Throughout the pandemic, the Committee has aligned Clidive’s activities with guidance from both the Government and BSAC.
We have been back at Ironmonger Row Baths (IRB) since 29 April, starting with individual/household/bubble activities, encouraging members to get back in the water and refresh their skills and check their kit.
Since 17 May, we have resumed formal training in small groups, and on 10 June we started running Try Dives for two trainees at a time. We have run one Ocean Diver course for a maximum of six trainees, with all theory sessions held on Zoom on Wednesdays, followed by pool sessions on Thursdays. Open water training and general skills refreshers have been held at Wraysbury (in west London), at Stoney Cove and in Plymouth.
In early November we ran an Oxygen Administration course for Dive Leader trainees, with numbers kept to four trainees per session, using two manikins. Further face-to-face training at IRB is now being planned but we will continue to keep groups small and maintain safety precautions.
With accommodation now open, we ran our first diving trip since the last lockdown over the May Bank Holiday, following the protocols developed and tested in 2020. At its June meeting, the committee agreed some changes to the protocols, which can be found here.
All other scheduled dive trips went ahead as per the dive programme, with numbers set according to government/BSAC guidelines. We also added new trips aimed specifically at getting members back into the water safely.
Members are once again meeting after pool sessions at The Britannia Pub, Ironmonger Row. We also held a summer party and will be holding a Christmas Party on 4 December.
Planning on diving soon?
- If you’ve had Covid, however mildly, you must have a diving medical – please note that it might take you up to a month to get one, so do it now!
- If you’re coming on a club trip you must take a lateral flow or PCR test as close as possible to the trip date, even if you don’t have symptoms
- If you test positive, you obviously can’t come on the trip, as you must self-isolate – please let the Dive Manager know as soon as possible. They might be able to get somebody else to fill the place, but you won’t lose your deposit even if they can’t
- Same goes for if you have any Covid symptoms but can’t get a test in time – please contact the Dive Manager as quickly as possible to cancel your place
Finally, please familiarise yourself with Clidive’s Covid protocols and come suitably prepared.
Training matters: Training Officer (Mark Kelly) firstname.lastname@example.org
Scheduled dive trips: the relevant Dive Manager (see the Dive Programme)
General diving matters: Diving Officer (Nick Barter) email@example.com
BSAC has published a diving-focused summary, along with important guidance on how we can all prepare ourselves for our return to diving. Please take the time to read this and think about what you need to do before you get back in the water. You can also find information, including a ‘scorecard’ from the UK Diving Medical Council (UKDMC) here.
Last updated 21 November 2021