Welcome to the HSAC blog! Here you will find trip reports, news and anything we share.
Sun & Seafood in Porthkerris
Everyone had a brilliant time in sunny Cornwall – cracking diving and plenty goodies for the BBQ.
Treasure in the River Thames?
HSAC divers joined YouTuber Tom Reader to explore the waters around Tagg’s Island in the River Thames. With a marine archeologist, they were keen to see what artefacts had been discarded around this historic island. While nobody got any gold, there were plenty of treasures to be found. Who would have thought that diving in 50cm viz could be so much fun?
Diving the Isle of Man
Jack, Lizzie, Viki, Garry, Ed, Pauline, Robert, Olivia & Richard had a brilliant trip to the Isle of Man. Stunning diving, sharks, seals, super viz and great accomodation.
Don’t worry if you missed it, we’re already planning a return trip.
Monday Night Pool Sessions Are Back
After more than two years away due to COVID and repairs, HSAC is back in the York Hall Pool on Monday nights. It was great to see so many people in the pool playing with scuba gear, snorkelling or just enjoying a swim.
We have our usual 20:30 – 21:30 slot, so come down and cool off in the hot weather.
We are still trying to make arrangements for kit storage, so if you require any club gear (cylinders, regs, BCDs, pool fins, weights, weight belts etc.) let us know on the WhatsApp Group by Sunday at 10am and we’ll try to accommodate your requests. Please be specific and let us sizes etc.
Diving with the Nautical Archeological Socity
Jane and Brad joined some of the Nautical Archaeology Society to dive some secret and protected wrecks in the English Channel.
Rumour has it that the wrecks were very old and involved lots of cannons. But as it’s a protected site, Brad and Jane are sworn to silence.
To learn more about the Society and their work, have a look at the interesting website:
Stoney Cove: July 2022
Jane and Tom headed up to the Stoney Cove Dive Centre to brush off some cobwebs and practice some skills.
Farne Islands: July 2022
Hackney Divers were back diving with seals and looking at octopus in the Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland. Another brilliant trip. Great to see new members and some old friends like Tom and Richard T back on the boat.
Weymouth: May 2022
Anne, Pauline, Brad, Sophie, Mick, Robert, Viki, Anna, Anna’s friend Candice, Will and Garry all headed to Weymouth for a weekend of diving aboard Tango. The sun shone, the wind dropped and the viz was good, providing us with some great conditions (apart from the sea fog which drifted in on the Sunday afternoon).
We dived the Black Hawk Bow (a WWII Liberty Ship torpedoed in 1944), the British Inventor (a WWII oil tanker sank in 1940), the Lulworth Banks and a small paddle steamer called the Countess of Urn. We saw lots of rays, cat sharks, huge conger eels, plenty of wrasse, shoals of bib, Garry unsuccessfully wrestled a plaice, and some of us came home with a bag of scallops. To top it all, we came up from our third dive to be greeted by a pod of dolphins!!
Fish and chips watching the sun set over Chesil Beach followed by a few pints in the lovely Cove House Inn really made it a great week.
Stoney Cove: May 2022
Jane and Jun-Ho’s kit colours were immaculately coordinated when they headed up to Stoney Cove last week for some CCR practice.
Sound of Mull: May 2022
Lizzie and Jack’s friend Sarah Chan has bought a dive boat, the MV Honeydew. Lizzie and Jack generously volunteered to help Sarah and her new crew try it out on its first big trip in the Sound of Mull.