Coventry divers holiday in Malta, March 2023

Photo credit: Jonathon Bellman

Members of Coventry Sub Aqua Club returned from a visit to Malta this March as guests on another BSAC branch’s trip.

Four members of our branch, including our Chairman and Diving Officer, joined the University of Warwick’s branch on its diving holiday to Malta. The group dived several coastal sites around the island over five days, before using their pre-flight “off-gassing” day to explore the capital city, Valletta.

The diving involved nine dives from the shore around St Paul’s Bay, including one dive at night. The group also spent a day aboard a boat for two dives out at sea.

For some divers, such as our instructor Jon and Warwick’s lead instructor Denys, the diving offered a brilliant opportunity to reach a depth of 50m, the maximum depth permitted for a BSAC Dive Leader, in fine conditions. Special training is required to proceed beyond 50m.

For others on the trip, this was a fantastic chance to experience diving at sea in prime conditions: excellent visibility, beautiful wildlife and warmer water than you will find around the British coast!

Our members were pleased to receive an invitation to join the Warwick divers on their venture abroad. The trip was the latest in a series of interactions, some planned and some spontaneous, between the branches which has led to benefits for all. Instructors from both branches have got together to help with training, for example in at a recent practical rescue management course at Stoney Cove. Several members of Warwick’s branch have gone on to join Coventry’s branch after graduation.