Come Diving With Southsea Sub-Aqua Club

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Today the Big Screen adds a new community video about the Southsea Sub-Aqua Club. Since its formation Southsea SAC set out to make an impression on the diving world. In fact they dented it!

  • They have been winner of the prestigious Heinke Trophy, the trophy given to the most nationally improved club, no less than 3 times. 
  • Their founder, Alan Blake, invented the game of 'Octopush' at which has been national winners too many times to mention. 
  • In what was, at the time, a very male dominated sport they actively encouraged women to join and start diving, in fact they were the very first club within the BSAC to have a female Diving Officer in Barbara Anderson.
  • Club members Alex McKee and John Towse initiated 'Project Solent Ships'. It was this project which discovered the whereabouts of Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose. 
  • In the past Southsea SAC has represented Great Britain in international spear-fishing and produced national champions on more than one occasion.

The club said, "The times they are a changing but of course we are endeavouring to change with them. Some of our changes are obvious ones, others are less obvious, such as the changing attitudes towards diving and the ways we are trying to make the sport more accessible. In recent times we have returned to our roots of local wreck investigation and the best of British wreck diving. We have also invested in our facilities to provide our members with modern, accessible diving gases and promoting safer diving for all members."

They continued to add, "We are a local diving club who dive in many places around the world. In the past year our members have dived from Selsey to the Isle of Wight, Eastbourne, Swanage, Weymouth & Portland, Plymouth, Cornwall, the Red Sea, Croatia and many other places."

For more information, why not take a look at the video that will play daily on the Big Screen each afternoon between 12:00-1:00, 5:00-6:00, 7:00-8:00 at either :02, :10, :32 or :40 minutes past the hour.