Totnes Sub Aqua Club Covid Recovery Project

by Totnes Sub Aqua Club in Dartington, England, United Kingdom

£5,350

£15,000 target 28 days left
35% 48 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £15,000 is pledged by 13th July 2021 at 1:10pm

To safely resume diving and training whilst supporting our members and the local community as we come out of this pandemic.

by Totnes Sub Aqua Club in Dartington, England, United Kingdom


1621547852_1600-900.jpgImpact of Covid-19 on the club

Last summer our boats were modified and new procedures bought in to minimise the risk of transmitting the Covid 19 infection.  These added complications and the periods of lockdown meant that diving in 2020 was down to around a third of previous years and training was severely restricted with many of our members not diving at all. This cut our revenue, left us with a backlog of training and many members not getting any value from club fees. 

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We hope that we will be able refresh our skills, dive and train more in 2021 but this involves even more equipment to provide protection while teaching and practicing rescue skills. We also want to help our members get back into diving in safe steps whilst minimising the financial burden on them.1621502626_img_0529_(2).jpg

We were able to cut many costs last year, but we still had to maintain, insure and in some cases replace equipment. As we come out of lockdown we are desperate to have access to a swimming pool and a room for training and meetings. The cost of these facilities is increasing as organisations look to minimise their losses.1621502826_20180609_104111000_ios_(2).jpg

A plan to replace the aged garage door on the boatshed and install an oxygen booster and a replace the old cylinder filling panel with a gas mixing panel have been put on hold until club finances have recovered.

Service to members

The club prides itself on both the range of diving and the amount of training that it provides its members. It caters for all conditions and disabilities alowed under British Sub Aqua Club rules

We take our boats to sites all over the Sout West in all available depths on wrecks, reefs and seagrass, to suit all interests and abilities. We are always looking for new and rarely dived sites.

We have a thriving photography group supported by internationaly renown photographers.

 Our qualified volunteer instructors do what ever they can to get members through their training and diving in the sea.  Some members have more chalenges than others but that makes it all the more rewarding for them and their instructors when they get to see what lies beneath the waves.

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We reduce the cost of diving by providing used equipment on loan and for sale at exceptionaly low prices.

We have a compressor and control panel for filling diving cylinders with air but want to upgrade to provide safer gas mixes at affordable prices.

Like any good club we look out for our members and do what we can to support them in difficult times.

Totnes Sub Aqua Club in the community

The club is very active in the local community and whilst all events were cancelled last year we expect to be helping out again once they are reinstated. These include:

  • Teaching snorkelling to children at Giant Camps most weeks during school holidays
  • Providing safety cover for Raft and Canoe Races on the River Dart1621499973_safety_cover.jpg
  • Introducing Scout groups to diving
  • Beach cleaning
  • Releasing baby lobsters
  • Seagrass surveys and planting1621500119_img_1927.jpg seagrass



Seagrass is the most threatened underwater habitat in the UK. It is home to seahorses and a breeding ground for many fish.

  • Recovering golf balls from ponds
  • Raising funds for Dart Sailability and the Diving Diseases Research Centre

How the money raised will be used

  • Buy an additional Resusci Anne to practice our rescue skills, as Covid 19 restrictions limit use of manikins1621499568_img_0670_(2).jpg
  • Replace the old double boatshed door1621499589_img_0669.jpg
  • Support the refurbishment and reopening of Meadowbrook Community Centre 
  • Offer members two free shakedown dives to refresh their skills and get back into diving
  • Install an oxygen booster and new gas mixing facility that will enable us to provide safer breathing mixes to members.1621499615_img_0671.jpg

          This is the existing cylinder filling control panel

The situation is dynamic, the needs have changed as we have developed this campaign and may change again.  What we do know is that our members are desperate to get back into the sea.

Our target to raise £15,000 is ambitious but with matched funding from National Lottery it is achievable.  

Rewards

To encourage you to donate through Crowdfunding we have a great range of diving and non-diving rewards on offer.  A selection are shown below:

1621501804_515652_garden-seat-dartmouth.jpgPainiting donated by Alexandra Jacobs

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Macrame Jewellery donated by Hilary Scott

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Goodies donated by Fourth Element

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This picture of a nudibranch is one of a selection of mounted photographs provided by award winning photographers Dan Bolt and Simon Temple

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This is an example of the shortie wetsuits for swimmers that have been donated to the club. We also have full single piece suits, two piece suits and semi drysuits available for diving and snorkelling.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

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Wall Painting

If you pledge at least £100 today - when we’re successful we’ll send you a painting of 'GARDEN SEAT DARTMOUTH' (it’s showing yacht masts on the River Dart) In Oil on board 43x34cm framed. This painting is by the well know Devon artist, Alexandra Jacob BA (Hons) who is a member of the South West Academy of Fine Art and exhibits at their shows. It can be seen on Sandra’s website https://www.alexandrajacobsartist.co.uk at a cost of £200

£5 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Foam neoprene swim suit

Foam neoprene swim suit

£8 or more

0 of 25 claimed

TSAC logo printed Water Bottle

TSAC logo printed single walled water bottle with a black plastic screw cap and black carabineer clip - BPA & PVC free. Full Price £10.00

£9 or more

1 of 4 claimed

RSPB Handbook of the Seashore

When we are successful in our funding you will receive a signed copy of this RSPB Handbook of the Seashore written by Maya Plass, one of our members. This indispensable guide includes helpful sections on the tidal cycles, the Seashore code, where to look for each species and crucial information if come across something unexpected on your next visit. Retails at £12.99

£10 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Try snorkel session Reward

If you pledge £10.00 today, and we're successful in our funding, we'll arrange with you (once Covid rules allow) for a snorkling session locally in South Devon. You'll be taught the basics of safe snorkelling and we'll ensure you get a certificate afterwards (min age 5)

£10 or more

TSAC Beanie Fleece hat

If you pledge £10 today, and we're successful, we'll organise for you to receive a TSAC Beanie hat with the club's logo on it. You will need to let us know size & colour. Full price is £12

£10 or more

0 of 11 claimed

Sleeveless Shortie Wet Suit

Sleeveless Shortie Wet Suit. Suitable for surfing & sea swimming. Not ideal for diving in this country

£10 or more

2 of 12 claimed

Childs shortie wet suit with sleeves

Childs shortie wet suit with sleeves

£12 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Try a Dive

If you've ever fancied trying the underwater world and pledge £10 today we'll arrange a pool session for you (when we are successful post Covid restrictions) so you can try diving in a warm, safe, secure location with a qualified instructor. Full price £15

£12 or more

TSAC embroidered T-shirt

If you pledge £12 today, and we're successful, we'll organise for you to receive a TSAC T-shirt with the club's logo on it. You will need to let Rosemarie Longfield know size & colour. Full Price £13.50

£12 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Dive Voucher for Visiting Diver

If you pledge at least £12 today - when we’re successful we’ll send you a voucher for boat dive from one of our RIBs which will expire on 31st November 2021. Qualified divers from any recognised organisation can join us for a dive. Normal price £15. (Maximum of 2 vouchers per diver)

£13 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Marble Chopping boards

If you pledge at least £13 today we will send you a polished Marble cutting board of your colour choice, see below the three different shades, either with rounded corners or oblique corners. 2-3 cms thickness - ideal for pastry making. Retails around £20

£13 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Fish Deli Recipe Book

If you pledge at least £13 today - when we’re successful we’ll send you a Fish Deli Recipe book from the successful Fish Deli in Ashburton.

£13 or more

0 of 2 claimed

'Fourth Element' Baseball Cap

If you pledge at least £13 today - when we’re successful we’ll send you a 'Fourth Element' clothing company's Baseball cap. Retails at £18.90

£15 or more

TSAC embroidered Polo Shirt

If you pledge at least £15 today - when we’re successful we’ll send you a voucher for a Polo shirt with the TSAC club's logo embroidered after your have let Rosemarie Longfield know of your size & colour choice. Full price £17.00

£15 or more

5 of 14 claimed

Shortie wet suit with short sleeves

Shortie wet suit with short sleeves suitable for surfing and swimming but not suitable for scuba diving in this country

£19 or more

0 of 1 claimed

'Fourth Element Gulper' Water Bottle

If you pledge at least £22 today - when we’re successful we’ll send you a 'Fourth Element' clothing company's 'Gulper' Water Bottle. The Gulper is more than just your everyday water bottle though. Stainless steel double wall vacuum insulation means iced drinks stay cool up to 24 hours or hot drinks will stay hot for up to 12 hours. A double walled vacuum insulation bottle, leak proof. Sport twist & sip valve closure system. Retail £25.95

£20 or more

Air Fills - 10 fills

If you pledge £20 or more today - when we’re successful we’ll send you a voucher card that can be used for up to 10 air fills. Normal air - no nitrox/mix fills. Usual price £2.25

£25 or more

TSAC embroidered Hoodie

If you pledge £25 today. and we're successful we'll organise for you to receive a TSAC Hoodie with the club's logo on it. You will need to let us know size & colour. Full Club price £30

£25 or more

TSAC Embroidered Logo Fleece

If you pledge £25 today. and we're successful we'll organise for you to receive a TSAC Fleece with the club's logo on it. You will need to let Rosemarie Longfield know size & colour. It can come with a full or half zip. Full price £30

£25 or more

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30mins Holistic Treatment therapy session

If you pledge £25 or more today – when we’re successful you will receive a voucher for a 30 minute Holistic Treatment at the Fountain Health Centre in Teignmouth. Judith is fully qualified in massage, reflexology and Vortex healing. She has been practicing holistic therapies professionally for more than 20 years – she is a member of the Federation of holistic therapists (FHT).

£25 or more

TSAC embroidered Hoodie

TSAC embroidered Hoodie If you pledge £25 today. and we're successful we'll organise for you to receive a TSAC Hoodie with the club's logo on it. You will need to let Rosemarie Longfield know size/colour & with or without zip. Full Club price £30

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Semi Dry Wet Suit

Semi Dry Wet Suit which is second hand

£30 or more

0 of 13 claimed

Two piece wet suit

Various sizes Male :SM-4, M-3, M Tall - 3, L-slim -1 Female: SM - 1, Size 10 -1

£35 or more

£35 Underwater Picture

When we are successful in our funding you will receive a picture (30 x 20 cms) by Dan Bolt, a Devon based award-winning underwater photographer. You will be sent a link to Dan’s photographs to choose one. We’ll organise a frame of your choice from https://www.photobox.co.uk/shop/wall-decor/framed-poster-prints . You can see Dan’s recent photographs on his feed at https://Instagram.com/danboltphoto

£35 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£35 underwater picture

when we are successful in our funding you will receive a picture (30 x 20 cms) by Simon Temple a Devon based award winning underwater photographer. You will be sent a link to a selection of Simon’s photographs to choose one from. We’ll organise the purchase of the frame of your choice from https://www.photobox.co.uk/shop/wall-decor/framed-poster-prints . You can see Simon’s recent photographs at https://www.instagram.com/mr.simontemple/

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£50 For a Necklace and Bracelet

If you pledge at least £50 today when we’re successful we’ll send you a voucher for a piece of jewellery from ‘The Hilary Scott’ collection of beautiful knotted Macrame necklace & bracelet designs, you can choose your own pieces, here’s the link to her page:https://www.facebook.com/MacrameBohoJewellery

£70 or more

5 Boat Dives Voucher

If you pledge at least £70 or more today - when we’re successful we’ll send you a voucher card for a block of 5 TSAC boat dives which will expire on 31st November 2021. This voucher will have five numbered dives on it with your initials so that the Dive Manager can counter sign your voucher and log the number on his daily dive report. Normal Dive price £15

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Diving Knife

Diving Knife in it's case with thigh straps. 7" blade. donated by Michael Melville

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

'Fourth Element' Exrotherm Beanie hat

If you pledge at least £20 today - when we’re successful we’ll send you a 'Fourth Element' clothing company's Exrotherm Beanie hat. Retail £26.50

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A Tree Trunk of Cherrywood for woodturning

If you pledge at least £30 today, when we are successful in our funding you will receive a Cherrywood Tree trunk for woodturning from Alec Jacobs

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Diving Cylinder Test & 02 clean

If you pledge £35 or more today- when we are successful in our funding you will receive a voucher for the test and 02 clean for one diving cylinder from TH Diving Services in Plymouth.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

I hrs Acupuncture Appointment

If you pledge £40 or more today - when we’re successful we’ll send you a voucher for a treatment from the Acupuncture Torbay Clinic in Paignton. Kim Maidment has been practicing for over 25 years and is accredited in other Complementary treatments such as Bio-Magnetics & Tuina as well as being a member of the Complementary Medical Association. See web site: www.acupuncturetorbay.com

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Semi Dry Wet Suit

A new semi-dry wet suit, for a tall person. £50.

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