What’s New at SISAC June 2018
Having not received any content for this post I have been delayed in updating.
A note to the Instructors, past and present members, if you want to get involved then contact the Training Officer and he will be grateful of your assistance.
The site is for you the members also. Any photos, stories or your story would be of interest to members and prospective members. Why does diving “Ring your Bell”.
Advertise the new club number – 01480 708029. Answered by voicemail, responded to by humans. We think.
Know and Grow
Know and Grow is a promotion by BSAC to help clubs generate more members. Anna Rudd, Jon Chitty and myself (Alex Barrett) attended the day presentation at Loughborough University.
The general feedback gained from other clubs is that SISAC is not unique in seeing dimminishing members numbers. This appears to be across the country. BSAC gave us some advice on how to promote and attract potential members. This included people new to the sport and also how to attract qualified divers who placed their fins on the shelf until life, wife/husband and children moved out of the way of diving.
Face book is a very efficient and cost effective way of raising the profile of SISAC. Hopefully you will have seen promotions and posts on Facebook (join us if you have not already).
Dive Trips for 2018
The duration of these are single day, 2-3 day and week holidays, further information can be found on the forum.
We have brought back the day trips to Brighton. These are an excellent way of getting out of the house and not have to go to inland sites. They also serve as a great introduction to newly qualified Ocean Divers.
We have some old favorites booked also. Plymouth, Swanage and Farne Islands. There is also a weeks trip to Ireland and the Scilly Islands.
The committee appreciates that this sport, especially to new Ocean Divers, takes up a reasonable amount of time. To be away for long weekends and in some cases a full week can be difficult. To help with this some single day diving has been arranged.
Let’s summarise and get into the schedule for 2018.
Plymouth Bovisand April
Now closed however direct arrangements may be made with Discovery Divers 01752 492722.
Swanage 19th – 20th May
A two day visit to the south coast where there are sites which can satisfy new and experienced divers. The boat operator, Divers Down, have 3 boats and run a taxi/shuttle service to a site of your choice.
Robin Norman wrote a synopsis on the weekend here.
Farne Islands 25th – 26th – 27th August
Boat charter for 12 persons is £480 per day, £40.00 per diver per day.
Accommodation is £35.00 per person per night.
A total of £150.00 per person.
Earlier this month, June 2018, we had a day trip with Brighton Diver. An excellent day for the weather and sea state however the visibility was poor at around 2-3 metres. It was a day out and was enjoyable.
I am pleased to say that one of our newest memebrs, Swav, joind us witha friend, Marek.
Dive Trips 2019
Organising trips is a thankless task. Firstly trying to find a location where members wish to go, raising enthusiasm, collecting deposits only to end up with an under subscribed activity. This leads to the club making up shortfalls or trips being cancelled. This lowers enthusiasm and perpetuates the problem.
It is a well trodden path however I am going to walk it again. “YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!”. Tell the committee where you want to go in 2019 Only feedback to the committee can improve 2019, Be prepared to take a prominent role in organising it.
- Single day diving in Brighton – Dates to be confirmed
- Weymouth – Old Harbour Dive Centre. More information here
- Pembrokeshire – Dates to be confirmed
- Newton Stewart – In the North West BSAC 1853
Hopefully more to follow. If you have a preference or an idea on other trips please contact the committee with your suggestion.
Since November 2017 we have conducted 31 Try Dives. This is a combination of Friends and Family, Scouts and traffic from the Website. Personnaly, I am pleased with this as it has generated some Ocean Diver training and subsequently new members.
Club Bank Account
As of this month, June 2018, the account has been moved from a tradiational account. Chequebooks and paying in slips, are a thing of the past. The account number previously used to transfer funds to the club is no longer valid. Please contact the Treasurer for the new details.
New at SISAC
This can only become a monthly update if you feed into it. We want to know what you are up to and what you would like to do. Are you new at SISAC? Don’t be shy, we don’t bite (well most don’t), step forward and pester Instructors to help you through your qualification. Involve them in your training, they enjoy it, that’s why they became Instructors.
Spot something in the Dive Press? Pass it on, let us post it here so all can enjoy it.
Parted with some hard earned cash? Lets celebrate your purchase and work out how we can get the same past our partners. Maybe you will have some tips on this.
That wraps up June 2018. Hopefully I can report on more good news next month and also have some member content.
SISAC organise trips throughout the dive season to suit all qualifications. We welcome non-members to join us. Why not contact us to learn to dive or simply join us on the next trip. Call 01480 708029 or complete the contact page.