All posts by Guy Balmer

Boathouse parking

Granted not the most exciting email to receive in lockdown, but a subject close to everyone’s hearts – parking outside the boathouse!

I’ve recently exchanged a number of emails with the Torpoint Ferry Manager (ex RN and generally very on-side) and we will be meeting up as soon as current restrictions get lifted but in outline please be aware of the following:

1. The Torpoint Ferry own the land outside the boathouse, which is used as a parking area, and have done for a considerable number of years. Whilst there’s a verbal agreement that we can park in certain areas there never has been, and never will be, anything more formal in place.

2. The Torpoint Ferry are, however, more than happy with us parking so long as we stay in the designated areas (see below and refer to map) and park responsibly (i.e. don’t block Ferry staff in).

a. Parking is allowed in the green areas numbered 1 and 2; 1 is the Ferry staff car park and their staff generally park on the Eastern side (i.e. where the wall is) and 2 are disabled parking bays which can be used as overspill if required.

b. In certain circumstances we can bring vehicles into the yellow area 3 but only after approval from the Ferry Manager (i.e. if we were doing a clear up of the boathouse and wanted to bring a trailer close to the doors to load rubbish). For info this area is bounded by the metal barriers (shown as a dashed purple line on the map)

c. Vehicles are not to encroach on the purple areas 4 and 5; 4 denotes the edge of the road leading to the southern most ferry (denoted by thick white lines painted on the tarmac) and 5 is an access route (not marked on the ground) which allows Ferry vehicles to access their shed / parking area).

There are plans to redevelop the entire holding area for the Torpoint Ferry however at the moment these are running behind schedule and its not entirely clear exactly what it will look like in the future although I will pass these on as soon as I have more details. There’s a possibility, but only a possibility, that parts of the yellow area 3 maybe allocated as parking in future.

I am fully aware that in the past certain members of Ferry staff have been ‘particularly unhelpful’ / rude to Club members, a point accepted by the Ferry Manager, HOWEVER we need to do our bit to not inflame the situation ourselves such as only parking in the designated areas, car sharing where at all possible and adhering to any directions given to us by the Ferry staff in relation to parking (and not getting drawn into any arguments but instead passing on any specific details to me so I can take them up with the Ferry Manager).

As I say, not the most exciting email during lockdown but an important issue that we all need to be aware of and do our bit to adhere to so that we continue to enjoy the privilege of parking at the boathouse.

Try Dive thanks

Dear all

A big thank you to everyone who was able to help with the 2 Try Dives over the last couple of weeks, and in particular Chris Brown for his efforts in getting people along in the first place.

There were certainly lots of very happy faces and considerable interest in signing up to the Ocean Diver course which will start shortly.



Club AGM – Tue 5 Nov 19 at 1800 in the Boathouse

Dear all

Just to remind you that the next Club AGM takes place on Tue 5 Nov  to which everyone is welcome to attend to have a say in your club.

There have been no special Agenda items / motions received so the evening will follow a ‘normal’ AGM format (and will hopefully be a fairly swift affair!)  However this year Tug will be stepping down as Equipment Officer and Brian will be stepping down as Expedition Officer and so I am on the lookout for volunteers to replace these positions in the Committee; if you would be keen to get more involved in the running of the Club and feel you have experience / an interest in these areas do please let me or Sandra (Club Secretary) know at the earliest opportunity.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 5th.


Guy (Chairman)

Club Constitution

20180710-PDCSAC Constitution V4

Dear all

The moment you’ve all been waiting for…the latest version of the Constitution!

This has gone through a fairly major re-hash with a lot of input from a number of Club members and you’ll be pleased to hear is now quite a bit shorter than previous iterations so worth a read; it is after all your Club.  That said there are some subtle changes to it, not least that the Diving Safety Management System (DSMS) now exists as a separate document but should be read in conjunction with the Constitution; Steve Cox, The Diving Officer, has already published the latest version of the DSMS on the Diving Safety portal of the website.  Also all Committee Members, Officers, Dive Managers and Instructors are to sign to say they have read and understood the Constitution (and by default also the DSMS which is an Enclosure to it); I will hold a hard copy version of the Constitution for signing.


Guy Balmer (Chairman)




Buoyancy Workshop – Tue 26 Feb 19

Dear all

On 26 Feb Cal, Eddie and I will be running a buoyancy workshop in the Dockyard swimming pool for all Club members to practice / hone their skills ready for the forthcoming diving season.  As with last year there will be a series of ‘mini exercises’ to complete underwater to test / re-learn (!) your buoyancy skills, manoeuvrability under water and kit configuration; for those who have yet to get into the pool this year it will also be an opportunity to  ensure your kit is all working as it should and to revise other skills like mask clearing, etc.


From 1700 – Boathouse open to sort kit

1800 – briefing for all

1830 – move to pool

1900 – set up exercises

1915 – first run throughs

By 2100 – clear of pool

OC – return kit to Boathouse and depart



Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Tue 6 Nov 18

Dear all

A bit of prior warning that the AGM will be taking place on Tue 6 Nov 18 at the Boathouse; provisional timings are 1800 meet up for a 1830 start but this will be confirmed nearer the time.

This year the Club Constitution will be going through a bit of a refresh with an updated version being posted on the website for comment in Oct.  If you have any comments on this, or indeed any items for the Agenda, please let me or Sandra Somers (Secretary) know by Mon 22 Oct so that all the necessary paperwork can be completed for the AGM.

As always the Committee will be voted in again for the next year.  Obviously the Club needs enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to undertake the wider management roles that allow it to function and in turn allow the diving to happen.  If you would like to put yourself forward to be on the Committee please let me know.


Guy Balmer