ScotSAC News

20 June 2014 2014 Agm - 24 September: Details and download Nomination Form here
11 October ScotSAC Suunto Award 2013
30 May ESAC Summer Solstice Dive - 23 June
27 May Branch Instructor Course - 30th June
9 February Scapa Flow, Orkney: Diving the High Seas Fleet - Know the Law.
8 February NAS Marine Archaeology Courses in Scotland for 2013.
26 January ScotSAC Deep Diving Course - 20th & 21st April.
11 January Online Survey - Take part in a vital research project on how divers value the UK’s marine environment.
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2014 Agm - 24 September

20 June 2014 UP

The 2014 AGM will take place in Caledonia House, Edinburgh on Wednesday 24th September from 7pm. Further details, meeting calling notice and proxy forms will be issued to all members with our September issue of Scottish Diver.

Under our current byelaws, nominations for Directors on the Board and Members of the National Diving Council must be submitted by 31st July prior to the AGM.  

Nominations are now invited for Directors on the Board to fill the following vacancies: 

·         Director – 8 posts 

The following Board members remain in post for the duration of their appointment

Sandy McPherson (Secretary).

In addition to the above posts, nominations are invited for 6 positions of National Diving Council Members. NDC Members are elected for one year. 

Job Descriptions for the posts can be found on the about us page on www.scotsac.com and clearly define the duties and requirements of the Directors. Role DescriptionsExisting post holders. This ensures any nominee is aware of their duties prior to nomination and of the skills/experience necessary to fulfil the role. 

A nomination form is available here or by contacting ScotSAC Headquarters. All nominations for Directors or NDC Members and any resolutions for changes to the Byelaws must be received at ScotSAC HQ by 31st July 2014. In the event of any multiple nominations, ballot papers and personal statements will be circulated along with the AGM notice. Please refer to the Byelaws and Articles of Association for further information.


ScotSAC Suunto Award 2013

11 October 2013 UP

We are delighted to announce that once again, Suunto UK are sponsoring the ScotSAC Annual Award for Volunteering, and have generously donated a top of the range DX Dive Computer.  

These awards are designed to reward an individual's exceptional contribution to our sport.  This contribution could be effort that has encouraged new people to become divers, encouraged existing divers to complete further development training, the organisation of dive expeditions, or some other activity that has raised the profile of diving in a positive way.  It may also be an Instructor who has encouraged and developed new divers and delivered training.  If you know of any individual within ScotSAC who has made a significant contribution to the sport, in any way, now is your chance to nominate them for recognition.

There will be 1 prize of a Suunto DX - the world's first watch-sized CCR dive computer, worth a whopping £995!  Judging will be by a panel consisting of the Chairman, National Diving Officer and General Manager of Suunto Diving UK.

All Nominees must hold current membership of the Scottish Sub Aqua Club and may not be current members of the Board or National Diving Council.  The closing date for nominations is 1st November 2013 with the lucky winner being announced and prize presented at the ScotSAC Dive Conference in Stirling on 9th November.

Download Nomination forms from here.

ESAC Summer Solstice Dive - 23 June

30 May 2013 UP
At Eastwood Sub Aqua Club this year we've decided that our annual summer solstice weekend will be held a bit closer to home, at Pilmuir Quarry in Newton Mearns, which is our own local training site. We'd like to invite members of other clubs along for an open-day on the 23rd June with a barbeque and some diving. For further information see our poster here. .
 
If you require any further information, we'd be happy to discuss our plans in further detail - 07891 028 918

Branch Instructor Course

27 May 2013 UP

The next ScotSAC Branch Instructor course will be held at ScotSAC HQ in Edinburgh on Sunday the 30th June.

For more information please contact branchinstructor@scotsac.com


Scapa Flow, Orkney: Diving the High Seas Fleet - Know the Law.

9 February 2013 UP

Historic Scotland have produced an information leaflet to explain the the historic significance of the wrecks of the German Imperial Navy High Seas Fleet.
Along with details of the legal protection that the wrecks have there are useful do's and don'ts for those of us lucky enough to get to dive these sites.
Download a copy as a PDF file from here.


NAS Marine Archaeology Courses in Scotland for 2013

8 February 2013 UP

Dates for 2013 NAS Marine Archaeology Courses for Scotland have been announced and are listed below.
The one day Introductory Course gains the ScotSAC endorsement of ‘Underwater Archaeology’ and the NAS Part 1 Course, can be used towards completing the ScotSAC First Class Diver ‘Underwater Archaeology Module’.

Sat 9th March: NAS Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology
A one day course introducing nautical archaeology and the NAS. The day includes a mix of theory and practical sessions. This venue offers a diving option. Diving is not mandatory. Cost £70. 
Location: Edinburgh 
Contact NAS Office by E-mail at nas@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org or by phone at 02392818419.

Sat 16th March: NAS Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology
A one day course introducing nautical archaeology and the NAS. The day includes a mix of theory and practical sessions. This venue offers a diving option. Diving is not mandatory. Cost £70. 
Location: Loch Tay, Scotland 
Contact NAS Office by E-mail at nas@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org or by phone at 02392818419.

Sat 13th April: NAS Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology
A one day course introducing nautical archaeology and the NAS. The day includes a mix of theory and practical sessions. This venue offers a diving option. Diving is not mandatory. Cost £70. 
Location: Loch Tay, Scotland 
Contact NAS Office by E-mail at nas@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org or by phone at 02392818419.

Sat 18th May: NAS Part I Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology
A two day course building on the knowledge and skills learnt during the Introduction course, including theory and practical sessions. This venue does not offer diving. Cost: £190. 
Location: Aberlady, East Lothian 
Contact NAS Office by E-mail at nas@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org or by phone at 02392818419

Sat 15th June: NAS Part I Certificate in Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology
A two day course building on the knowledge and skills learnt during the Introduction course, including theory and practical sessions. This venue offers a diving option - 2 Open water dives. Diving is not mandatory. Cost: £190.
Location: Loch Tay, Scotland 
Contact NAS Office by E-mail at nas@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org or by phone at 02392818419.


 

ScotSAC Deep Diving Course - 20th & 21st April

26 January 2013 UP

A ScotSAC Deep Diving Course will be held on Sat/Sun the 20th & 21st April at ScotSAC HQ.
Please go here for more information on the course and an application form to book a space on this course.

There is a charge of £40.00 for attendance at this course which must be paid in advance.


 

Online Survey - Take part in a vital research project on how divers value the UK’s marine environment.

11 January 2013 UP

Until midnight on Sunday, 20th January, divers are being invited to complete an ONLINE SURVEY specific to their own diving and snorkelling activity around the British coastline.

The survey, conducted by the University of Aberdeen, supported by the Marine Conservation Society, ScotSAC, BSAC, the Angling Trust and others, hopes to gain valuable information that diving organisations will use to influence decision-making around 127 Marine Protected Zones in England and a yet to be determined number of Marine Protected Areas in Scotland. The survey will help to ensure that the specific needs and values of divers are taken into account when decisions regarding these areas are made.

At the heart of the research project are personal values of key sites around the UK. Researchers are particularly interested in the views of divers on the sites they visit, what it is about these sites they value the most and whether they believe these sites are worth protecting.

This survey is an excellent opportunity for divers’ unique and important views to be heard, and to help protect dive and marine sites for future generations.

Click here to complete the Marine Value survey

(http://www.marinevalues.org/divers)