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Tameside Divers boost funds for RNLI

Tameside Divers stayed in the swim to help raise £1,600 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

The Ashton-based group, which meets at Ashton Pool, travelled to Trearddur Bay RNLI Lifeboat Station to present the magnificent sum at the weekend.

Joanne Bradshaw, who runs the BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) branch along with John Chadwick said: “We raised the money through a sponsored snorkel on May 6 this year as we wanted to take part in the RNLI’s May Day mile when the charity asks people to walk a mile to raise money.

“However, as snorkellers we decided to snorkel a metric mile in Ashton Pool. In all 25 students aged from seven years up all snorkelled the distance  in an hour, with one of our students setting himself a target of two miles which they completed in one hour 20 minutes.”

With all the sponsorship monies totalling a fantastic £1,600, the group arranged to visit to Trearddur Bay in Anglesey to enjoy some open water snorkelling sessions, while combining the trip with a special presentation to the crew of the Trearddur bay RNLI at the same time.

Tameside Divers meet on Friday evenings from 7.30pm to 8.30pm for snorkelling followed by scuba diving from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

The group is a voluntary run branch of BSAC and all instructors and committee members are volunteers. Club fees are used to cover pool costs, buying equipment and equipment maintenance.

The group currently have 32 snorkelling students aged from six to over 50 years of age, with four  Discovery Divers (10-12 years), and seven New Ocean Divers (12 years to over 50), while four students are working towards their Sports Diver qualifications.

Diving Officer John Chadwick is currently working towards his Dive Leader qualification while the club also has two Assistant Diving Instructors and two Open Water instructors.

Joanne added: “We have just received our 20 years of Tameside Divers acknowledgement from BSAC, although the branch first started in 1977 under a different name.”

If you are interested in finding out more about Tameside Divers you can visit their Facebook page.

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