Train for Adventure


    Issue 1                                                                                               December 2006


                                                      (Web Version)


Welcome to the first issue of our newsletter.

 We have decided to start this newsletter in the hope that it will be of interest to members who are unable to get to the pool/pub on a regular basis.  We aim to keep you informed of what’s going on within your club, as well as inviting you to contribute anything you think might interest other members.

Special point of interest:

Profile:- Paul Waddell - Chairman

   16th December - Capernwray
19th December—Fun Session at the pool followed by mince pies & raffle at the pub.
30th December—Vivienne

Ashley Munday gained his Ocean Diver.


Welcome to new members:-
Fay Shand
Sarah Shand
Charles Swannie

In November 2000 aged 49 after my daughter told me to “get a life” I decided to try diving. I always liked the way Lloyd Bridges did a backward roll entry off a rib on the telly in the 50’s. Underwater is an escape to another world where you can get peace & quiet, with just you & your thoughts. The rest of the world can wait until you surface.

Mustaffa FagQualifications:
Had difficulty in swimming 8 lengths of the baths until told how to swim by Roy Chambers.
Trained to Ocean Diver by Tony Lees. Passed May 2001.  Passed Sports Diver 2002.
Passed Dive Leader November 2003.                                        Passed Advanced October 2005.

Prefer diving Wrecks with old wrecks (Al,Phil & Clive).
Favourite Dive: “Rhondo” in the Sound of Mull (First descent wreck dived)
Been to Egypt each year since January 2002, including taking 24 members in January 2004. I find Egypt a lovely relaxing week with no pressures, good vis, warm water & an abundance of the most beautiful sea creatures.

Famous Quotes: The Delph? That’s easy, turn right at Morecombe!                                           If it flies it’s a bird, it it’s in the water it must be a fish!
2002 –2005 Conned by Aggi & Al into becoming Treasurer.

Take all the training courses you can, not for the qualification but you just might remember something along the way that might help you out of a “spot”
Cock-ups:- Sorry, run out of room on the Newsletter!!!


Challaborough  Weekend - 5th / 7th May.

Miros 7mm Semi Dry.
Small Size £80 Ring John
Searle : Tel 01543 451480
Miros Blue Dry Suit Size
14-16 - £200
Ladies 5mm Wet Suit Size
14-16 - £50 Ring Chris Bennett: Tel 07980 728425

If you have any items for sale please let us know.
This trip is usually a good laugh, not only do you get to do some really good dives off Burg Island and the Louis Shied Wreck just of the coast, you also get the chance to drive the boat. If you have done the boat handlers course you will know what I mean. You get behind the wheel and something happens to you, Burg Islandsuddenly you feel the need, the need for speed!!!
Back to earth, or under the water, there is a lot to see from cuttle fish to pipe and wrasse. These are just a few of species to be found in the gullies around the island. Then of course there’s the pub just up the road that servers good food and beer while you relax and have a chat.

Animal of the Month.

Editors Corner

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this months issue, and apologies for any mistakes we’ve missed.

Any further articles for next months edition would be appreciated, (any gossip, scandals, etc that’s printable) so let us know by 19th December

Hope you enjoyed this first issue, as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together during long hours of serious discussion - the nights of boozing and eating are a vicious rumour!!



The name "Axolotl" comes from the Aztec language, "Nahuatl". One of the most popular translations of the name connects the Axolotl to the god of deformations and death, Xolotl, while the most commonly accepted translation is "water-dog" (from "atl" for water, and "xolotl", which can also mean dog).

Prior to the growth of Mexico city in the basin of Mexico, the Axolotl was native to both Lake Xochimilco, and Lake Chalco.
Of these two high altitude freshwater lakes, only the remnants of Xochimilco as canals can be seen today. The Axolotl is now on  the CITES endangered species list.

The Axolotl, along with some other amphibians, remains in its larval form throughout its life. This means that it retains its gills and fins. The Axolotl is carnivorous and has typical carnivore features, with the main exception of the teeth. Its teeth are small stumps., which it uses to grip it’s food, manoeuvring it into position before swallowing it whole.
For many years the Axolotl was studied due to its amazing healing/re-growth abilities. The axolotl is capable of re-growing a limb even if it is completely removed.

Thanks to the Editors: Sue Mace, Wendy Munday, Phillipa Cresswell, Jessamy Koratoga                                                                   Back