Dunstable Sub-Aqua Club Committee

Val Harrison
Diving Officer

I’m currently the Diving Officer of Dunstable Sub Aqua Club. 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 a number of club 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 a Dive Leader and Open Water Instructor and I am actively working towards the next level of qualification as an Advanced Diver. Within the club I have been Vice Chair, Chair, Membership Secretary and now Diving Officer. 

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 help them to progress to be the best diver they want to be and to hopefully get them happy and confident to pass those skills on to those coming on behind.

Phil Cannings
Chairman

I have been a member of DSAC for approaching ten years and have been the club chairman for the past two years.

My first experiences with scuba diving started with a professional search and recovery dive team in back in 1980, plenty of cold lakes, canals, zero visibility and the recovery of unsavoury things.

Since then my diving career has gone full circle from UK cold water diver, through warm water holiday diver, and eventually back to a mix of both cold water and warm water diver again.

I am now retired, and following my interests in marine ecology and maritime archaeology and dive year round in both the UK and the Eastern Mediterranean where I am fortunate enough to be able to regularly dive several archaeological sites that are 2-3,000 years old.

I’m currently certified as a BSAC Advanced Diver, CMAS three star diver and am an open water instructor with both BSAC and with the Russian Scientific Diving Federation. 

I try to dive as often as opportunities allow.

Dunstable BSAC is a friendly club, and I enjoy nothing more than seeing divers develop themselves through the club whilst having fun in a safe and nurturing environment.

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.

Ally Gallashan
Membership Officer
I started diving with BSAC and my sisters many years ago. Originally with the Kitwe (Zambia) branch, then with Kirkintilloch (Scotland) branch and ending up at Dunstable. Along the way I also managed to do some diving with TURG (South Africa). There are many diving highlights but the most important aspect has always been the people. Come along and meet the characters at Dunstable Sub Aqua Club.
 
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.