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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Sad news of Ron Scaglione

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Ron Scaglione.
Jack Morrison sent the following information today 22nd October:

Ron fell and cracked his hip a couple of weeks ago and caught a chest infection in hospital. As he already had a weak heart he deteriorated and passed away this afternoon. I know there wonít be many who knew him but there will be few.

Ron was an active and prominent member of Clydebank Sub Aqua Club in the 60's and 70's.
In the recent past he would, from time to time, visit the branch at our previous pool sessions in the Clydebank Playdrome. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Ron's family.



Clydebank Post article


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 councilís Community Sports Fund and Iím 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 everyoneís 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 1970ís and 80ís, 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 Adamís 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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Congratulations

Branch Diving Officer John Morgan, is delighted to confirm the following diving awards in September 2017:

John Kerr: Scotsac Master Diver
Leigh Milne: Branch Diver
Martin Keeley: Branch Diver



Congratulations to David Ryrie who has "crossed over", as it were, from PADI. He recently gained his Scotsac Sport Diver Award. David has been a member of Clydebank Sub Aqua Club for about a year(as of June 2017), but for much of the time he works off shore, so "well done" on achieving the award so soon.



Congratulations to Joe McInally, who has just passed a
M O D 2 closed circuit rebreather course, which is 60 metres trimix. The course was undertaken with Ian Reid of Northern Technical Diving.

This photo of Joe was taken in March 2016 in Loch Fyne

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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






Scotsac Branch Instructor Award

Congratulations to Andrew Sinclair on attaining his Scotsac Branch Instructor award. Andrew completed his award under the direction of Regional Coach David Gillies, in Loch Fyne last Sunday 9th April. Clydebank Sub Aqua Club now has a good number of instructors to conduct diving training in the pool and open water.


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The chart is an approximate conversion of Watts to Lumens
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75watts1100up to 20Wup to 23Wup to 53W
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Divers Alert Network

There is an excellent article on the Divers Alert Network (DAN) website which will be of interest to experienced divers as well as new divers. 

It is all about preparation of body, mind and equipment for diving:

http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/DANs_Diving_Tips_for_the_New_Diver?utm_content=sf44858126&utm_medium=spredfast&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=Divers+Alert+Network+(DAN)&sf44858126=1



Whether you are new to underwater photography or a seasoned expert, this site will prove very useful:



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For all the latest information in the underwater world of SCUBA Diving take a look at Divernet: http://www.divernet.com/



Visit the Scuba Diver Life website at: http://scubadiverlife.com for a great many articles and tips on SCUBA diving. Most relate to diving in the tropics but you will also find a great deal of information relevant to our Northern European waters.

The Divers Alert Network website has a multitude of articles of interest to divers. It is a world wide network you can join (for a fee) to take out insurance for medical emergencies, amongst other things. Click on the link below for some of their useful articles:

http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/



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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