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University of York Sub-Aqua Club visits Lanzarote

Photo credit: Jack Harvey
Photo credit: Jack Harvey
Photo credit: Jack Harvey

The University of York Sub-Aqua Club (YUSAC) has returned from its annual training trip abroad.

Flying out on the 12th and returning on the 20th of March, eighteen members of the Sub-Aqua Club dived at Playa Chica, Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote, the easternmost isle of the Canary Islands. Joining the Sub-Aqua Club on the venture were three instructors and one trainee of YUSAC’s sister organisation, Stingray Divers.

Under instruction from Stingray Divers’ qualified instructors and YUSAC’s own Assistant Instructors, the Sub-Aqua Club engaged in a week of dive training across three levels of SCUBA qualification as well as diving for pleasure.

In the space of a week of diving, six unqualified York students became fully-qualified Ocean Divers, five of whom also going on to become Sports Divers, holding the second BSAC qualification.

During the trip, the Sub-Aqua Club’s divers encountered a variety of aquatic creatures, including garden eels, barracuda, cuttlefish, stingrays, octopuses, starfish, angel sharks, bluefin damsel fish and, for one lucky diving pair, a moral eel.

In between diving, YUSAC’s group enjoyed plenty of ice cream, paella and, on the penultimate day of the excursion, karaoke in a local club.

Partly due to the state of the European economy and to international political events in the Middle East, Lanzarote is fast becoming one of the most popular locations for SCUBA diving. This marks the club’s third visit in three years to Lanzarote, diving again with Safari Diving, one of the region’s dive centres.

YUSAC is open to students of the University of York, both to unqualified divers looking to learn or fully-qualified divers from other organisations. The club holds try-dive sessions at the Freshers’ Fair of each academic year. Training commences in the latter half of the Autumn term.

The Sub-Aqua Club trains weekly on Thursday evenings at the Archbishop Holgate school swimming pool. The club meets at its equipment store, on the river side of the York Sport Centre, at 6:30pm before moving to the pool, training from 7:30 – 8:30pm.

The club can be contacted at subaqua@yusu.org. Alternatively, you can find members of the club in The Deramore Arms after a Thursday session at around 9:15pm.

YUSAC celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year as a student branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), the UK’s largest diving organisation. Established in 1953 as a not-for-profit body for SCUBA divers, BSAC provides internationally-recognised instruction and courses in SCUBA diving for individuals of all ages. Its instructors are volunteers who give their time to instruct new divers without receiving a wage.