2017/18 Committee

Simon D
Bio coming soon! [From the members guide, "The post holder is responsible for leading and representing branch affairs both internally and externally. In particular, he/she has sole responsibility for the efficient and proper conduct of committee meetings. The person elected requires leadership skills and objectivity. While experience in other roles on the CSAC committee is very desirable, the requisite skills are more important. The Chairman reports to the Annual General Meeting each year."]
I am one of the founding members of Clifton Sub-Aqua club, learning to dive with the club in 1987. I am an Advanced Diver with technical qualifications including Trimix rebreather. Over the years I have held a number of Committee positions including Equipment officer and Training Officer. I am an active diver and have used a rebreather since 2002. Away from the club I am Chair of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group, I’ve had a number of articles published in the underwater press and I’m an Ambassador for OThree drysuits. Despite the rebreather qualification I enjoy diving at all levels so I’m equally happy on a shallow shore dive as a deep wreck.
Diving Officer
Bio coming soon! [From the members guide, "The post holder has overall responsibility for all branch diving activities, including training and the safe conduct thereof. The recommended minimum qualification is Advanced Diver and open water instructor (OWI). He/she is accountable for safety standards on all branch diving activities and ensuring prescribed training standards are observed. Leadership, attention to detail and high standards are expected from the post holder. The Diving Officer reports to the Annual General Meeting each year."]
Training Officer
Initially 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 five 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 training officer I coordinate the training programmes and generally try to get the instructors and trainees in the same place once in a while!
Membership Secretary
I 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.
Rachael (👸)
Social Secretary
I 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!!
Facebook Page
James & Rob
Web Officer
Best friends from school [and CSAC couple of the year 2016] James and Rob keep the club’s website, mailing list, facebook group, and really anything technology related in smooth working order. Rob learned to dive through CSAC and is now a Sports Diver - recently his dive kit seems to be doing more diving than him! James trained to Dive Leader level with BUOTC while at University and is happiest chasing Nudibranchs, exploring intact wrecks, and removing litter from the sea. Since joining CSAC he has started to explore open circuit trimix and is half way on the journey to become an Open Water Instructor.
Honorary Treasurer
I started scuba diving when living in Australia in 2016. After a couple of “try dives” on the Barrier Reef I was hooked and completed my PADI Open Water course in Sydney. I switched to BSAC and joined Clifton Sub-Aqua Club in 2017 after moving to Bristol. I’m now qualified to Sports Diver level and I’m working towards Dive Leader. My favourite CSAC trip so far has been the 2017 trip to the Farne Islands - it was amazing to dive with the very friendly seals! On the committee, I look after the money and the budget to ensure the club finances are in order.
Simon C
Equipment Officer
Bio coming soon! [From the members guide, "The post holder ensures that all club equipment other than that associated with the boats is available in full working order whenever required. The post holder maintains a record of equipment issued and collects rental fees. As with the Boat Officer role, technical expertise not essential."]
Minutes Secretary
I 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.
Boat Officer
The responsibility for keeping our dive boat Badger in tip top condition is shared amongst the committee. The work entails arranging routine and unscheduled maintenance and visiting the boat regularly to check all equipment is present and serviceable.