ChairmanI learnt to dive with Kingston University Sub Aqua Club back in 2001 where I discovered I had a real fascination with all things under water. I enjoy all types of diving, especially exploring the many shipwrecks scattered all around the UK coast. As a relatively new member of CS-AC and I have been struck by how friendly everyone has been and how I have been instantly made to feel right at home. My role as chairman involves organizing and running committee meetings and helping out where required. As we have such a great team on the committee thankfully this involves very little work on my part, just don’t tell anyone.
TreasurerI started thinking about learning diving in Indonesia in 2017 so I naturally started looking after a club when I arrived in Bristol in 2018. As a French foreigner, I thought it would be difficult for me to start this new experience, and then I met CSAC. I have no experience with any clubs before but I can tell here people are really friendly, atmosphere so relaxed and my progress as young diver has grown incredibly fast as I’m heading to sport diver this year. So far, joining the club has allowed me to dive in both cold and warm waters, day or night but also qualify in boat handling hence allowing me to delve into this new world of fish language, history of wrecks and science of navigation. As treasurer for the club, my responsibility is to make sure that we can afford all these brilliant projects.
Diving OfficerInitially trained to dive leader level with the Sub Aqua Association with Southend Penguins in 2001. Joined Chelmsford BSAC when that club folded. I enjoy most forms of diving but a particular fondness for wreck diving. I joined CSAC a few years ago when I moved to the South West because I had the chance to work with Avon and Somerset Police and look after the underwater search team’s medical needs. I enjoy training having been encouraged to finish off my Open Water Instructor qualification and have particularly enjoyed learning to dive from the club RHIB as this is the first club that I have belonged to with its own boat. As diving officer I have overall responsibility for safety on club dives and for diving practices within the club.
Minutes SecretaryI learned to dive through CSAC and am now a Sports Diver although recently my dive kit seems to be doing more diving than me! I keep the club’s website, mailing list, facebook group, and really anything technology related in smooth working order.
Honourable Membership SecretaryI am a longstanding member of CSAC, I enjoy instructing, my favourite diving is anywhere especially remote islands no-one else has heard of and especially Scotland. The Membership Secretary is the Club’s main contact point with the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC), so I am responsible for maintaining the club membership list, ensuring everyone’s subscriptions are up to date and that everyone has a valid medical.
Training OfficerI started diving back in 2013 when I moved to Bristol. I decided to join Clifton because it felt like a really friendly club. After my try dive I was hooked! I started my diving journey with the Ocean diver qualification. Now I am an advanced diver and open water instructor where I teach the next generation of divers and instructors. Although I “just love” fish, rocks and underwater plants my real passion is technical diving and particularly diving wrecks of the ships from yesteryear. As training officer, I am responsible for all training within the club. I try to ensure that all the instructors are organised and that Pete Cittern keeps upto date with modern BSAC training methods.
WebmasterI learnt to dive whilst living out in Australia, and upon returning didn't want to stop, despite the colder water! Upon starting a new job I found one of my colleages was a CSAC member so joined to do my sports diver qualification and have now completed my IFC so am an assistant instructor. I am now looking forward to lots more UK diving! On the committee my responsibility is this website.
Members RepresentativeI joined the club in January 2016 as I wanted to learn to dive for an upcoming holiday to Thailand. Since then, with CSAC I’ve progressed from an Ocean Diver to a Sports Diver and I’m currently working towards Dive Leader. I’m enjoying diving both in the UK and abroad, a club trip to El Hierro was a particular highlight as 10 dives in a week really helped me to improve. I’ve been the Social Secretary for about a year and a half, I organise a meal and drinks one Friday a month (Friday Night Shout) and once a year we host a party and an awards ceremony. Any other social suggestions are always welcome. (I’m not that biased), but CSAC is a really social club, and this was also a reason that I joined the club, to meet new people as I was new to Bristol. The only thing that isn’t so good about diving... is that it ruins your manicure!!
Wessfed. RepresentativeI jointed CSAC in Summer 2016, having never dived before in my life. Having qualified as a Sports Diver, I’m now looking ahead to becoming an Assistant Diving Instructor to help add more BSAC divers to the world and progress my own skills. Diving has introduced me to a wonderfully varied, knowledgeable, and welcome group of friends and broadened my horizons. It’s given me reason to visit parts of the UK and beyond that I’d never previously considered. That said, I still haven’t dived in warm water, giving me reason to believe it doesn’t exist! As Minutes secretary, I’m charged with logging the decisions and actions of the committee and occasionally keeping order in meetings.