We try to run at least a couple of Club dive trips annually to give our members the chance to explore new dive sites and develop their skills away from the Rezza.
All dive trips are run at cost and we always try to keep these reasonable. Members will need to pay for travel, accommodation, food and any diving-related expenses such as boat hire and air fills.
Sometimes these dive trips are for a long weekend, other times a week away. We also run regular day trips to relatively local dive sites. For example Chepstow National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), Cromhall Quarry, Stoney Cove and Dosthill.
Recent dive trips
In the last few years we have run two week-long dive trips to Northumberland (diving with seals around the Farne Islands), a week in Scapa Flow (Orkney Islands), weekend trips to Plymouth, Criccieth, Swanage and Lyme Regis, and even organised a member’s diving stag-do to Milford Haven! Previously we have also had many fun-filled Club trips to the Red Sea, Egypt.
In 2019 we ran a long-weekend trip to Farne Islands (a firm favourite with the Club!), a shore dive from Chesil Beach and another weekend in Lyme Regis.
The Covid pandemic put paid to many of our plans for 2020 but we have still managed to get a couple of fantastic summer trips in to dive the UK coast. First a trip to Lundy Island for some unforgettable dives with seals and then to south Cornwall for a mixture of reefs and wrecks.
Beyond that, who knows?
The map below shows places we’ve been (orange and blue markers) and where we’d really like to go (purple markers)!
We always try to open up the trips to as many divers as possible. However due to the nature of some dive sites that we visit, we do unfortunately have to restrict some trips to divers of certain grades and above.
We usually invite spouses/partners/children/dogs of divers along to our longer trips, so no one is left out! Non-divers always arrange an entertaining schedule to occupy themselves while the divers are out at sea.
We have also run two very popular and successful trips to the Midlands Diving Chamber in Rugby. Members had the chance to experience a ‘dry dive’ to 50m, and the (sometimes amusing!) effects of nitrogen narcosis in a safe environment. They also learnt about the dangers of decompression illness and how to spot the signs and symptoms. Everyone came away with a new appreciation of the valuable work that the staff at the Chamber do in treating divers’ decompression illnesses.
You can see some of our pictures from our first trip