Dive Trip Planning and Responsibilities
We’ve slipped into a default mode of late of relying on Gareth to take on the huge responsibility, and commitment, of finding and arranging dive trips for the Club and us all. Following an impromptu Committee meeting last night we agreed and decided that for all future dive trips a Trip Organizer will be nominated by me as the DO to take forward the planning of the dive trip involved. Anyone in the Club might find an interesting trip, and indeed make a tentative inquiry as to availability: that is not to say that they then automatically have to take on the Trip Organizer role to plan it and run it. It could certainly be a good idea for the development of their own diving experience levels; but we, as a Committee, would always provide support and a designated Trip Organizer if it was deemed appropriate.
The important point here is that in looking to take the Club somewhere with a dive boat and/or accommodation involved, it usually means looking ahead by at least 12 months. We have a fairly good calendar of trips planned for 2021 albeit Covid 19 has played a part! Indeed we have had to just cancel the 17-18Apr21 Swanage trip – no takers anyway and ongoing Covid restrictions being lifted sufficiently are a bit too tight anyway. I was also concerned about a sea-diving trip when we all have been out of the water for some considerable length of time
My next point relates to that diving safety issue. BSAC have put out guidance on “Preparation for a Return to Diving” at https://www.bsac.com/advice-and-support/preparation-for-a-return-to-diving/; and which I have already copied to our Home page (and above) for reference. So my one-liner from this is that before you go on any of the trips planned by the Club, you are to arrange a ‘check-dive’ for yourself in open still water: Guildenburg or Stoney Cove as examples. Use this ‘check dive’ to confirm your equipment is working as advertised, your dry suit is dry!, you have good buoyancy control, and you are comfortable in yourself being back in the water. Carry out pre-dive and in-water buddy checks; and take your time to have a simple swim around at a sensible depth of 9 metres before progressing deeper to your own planned max depth for the dive. Do a DSMB practice before ascending; maybe even then a practice tow swapping between you as a pair just to remember the techniques involved. Having done this please let me know accordingly with a copy of your dive log.
Safe diving – Jon