Nine of the Aberystwyth University Sub Aqua club traveled to Vivian quarry in the last weekend of November for training and a bit of a bimble. In an awful minibus we traveled two and a half hours into Snowdonia to conduct Ocean Diver and Sports Diver training. Despite the early start and miserable weather everyone was keen to get into the water. On the Saturday, Instructor and President James Hickman took Jack and Adam on their first two open water dives and was able to get lots of the course finished. Martin, Diving Officer, was able to complete the rescue skills training with Hayden and Simon, with the assistance of Helen. Following this, Martin took Graeme and Tom on two great dives while Hayden, Simon and Helen explored the quarry.
That night we stayed in the Totters hostel in Caernarfon where we had a hearty dinner of sausages, mash and peas. After a great night of boardgames and cards, everyone slept very well in preparation for an early start to the day.
Sundays diving was just as successful as Saturdays. James took Helen, Hayden and Simon to do some more Sports Diver work and then took Adam and Jack for their remaining Ocean Diver lessons. Martin was able to finish off the lessons with Graeme and Tom and then let them lead him around the quarry searching for a lost cylinder boot that was lost earlier in the day. Tom successfully found this, despite Martin leaving it behind when inflating manekin legs to the surface.
In all this was a fantastic trip. Hayden was able to complete his Sports Diver qualification. Tom, Graeme and Jack became Ocean Divers, and Adam, Helen and Simon are well on their way to completing the courses they are training towards. With so many keen divers, the next trip will be fantastic.