Andrew Lamb

Hi, I’m Andrew, I live in the Wakefield area and clinging on to my 40s.

How long have you been diving?

A late starter to scuba, my first dive was in Blue Lagoon June 2010.

What made you want to become a scuba diver?

It was a chance conversation with a work colleague driving back from a meeting in Reading. “We’re off for a try dive tomorrow, want to come?”

Time with the Club?

I joined the club in 2010 not long after my Open Water training and soon found lots of buddies to go diving with.

Favourite UK dive site?

My Favourite UK dive site has got to be the Farnes, diving with the seals and a pint in The Ship, what more could you ask for?

Funniest narcosis moment?

Whilst not funny at the time, the loss of a weight pouch at 30 meters was followed by the biggest lead hunt you ever did see. With pockets full of rocks and fishing tackle I made it safely back on to Allan Lopez’s boat Spellbinder II.

Qualifications?

Coming through the PADI route I’m happy with Advanced Open Water, Deep and Nitrox, everything you need for that all important Egypt liveaboard.

What’s the best thing you’ve seen whilst diving?

My best spot was a large shoal of Hammerheads that circled their way up from the depths of Daedalus and gave us a spectacular display.

How often do you dive?

Not often enough!

Who is your go-to dive buddy?

My divelog software puts Paul Marsden as my most frequent buddy but he’s closely followed by Phil Armitage and Steve Free.

What would you like to share with people who are considering scuba diving?

Just do it! It’s such a privileged experience to dive with the wonderful wildlife you can see beneath the waves.

Liz Saville

Hi, I’m Liz, I live in Huddersfield and I’m only 43.

Member since?

2002

Dived since?

2002

Number of Dives?

1390

Qualifications?

PADI trimix 65, TDI cavern diver and BSAC rebreather mod 1

What started you diving?

I was climbing in Spain and it snowed, so I went to the coast and did a try dive….never looked back.

Best dive?

Tricky one this…it’s either Truk lagoon or my dive with a whale shark and giant mantas in Socorro, Mexico. I cried.

Ambition?

To dive Bikini Atoll

Funniest narcosis moment?

There are too many…..but the original ‘isn’t it funny how so many shipwrecks are close to the rocks’ is hard to beat.

How often do I dive?

As often as possible, although I’m getting more choosy in the winter.

Best piece of dive kit?

Thermalution heated vest.

Best buddy?

My hubby Tim.

Eyemouth Weekend, 12th & 13th May, £130

This is our first full weekend trip of the year and, based on previous trips to Eyemouth, it should be a good one.

Gary and Zoe at DiveStay in Eyemouth  will be providing us with two days of hardboat diving from Wavedancer and two nights award winning B&B accommodation at the Home Arms.

We will be diving around the St Abbs marine reserve with potential options up to Fast Castle or the Glanmire wreck if the tides and conditions work.

Gary can provide air and nitrox fills if required.

The cost for accommodation and diving is £130 for two dives per day.

Trip Secretary: Amanda Taylor amanda@diveclub.co.uk or 07802 659149

Trip opens: 8th February

Price: £130

Plymouth Long Weekend, 26th – 28th May, £240

This trip is over the bank holiday weekend at the end of May and will consist of three days diving with Aquanauts on their dive boat Outcast. Accommodation for three nights also is included at the Premier Inn Sutton Harbour which is two minutes away from Queen Anne’s Battery where the boat leaves from.

There are several options for breakfast and evening meals plus pubs at the nearby quayside area of Plymouth.

Depending on weather and conditions we will be looking to visit dive sites such as the James Eagan Layne, HMS Scylla, Maine, Oregon, Hands Deep and Eddystone Lighthouse. Air and nitrox fills will be available at the Aquanauts shop.

This is the first time that the club has been back to Plymouth for some time and we expect this to be a great weekend for diving and for socialising.

Trip Sec: Keith Johnson keith@diveclub.co.uk or 07973 866115

Trip opens: 22nd February (Secured with an initial deposit of £120)

Price: £240

Criccieth Shore Diving Weekend, 23rd & 24th June

We’re pleased to bring back the popular weekend of camping and shore diving which is open to all members and their families. Black Rock Sands campsite will be our home for the weekend and we’ve been asked to give an indication of how many pitches we want before they allocate us our own area.

Camping pitches are £10 p.p. per night or £25 for 2 adults and 2 children with electric hook up. We can also accommodate campervans and caravans and we’ll be booking a fire pit. Barbeques and liquid refreshment will be compulsory.

Shore diving at Criccieth will be suitable for all. We have neap tides in our favour and will be diving as near to high tide as we can. It’ll be a great weekend and a chance to do something different without breaking the bank.

Could all interested parties please let me (Tim) know. Nigel Troth (07920 582566) is your Trip Sec for this one.

Tim Saville 07860 616792 or tim@robinhooddiveclub.com

Farnes Weekend, 8th & 9th September, £130

The weekend Farnes trip includes two days diving from William Shiel’s hard boat, lift, ‘toilet’ and tea-coffee provided. We stay in Springhill Farm’s wonderful lookout bunk house. These modern rooms have ensuite bathrooms and offer warm, comfy accommodation. We often bbq with a backdrop of the stunning sea view if the weather allows. The diving is mostly in the recreational range of 15-20m and we will pick scenic dives with good likelihood of seal interaction. Lobbies, ling and the usual suspects guaranteed. More to follow when the trip opens.

http://www.springhill-farm.co.uk/the-lookout/

Trip Sec: Liz Saville – 07710 432929

Cost: £130.00

Trip Opens: 7th June

Weekend Trip Report from Sebastian Seal

October is a busy season for us. Lots of people come to the Farne Islands to use our underwater rehabilitation services. Humans have very sad dreary lives on land as I understand it and so it is our duty and pleasure to welcome them into our underwater environment to play with them and generally make them feel like their existence has some meaning. We have a special deal with William Shiel in particular to do this work, although he was maybe taking the piss a bit this weekend when he brought 34 divers out on one incredibly crowded boat, but we’ll have a word with him about this at a later date. He may need to supply more fish if he’s going to work us that hard.

The other boat load however were a jolly crew of 18 or 20 – I lost count and they didn’t seem to have a clue themselves – from Robin Hood Dive Club. This lot seemed like a professional outfit although one of them called Jared seemed to prefer having more water in his suit than outside of it. They also had some potential new members with them called Julie, Alexandra and Andy who seemed a friendly bunch, smiling a lot and blowing bubbles all over the place. There was one barking mad chap who apparently never wears a hood – I think Jonathan is his name – he must feel the cold less than we do so maybe he’s half seal. There was also a bloke called Ben who I think may have moved in with one of our sexier seals in the colony here – he seems to be around a lot anyhow – the less said about that the better.

So we did our thing – we dutifully chewed everyone’s fins, particularly the bright coloured ones, as that seems to be what humans like….besides its funny to creep up behind them in stealth mode and then bugger off really quickly before they can take a photo. They’re not that agile in the water so we can run rings round them generally. We put on a good show this weekend though I say it myself – we called in all the reserves and we were everywhere, dancing, twirling and looking cute and doe-eyed. We let people tickle us and we even had a threesome with the blubbery one called Ruth – that was fun as she just kept screaming “I don’t like it!”.

So job done we watched them all get back on board after two great dives – have to say that lift thing they have is definitely something we should look into – it’s hard getting back onto our rocks, particularly when we have a lot of winter blubber – might have a word with William about getting one installed on some of the main islands. Always sad to see them all go – particularly as their season is coming to a close because they can’t hack the cold. Come back next year guys – get Johnny to organise another trip. We’ll miss you until then xx

Let Me Out!

If I was a student of psychology I would get a job at an escape room immediately. How much fun do those voyeurs have that watch the gamers and type cast everyone so quickly into doers, non-doers, and people who like being locked up and playing with padlocks.

Even though my team was locked in a room with Johnny for an hour it was actually quite good fun to watch intelligent folk solving a myriad of tricky mind-twisters whilst Barry just struggled stacking a few stools to form a pattern.

Obviously having so many bondage experts in our team paid off as we broke free just within the allotted time to find a surprisingly empty hallway meaning we were triumphant. Team Keith emerged flustered and frustrated a few minutes later making transparently pathetic excuses that their room was harder, to cover up for the fact they had failed spectacularly to escape. Team Tim arrived shortly after looking equally forlorn followed by the organisers muttering something about interventions in arguments, whatever that meant.

Released back into the wild of Saturday night Leeds we then somewhat psychologically predictably downed lots of pints, sucked stringy noodles in Trinity Kitchen and some of us danced the night away before risking life n limb in death-defying taxis.

If I was a psychology student I could have gone on this splendid Tick Tock Escape room night out and got a first for my resulting thesis. Thanks Keith for locking us all up and not letting us out.

Dunbar – The windy city

Dunbar, a magical place in Scotland with castles, big rocks covered in bird poo, Tennent’s lager, a cement factory and a nuclear power station but nowhere to get your cylinders filled!

Friday afternoon and off we go to the land of said ‘bird poo rock’ with more cylinders than you can shake a stick at. Perhaps a few too many for Tim judging by the blowout, oops!

Tyre repairs aside our buddy pairs start arriving at the Pine Marten Pub & Hotel for some well-deserved food & beer. We’ve delicacies such a gourmet burgers, best gammon, rotisserie chicken and of course Bob’s enormous Tupperware box of sandwiches. All that topped off with peanuts and Peroni made for a great night out.

 

Saturday arrives with the sun shining but a breeze that limits our options somewhat. We plum for the Isle of May and manage a couple of reasonable dives. I think we were meant

 

to find wreckage and boilers on dive one but Steve & I must have read the map wrong. Never mind, by the time we’re on dive two Steve found an angler fish (which was the highlight for me) and Liz found an octopus. Another highlight was to be found topside, we saw the UK’s new Aircraft Carrier out on her maiden sea trials.

 

Our skipper Steve Haddow of Shadow Marine took great care of us on his Swiftcat catamaran ‘Mako’ which was a smashing boat. He’d been keeping a close eye on the weather report and come the end of the day we called it for the Sunday, the breeze we’d had was more likely to be a gale by morning.

Back ashore and we unload (in more ways than one), Andy manages to upset the locals by peeing in the car park. “I’ve taken his reg. and phoned the Police” an irate lady informs me. So we dash to the pub to avoid a run-in with the law but chaos ensues and we end up in two different pubs with two groups of divers grumbling about how this came about and whose fault it is (least said the better).

After a quick scrub and polish, we’re out on the town and surprise surprise enjoying food & drink again. This time we’re in Dunbar’s finest Italian restaurant “Umberto’s“. I think we may have been a bit tiddly by the end judging by the tip we gave our waitress Sarah (we didn’t have to pay for her entire gap trip – Tim!).

Sunday as predicted was very breezy so scattered by the winds we separated out with some going straight home, others off to some salmon smokery and the rest for a brisk walk and another visit to Umberto’s.

A smashing weekend away, thanks to all that came.