A Diving Officer’s Winter Tidings

A Dive Officer’s Winter Tidings



So, Hello! I’m your Diving Officer (again), and it gives me great pleasure to be DO of the best drinking …ahem…Diving Club in London. Do read on….

As well as having overall responsibility for all things diving within the club, I’m also the lucky person responsible for safety of diving and training, and in order to take this responsibility I need to have seen a Medical form of each and every member when they renew membership or when they join, so if you’ve not sent me one, then it’s time to do so!

The form can be found on BSAC’s website here…

https://www.bsac.com/document/fitness-to-dive-examination-form-2016/

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Allow me to introduce your Training Officers, team and Lead Instructor!

Jon Hauser – Training Officer

Dom Coyne – Training Officer

Ably assisted here and there by

Tamara Jones

Bruno Carr

Jon Friedman

Jon H and Dom will be planning training, and running SDCs, and from time to time Tam, Bruno and Jon F will be coordinating trainees and instructors. If you’d like to do some teaching or training these are the people to contact!

Michelle Kim is our Lead Instructor and responsible for signing off qualifications and generally working in the background to make sure we’re all teaching to the same excellent standards.

They folks give up a good amount of time to organise and as with all our instructors, to instruct, so if you see their glasses empty, do buy them (or any instructor) a drink!

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Skill Development Course’s (SDCs) are how we learn the side skills that are outside of basic dive training, and there’s a huge range available – the most asked for ones for Hellfins being

Boathandler – where we learn to drive a Rhib, and it is huge fun.

Bouyancy and Trim – where we learn to hone our bouyancy.

Advanced Deco Procedures. Like it says really.

Twin-set – learn to dive using a 2 cylinder set.

But there’s many more besides – see the full list of SDCs here:

https://www.bsac.com/training/view-all-bsac-courses/

DCI helpline – National Decompression Illness helpline. Oxygen administration training Casualty Assessment form. More…


If you’d like to do any of these courses – please get in touch with Dom Coyne and let him know. I’ll be sending a separate notice out about Boathandling in bit though – so keep your eyes peeled! (urgh – what a saying)

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Calling all Sport Divers!

Have you ever watched an instructor teaching and thought “I wish I could be so cool calm and knowledgable (and worthy of buying a beer for)?” Or even “Hey – even I could do this”? Or even “God-damnnit, how on earth can anyone teach anyone to fin backwards?”

Well, even if you haven’t – as a Sport Diver you can take an Instructor Foundation Course and begin teaching others. It’s a full-on 2 days but hugely rewarding.

BSACs page on the IFC is https://www.bsac.com/training/instructor-courses/scuba-instruction/instructor-foundation-course-ifc/#tab-1

DCI helpline – National Decompression Illness helpline. Oxygen administration training Casualty Assessment form. More…


The next local one is 10th and 11th February at Trinity School, Croydon – click this link and get booked on now! https://www.bsac.com/events/ifc-south-east-10th-11th-february-2018-16905—835/

List of all IFCs is here

https://www.bsac.com/events/?searchTerm=&region=&type=4&course=15

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Wait, it’s winter and it’s cold, why are you going on about diving?

Cos diving’s brilliant and there’s no better time than winter to think about what diving you want to do next year, or what training you might do (see BSACs page on SDC’s) to help prepare you for the diving you want to do!

You could grab a buddy (SD’s and above) and head to a quarry to do some dive practice or even to the sea and go diving – just remember to tell the DO you’re planning to go diving and you’re good to go!

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While you warm your toes in front of your central heating and warm your insides with a festive tipple, have a read of the now-online ‘handbook’ of Safe Diving, cunningly named “Safe Diving”. It is the A to Z of safe diving practices and gives guidance on just about everything we do as divers. As in all things, guidance’s changes from time to time, and as it’s now available online why not have a browse. There’s even a search function!


https://www.bsac.com/safety/safe-diving-guide/


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Dive Planning Meeting

We have a planning meeting booked for 21st Feb. where we’ll look at any spaces in the calendar and see what diving can be fitted in – preferably using our wonderful rhib Molly! If anyone is interested in running a rhib trip but thinks they need a hand/encouragement/a boathandling course/a Dive Leader qualification – drop me a line and we can work some magic. Hardboats are great too of course and offer diving further afield, so whatever you want to dive next year –  put the date in your diary and make diving happen!

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The three rules of Hellfins….

They’re very simple, and they might ring a bell if you’ve read this far…

  1. Always tell the DO of any plans to go diving – and send him/her/me a note to say you’re safe and sound afterwards!

  2. Read (and understand) the Safe Diving ‘handbook’ as above.

  3. Send the DO your Self-cert medical form each year when you renew (or if you just joined).

What more could any DO wish for at Christmas? 😀


Well, basically that we all dive safely, have fun and come home giggling! That’s what it’s all about. 


To contact me, ask questions, take the piss etc. just hit reply to this email (but dont include Subscribers or your email goes to everyone in the club – unless that’s your intention) or get me at doAThellfinsDOTcom or grab me down the pub (pint of Aspall’s please – oh, most kind).


Lastly – our media-Jonny (Jon) has been putting together a new website for us – it looks great and works really well, it should be launched at the upcoming EGM (24th Jan) – more news on that soon.


Lastly lastly – look out for our Chair’s Newsletter – it’ll be a regular-ish item and will have bits and pieces from all sorts of people about what’s going on within Hellfins as well as in the great diving world around us. 


Cheers to all!

Oli


Cold and miserable rib trip – 23rd and 24th of March next year

I’m not really selling this am I?

 

Pippa and I have booked Molly for a rib trip next March.  It will probably be cold.  It will probably be raining.  If we’re lucky we might get out of the harbour, we might get a dive in.  But we definitely have a truly excellent time.  🙂

 

Good news is that we’re staying in the Portland Bird Observatory, which is a real lighthouse (like in Round The Twist).  It’s early in the season, so this is a chance to get a few dives in over the weekend.  If the weather really is that bad then we’ll shelter in the pub and go for a brutally hot curry to warm us all up.  There is a slim chance the weather will be brilliant, and we’ll get out to do some of the fantastic dives around Portland Bill.  But I wouldn’t count on it.

 

Cost will be £20 per day for Molly, plus £15 per day for the PBO, so £70 total for two days of diving and two days accommodation.

 

Let me know if you’re interested.  People who can drive the boat (especially non-divers) particularly welcome.

 

Cheers,

   Janos

 

079 80 555 185

 

 


Hellfins Committee Meeting Minutes – November 2017

Dear Hellfins

 

Please find attached the meeting minutes from the November Committee meeting.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at committee@hellfins.com

 

Many thanks

 

Best regards

 

Rob

Secretary


Dive Leader / Advanced Diver Training

 Hi All,

 

For those interesting in doing any Dive Leader or Advanced Diver training next year, we are having a planning meeting at 7:30 PM  on Wednesday the 6th of December  

If you have who have not done it, we will be running the first Dive Leader theory lesson (DT1) before the meeting from 6:30 PM.

 

What:- Dive Leader Introductory Lecture (DT1)

When:- Weds 6th Dec 6.30 – 7.30pm

Where:- Upstairs @ Constitution

Who for:- Dive Leader trainees who have not attended this lesson previously. No further DL training can be completed without DT1 attendance.

 

Dive Leader & Advanced Diver Training Planning

What:- Weds 6th Dec 7.30 – 8.15pm

When: – Upstairs @ Constitution

Who For:- Compulsory for trainees who want to complete any Dive Leader or Advanced Diver training this/next year

 

Any questions please contact training@hellfins.com and one of the Training Team will get back to you.

 

Kind regards,

 

Dom

 

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Final call for the Christmas Party!

Hi everyone! 

As the subject suggests, there's a couple more days to sign up for the club's last shin dig of the year at The Bavarian Beerhouse in Tower Hill on 1st December.
There's a few handfuls of suspects coming so far but there's room for more! I can send you my bank details separately for payment. £45.00 per person, non refundable. Includes platters for the meal plan, 2 litres of beer (2 x stiens) or a bottle of wine, table decorations and entertainement. 
Follow this link for full details of the packages
Let me know by Monday at the latest!
If I don't see you there or at the pub before the holidays, have a fab Christmas! Be safe and all the best in 2018. 
Adios 
Tamara

Hellfins 2017 AGM Minutes

Dear all,

 

Please find attached the minutes from the Hellfins 2017 AGM.

 

If you have questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us at committee@hellfins.com.

 

Many thanks

 

Best regards

 

Rob

Secretary

 


Plymouth diving trip – Late May bank holiday 2018

Hi all

I'm planing a dive trip to Plymouth on 26-28 May 2018 and still have a few spaces.

We're diving with the top notch skipper Danny at Discovery Divers on Red Alert. Diving will be a mix of classic wrecks (Scylla, JEL, Persia, Maine) and really good scenic (Eddystone, Hands Deep). We'll be diving on the Saturday / Sunday / Monday. It's some of my favourite UK diving and this year I managed to arrange bright sunshine, flat calm seas and great viz. Fingers crossed for next May!

This trip is suitable for sports divers and you'll need to be comfortable diving to 30m.

Cost will be approx £50 per day for diving and £25 to £30 per night for accommodation. As usual I'll be asking for an initial payment to secure your place – and if you drop out you'll be liable for the full amount unless a suitable other diver can be found.

Hope you can make it! (Have I mentioned late May is also basking shark season…).

If you are interested then drop me a line at pippa at pipparouse dot co dot uk.

Hellfins Christmas Party Update #1

Hola amigos, 

I'm pleased to receive awesome feedback and great numbers so far for this years shin dig at The Bavarian Beerhouse in Tower Hill, 1st December. 
There's been some good points raised regarding minimum numbers so please read on. We have secured the venue but this doesn't mean the all you can eat amazing Christmas buffet is available straight up. We need at least 40 of us for the delicioso, all you can eat treat. I am so so optimistic those numbers will be reached. In case we don't though, the meal plan will change to platters (vegetarian options also). Drinks will remain the same. Again, this link has all the information on menus, numbers, inclusions and service charge. 
Partners are very welcome to join the festivities also. Organise a babysitter and have a date night. Dogs are very reliable and warm for the job 😉 
We have until the 17th November to pay in full so it's not too late at all to sign up and let your hair down. I can send my bank details separately. Let me know names when you pay so you are not missed from the list. 
Any questions, give me a hola! Have a great weekend. 
Tam

[Subscribers] Hellfins Christmas Party 2017

Hi Tamara,

Please count myself and Rachel in, I’ll make a transfer now (I’ll use ref code “RIOGO”) for £90. 🙂

We are at the pub with “your” fins!

See you soon.
D

On Fri, 20 Oct 2017 at 10:37, Tamara Jones <tamarajones7@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi everyone,

I have found a venue on Friday 1st December which I hope many of you can put in your calendars. I won't say all because that would be a Christmas miracle right there 😉 I hope this date opens it up for our members outside of London that can make a night of it too.

From 7pm – 10pm come mingle, eat, drink and be merry at the Bavarian Beerhouse in Tower Hill. They have a Christmas themed buffet with 3 courses, 2 steins of beer (that's 2 litres!!) or 1 bottle of house wine and 1 shot with table decorations for £45.00 per person. Entertainment is their resident dj. They can seat us all together in tables of 10.

This link will take you to the info page for their Christmas packages. There is an additional link on that page which shows the full break down of the menu and inclusions. They cater for vegetarians as well.

http://www.bavarian-beerhouse.co.uk/london/christmas/ 

The booking requires a non refundable, £10.00 per person deposit asap to secure the tables and package. This is not a firm booking until a deposit of £500.00 is paid. I would like to get this locked in within the week as spaces and venues are filling up fast. Final balance is due on the 17th November. Up to you if you pay in full now or by the 17th November. The account details are as follows:

Name: Tamara Jones

Sort Code: 77-68-72

Account: 00878560

Reference: Your full name

Amount: £10.00 OR £45.00 

I hope you agree this will be a fun filled night and something a bit different to a pub gathering.

Please spread the word to those who you think may miss this post. My email address is tamarajones7@gmail.com if you would like to get in touch directly.

Mucho gracias amigos

Tamara

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Hellfins Christmas Party 2017

Hi everyone,

I have found a venue on Friday 1st December which I hope many of you can put in your calendars. I won’t say all because that would be a Christmas miracle right there 😉 I hope this date opens it up for our members outside of London that can make a night of it too.

From 7pm – 10pm come mingle, eat, drink and be merry at the Bavarian Beerhouse in Tower Hill. They have a Christmas themed buffet with 3 courses, 2 steins of beer (that’s 2 litres!!) or 1 bottle of house wine and 1 shot with table decorations for £45.00 per person. Entertainment is their resident dj. They can seat us all together in tables of 10.

This link will take you to the info page for their Christmas packages. There is an additional link on that page which shows the full break down of the menu and inclusions. They cater for vegetarians as well.

http://www.bavarian-beerhouse.co.uk/london/christmas/

The booking requires a non refundable, £10.00 per person deposit asap to secure the tables and package. This is not a firm booking until a deposit of £500.00 is paid. I would like to get this locked in within the week as spaces and venues are filling up fast. Final balance is due on the 17th November. Up to you if you pay in full now or by the 17th November.  Contact me for account details.

Amount: £10.00 OR £45.00

 

I hope you agree this will be a fun filled night and something a bit different to a pub gathering.

Please spread the word to those who you think may miss this post. My email address is tamarajones7@gmail.com if you would like to get in touch directly.

Mucho gracias amigos

Tamara


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