Training Weekend 2015
By cuparsubaqua, Apr 20 2015 08:28PM
Diving in Scotland is great all year round, but there is no better time to get started than now.
Many clubs start their ‘diving season’ at around this time of year. The water is beginning to warm, the days are longer, the gales have begun to ease, so people start to dig out their dive gear and brush up their skills in the water. For CSAC, the whole year is the ‘diving season’, so this doesn’t really apply. Instead, we get to witness the underwater world transition from season to season, each month bringing new surprises, challenges and delights.
For our trainees though, this is the perfect time of year to start getting out to sea. Having spent many winter evenings in the classroom and swimming pool, learning the necessary theory and skills they will soon rely on, wading into the open sea for the first time is an exciting prospect.
This year we took 14 people and stayed in three caravans at Coalasnacon near Kinlochleven. Lots of training and skills practice were on the bill, ranging from Ocean Diver to Instructor level. We also took the club’s small rib ‘Cutlass’, which is perfect for shuttling divers around the local divesites.
Helen's photos show that we experienced all four seasons, but it came up sunny in the end.
Ray the slavedriver made sure everyone was busy
Helen and Lorna don't mind a bit of weather
Silly hats - you might see these cropping up in the odd photo from now on...
Lorna and Helen underwater selfie
Andy's nifty pajero gadget
Eskimo diver presentation in the Clachaig.
Sunshine came out in the end.