80 divers, 10 Clubs, 9 RIBs and Great Weather!
Penzance 6/7th June 2015
The 13th Annual Kernow Dive Festival took place in Penzance, where 80 divers, together with families from 10 dive clubs, met to dive, party and raise money for DDRC Healthcare. They dived 9 different sites, ranging from Low Lee Ledges for the less experienced, to the JR Parks for mixed gas divers and the Runnelstone for those seeking a high energy site!
The Kernow Federation of BSAC branches was formed 14 years ago to
promote inter-branch communication, and assist each other with training. The Festival each year takes this concept and turns it into an amazing inter branch 2 day expedition and raising fund event for DDRC Healthcare, the hyperbaric chamber based at Derriford, Plymouth. Dive buddies are paired from different branches, chosen by preferred site and qualification. We are still awaiting the final accounts, but we are currently estimating around £2,650, which gives us a running total of £25,400 raised for DDRC since 2003.
The sites are selected at a meeting early in the year and each club volunteers to take on different responsibilities. This year, Peninsula branch put shots on all the chosen sites, Mid Cornwall Divers arranged the route cards and planning for the boats, Plymouth Sound took on the BBQ, East Cornwall Divers selected the beverages with Duchy Divers in charge of the clear up after the party! The Coastguard dedicated a working channel and monitored the event, the Penzance harbor-master allowed free launching of the RIBs and Cardinney Camp site gave a special rate! The weather was fantastic!
The evening saw a gigantic BBQ followed by a raffle and auction organised by Totnes branch BSAC, to raise more money for DDRC. Prizes were donated by branches, individual members and SUUNTO, AP Diving, 4th Element, Roddas (the clotted cream hamper!) Meridian Charting Software, Rescuean, Seaways Diving and DDRC who auctioned a chamber dive for 8, won by Seahawk club from RNAS Culdrose!
The next Kernow Dive Festival is on the weekend of 11/12th June 2016. Put it in your diaries!