First Scuba Olympics a great success

The inaugural Newbury Scuba Diving Club ‘Scuba Olympics’ event was held at Mary Hare school pool in November to the sounds of much laughter and the occasional shout of “cheating”. The event was the brainchild of Andy who had put a lot of work into preparing the underwater ‘Its a knockout’ type events.

The three teams of three divers were expertly scrutinised by the shore team to make sure that any ‘inventive interpretation of the rules’ (aka cheating) was kept to a minimum!

The games included traditional favourites such as the egg and spoon race, or rather, the ping pong ball and teaspoon race, and a variant of the three legged race involving two divers with only two fins between them.

The most complex game was spread over two heats and involved raising 4 x 1 Kg weights using an inverted bucket and a relay race with a beaker filled with air to float the bucket!

All in all a great evening and we are sure it will become a regular winter event. Thanks to Cathy for the pics and to Andy for organising it.


Two new ADI’s share their views

Assistant Diving Instructors, a Year on

We are excited to have two new active Assistant Diving Instructors (ADIs) in our club following Sylvie and Simon’s completion of the BSAC Instructor Foundation Course (IFC) last year.  The ability to provide instruction within the club is critical, as the future of our club (and ability to dive self-sufficiently) depends on our experienced members passing on their knowledge and skills to newer members.  I got together with Sylvie and Simon to find out what they think of it all.

What was the Instructor Foundation Course like?

“Straight away, it felt welcoming and we were relaxed. On the first day we learned the structure and steps to building lessons, then for our homework we had to prepare theory and practical lessons following the processes that we had been taught that day. On the second day we had to deliver the lessons, which meant spending time in the pool demonstrating skills underwater and teaching our colleagues a theory lesson in the classroom. It was challenging and we learned a lot in a short time, but it was  a really rewarding and enjoyable weekend. And as a bonus, the teaching and presentation skills taught in the course are also eminently transferable to the workplace to help in passing on ideas and skills to work colleagues.”

What made you want to do it?

“We both felt that one of the best ways to learn and remember skills is to teach them regularly.  Teaching demands that you know theory and skills well enough that you can be challenged and answer questions about how and why we do them.

We have benefited from our club instructors giving a lot of time and effort and excellent quality teaching from them.  Not only do we want to give back to the club in the same way we have benefited, we also want to achieve the same high standards that our instructors have. We are very aware that as a self-sufficient club, our future depends on more experienced people being able to pass on their experience to newer members”.

What have you been doing since you qualified?

“Within a few weeks of doing the course we were in the classroom training new Ocean Divers.  We quickly realised how much preparation and attention to detail goes into making a good lesson. One thing we have done a lot of is Try-Dives for younger people such as Scouts and Girl Guides.  This is a unique experience for them and they really enjoy it.  It has been very rewarding seeing how excited they are and how much they enjoy themselves.

In September the club organised a Sport Diver rescue skills day.  It was a great opportunity to practice critical skills that could save a life.  As new Assistant Diving Instructors we were given the opportunity to lead our own group of trainees.  Whilst on the one hand we were allowed to teach independently, we also had close support from our senior instructors”.

What next?

“Before we can go on to become full instructors, we need to pass our Dive Leader, which is a natural progression from Sport Diver.  We started in February this year and are well into it now, hoping to complete it this dive season. We both want to build our personal experience and skills as divers, as well as teaching skills as instructors.  Simon would also like to complete his cave diver course this year”.




Club Focus article in SCUBA magazine

It was a great testament to the hard work put in by all the members of Newbury Scuba Diving Club when SCUBA magazine wanted to run a feature on the relaunch of the club. Starting on page 38 of issue 82 (September 2018) the article ran for four pages and outlined the steps taken by the club to help raise the membership from 40 to 53 in just 18 months. Click on this link to download a PDF of the article. SCUBA magazine relaunch article