Scuba diving in Dahab, Egypt

TSAC members waiting to be briefed for a dive.

21 happy Club members have just returned from a fabulous diving holiday in Dahab, 60 miles north of Sharm el Sheikh in the Sinai peninsular. We dived with Big Blue Dahab and stayed at the Dahab Paradise Hotel, both of which I would highly recommend. During our week away, some members managed to cram in 17 dives! Most of us managed 10, a mixture of shore and boat diving. Our non-diving partners enjoyed snorkelling, relaxing round the pool, and joining us on our diving camel safari. If you’d like to see more pics, head over to out SmugMug site.

Diving lectures at the Royal Geographical Society

Photo of seal by Jane MorganLast Friday 15 February, 8 members of TSAC attended the Scuba Trust lectures at the Royal Geographical Society. Emmy Award winning cameraman, Michael Pitts and television presenter Paul Rose, talked about the unusual and sometimes dangerous dives that they undertake to bring underwater wonders to our TV screens.

The Dive Lectures are held in support of the Scuba Trust – a charity devoted to giving people with physical disabilities an equal opportunity to experience the pleasure and excitement of scuba diving and the underwater world.

An unexpected pleasure was bumping into ex-club member Jane Morgan, who was exhibiting and selling her amazing photos. You can check out Jane’s work here.

Try-dives for disabled youngsters

Wendy Dorgan with her swimmimg group and members of TSAC

The following article was reproduced in the local Richmond Guardian on 5 January:

A scuba diving club has helped dozens of disabled youngsters explore the underwater world.

Divers at Teddington Sub Aqua Club have marked six years of scuba lessons for disabled youngsters at Teddington pool.

The group started the lessons after swimming instructor Wendy Dorgan noticed her pupils, who have learning and physical disabilities, were fascinated by a diver practising nearby.

She said: “My autistic pupils were absolutely fascinated. I thought it would be amazing if they could have a go at diving themselves.

“We have been holding the sessions every year since. The reaction from the youngsters has been fascinating and many of them have picked it up amazingly quickly.”

Clay pigeon shooting

Clay pigeon shootingA really good turn out for this one including Colin, Peggy, Ian & new wife Becky coming up from the South and Ewen mucking up his brand new car on the dirt track. One of our group was so impressed he joined a shooting club the following week.

A lovely sunny day down in the woods at Headley with the local ‘Southern Comfort’ rednecks making us look a bit uncomfortable at first. We were soon up and running though after a very detailed safety talk and shooting those pigeons willy nilly, well, Roger was.

After lunch, a few of us relaxed enough to put Roger in the shade and even Steve bagged a brace.

Pete W

Boom boom!

A tourist in a bar in Florida asks an Irishman sitting at the bar, ‘Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?’

To which the Irishman replies; ‘If they fell forwards they’d still be in the friggin boat’.

Gill