My husband Graham and I have been diving since 1991 when we first joined the Harwich Scuba Diving Club within which we progressed our training and experience over many dive trips in the UK and abroad and became qualified Dive Leaders.
We both joined Sudbury Scuba BSAC Club in 2016 and I gained my Assistant Instructor qualification in 2018. In 2019 I was elected Chairperson of the Club.
For me, Scuba Diving is not just an enjoyable hobby, it has given me some of the most memorable experiences of my life and an invaluable insight into the underwater world and consequently a desire to do what I can to protect the planet both above and below the water line.
I first did a try dive at school back in the mid 70’s as part of a Life Saving Club I belonged to, but I never pursued it, doing some snorkelling was as far as I ventured.
After a try dive while on a family holiday I got the diving bug, joined Sudbury Scuba Club in August 2009 and began my Ocean Diver course. My first Open water dive in September 2009 at Gildenburg Water was followed by sea dives under the pier at Swanage and in the bay.
I became a Sports diver in 2010 and Dive Leader in 2017, my diving has been predominately UK based with more recently, holiday dives in warmer waters.
I completed the instructor foundation course enabling me to instruct under the supervision of a qualified instructor, I hope to work towards the theory and practical instructor qualifications in due course.
I was Chairman of SSC from 2012 to 2014 and also took on the role of temp Secretary for a while, I am now the Diving Officer, overseeing the safe diving activities within the club.
More overseas diving would be good, but also to experience more of what the UK has to offer.
The social side of SSC and the camaraderie on dive trips is great, there is always lots to learn and we are fortunate to have some very experienced and enthusiastic members in the club, always willing to pass on their knowledge and experiences.
My wife Mary and I have been diving since 1991 when we first joined the Harwich Scuba Diving Club within which we progressed our training and experience over many dive trips in the UK and abroad and became qualified Dive Leaders.
We both joined Sudbury Scuba BSAC Club in 2016 after which I decided that I would like to take a more active part in diver training. I first gained my Assistant Instructor and then went on to full Open Water Instructor qualifications. In 2017 I was elected Training Officer for the Club.
Now, with the invaluable assistance of the expanding Club’s Instructor and Dive Leader team, I am thoroughly enjoying organising and running the training of our Diver Trainees. As a Club we are well positioned to extend the training and experience of new and existing club members.
Mary and I continue to thoroughly enjoy our UK and overseas diving, especially when it is part of a Club trip as it is always great fun, and even better when you get to share these experiences with friends who share a common passion for diving.
Having first tried Scuba diving some 25 years ago with my partner, while on holiday in Turkey, she had an Asthma attack while under water, so this didn’t go any further.
Roll forward 11 years. While sitting on the beach in Dahab Egypt, I decided to go for a Try Dive with Emperor Divers and was hooked. 6 Months later I passed my PADI open water and shortly afterwards my PADI Advanced.
With my partner’s passion for travel and sunshine, our holidays started to involve a beach somewhere hot, that also had a local Dive School.
After a few years of holiday diving, I was chatting to the former club Chairman Andy Gates down the local pub about UK diving and Sudbury Scuba Club, so, decided to join. Since joining this has given me the opportunity to dive more frequently.
I have been fortunate enough to dive around the world, from places like the Maldives, Kenya, Egypt, and seen Manta, Sharks, Eagle Rays, to name a few, but some of the best dive experiences have been in the UK, such as my first open water dive on the Black Hawk Bow off Lulworth Cove, diving with Seals in Scotland and an abundance of nudibranches on the Fleur De Lys and Barge wrecks in Swanage Bay.
Since joining the club, I have now progressed to Dive Leader and Assistant Dive Instructor, so that I can pass on my passion for diving to others. But the learning doesn’t stop there for me, I have always enjoyed the science behind diving and have started getting into the more technical side. I have recently qualified as a twin set diver, meaning that I can take more air with me and stay down for longer and once the Covid pandemic is over hope to progress to Rebreathers.
I always wanted to be a mermaid when I was younger so I guess learning to dive was inevitable! I’ve always been fascinated by the underwater world and was in the sea swimming and snorkelling for hours-upon-end on family holidays. I was lucky enough to do my first ever try dive in Australia when I was 16 on holiday with my Dad and was unsurprisingly hooked from that moment. As soon as we got home I enquired about scuba diving clubs locally and I joined Sudbury Scuba Club in 2003. I achieved my Ocean Diver Qualification later that year and then Sports Diver the following year in 2004.
I enjoyed diving with the club into my late teens, diving in the UK and also having a fantastic club trip and holiday to Dahab in Egypt. I started my Dive Leader Qualification but didn’t finish it before I left to go to university to study Marine Biology and Animal Behaviour. I went to Egypt again in 2010 whilst at uni but this time to Marsa Shagra to collect data for my dissertation on parrotfish feeding habits. We stayed in tents on the beach for two weeks and dived 3-4 times a day. It was literally eat, sleep, dive, repeat in utter paradise and I loved it.
Life kind of got in the way over the next few years and I didn’t do much diving at all. I then moved back to Sudbury in 2016 and re-joined Sudbury Scuba Club and was welcomed back by some familiar friendly faces who were still there from when I was a member before, and I quickly made new friends too. I introduced my boyfriend Ryan to diving and I rediscovered how much I loved it. I love being able to share my passion with him and we’ve since shared some fantastic diving experiences together, particularly my first underwater encounter with a dolphin which was the most incredible thing ever! I finished my Dive Leader Qualification in 2018 and also became an Assistant Instructor. I now enjoy helping with try dives and training and seeing new people start their diving journeys as well as continuing my own.
I had always been interested in the idea of diving but never pursued it until I met my girlfriend Lauren. She was a member at Sudbury Scuba Club and organised my try dive. I enjoyed it immensely and not long after I became a member and started my training. I qualified as an Ocean Diver in September 2017 and then progressed on to Sports Diver level, completing that in June 2020.
My diving experiences were mainly at inland sites, Gildenburgh Water and Stoney Cove, and my first sea dive was in The Red Sea, Egypt. I was amazed and excited by the vivid colours and abundance of life, as I darted around the coral like a dog with two tails! Further trips to Egypt on a “Live-A-Board” diving 4 times a day as well as a club trip to Malta added to my warm water experience.
I enjoy wreck diving as it has the best of both worlds. It’s exciting to explore and it’s also fascinating to see the wildlife that have taken it and made it home. It’s such a great hobby to be able to share with Lauren, I’m so glad she introduced me to the world under the water.
Long ago, on a holiday in Lanzarote I took the offer of a free ‘suck and see’ sample of scuba equipment in the pool at the hotel I was staying in. I was immediately hooked. I then had a full ‘Try Dive’ in the ocean – I was amazed at how wonderful the underwater environment was. Upon returning home, I was able to join a BSAC club at RAF Honington, training to become a ‘Club Diver’ in 2000 with open water dives at Gildenburgh Water.
My diving history then became ‘holiday diving’, which included more diving in The Canaries, Egypt, and Turkey. Whilst diving in Turkey, I switched brands to SSI, and qualified as a ‘Master Diver’ and completed various modules including ‘Stress and Recue’.
Whilst serving in the Army Reserve, I had the opportunity to train to become a Dive Leader. I had to cross back to BSAC (all British Military diving is under BSAC regulations) so I joined Sudbury Scuba Club. My interest in UK diving was started – Diving in Plymouth in October 2017 was fantastic. The sea life was amazing, such an enjoyable course.
I decided to give something back to the club, and trained to become an Assistant Diving Instructor in March 2018, and I am due to complete my Open Water Instructor course in September 2020.
My Fiancée is also a keen scuba diver, and she qualified as an Ocean Diver 2018.
I like all sorts of diving, from diving with sharks in the Maldives, wreck diving in the UK and I do enjoy instructing.
About five years ago I went to Egypt on holiday with a friend and had a chance to do a try dive in the Red Sea. After stepping off the boat into the sea, feeling terrified, then seeing the coral, fish and turtles, I thought how amazing it was. On returning home I looked for lessons in scuba diving and found our club. Plucking up the courage to go down to the pool, I found many people who were so excited about diving. All full of advice with some long term experienced trainers. l soon signed up and the rest is history. I just love diving with the club and wish I had done it sooner. Only took 30 years, but life gets in the way. I arrange the club Christmas Dinner and other social events ,so if you want or have any ideas and activities contact me....happy safe diving.
I had a try dive with Sudbury Scuba Club back in 2015 and really enjoyed both the diving and the welcome given by the club members, so signed up for the Ocean Diver course with my wife, Tina.
The training included trips to inland dive sites and to Swanage in Dorset, which was very enjoyable both for the experience and for getting to know others in the club. The volunteer instructors for the club were very supportive and we qualified in 2016, in time to dive Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This was amazing and made the training in the somewhat cooler (!) British water all the more worthwhile.
As Equipment Officer I’ve enjoyed getting involved in the running of the club and it has been great to see the club grow in numbers over the years. I also maintain the club website.
After numerous trips with the club to UK sites and Egypt, Malta and Lanzarote, I was ready to progress to Sports Diver level, which I completed in 2020.
I’m looking forward to diving as Tina’s buddy here and abroad, plus more trips with the club whenever the opportunity arises!