Mini scuba experiences for young people

Here at Teddington SAC, we don’t just deal with adults; in the past few weeks we have given try-dives to 22 teenagers and children, introducing them to the techniques we use to explore the underwater world.

We have welcomed students from Turing House school for the past 2 years, and gave been giving scuba lessons to Wendy Dorgan’s Special Needs group at Teddington pool for over 10 years.

The group started the lessons after swimming instructor Wendy noticed her pupils, who have learning and physical disabilities, were fascinated by a diver practising nearby. They have really taken to diving, and many of them return to us year after year.

Here are a few photos of Wendy’s group enjoying their scuba session (please click on them to enlarge them). If you are a teacher and would be interested in bringing some of your pupils down to Teddington Pool for a try-dive, please do get in touch.

Club holiday to the Isles of Scilly

Last June (2014) 11 TSAC members enjoyed a diving holiday on the Isles of Scilly with Dive Scilly, Based in St. Mary’s. Our skipper Dave McBride made sure we had a memorable time on our boat Tiburon. Here’s club member Ian’s review of the week.

Getting to the Isles of Scilly is quite an experience particularly if you fly from Land’s End International Airport. The aircraft is a small twin engined “Indiana Jones” affair Continue reading

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