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Diving

I've always enjoyed watersports and started sub-aqua after being inspired by Jacques Cousteau in the days of homemade wetsuits and twin hose diving regulators! From my mid teens as a member of the BSAC West Lancs (Blackpool) and latterly BSAC Hartford (Cheshire) I've had a keen interest in underwater exploration. With some excellent divers in the sport I've been lucky enough to extensively dive the Scottish Northwest Coast.

From my 200 plus dives I have several memorable diving experiences including:

  •   Diving the underwater waterfall at the Falls of Lora, near Oban, Argyleshire.

  •   Crawling behind a boulder from a fishing trawl, not wanting to be on the fish slab at Malliag.

  •   Being surround by a resting wild salmon shoal in the freshwater pool at Devils Bridge.


During my diving period various quals, positions and memberships ensued:

  •   Chairman - Hartford BSAC Branch 522

  •   Diving Officer - West Lancs BSAC Branch 153

  •   Advanced Diver BSAC

  •   BSAC Livesaver Award

  •   Marine Life Identification - University of Manchester

  •   Member of the Marine Conservation Society

 

Power Boating
Power boating, or more specifically rigid hull inflatable boats (RIBs) crept up on me. My early introduction was through small inflatables such as the Avon Redcrest which we used when diving offshore to ease the exhaustive snorkel out and back from a deep water dive site. It did not take long before the development of these types of craft led to attaching the inflatable tubes onto a hard hull. Wow! These now became very useful boats especially due to the very high power to weight ratio, and at that time low cost. Their inherent stability and seaworthiness ensured that dive clubs (and the RNLI) clamoured for them. Wreck diving took off in a big way, although personally I'm more interested in rock and reef diving.

 

It was sometime a little later when I owned my own RIB that events took a turn for excitement. To get the best value for money the trick was to buy an inflatable boat. My first, a 4.6m Avon (old stock, military spec), left on the shelf in South Wales, and offered at a bargain price, was soon delivered home and at 15ft fully inflated, it just about left 3ft a side in our lounge for the family to watch the television. Then much to the concern of my better-half, albeit in the garage now, a 'stanley' knife to remove the floor and the handsome transom before having a hard hull grafted on to this wonderful craft. Powerboating was to dominate my personal interest until this day, and has a section dedicated on this website titled RIBs.

 


Sailing

Sailing has not really been at the same level of as my diving or especially boating in rigid hull inflatable boats. It has however provided a more sedate and very enjoyable approach to my general interest in the sea and especially coastal waters.


My first introduction to sailing was in my early twenties when helping a work colleague complete the building of his own yacht. A UFO 34 which was a homebuild version of the now famous Oysters on the sailing scene. Trips to Piel Island the Isle of Man and playing around Knot End were order of the day. A memorable weeks trip on the Edwardian yacht Voluta to dive the Isles of Scilly was quite interesting. Old wooden boats and burley divers with their heavy diving kit really don't go together!

 

Perhaps somewhere the Voluta voyage something subliminal happened in that in later years letting my heart rule over my head to come to the rescue of an old lady, 'Phyllis' from a back yard on the Wirral. There was something about her, so soon she was sky lifted from beneath a tree and onto a low loader to a new home. She stood around for many a day while I did this and did that. At last she was moved to a competent and professional shipwright. And it was to prove that my attraction had been for the race pedigree within her build. But that's another story on this website about our ongoing restoration of a grand old lady we still call Phyllis.

 

It's only latterly as a previous hectic pace of life eases that I thought it was time to catch up on the more formal qualifications that are required to go to sea in these enlightened times! Several RYA Courses have been taken to at least have some paperwork for the evergrowing european beaucrats.

 

Photography

Introduced to photography in my early years by my father, it was a hobby that we shared together and enjoyed. We learned to process our own films and printed them cramped in the cubby hole under the stairs, coming out with our clothes perfumed with the aromas of developer and fixer! We also had a go at the more technical demanding process of colour printing and joined the respected Preston Scientific Society.

 

At 15 yrs old I enjoyed my photography and documented those things that young boys often liked, trains, boats and planes. Indeed at one point I was offered a trainee press photographer job with the regional Lancashire Evening Post, but was encouraged to take up my formal apprenticeship offer. In my early twenties I also enjoyed following the then RAC Rally and spent many a frosty night in the forests of North Wales and North Yorkshire.


Today I'm just a 'happy snapper', especially with digital photography making it all ever so simple. I still enjoy my pictures though, especially when I get one just right.

 

 

Community

In addition to some organisations I've been directly actively involved with I have also participated with local groups helping to keep the community spirit alive. In particular:

  •   Comberbach Village Fete Committee

  •   Vale Royal Sports Council

  •   Comberbach Mummers & Soulcakers : website link



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