Dunstable Sub-Aqua Club Committee

Duncan Wardrop
Diving Officer

I started diving in 1980 and joined Dunstable Sub-Aqua Club in 1982. I hold Advanced Diver, Advanced Instructor, HSE Part IV (Restricted), Diver Cox’n and various other qualifications and endorsements that the BSAC enable you to gain along the way. Although not active in open water in the last few years I have dived all around the UK and in Tenerife, Malta, Australia, Iceland, Jersey and Isle of Man. In addition to the usual wreck and reef diving I have enjoyed the slightly unusual activities such as roped diver and underwater searches, diving with sharks in an aquarium, surface fed dives in pools and lakes, and pot dives.

I enjoy training and enabling other divers to become the all-round competent divers that BSAC qualifications lead to, from boat handling to site finding to the diving itself and dealing with unforeseen events along the way. I will always encourage and support trainee instructors and help them to use their skills when there is sufficient demand within the club.

The Branch have elected me as Diving Officer 3 times previously and I count it a privilege to be amongst the ranks of those Dunstable officers past and present.

Val Harrison
Chairman
I started my diving life back in 2003 after a close friend invited me to Try-a-Dive. I loved it and knew straight away that this was something I really wanted to do. I trained with PADI but with my friend I often joined Dunstable SAC on dive trips. I learnt so much from these friendly, enthusiastic and experienced divers that I joined the club and continued my training with them as a BSAC diver. I am now an Advanced Diver and Open Water Instructor. As an instructor in Dunstable SAC, I love teaching people to dive and really enjoy watching them grow in their confidence and progress with their skills. My wish and aim for anyone joining DSAC is to get them happy and confident in the water and to help them to progress to be the best diver they want to be. I will always encourage and support members who wish to expand their diving knowledge and skills.
Tim Martin
Treasurer

I started diving in 1997, like many divers I was on a family holiday and Padi were offering courses in my hotel. After a few years of holiday diving I decided that I would like to get more from the sport. Returning from a holiday in Malaysia I looked up my local club, which was Dunstable, affiliated to the British Sub Aqua Club. This was a turning point for me as with the excellent training to Dive Leader level and numerous trips my diving went from strength to strength. I have dived all around the UK and some of the top overseas sites with the club and enjoyed the company of many like minded friends

 
Greg Ashworth
Equipment Officer

I joined Dunstable SAC in 2006 and was hooked on diving from my first pool session! I enjoy UK diving all year round wether it's a wreck dive off the south coast or a training session at an inland site, although going abroad for some warm clear water makes a nice change... 

DSAC is a friendly club, we pride ourselves on making new members feel welcome whether you're a qualified diver or an absolute beginner - see you at the pool for a try dive.

Sue Samme
Secretary / Membership Secretary
I learnt to dive with PADI in 2009 while on holiday in the Dominican Republic. I did not want to be a "once a year holiday diver" so joined Dunstable BSAC in 2011. Since then most of my diving has been in the UK and I've been to some amazing sites. So whether its wreck diving in Oban, scenic diving in the Mulberries or seal encounters in the Farne islands there is always something different to see. We are a friendly club and actively encourage and support new and qualified divers to learn and develop their skills. So come and join us. Dive places you've never been and see things you never knew were there. What are you waiting for? Come and meet us and book a try dive.
Ian Williams
Welfare & Safeguarding Officer

I have been a BSAC member since I was 15 years old, qualifying as a BSAC ‘3rd class’ diver in 1982, when I was privileged to be asked by the Princes Trust to dive on the Mary Rose Tudor ship before it was recovered from the Solent. I have a wealth of experience diving around the UK and abroad, especially in Northern Cyprus – where I have a holiday home. I would recommend diving as a hobby to anyone. You meet great people and visit wonderful places. Dunstable Sub Aqua club, is a friendly club – with fantastic facilities including use of a pool and a club boat. I look forward to meeting you.

James Hodge
Boat Officer
I am a fairly recent member to Dunstable SAC, Joining in 2014. Previous to this I had no diving experience, but I have always had a love for the sea. Since joining the club I have enjoyed varied diving across the UK, from shallow Pier dives exploring wildlife, and interacting with Seals. To fast drift dives, and deep wrecks. But its not necessarily all about diving. I have made some great friends since joining the club, and we enjoy an active social life in, and outside of diving. With the aid of my buddies I am currently completing my Dive Leader qualification, and plan to take my first instructor course very soon.