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Lee WiltshireWe are very pleased to announce that Lee Wiltshire, a recent addition to Calne Divers has recently passed his Elementary Diver.  To become an Elementary Diver you need to become proficient in all the major skills involved with diving, pass a pool test and then complete two open water dives to a good standard.  Although this sounds daunting at first, Lee is proof that with a little time and dedication that it can easily be achieved.  Lee is now able to dive with the club on all trips and excursions and is a very welcome addition to the team.

Lee was presented with his award by Mike Rose, our SAA Regional Representative and National Instructor.

Club InstructorCalne Divers welcomes our latest addition to the Instructor ranks! Scott Barker, a Dive Leader who has been with the club for some years now, has recently qualified as a Club Instructor.  Scott has proved during his time as a Dive Leader that his is a competent and well-liked diver, and we look forward to him taking on new trainees.

Earlier this year Calne Divers were approached by Channel 5 to provide safety cover for an upcoming show based in Chippenham on the River Avon. Calne Divers were obviously only too pleased to offer the use of a boat along with divers and support crew on the 10th of July. On the day we were also very pleased to provide a platform for the film crew and associated staff. A most enjoyable day was had by all members of Calne Divers who were entertained by stories from the presenters and film crew of the Gadget Show.

PaulStaceyWaringOn Friday 29th April Paul Stacey was awarded his Dive Leader award after performing both statutory lifts in Vobster Quay Dive Centre. Paul started diving some 12 years ago but had about 8 years away from diving. Paul is now diving with Calne Divers on a very regular basis and is thoroughly enjoying his diving again. Congratulations to Paul from the entire club on finally pulling his finger out!

Tracy has just successfully completed her Elementary dive qualification. Although Tracy wanted to dive she was slightly(!) handicapped by not being able to swim, so she went to the local swimming pool and learnt to swim and then contacted us to begin her dive training. She has worked very hard to pass the various pool tests and all the training came to fruition when she completed her open water tests at Vobster quarry on Sunday 19th September.

John Hunt and Ted Weeks attended the NDO’s Conference on 13th November at the RNLI College, Poole. Introductions were made of all the Executive who were all present and they each gave us a run down of their roles. A presentation was then given by Tom Templeton of the RNLI showing some clips which showed some of the work and training undertaken by the volunteer crewmen, truly inspirational and makes you respect them all the more.

On the 18th of July Calne Divers had the great delight to welcome Anthony to the diving fraternity as an elementary diver.  Anthony has the honour to be our youngest member at 16.  He has performed extremely well in all the training both practical and theoretical and has impressed all the instructors with his dedication and application.  Well done Anthony.

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