With the reopening of swimming pools in England, we have been running COVID-compliant pool sessions since 13 August.

For the moment, the pool is open 8.00-9.00pm, with Clidive the only occupants of the Ironmonger Row Baths complex during that time. Drawing on BSAC guidelines, and in agreement with IRB staff, we have developed our own procedures and protocols that all users must comply with. A full briefing is given at 7.30pm outside the pool.

Clidive members are very welcome to come to the pool to test kit, refresh skills and/or simply have a swim but, for the moment at least, you must contact training@clidive.org to let us know you are coming, tell us what club kit you need and receive initial instructions regarding pool use.


We have been carrying out some limited pool training for members who were unable to complete their courses before lockdown.

We are planning to run a new Sports Diver course starting at the end of September. We don’t currently have the facilities for face-to-face theory training, which we will continue to run over Zoom as appropriate. Pool training will take place during the course, although we can’t yet fully teach all the rescue skills. If you would be interested in joining the course, please contact training@clidive.org. Details will also be circulated in the fortnightly Newsplash.

We are half way through Dive Leader theory sessions. These will be completed as soon as is feasible.

During lockdown, we ran a short programme of non-qualification training on a range of diving-related topics, using Zoom. We are currently planning a further programme and will keep members fully informed.

Open Water Training

Ocean Diver

Quarry training possibilities are currently limited by new procedures at Stoney Cove and Guildenburgh Water, as well as by difficulties hiring wetsuits. We will get in touch with trainee ODs as soon as we can find a sensible way forward.

Sports Diver and above

Depending on instructor availability and existing levels of experience, we hope to be able to organise some limited open water training opportunities in the next few weeks. We will be in touch with trainees in person as soon as we can.


We have now run one hard-boat day and two COVID-compliant weekend RIB trips to Plymouth, with a third RIB trip – to West Bay – scheduled for the end of September (this trip is full).

We are also planning a trip to the Lake District in October for experienced Sports Divers and above. You will need your own transport or a hire car for this trip. See the Dive Programme for details.

Finally, the club also has a liveaboard trip to Egypt booked for November, which we are hoping will go ahead as planned. This trip is currently fully booked.

Based on our experience so far, we have developed our own guidance for RIB diving with Clidive during COVID-19, which we will continue to review as BSAC and government guidance evolve.

Members will be sent information about any further trips that we schedule, and we hope to be able to plan a full programme of diving for 2021. All members will be sent a copy and the programme will be published on our website in late December as usual.


During lockdown we ran regular Thursday night Zoom sessions, comprising a talk followed by chat. Now that the pool has reopened, a few members are visiting The Britannia pub after the session. Zoom club nights now take place on the first Thursday of the month, with a reminder and link sent to all members beforehand.

Last updated 8 September 2020