Red Sea, September 2017

Hillary, Miles, Richard, Stan, Peter, Graham, Russel, Jim, David, Sally, Geoff, Joules, Paul, Jon, Jeanie, Bondie, Brett and myself, all met outside the leisure centre to wait for a coach which unbeknown to us was to arrive 45 minutes late. But due to Hillary’s awesome planning skills we still made …

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Isles of Scilly 2017

The divers The annual trip to the Isles of Scilly in June included all the usual suspect with one or two new additions: Rich Wells, Stan Russell, Mark Jeffreys, Pete Virgo, Jon Arthur, Andy Bacon, Hilary Wilson, Miles Howarth, Chris Prichard, Clare Virgo, Geoff Russell, Pete Talbot and Adrian Taylor. …

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Weymouth 2017

Divers aboard the Tango

In mid September, nine Stratford Dive Club members enjoyed the delights of diving in Dorset from Tango, the big orange dive boat, based in Weymouth. I particularly wanted us to dive two iconic wrecks—the Aeolian Skye and the Elena R, because they are both BIG wrecks with wreckage that stands …

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New Instructors

Well done and many thanks from the club to Dan Rowe and Ellen Noakes for taking the next step in putting something back into the club, in ‘payment’ for their own training. They have both given up their weekend and paid for the pleasure of doing so by spending the …

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Stoney training day

With another dive season imminent, we organised a training day at Stoney Cove to get qualifications completed and new trainees in the water for the first time. The weather was better than expected, no rain and even a small amount of sunshine, but underwater was not so kind with pretty …

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Mince pie dives, Christmas 2016

Warming up with hot chocolate

On the dark, dank Monday morning before Christmas, 4 Stratford Club members, Jamie, Peter T, Paul N and I (Sally) braved the murky depths of Stoney Cove on the Annual Festive Dip. It was actually warmer underwater (8°C) than on land (6°C) so we weren’t as intrepid as you might …

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