Category Archives: Training

Crystal Palace Pool


The Bridge swimming pool will be closed for refurbishment from 12th October 2015 until early 2016.

As a consequence we have had to find a temporary pool for training!

We will now train at Crystal Palace Pool until the Bridge re-opens.

THURSDAYS  meet 8pm

(Pool time 8.30 till 9.30pm)


To find the pool enter the National Sports Centre from Anerley Hill.SE19 2BB. At the first junction turn right – do not go to the main entrance of the Centre!

Go straight across the next junction. (sometimes has restricted access and looks closed)

Continue past the Sports stadium on your left as far as you can go!

This is the back entrance to the Pool.

Please contact Jeremy, Jackie or any member of the committee if you need directions.

Please check the location marker on the Map below

Drinks after Training

The Grape & Grain – 2 Anerley Hill SE19 2AA


Barry and Jeremy at Stoney Cove

In June Barry and Jeremy completed the Advanced Diver Diver Rescue Skills courses AO1 and AO2 at Stoney Cove under the tuition of Marg Baldwin. Skills included AS ascents from 20m, controlled buoyant lifts from 20m, tows and rescue management. Our thanks to the volunteers who allowed themselves to be towed while being given proper mouth to nose rescue breaths.

Barry resuscitation our manikin Annie

Training at Nemes Academy Friday May 16th 2014

May 16th, a beautiful sunny day to take three of our trainees to practise their rescue skills. All three are working towards their BSAC Sports diver qualification.


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Ron and Warren, final SEEDS before Controlled Buoyant Lift, towing with AV, landing and CPR
Training at Nemes 16May14
Training finished, relaxing in the sun
Nemes local
Local inhabitant at Nemes
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Starting a CBL
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Correct ‘stride’ entry


3 days of SCUBA Training at Stoney Cove, Liecester

Group One travels to Stoney Cove, Leciester

Map of Stoney Cove, Leciester
SCUBA Equipment stacked to the roof of the car, Nekton’s Expeditions Officer / Unofficial Wreck Wrangler Guy, club Training Officer Jackie ( The Boss ); Nekton’s Official Diving Officer Greg, Sports Diver trainees Richard, and Myself set off from London at dawn, on our journey to Stoney Cove in Leciester.

Over the three days trip, Group One had six SCUBA dives planned, and intended to cover the following techniques essential for the BSAC Sports Diver qualification – these techniques were:

  • Lifting unconscious SCUBA divers to the surface
  • Lifting SCUBA divers who have run out of air to the surface
  • Towing SCUBA unconscious divers to the shore.
  • Sending treasure to the surface with lifting bags
  • Developing Compass navigation skills
  • Sending up Delayed Surface Market Buoys
  • Testing Nitrox air consistency

My Most Memorable Dive

Buddies: Trainee Elliott & Instructor Greg

Stanegarth was brought to Stoney Cove as a project in association with DIVER magazine.

Greg and I began our first dive by gently fining along the surface to Stanegarth shipwreck buoy. Upon arrival, Greg and I took a compass bearing in the direction of the sunken Wessex helicopter.

After we [ Greg ] caught his breath…   we descended twenty meters down the Stanegarth shot, hitting the Stanegarth roof at just over 18meters, with water temperature at 9°C which according to the veterans wasn’t too cold for this time of year.


Captain Jack Sparrow and His Compass

My Buddy and I circled the perimeter of the wreck, and then moved on to navigate underwater from the shipwrecked Stanegarth to the sunken Wessex Helicopter using the compass bearing we took on the surface.

Note-to-self: Do not to take compass readings when surrounded by large metal-magnetic objects. It leads to your compass behaving a little like Captain Jacks – without finding what you want most!

After a “little” navigation assistance from Greg we finally arrived at the Wessex Helicopter.


The wessex had only flown for 650 hours before it was submerged in Stoney Cove. it was in immaculate condition.

The dive was brought an end by sending up a delayed-Surface-Marker-Buoy, followed by a controlled accent to five meters where we simulated two decompression-stops.The first decompression stop was for three minutes at five meters and the second was for one minute and three meters – The latter of which, I floated to the surface by my dry-suits inflated ankles.