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    Established TDF Member taz's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allan Carr View Post
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    To see the delight and amazement of these young people on their early open water dives is a really satisfying experience - seeing the roach, perch, crayfish (and the odd Pike in the Viscount) in Stoney gets them all excited. They can't wait to go on our Farnes trip next year to dive with the seals.

    There are other things to see in UK waters.
    I've not been diving as long as you, almost but not quite as long :-)
    and I still like Stoney and I would do the Farnes this weekend if I was not in Scotland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WFO View Post
    I used to take my dive kit to site on a motorbike so think a yaris or some lunchbox like that would have been a few orders of magnitude easier.
    You can get two twinsets and two full sets of dive gear in a Mini - one set with the back seats up and the shelf in place. I got 3 sets of single tank gear and 3 people and drysuits in it in August though it was a tad on the full side!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Energy58 View Post
    You can get two twinsets and two full sets of dive gear in a Mini - one set with the back seats up and the shelf in place. I got 3 sets of single tank gear and 3 people and drysuits in it in August though it was a tad on the full side!
    A modern Mini obviously, which is essentially a full size car now. Try getting that kit in an original Mini. Mind you I once brought four people and twelve single cylinders back from Oban in an Allegro estate car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thistlediver View Post
    A modern Mini obviously, which is essentially a full size car now. Try getting that kit in an original Mini. Mind you I once brought four people and twelve single cylinders back from Oban in an Allegro estate car.
    On the back of a recovery vehicle ? 😄

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    Years ago, I travelled from Bristol to Cornwall in the back seat of a friend's Fiat 500 (the original tiny one!) - he and his fiancee were in the front seats we also had two sets of dive gear and camping gear. It was a somewhat cramped trip!

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    Poor little Maltese hire car!


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    When I was teaching archery, the course I did to qualify didn’t have an expiry. The GNAS (now archery England) then changed the rules so you had to do a periodic refresher course to maintain the qualification validity, and many schools now believe that you have to have an Archery England certification in order to be insured (which is a lie) - they have been instrumental in killing off free access and volunteer instructors that facilitated that access to the sport they are the SELF APPOINTED regulators of, by commercialising it.

    While common sense and safety have their place, unnecessary red tape generated by governing bodies does them no favours in the long term as it dissuades those who would otherwise give their time and experience freely and is contributing to the demise of the sports they claim to represent.
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