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AGM – option for Zoom

Dear all

Given the latest Covid concerns and availability of key Club members, the decision has been taken to offer the option of dialling in via Zoom to tonight’s AGM in addition to meeting face to face at QAB. Log on details are

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Look forward to seeing you tonight, Guy (Chair)

PDCSAC AGM – Tue 14 Dec 21

The 2021 Plymouth Defence Community Sub-Aqua Club (PDCSAC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Tue 14 Dec 21 in the Conservatory of the Waypoint Bistro, Queen Anne’s Battery (QAB), starting at 1900 (with a Committee pre-meet from 1800).

This is an opportunity for the Committee to update you on Club business over the last year (and in this case 2 due to Covid) and plans for the future, and for you to ensure that your views on the running of the Club are aired. Also as a Club we are always on the lookout for willing volunteers to step forward as Committee members or more generally help out with the running of the Club – If you would like to put your name forward so that this can be discussed (and if necessary voted upon at the AGM) please email me using the address below.


Guy Balmer – Chair PDCSAC

Vote on keeping the Tornado at QAB.

Thank you to all those who voted on the motion to spend £1160 on keeping the Tornado at QAB for 6 months to facilitate diving whilst the Dockyard still has Covid restrictions in place. Whilst there weren’t sufficient people voting to meet what’s written in the Constitution, of the 19 Club Members that did vote all were in favour of the move and so after consultation with the Committee the motion has been carried (and for info at the next AGM there will be a proposal to change both the Constitution voting details and amounts of money that can be spent by Committee approval!!)

The Club still needs your vote!!!

Many thanks to the 17 Members (names below) who have voted on whether to spend £1160 plus an increase to the Insurance to keep the Tornado at QAB for 6 months to facilitate Club diving.

Unfortunately, as per the Constitution, we need at least 34 Members to vote to approve the spend of over £1000 so if you haven’t voted already YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!

(Votes received from – Rob, Mark K, Chris B, Eric, Steve B, Dennis R, Cal, Graeme H, Doug, Eddie, Raymond, Steve C, Joe, Nick, Bruce and Jason).


As part of the plan to get back to diving the plan is to move the Tornado from the Boathouse and then store it at Queen Anne’s Battery for 6 months.

However this will cost £1160 plus a small increase in insurance. Whilst the Club has the funds to do this, as per the Constitution any spend over £1000 needs a ‘Membership Decision’ (i.e. 80% of the Members (so 36 out of 45 Members) need to take part in the vote and the motion needs a 2/3 majority (so at least 24 of those 36 votes) to be passed).

Therefore PLEASE VOTE NOW by responding back to me at ASAP so we can confirm the booking with QAB.


Guy Balmer (Chair)

2020 AGM postponed

Dear all

Well Covid continues to affect business not least with the running of this year’s AGM which will now be postponed until sometime in the New Year. The Club is still very active with diving taking place most weeks (albeit not using the Clubs boats) and Committee Meetings are still being run via zoom, and so if anyone has any particular points to raise to the Committee do please get in touch.

Looking ahead to the AGM, the Club is always on the lookout for willing volunteers to take on Committee positions and generally assist with the day to day running so if you would like to get involved in this way do say.

All the best

Guy Balmer (Chair)

Covid update

Dear all

A very quick update on where we are as a Club in relation to the easing of the Covid restrictions as no doubt you’re all aware that swimming pools have now re-opened and some sub-aqua clubs around the country are starting to get back to diving, albeit with a number of restrictions still in place.

As a Club one of our greatest assets is the Encroachment we have with the Naval Base for the sole use of the Boathouse as a base for diving and access to the swimming pool for diver training. This gives us a secure space for keeping and maintaining our boats, Club and personal kit; the compressor; lecture facilities; very easy access to the water and dive sites in Plymouth Sound; a very good pool close by for training; and all this for, effectively, free. Clearly, as with everything in life, there are downsides and the big one is we are entirely beholden on the Naval Base to allow us to use these facilities and we have to comply with any restrictions they place on us, which is what happened when Covid kicked off. Since March ALL Encroachments (so all sports / social clubs, not just us) have been suspended as the Naval Base have limited access and focussed purely on military activities. I’ve been in contact with the Naval Base a number of times over the last few months and the latest update earlier this week is that these suspensions are likely to continue until September, possibly longer. There is another impact in that our compressor went out of date for its service a few weeks back but with Covid restrictions we haven’t been able to get maintainers in so this is out of action at present.

Not great, but then again these are fairly unique times. That said the Club does still exist and we can, restrictions permitting, still operate as such. The dull bits like Committee meetings have still been going ahead on Zoom and Steve Cox, The Diving Officer, has been continuing with the Ocean Diver course remotely for those that signed up after the Try Dives back in February. What the Committee is now working through is how we can get back to Open Water diving as soon as possible whilst also staying within the restrictions imposed on us by the Encroachment being suspended. Please rest assured that we are doing all we can to explore all possibilities for diving and whilst this is, of course, very frustrating we are sort of constrained with the art of the possible.

All the very best

Guy Balmer, Chair PDCSAC