Our instructors are all BSAC qualified and have decades of combined experience, ensuring the training you receive is of an excellent standard.
The committee looks after all the ‘behind the scenes’ operations, holding regular committee meetings, and making decisions on behalf of the club. We hold an annual AGM, where all club members are invited to contribute their thoughts and ideas on how the club should be run.
I’ve always been a keen swimmer, but wanted something more. Back in 1981, a friend suggested a Try Dive, and I was immediately hooked: the freedom, like being able to fly, was such an incredible experience.
40 years and over 4500 dives later, the sheer thrill of diving is stronger than ever. I started off in the UK, before discovering other, more exotic seas. Now all my diving is abroad, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, photographing the myriad of amazing creatures, from sharks to the weird and unbelievable macro critters.
I feel so lucky to be able to experience the wonderful underwater world that most people will never see.
After having tried diving whilst on holiday in Cuba in 2017, my wife suggested I take up the sport when we got back home as I enjoyed it so much.
From my first visit to a club night, I was made to feel very welcome, and have been supported and encouraged to develop my diving skills. My long term goal is to become an instructor, helping those wanting to learn to dive, just as I did.
I’m also responsible for organising social events, maintaining our social media pages and the website. You’ll usually find me recanting some story based on my week’s events travelling around the country!
About 22 years ago, my son wanted to learn to dive, as he was under 18 I decided to join as a snorkeller at the same time as it made chaperoning him much more fun; I could swim or snorkel whilst he was training! Also, when taking him on dive trips I knew the other divers too and used to have warm drinks and the occasional bacon butty ready when they surfaced.
My daughter also learnt to snorkel with the club when she was old enough, but both have since grown up and moved away.
I stayed on as the club was so friendly, and have now served on the committee in various guises for around 20 years, currently Membership and Welfare Officer.
I was lucky enough to learn to dive at the age of 12 whilst living in Egypt, and spent my teenage years being spoiled by the wonders of the Red Sea. Fast forward a few years and I was living in the UK: I realised that if I wanted to dive regularly then I’d have to brave chilly British waters! Several years on, I am a true convert to the delights of UK diving and the secret world of these temperate seas.
I am presently Diving Officer for the club and a keen (but very amateur!) underwater photographer.
I am a BSAC Open Water Instructor and hold technical diving qualifications from TDI, but am as happy pootling in 5 metres of water off Torbay as hitting deep wrecks on trimix – it’s all diving at the end of the day!
My name’s Baxter (yes that IS my first name) and I’m currently a BSAC dive leader, assistant open water instructor and also help out with BSAC’s West Midlands Coaching Team.
I’ve been diving since 2015 and in that time I’ve been lucky enough to dive in some fantastic locations around the UK and overseas and I’m happy to jump into pretty much any body of water anywhere, anytime.
My preference in diving is maritime history (aka wrecks) as I find them utterly fascinating along with the back stories that accompany these wrecks and how they came to be.
I can be persuaded now and again to have a look at marine life-especially when seals want to play however!
Thanks for reading-All the best.
Barry Whitfield (a.k.a. ScubaBEW) here, I’m a BSAC Advanced Diver and Open Water Instructor.
Keen on underwater photography & videography and have invented two underwater
sports for divers (Golfin – u/w golf) (ScubaDarts – u/w darts) because Octopush is too tiring!!!
Have dived Great Barrier Reef (Aus), Ningaloo (Aus), Monterey Kelp Forests (USA),
Sulawesi, Mediterranean, lots of Red Sea sites (Egypt) and a host of UK sites.
I enjoy 4m under Swanage Pier as much as 40m on the Eddystone Lighthouse Rocks because all dives have their own potential to be fun.