We've managed to squeeze in a couple of training days in March to help people complete Ocean Diver, Sports Diver and Dive Leader exercises. The weather hasn’t exactly been at its best and the water is a tad on the cool side, but we’ve made the most of it. Now it’s BST we’re awaiting the arrival of spring and looking forward to some great diving.
Some of our Dive Leaders are taking the next steps towards becoming Instructors in April and we’d like to wish them good luck with their courses and exams.
Saturday 30th November was Sports Diver Day when our Instructors offered to cover all six of the Sports Diver lectures in one day.
We learned about what it means to be a Sports Diver, the skills that would be gained, looked at equipment and techniques for using it, practiced decompression and gas calculations as well as discussing the different range of diving available to Sports Divers and when they can do for the club.
Cheryl even brought prizes for the best answers!
Little Anne joined in the fun at one point where everyone was practicing their Basic Life Support, making sure to get that all important neck extension and then practicing cardiac compressions to the strains of Stayin Alive or Nellie the Elephant!
We had 9 budding Sports Divers who completed all the lectures, with 11 at the peak of the day, as school sports and other musical Saturday morning commitments finished.
It was a fairly intensive day spent immersed in all things diving but lots of tea, coffee, biscuits and sweets helped keep energy levels up. Thanks to all the Instructors and to everyone who came along and we hope you found it interesting and enjoyable.
Tuesday 16th April is the last formal training night on our Ocean Diver Course. We take to the waters of Strangford Lough on Saturday 20th April to transfer all those skills we have learnt in the pool into the sea.
Hopefully the weather is going to realise that it's Spring and we're looking forward to a great weekend's craic in Portaferry.
As part of our onging training programme Lisburn SAC is running the Advanced Diver lecture series begining Thursday 17th Jan 2013. The lectures run over four weeks finishing 7th Feb 2013.
After the Advanced Diver Lectures we begin our Ocean Diver Course on Tuesday 12th Feb 2013 and we look forward to welcoming our new members who are starting out on their chosen sport.
This Ocean Diver course is fully booked, however, if you are interested in being on our next course (probably Sept 2013) then contact Marie Wallace via email@example.com to find out more or to provisionally book your space.
Thanks to all the Instructors who helped out with the Sports Diver lectures today and we hope that those who attended enjoyed the day spent immersed in all things diving.
We learnt about what it means to be a sports Diver and extending our diving, practiced Basic Life support to the strains of Nellie the Elephant, learnt about Diver Rescue, Shot Lines, SMB's, DSMB's, Distance Lines, Torches and the dreaded Compass.
We scratched our heads at how goats, tables, atmospheric pressure, mountains and aeroplanes were all linked together by decompression and calculated how much breathing gas we needed to do it all with, not to mention how many different ways there were to carry it. Then to finish we learnt about leading dives, looking after our buddies and being role models.
Tea, Coffee, buiscuits and sweets keep the energy levels up and we even managed to "Hit the Hut" for lunch!
Next Saturday (12th Jan) we are running a Sports Diver classroom training day for our members when we plan to cover all the lectures in the BSAC Sports Diver programme in one day.
First lecture at 08:30 and the day should finish around 17:30. All members welcome.
We have had a busy time since January as we have completed Ocean Diver and Sports Diver training courses. The Sports Diver course finished with a practical rescue lesson in the pool this week, so we have only the theory test to go and, of course, some more open water dives.
We have had a lot of interest in our next Ocean Diver course which is planned to start on 18th September 2012 and anticipate that it will quickly reach capacity. We look forward to welcoming our new members and introducing them to our sport.
Many thanks to all our Instructors who give freely of their time throughout the year and we hope everyone has a great time diving over the "summer".
The Ocean Diver course at Lisburn Sub Aqua Club is almost complete and the craic has been great.
Some of the folk training in the pool on Tuesday night (1st May) took a few moments to pose for a group photo (left)
If you are interested in learning to dive and would like to learn in a friendly club atmosphere, then why not drop Marie a line on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on joining our Club and the cost of membership.
If you want to give it a go first then we can organise a Try Dive so you can find out first hand what its like.
The next Ocean Diver course (beginners) will be starting in September, but as training takes place under the supervision of nationally qualified instructors spaces are limited. We are currently taking names to secure a place on this course.
Our Ocean Diver course starts on 13th March.
If you have already contacted Marie and signed up then a very warm welcome to the Club. If you are interested in learning to dive there are still a few spaces left on the course but please contact Marie via email@example.com as soon as possible.
The course starts on Tuesday 13th March at 7.30pm in the clubroom beside the Lisburn Leisureplex followed by the pool training session at 9.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there
Lisburn Sub Aqua Club is delighted to be running the popular BSAC Ocean Diver Training programme starting on 13th March 2012.
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to dive, this course is for you as its aimed at beginners and provides the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for open water diving.
The BSAC Ocean Diver course prepares for this in the safety of a swimming pool or sheltered water and an introduction to open water in a controlled, safe manner. Experience and confidence will be gained under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Maximum depth - 20m.Continue Reading Ocean Diver Course now starting 13th March 2012