LSAC Club History
Chilly Dips electronics are upgraded to include a side scan sonar unit, making it easier to find dive sites and track divers.
BSACs BuddyGuard welfare policy officially adopted by the club.
Theory lessons and the club meeting are moved to the Crèche in the Sports Centre so that club night is all under a singe roof.
The club hosted an evening of talks with Jack Ingle, attended by many members and other divers from the midlands. The evening raised £350 for the DLRAA.
The year also saw the 4th 24 hour sponsored snorkel around Stoney Cove, raising even more money for the DLRAA
A motion to amend the minimum junior age to 12 years was successfully passed at a Special General Meeting
The club buys a brand new boat (as planned) to replace "Lucky Dip" and names her "Chilly Dip" to continue with a theme.
Both of the club boats (Lucky and Skinny) are completely re-wired to make the electrics reliable again.
We held our 3rd 24hour Sponsored Snorkel around Stoney Cove
Club Membership was held at over 80 members
Clubs purchases a second RIB and runs a record amount of trips
Club membership tops an all time high of 80+ members
Club holds a 24 Hour sponsored swim around Stoney Cove to raise money for the Flying Ambulance
Swift Diver the clubs inflatable boat is completely overhauled and received plenty of use
The clubs add to the training kit to make 11 complete sets of aqua lungs
The clubs new 5.8m Humber destroyer is named Lucky Dip. The official launch is held at Stoney Cove, with Lizzie Bird (BSAC National Diving Officer) as guest
Ted Williams becomes the clubs second honorary member
Club is successful in Lottery bid and is granted aid in buying a RIB
Standing Order made available to pay membership fees
Proposal to admit non-BSAC members is rejected.
Club raises £1263 in cycle ride and donates £632 to the RNLI
Sheila Brown travels to Tanzania for Marine survey project.
Club campaigns against Harborough District council and helps to convince them that Lutterworth deserves a deep pool in the proposed leisure centre.
Swift Diver is fitted with a new Mariner engine
Club magazine given the name FREEFLOW
Swift Diver trailer goes diving at Brixham during Easter trip.
LSAC website created
Membership numbers reach 70
First club members become qualified as Nitrox Divers using IANTD scheme
Club decides to buy a RIB, fund raising committee established headed by Helen Cook.
Kilworth springs golf club used for the first time as venue for Annual Dinner. Bob Boler (BSAC National Diving Officer) is invited as guest speaker.
Helena Dunleavy receives the first Brian Maton award
Paul Gardiner receives the first Novice Diver of the year award.
Old diving kit auctioned as club standardises training on new aqualungs.
Alex Bullard becomes first club member to join area coaching scheme
Club library created using 50's club lottery funds
Club uses new BSAC Try-Dive format to attract new members.
80 people try on an aqualung in the swimming pool.
BSAC approve the use of Nitrox for Sport diving.
Decision taken to only use NQI's for training
LSAC carnival float narrowly misses winning prize at the Lutterworth carnival
Membership reaches a total of 60
Brian Maton dies. An award is created in his memory, presented each year to the club diver who has simply "enjoyed their diving".
Club receives Sports aid grant and purchases a modern set of stab jackets, demand valves and cylinders.
LS-AC runs first branch trips to islay and Ireland
Oxygen administration equipment purchased.
Alex Bullard becomes the clubs first Advanced Instructor
The club equipment shed is positioned to ease storage
Swift Diver - an Avon inflatable is purchased along with a Yamaha engine, the Trailer comes later in the year.
LSAC runs first branch trip to Scapa Flow
Club membership reaches 50
12 club members are served Court summons by Roger Webber (Skipper of the Excaliber) The conflict is settled out of court.
Liz Cessford suffers mild DCS 3 days after the completion of a weeks diving. "Computer hopping" was the possible cause.
Jane Lilley wins Trainee Diver of the year award
First Club members attend a Boat Handling course at Rutland water
Club makes the decision to buy a boat.
The first in-house Lifesaver course in run
All club ABLJ's are fitted with direct feeds
Alex Bullard becomes a Club Instructor
Club annual membership fees raised from £6 to £15
Reg Ward resigns from the committee and becomes the clubs first honorary member.
Club membership reaches 30
Club dive at Swithland woods, 1 day later after mild pains Carl Gamble becomes first club member to be treated for DCS. The dive was within the BSAC '88 tables.
Paul Dane and Denise Evans become married and leave the club.
Nigel Spickett becomes Chairman, Neil Tomlin becomes Diving Officer
LSAC runs first branch trip to Hurghada to dive the Red Sea
Club membership level reaches 25
Dosthill opens as another alternative dive site
BSAC tables launched
AGM records the loss of Steve Briggs (who joins the navy), Paul Dane becomes Diving Officer. New intake sees Jane Lilley, Jill Monk and Nigel Spickett join the club.
Vicar of Gilmorton makes memorable Club Dinner speech
The rudder is fitted to "Bobs wreck" at Stoney Cove
The first "no-limitation to numbers" Easter trip is organised - 18 members and family attend the trip to Brixham.
Bob Liscoe's "Black Pig" has her wooden spine broken during diving at Plymouth.
Bob Liscoe dies of a sudden heart attack in July.
Steve Briggs becomes Diving Officer in addition to Training Officer.
Club compressor sold
Club helps out as rescue team at Misterton raft race using Bob Liscoe's "Black Pig" inflatable boat as support.
Guildenburgh opens as new training site.
The Deco-Brain dive computer comes on the market, followed by The Edge.
Membership falls to 20 as further members leave, unhappy with emphasis on training new members. Steve and Tracey Briggs become part of training team.
New intake includes Neil Tomlin, Carl Gamble and Andrew Watson.
Roatan reconnaissance takes place with LSAC members Brian Weller, Roger Cooper, Bob and Chris Liscoe plus Jane Ledley making the journey.
Motion to join BSAC accepted
Pro BSAC voters included Stuart & Jenny Cessford, Alex Bullard and Howard Cogan.
Resignations were received from Brian Weller, Roger Cooper, The Goulds, Tony Brooks, Barry Frost and others.
Stuart Cessford hands over to Bob Liscoe as Diving Officer
Roger Cooper announces plans for Operation Raleigh reconnaissance of Roatan in the Caribbean.
Motion to join BSAC defeated
Liscoe family involved with excavation of Mary Rose prior to her raising.
Motion to join BSAC defeated
Alpha Divers formed. This was a splinter group from Rugby sub-aqua club which included the Liscoe family and Reg Ward.
Alpha Divers turned into a private company with commercial interests. Bob, Steve and Chris Liscoe join LSAC along with Reg Ward.
LSAC membership rises to 30 members
Brian Weller recruits qualified local divers to form the Lutterworth sub-aqua club
By common consent the club is affiliated to the Sub Aqua Association (SAA) due to anti BSAC feelings.
Brian Weller leaves Rugby sub-aqua club
Next Club Meeting
Lutterworth Sports Centre
Tuesday 26 February 2019
Why not come and meet us?
Diving and Dive Trips
Sat 09 - Sun 10 March 2019
Menai Strait Run (RIB)
Fri 19 - Mon 22 April 2019
Plymouth, Devon (RIB)
Sat 25 - Tue 28 May 2019
Falmouth, Cornwall (RIB)
Sat 10 - Sun 11 August 2019
Plymouth, Devon (RIB)
Events and Socials
Sat 23 Feb 2018
Annual Dinner, The Greyhound, Lutterworth