Welcome to RDD
Pembrokeshire's Leading Dive Club
News Update January 2017
Happy New Year!
The 'pre-season' is about to begin in earnest - on sunday 22nd January there is an Oxygen Administration course planned and a week later, on the 29th, the Club returns to Fishguard Leisure Centre for the first of 10 weekly sessions in the pool.
Pete, the Training Officer writes:
'This will give us an excellent opportunity to dust off our old dive kit, and test any new kit before the dive season. It will also give us a chance to practice our skills. Instructors will be available to help out with skills practice, surface tows, basic life support etc. We also hope to use the sessions for training and try dives.'
Sessions begin on Sunday 29 January 13.45pm to 14.45pm. There is a small charge for use of the pool so please bring some cash.
Red Dragon Divers (RDD) is a small, friendly and active scuba diving club and is branch 0495 of the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC). We are based in Pembrokeshire and make the most of our diving in the Gulf Stream warmed waters of Britain's only coastal national park.
With dives around the coast twice a week from our club RIBs throughout the summer months and an active pool diary to keep us in trim during the winter, RDD are always on the lookout to welcome new members. Whether you are new to the sport, or an experienced diver with 1000s of hours underwater, we would love to hear from you. Our membership is varied in age and experience so whatever your interest - wrecks, wildlife, photography or boathandling - you will be in good company.
Being a BSAC branch means we can offer continuous training with the support of the sport's National Governing body. As club member you will be entitled to the full range of BSAC membership benefits, including FREE Worldwide Third-Party Liability insurance, up to the value of £10m and FREE monthly subscription to SCUBA (BSAC's official magazine).
The main requirements for novice divers are enthusiasm, commitment to the training programme and a willingness to learn. You also need to be reasonably fit and will have to complete a medical declaration to show that you are fit for the sport of scuba diving. It costs £89 a year to be a member of Red Dragon Divers and all club members also have to join BSAC. BSAC subscriptions vary according to the member's age, qualifications and whether another member of the family is also a member. The maximum annual cost of joining BSAC as a branch member is currently £56.50. For more information about BSAC visit www.bsac.com.
Trained diver from another agency? Red Dragon Divers welcomes qualified divers from other recognised dive training organisations and can provide cross-over certification, further training and skills development courses to those who join our club. For membership enquiries, email our membership officer Vernis at Red_Dragon_Divers@yahoo.com
What We Do
Red Dragon Divers enjoy their diving in the sea around the Pembrokeshire coastline from Easter to October, mainly on Wednesday evening and on Sundays. The yearly dive plans are compiled from the suggestions and requests of club members at beginning of the year. Saturday and weekday diving is also available for training, pleasure dives, projects and exploration, weather and conditions permitting. Club diving is very much a sociable affair and most people bring a picnic to enjoy on board the club's RIBs once they have completed their dives.
Baron Ardrossan 2016
We dive all around the coast, from the wrecks of Milford Haven in the south, out to the islands of Grassholm, Ramsey, Skockholm, Skomer and the wreck of the Lucy, rocky outcrops such as Stack Rocks, Green & Black Scar and Hen & Chicks in St Bride's Bay and round to Porthllysgi, Abereiddy, Abercastle, Strumble Head, Dinas Island and Newport in the north.
We are proud of our safety record and good diving practices and all our members are encouraged to develop their skills as they gain more experience. All members dive within their personal limits of expertise and experience.
We enjoy all types of diving, whether they are exciting drifts, fragile walls, wrecks, wild life or exploratory dives.
Leysian, near Abercastle 2016
Club members also arrange diving holidays further afield, both in the UK and abroad. Over the past few years members have enjoyed diving trips to the Scillies, Europe, the Red Sea, the Maldives, Galapagos and Thailand, to name but a few.
We are always pleased to consider ideas for new places to dive, whether local or further afield, and to encourage members to organise expeditions to far flung places. It may also be possible to use a local reservoir for training dives on those occasions when tides and conditions rule out sea diving.
Red Dragon Divers in Action (DVD)
Click here then sit back and enjoy the club DVD filmed on location in Pembrokeshire by our diving officer Richard Hughes, narrated by Rebecca Hughes and featuring club members.
The stars of the show are in their own underwater environment: look out for curled octopus, compass jellyfish, lesser spotted dogfish, common lobster and three varieties of crab, just for starters.
We also visit Pembrokeshire's famous shipwrecks, combining shots of them resting on the sea bed with original film of these historic craft before they met their untimely end.
(We are grateful to Cumara Music Company for allowing us to use their music. www.cumara-music.co.uk)