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The Committee

Chairman & Welfare Officer

Sébastien Danneels

Seb learnt to dive in France in the early 1990's whilst at University. He then crossed the channel and also to BSAC in the late 1990's. He enjoyed diving as a Sports Diver for 10 years and in 2009, he qualified as Dive Leader and became an Open Water Instructor in 2011 and Advanced Diver in 2020.

His favourite UK dive sites include: James Eagan Layne (Plymouth), Kyarra (Swanage), Hispania (Sound of Mull), Salsette (Portland) and Dresden (Scapa Flow).

His favourite international dive sites include: Maupiti Manta Point and Teavapiti Pass (French Polynesia), Similan Islands (Thailand), Speyside (Tobago), Tioman Island (Malaysia), Maalhos Thila (Maldives), Shark Bank (Seychelles), Marsa Shagra and Chrisoula K (Red Sea).

Seb enjoys a variety of diving, as being underwater makes him happy. He very much likes underwater photography and coxing any RIB.

Diving Officer

Steve Behan

Steve started diving in the mid 1980’s in Germany diving off the Baltic coast on sites around Willheimshaven and Keil, as well as some of the inland ‘SEE’ of Germany and Austria. Diving was then restricted to ‘Holiday diving ‘ for a number of years.

Memorable dives were on a Liveaboard around the Simlian islands (Thailand), a number of wreck dives in Malta, and the Zenobia (Cyprus).

Since joining the club, Steve has enjoyed diving both in the UK, and abroad, and qualified as an Open Water instructor in 2019. Steve enjoys all elements instructing, and particularly enjoys seeing students gain confidence & ‘grow’ with experience whilst learning to dive.

Steve is Now developing his own personal skills & is progressing through the Advanced Diver syllabus.

Training Officer

Richard Haughton

Richard had his first try dive with Stafford Sub-Aqua Club in January 2014 and he was instantly hooked.

He sailed through his Ocean Diver course in record time and progressed to Sport Diver just before a week’s diving holiday around the Medes islands, Spain, in June 2015. He is now a Dive Leader and qualified as an open water instructor in September 2020.

Rich is now enjoying passing on his enthusiasm to students and enjoys coaching them to master new skills.

His most memorable dives so far have been the Zenobia, in the Mediterranean, and the Thistlegorm, in the Red Sea. Rich also takes every opportunity to dive in the UK, be it in more local quarries, or further afield such as on the northeast coast with the playful seals.

Equipment Officer

Roland Smith

Roland kind of fell into diving, one of his palls whilst boating abroad in 2005 suggested having a try dive after he complained about the amount of time he could spend underwater with a snorkel! On returning back to the UK, he had a try dive and signed up to do the Ocean Diver course with Stafford Sub Aqua Club. At that time the Ocean Diver was the only level of diving he considered as necessary, but strangely enough a few year later, he has now qualified as an Open Water instructor...

For Roland, time away and especially underwater is relaxing and stimulating. He enjoys the practical instruction element especially and gets a kick out of other people developing their skills and learning to Dive.

He dives both in the UK and overseas, with a particular affinity for the Medes Islands located off the shores of Estartit in Spain.

Boat Officer

N/A

The club has not got a boat currently so the position has not been filled.

Treasurer

Alan Weaver

Alan has been a member of the Stafford Sub Aqua Club since 1995; during this time he has held a number of positions on the committee as a general member, the training officer but the majority of the time as the treasurer and membership secretary.

He enjoys being a member of the club and the various training activities at our weekly meeting.

He has dived in many locations both in the UK and around the world however he now prefers to dive in warmer climates with warmer sea temperatures.

Secretary

John Baker

John had his first taste of scuba diving, in 2014, whilst on Holiday with his family in Egypt. He loved the try dive so much that he decided to go on and complete the PADI Open Water qualification during that same holiday.

Upon returning to the UK, John was determined to continue with his diving and so decided to join Stafford Sub Aqua club and continue with his training. Having successfully completed the BSAC Sports Diver qualification in 2016, John has now gone on to start the BSAC Dive Leader course and is loving the new skills and challenges that this course brings with it.

John’s favourite dive sites are not all located in warmer waters in Egypt, Malta, Tenerife, Lanzarote and other foreign countries he has dove. John says that some of the best, and most rewarding dives he has completed have been off the coast of our own fair isles. John says that Portland, Plymouth and St. Abbs have all provided spectacular wreck dives. The Farne Islands are his favourite for the fun dives with the local seals.

Social & Publicity Officer

Lee Ingram

Lee joined Stafford Sub-Aqua Club back in September 2018, he had spent numerous holidays diving abroad and had always be determined to get qualified but kept putting it off to not spent his holiday in training. Finally after returning from a holiday in 2018 he was sort to get his qualification and discovered Stafford Sub-Aqua Club.

He has progressed through his Ocean Diver and Sports Diver courses and now well on the way in his Dive leader qualification.

In order to give back to the club, Lee has furthered his training and become an Assistant Open Water Instructor and plans to complete his full instructor qualification after completing his dive leader.

Ordinary Member

Jacqui Hodgkinson

Jacqui has been a member of the club since 2011. She decided that she needed to “learn how to do it properly” after experiencing a succession of amazing try dive experiences in Thailand, Egypt and Kenya.

Jacqui completed her Ocean Diver in 2012 and her first open water experience, after qualifying, was a trip to the Farne Islands. Diving with club member Steve Postles she experienced what she considers a “moment most people could only dream of” when she came face to face, quite literally, with a seal pup! She is currently the proud recipient of one of the club’s annual awards: the What Rock Award (don’t ask)… for the second time!

She is now working towards her Dive leader (but at her own pace) and enjoys every moment of her diving. Even when things don’t go quite to plan, after all there is always CAKE!

Ordinary Member 2

Greg Round

In 2019 Greg’s son George, then 14 wanted to take up the sport following a try dive with the club.

Rather than just being “dad taxi” on open water dive trips , Greg decided to take up learning to dive too. Having completed his Ocean Diver course and gained a love for the sport Greg progresed through the Sports Diver syllabus during the covid lock downs and has now embarked on his Dive Leader qualification.

Greg is an active UK diver attending club trips to various quarries and coastal sea dives favouring wrecks and scenic dives with seals.

Past Committee Positions

  Chairman Diving Officer Training Officer Equipment Officer Boat Officer Treasurer Secretary Social & Publicity Officer Ordinary Member Ordinary Member 2
2021 David Lymer Sébastien Danneels Steve Behan Roland Smith Richard Haughton Alan Weaver Sue Dunn Kevin Dyke Jacqui Hodgkinson Ian Dunn
2019-20 David Lymer Sébastien Danneels Steve Behan Roland Smith Richard Haughton Alan Weaver Sue Dunn Kevin Dyke Jacqui Hodgkinson Ian Dunn
2018-19 David Lymer Sébastien Danneels Steve Behan Roland Smith Position not filled Alan Weaver Sue Dunn Richard Haughton Jacqui Hodgkinson Ian Dunn
2017-18 David Lymer Sébastien Danneels Peter Miles Roland Smith Richard Haughton Alan Weaver Gus Angeli Sue Dunn Jacqui Hodgkinson Ian Dunn
2016-17 David Lymer Sébastien Danneels Peter Miles Roland Smith Richard Haughton Alan Weaver Gus Angeli Edward Holmes Jacqui Hodgkinson Ian Dunn
2015-16 David Lymer Sébastien Danneels Peter Miles Roland Smith Richard Haughton Alan Weaver Gus Angeli Edward Holmes Jacqui Hodgkinson Damian Jones
2014-15 David Lymer Sébastien Danneels Peter Miles Roland Smith Graham Rowley Alan Weaver Charlotte Shaw Edward Holmes Richard Shaw Position non existing
2013-14 David Lymer Sébastien Danneels Peter Miles Roland Smith Robin Smith Alan Weaver Charlotte Shaw Position not filled Richard Shaw Edward Holmes
2012-13 David Lymer Maggie Surrage Sébastien Danneels Roland Smith Robin Smith Alan Weaver Craig & Helen Bradbury Position not filled Richard Shaw Edward Holmes
2011-12 Steve Postles Maggie Surrage Sébastien Danneels Roland Smith Robin Smith Alan Weaver Craig & Helen Bradbury Position not filled Richard Shaw Chris Southcott
2010-11 Steve Postles Maggie Surrage Sébastien Danneels Roland Smith Robin Smith Alan Weaver Craig & Helen Bradbury Georgina Clough Richard Shaw Position non existing
2009-10 Steve Postles Maggie Surrage Sébastien Danneels Roland Smith Robin Smith Alan Weaver Position not filled Georgina Clough Andrew Hillier Position non existing