Branch News
The telephone number for reporting DCI incidents in Scotland has changed.
The emergency line is
0345 408 6008, which connects to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
They will give advice and activate recompression facilities.


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Several pieces of news to announce for February/March, now that I have returned from holiday:

Important Notice from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency

If you’re cruising anywhere on or after April 6, you might want to check your GPS 🛰 especially if it’s an older one as it might be giving you the wrong position. We’ve issued a special safety bulletin to explain what you need to do to avoid the problem!

On April 6 navigation data from some older GPS systems might become inaccurate due to the ‘week number’ rollover event.

This could cause stand-alone GPS receivers and systems using GPS chips, to produce data that is 19.7 years either in the past or future, therefore generating errors in both the GPS position and time. However, if onboard equipment has been installed after August 1999, or has regular firmware updates from the manufacturer, there should be minimal risk of an error occurring.

Luke Hallett Radio Spectrum Policy Co-ordinator for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said: ‘If your GPS is more than 10 years old or it’s had no firmware updates then you’re definitely at higher risk. If your GPS falls into either of those categories you need to check with the manufacturer before April 6, otherwise time and position data used for navigation could become inaccurate.’

The MCA's safety bulletin is intended to help operators understand the implications of the week-number rollover and to take action to ensure all GPS updates are completed.

For more information on the rollover event please visit:http://ow.ly/othy30o9cbH



CONGRATULATION to:

Ian Sinclair, who is now a Scotsac Sport Diver!! 

Leigh Milne, for passing her exams and is another step closer to "doctor"

Cameron & Lindsay on the birth of Robyn. Cameron had the easy bit(so to speak!!!!!)

Andrew & Karen, who are expecting an addition to their family.

I think (I hope) that is everyone!!

Congratulations to all of YOU from everyone at
                                                Clydebank Sub Aqua Club





How about this pool for a Diver Training Facility!?
(The narration is dreadful but the content is fascinating)

Y-40 The Deep Joy





Kelp Dredging concerns:
Andrew Sinclair
(Clydebank SAC Chairman) meets our MSP.

Today I met with Mr. Gil Paterson, the MSP for Clydebank & Milngavie.
I had been contacted last month by Mr Paterson’s office, concerning an email I had sent on behalf of Clydebank Sub Aqua Club, regarding our opposition to Marine Biopolymers application to Marine Scotland for a licence to harvest kelp.


Andrew_&_Gil_Paterson_

Mr Paterson has a good understanding of kelp harvesting, as he has close friends in China and has spent time there. Initially Mr Paterson thought that this was what Marine Biopolymers proposal involved. After I described the actual process the applicant wants to adopt to harvest the Kelp and explained about how kelp supports the marine ecosystem, Mr Paterson stated that he would not support the application. He is going to write to the Scottish Parliament to find out who has jurisdiction on the decision making process of the application.

Mr Paterson will oppose this application and has expressed his concern at the destruction this process will cause. I also explained that for far too long, the damage to our inshore marine environment has been considerable, with Scallop Dredging etc. What lies beneath the waves has an important impact on the health of our marine environment. Mr Paterson is very much in agreement.



Diving Awards

John Morgan, our Branch Diving Officer, is pleased to inform the membership that Andy Richardson has completed the Scotsac Branch Diver award. Congratulations to Andy and enjoy the deep blue sea. (Sorry I don't have a photo)





Branch Diving Officer John Morgan is pleased to announce that Leigh Milne has completed her Scotsac Sport Diver award. Congratulations to Leigh and plenty of safe diving.




For those of you who did not see the feature article about Clydebank Sub Aqua Club in the Clydebank Post in July 2017








New gear for Clydebank Sub Aqua Club
by Gordon Anderson

As some members of the club will be aware, the club recently applied for a grant to purchase new training equipment for the members to use whilst progressing through their training schedule.

The club applied to West Dunbartonshire council’s Community Sports Fund and I’m pleased to announce that we were successful in our application.

The community Sports Fund advised they would fund 75% of our proposed application with the club being required to fund the remaining 25%, which through various fund raising activities carried out by the members we successfully achieved.

This has allowed us to purchase four new complete sets of diving equipment to afford our members the use of new and up to date equipment for use when trainees progress into the open water phase of their training.

The club considered carefully the needs of the members and what best the funds could be spent on. With close consultation with our equipment officers Joe an equipment list quickly formed.

Members of the committee set to work comparing the various dive equipment suppliers to try and get the best possible deal for the funds which we had been awarded.

The final decision was made that Go Dive offered the best packages for our needs and the order was placed.

The equipment arrived a few weeks ago and Joe has now inventoried the new equipment and put it into immediate use for the members.

Go Dive even managed to throw in some extras such as gloves, fins, dry bags and some diving related books.

Once again on behalf of the committee I would just like to thank everyone who committed their time and effort into assisting with the process from the application to the fund raising, without everyone’s combined efforts successful ventures like this would not be possible and the great success which it has been. Thank you.





Webmaster's note: A tremendous thank you, on behalf of the Branch Committee, to Gordon. He prepared the Grant application and submitted it on our behalf. Without his efforts we would not have received this generous Grant from West Dunbartonshire Council. 





 













Adam Curtis
It is with great sadness that I report that Adam Curtis died on 8th August 2017. Adam had been a member of Clydebank Sub Aqua Club since 1967 and was a 1st Class Diver/ Examiner. He has been a past Chairman of the Scottish Sub Aqua Club and was, for a number of years, Editor of the Scottish Diver magazine. During his time as editor he made a number of radical changes to improve the technical, content and production quality of the magazine.

Adam was extremely well known and very highly respected in the academic world and became the first Professor of Cell Biology in the UK, a position he held at Glasgow University.

Adam was a very keen diver, diving most weekends, family commitments permitting. During the 1970’s and 80’s, as well as his Scotsac General Committee duties, he was often involved in training other divers in the branch or assisting at, or organising courses at national level on behalf of Scotsac, at the National Sports Centre at Inverclyde, Largs.

When rebreathers for amateur divers became available, Adam was one of the first divers in Scotland to take the training course and own a rebreather. Indeed, until very recently Adam was the only Clydebank diver to use a rebreather.

Approximately 12 years ago Adam was rewarded for his work and dedication to the Scottish Sub Aqua Club with Honorary Life Membership of the Club.

Clydebank Sub Aqua Club sends its sincere condolences to Adam’s wife Ann, and his daughters Penelope and Susanna.

A full account of Adam's life can be found on line by searching: "Adam Curtis Glasgow University".


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Here is a short movie, which has already appeared on Facebook, of Norway Lobsters scurrying around the seabed:

Norway Lobsters in Loch Fyne





The chart is an approximate conversion of Watts to Lumens

Incandescent Lumens LED CFL Halogen
bulb
100watts 1600 up to 22W up to 26W up to 72W
75watts 1100 up to 20W up to 23W up to 53W
60watts 800 up to 12W up to 15W up to 43W
40watts 400 up to 9W up to 11W up to 29W

A plethora of new and returning speakers will be presenting in the main theatre or in one of the four break out rooms. This year we will have talks from all wards of diving: Arctic Explorers, Film/Camera Photography, Life Support, Marine Conservation, Archaeological, Disability, Rivers, Caves, Wrecks, Technical and Free divers to enthrall your passion for what can be achieved whilst wearing rubber! 

 

Stirling University's central location has great commuter links, acres of free parking, on-site amenities and accommodation. The main Atrium area will again hold our reception, lunch, and our growing collaboration of stands and stalls with marine conservation groups, dive charters, book sales, marine outboard engine services and sales, and dive equipment sales, full of new shiny dive things to tempt you at dive show prices.
This year the RNLI would like to invite you to bring along your boating life preservers to be checked for sea worthiness. This free service is to make sure it would be effective if an overboard incident occurred whilst wearing it.

 

Conference delegates will receive a programme and bag of various goodies, offers and leaflets donated from attending groups, dive charters, travel arrangers and major equipment manufacturers. There's also the chance to win big in the Dive Conference raffle with plenty of 'not to be missed' prizes up for grabs.

 

Why not come and make a weekend of it? After the conference there will be an evening of fine dining with a three course meal and speakers, before dancing the night away at Stirling Court Hotel just 200 yards from the venue. Conference goers can take advantage of special offer room rates (subject to availability):
Single occupancy £50 per room/night B&B
Double occupancy £75 per room/night B&B                                 
Quote: dive conference when booking www.stirlingcourthotel.com (link is external) 01786 466000

 

Tickets in advance are available using the links below:
Daytime Event                       £20 Inc. lunch
Evening Dinner/Dance            £28 Inc. 3 course meal/entertainment

- See more at: http://www.scotsac.com/news#sthash.C27XJ3Id.dpuf

The Scottish Dive Conference red carpet is ready to be unfurled on Saturday 21st November. Stirling University will once again be the stage of our 2015 performance with another jam-packed day lined up for you. 
A plethora of new and returning speakers will be presenting in the main theatre or in one of the four break out rooms. This year we will have talks from all wards of diving: Arctic Explorers, Film/Camera Photography, Life Support, Marine Conservation, Archaeological, Disability, Rivers, Caves, Wrecks, Technical and Free divers to enthrall your passion for what can be achieved whilst wearing rubber! 

 

Stirling University's central location has great commuter links, acres of free parking, on-site amenities and accommodation. The main Atrium area will again hold our reception, lunch, and our growing collaboration of stands and stalls with marine conservation groups, dive charters, book sales, marine outboard engine services and sales, and dive equipment sales, full of new shiny dive things to tempt you at dive show prices.
This year the RNLI would like to invite you to bring along your boating life preservers to be checked for sea worthiness. This free service is to make sure it would be effective if an overboard incident occurred whilst wearing it.

 

Conference delegates will receive a programme and bag of various goodies, offers and leaflets donated from attending groups, dive charters, travel arrangers and major equipment manufacturers. There's also the chance to win big in the Dive Conference raffle with plenty of 'not to be missed' prizes up for grabs.

 

Why not come and make a weekend of it? After the conference there will be an evening of fine dining with a three course meal and speakers, before dancing the night away at Stirling Court Hotel just 200 yards from the venue. Conference goers can take advantage of special offer room rates (subject to availability):
Single occupancy £50 per room/night B&B
Double occupancy £75 per room/night B&B                                 
Quote: dive conference when booking www.stirlingcourthotel.com (link is external) 01786 466000

 

Tickets in advance are available using the links below:
Daytime Event                       £20 Inc. lunch
Evening Dinner/Dance            £28 Inc. 3 course meal/entertainment

- See more at: http://www.scotsac.com/news#sthash.C27XJ3Id.dpu  
 


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