Wight Dolphins Sub Aqua Club - Engine Replacement

by Paul Downes in Newport, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

£10,389

£12,000 stretch target 4 days left
103% 74 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 27th January 2022 at 8:54pm

Wight Dolphins are looking for help to raise funds to get our boat back in the water and continue our diving and our community activities.

by Paul Downes in Newport, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

New stretch target

All funds raised will go directly to helping fund the purchase of a new outboard engine for the club boat, ensuring that we can continue to provide the diving and training programme for our members, and continue to participate in local community events and environmental conservation projects.


Who are the Wight Dolphins?

Wight Dolphins is a branch of the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC), and we are based on the Isle of Wight.  The club has been running now for 45 years, and during this time we have taught many hundreds of people how to dive, and provided the opportunity to explore the wonderful marine environment that exists below the waves, both locally and throughout the UK, and even around the world.  

Diving Around the Isle of WightClub Dive Trip to the Red Sea

Our members come from all walks of life, both young and old, and of varying abilities.  We always welcome new members, and we provide a full training programme using the BSAC syllabus, and delivered by our own team of qualified instructors, who give up their time freely to help others.

Why We Need Your Help? 

The club's activities were hit very badly during 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, we were unable to meet socially, unable to dive as a group for most of the year, and our training and try dive programme virtually stopped.  These were major sources of income for the club, so our finances were not helped during this period. A number of members left the club due to this inactivity, and we have struggled to get them back.  Things were looking better in 2021 and as restrictions lifted we are able to resume club activities, but in the middle of the summer, just as the club was starting to get back on it's feet after the various lockdowns, we suffered a catastrophic failure of the engine on our club dive boat, and we now need to purchase a new engine.  

Club Members on the Dive Boat

The dive boat is at the centre of everything we do as a dive club, and without it we may well cease to function.  Although we have a always tried keep a little bit of money for a rainy day, we simply don't have the funds to buy a replacement, and so we are looking for your help.

What We Do?

We are a non-profit making members club, so we are run by our members, and everything we do is for the benefit of our members. During the year we run a full diving programme for our members, with shore dives, boat dives, social events and various diving trips around the UK and abroad.  We run a full training programme from complete beginners to advanced divers and instructors, all using our own team of volunteer instructors.  Without the boat we have to undertake training activities at inland sites on the mainland, and this comes with the additional burden of time and costs associated with ferry crossings.

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Our membership is open to all, and we try to be as inclusive as possible, with membership starting from age 14 and some members well into retirement!

Community Involvement 

As part of our commitment to the local community on the Island, our members assist and partake in many local events such as offering try dives to local youth groups and running several try dive sessions over the winter to provide opportunities for everyone in the community to have a go.  It also helps to recruit new members and keep the club buoyant. 

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We also regularly support local charities undertaking cross-solent swimming events by providing our dive boat for safety cover, and we also participate in local beach clean events, and even organise our own, both above and below the water.

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The Marine Environment

We are committed to trying to protect and preserve our local marine environment, and are or have been involved in many projects for example:

  • The Undulate Ray Project - identifying and reporting specimens to assist in the monitoring of this endangered species.
  • SeaSearch - helping to map out the types of sea bed and variety of species to assist in the setting up of Marine Conservation Zones
  • Project Seagrass - reporting on the health of sea grass beds
  • Historic England - surveying an unknown wreck at Thorness Bay to help identify it's history, and also to setup dive trails to allow divers to explore the wreck site.
  • BSAC Operation Oyster - data gathering and habitat surveys to help protect and rehabilitate the native oyster species.

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Throughout the year we also try to raise funds for our nominated charity, which in the past has included BiteBack, Blue Seas Foundation, the Shark Trust and Sea Sheppard.

What Can We Offer?

In return for your help we can offer a range of opportunities and experiences from Try Dives to Dive Training, Rib Rides (when we get the new engine!) a range of clothing and accessories cakes and honey, discount vouchers and some sponsorship opportunities.

Anything you donate now will go that little bit further in helping us reach our fundraising target, and we would be extremely grateful for any help.

Sport England will be offering match funding towards our project, and if we are successful in reaching our target it will result in an extra £4,000, which will be fantastic!!

Thank you very much.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

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Try Dive Experience

For a pledge of £25 or more we'll give you a 1 hour try dive experience in a local swimming pool to give you a gentle introduction to Scuba Diving in a safe environment with our qualified instructors. Sessions will be scheduled when a big enough group is available. *** Gift Certificates available - great Xmas presents ***

£5 or more

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£10 discount off an MOT

For a pledge of £5 or more receive £10 off an MOT from our friends at at Cowes Harbour Garage, voucher provided and valid through 2022.

£5 or more

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£10 Discount off Air Con Re-charge

For a pledge of £5 or more receive a £10 discount when you get your car's air conditioning re-charged by our friends at Cowes Harbour Garage (only applies to R-134 gas, phone the garage for confirmation).

£5 or more

Summer BBQ

For a small pledge of £5 or more you will be invited to our summer BBQ on the Isle of Wight, where we will feed and entertain you as a thank you for helping us. Date and venue to be decided.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

If you would like to make simple donation, anything you can offer will be really appreciated, we'll post a big thank you on our social media sites.

£10 or more

Club Branded Beanie Hat

For a pledge of £10 or more we'll give you a Plain Beanie hat with the club logo embroidered on the front, one size, available in a choice of colours.

£10 or more

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Jar of Honey

For a pledge of £10 or more we'll give you a jar of delicious honey fresh from the hives of one of our club members, delivered to your door anywhere on the Isle of Wight.

£10 or more

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Homemade Cakes

For a pledge of £10 or more we'll reward you with a delicious homemade cake baked by one of our club members, delivered to you anywhere on the Isle of Wight. Choose from Victoria Sponge, Lemon Drizzle or Pistachio and Lime. Regrettably not able to supply vegan or gluten free options.

£10 or more

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10% Discount off Teeth Wightening

For a pledge of £10 or more receive a 10% discount off Teeth Whitening treatments from Island Dental Care in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. A voucher will be provided with 12 month validity.

£10 or more

10% Discount on BSAC Instructor Training

For a pledge of £10 or more receive a 10% discount on a range of BSAC Instructor Training courses provided by our friends at Vectis Expeditions based here on the Isle of Wight.

£15 or more

Club Branded Polo Shirt

For a pledge of £15 or more we'll give you a plain cotton Polo shirt with the club logo embroidered on the chest, choice of colours and sizes available.

£25 or more

Marine Life Photograph

For a pledge of £25 or more we'll give you a high quality print of of various marine life images taken by some our club photographers, approx A4 sized and printed in thick card ready for mounting. You will be offered a choice of prints.

£25 or more

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Snorkelling Lesson

For a pledge of £25 or more we'll give you a Snorkel Lesson in the safe environment of a local swimming pool with our qualified instructors. You'll be ready to go and explore the local marine environment safely. Sessions will be scheduled when a big enough group is available. *** Gift Certificates available - great Xmas presents ***

£30 or more

Custom T-shirt

For a pledge of £30 or more we're offering a bespoke design T-shirt, manufactured by the ethical clothing company Teemill. You'll only be able to get this design from us, it will be unique! A single order will be placed when all pledges are received.

£30 or more

Club Branded Hoodie

For a pledge of £30 or more we'll give you a plain zip through Hoodie with the club logo embroidered on the chest, available in a range of sizes and colours.

£30 or more

Dry Suit Training Course

For a pledge of £30 or more we'll take you through the BSAC Dry Suit course, so you can keep warm and toasty all year round. You will need your own dry suit.

£30 or more

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Isle of Wight Diving Day

For a pledge of £30 or more, we'll provide a full days boat diving, with minimum of 2 dives, then followed by a BBQ on the beach. Dates and times to be confirmed, some time in the 2022 dive season.

£100 or more

Pre-paid Dive Pack

For a pledge of £100 existing club members can receive 11 free Solent boat dives. Excess fuel charges may apply for dives outside the Solent.

£185 or more

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Discovery Diver Training

For a pledge of £185 or more we'll teach you to Scuba Dive through the BSAC Discovery Diver course. You'll be given 2 pool lessons, and 2 open water lessons. Once qualified we'll provide 2 free club dives to get you started. The price includes the use of all Scuba Equipment but you will have to pay the BSAC membership fees (up to £60) and the online theory training (£39). *** Gift Certificates available - great Xmas presents

£280 or more

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Ocean Diver Training

For a pledge of £280 or more we'll take you through the sheltered and open water training for BSAC Ocean Diver course. This will include 4 pool lessons and 4 open water lessons. Once qualified we'll provide 2 free club dives to get you started. The price includes the use of all Scuba Equipment but does not include BSAC membership fees (up to £60) or the online theory trainng (£59). *** Gift Certificates available - great Xmas presents ***

£100 or more

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Boat Sponsorship

For a pledge of £100 or more we'll give you the opportunity to sponsor our club boat. As a boat sponsor your name or company logo will be prominently displayed on the club dive boat for all to see as we are out and about diving around the Isle of Wight. You'll also have the opportunity to join us for a Rib Ride to the Needles, and your name or company logo will be displayed on our Facebook page.

£400 or more

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Ocean Diver Training Course

For a pledge of £400 or more we'll train you as an Ocean Diver. Experience the next level of BSAC training by undertaking the Ocean Diver course. This will include 4 pool lessons, 4 open water lessons plus online theory training. Once qualified we'll provide 2 free club dives to get you started. The price includes the use of all Scuba Equipment. *** Gift Certificates available - great Xmas presents ***

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