 instructors and 12 trainees, making this the second largest Club trip of the year!  A wide range of divers were taught at a range of levels, and generally all students made excellent progress, completing a number of lessons and practicing vital skills.  Again, the new equipment was made available to students, and several more members tried it out.  The eventual goal is that everyone who wishes will be able to dive with this kit on SUSAC trips once they have gotten used to it in sheltered water sites.

Looking to the future, there are no further Capernwray trips scheduled at this time, although we are looking forward to the new semester with a view to running 4 weekends for more advanced training before the University winter vacation period, whilst our newer members get to grips with theory and pool training before progressing to open water training in Capernwray in early 2014.