Since the publication of England’s ‘Roadmap’, the Committee has been aligning our activities with guidance from both the Government and BSAC.

Training

We have been back at Ironmonger Row Baths 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 are aiming to schedule an Ocean Diver course in late July.

We have also run several refresher sessions at Wraysbury, in West London, again giving members an opportunity to refresh skills and check kit. On 12 June, we ran our first Open Water training session at Wraysbury for Ocean Divers and Sports Divers.

In July, we are running an ‘advanced training’ trip using the club’s RIB out of Plymouth, for Sports Divers, Dive Leaders and Advanced Divers.

Diving

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.

At the moment, all other scheduled dive trips are due to go ahead as per the dive programme, although numbers may remain limited, depending on the Government’s decision on social distancing.

If/when social distancing measures are reduced, we should be able to go back to normal training, running full RIBs and having 12 people on a hard boat.

We will continue to update members via the fortnightly Newsplash email on plans for further outdoor training/refreshers, pool training and any new trips that we will be adding to the dive programme. We will also aim to keep the website as up-to-date as possible.

Socialising

Since lockdown eased, we have reduced our regular Thursday night Zoom sessions to the first Thursday of the month. Email reminders are going out to members – please join us!

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.

Questions?

Please contact:

Training matters: Training Officer (Mark Kelly) training@clidive.org
Scheduled dive trips: the relevant Dive Manager (see the Dive Programme)
General diving matters: Diving Officer (Nick Barter) nickb@clidive.org

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 22 June 2021