APPLEDORE Sub Aqua Club is offering fellow divers the chance to join its members in exploring the wonders of the undersea world. Formed in 1971 by a small band of enthusiasts at Appledore Shipbuilders, the club has grown ever since, but still includes a f

APPLEDORE Sub Aqua Club is offering fellow divers the chance to join its members in exploring the wonders of the undersea world.Formed in 1971 by a small band of enthusiasts at Appledore Shipbuilders, the club has grown ever since, but still includes a few of its founding members.They dive together and enjoy a variety of social events.Early purchase of its first hard boat enabled members to reach Lundy, which has become one of its much-loved dive locations, with its wealth of marine life and the status of being the UK's first and only Statutory Marine Nature Reserve.Many memorable day trips, weekends and holidays have been enjoyed there and with a strong interest in conservation, the club has worked closely alongside the Lundy manager and wardens.The club's present boat The Compass Rose was purchased in 1992. The 32-foot hard boat provides all the comfort and equipment expected for enjoyable and safe diving and takes members out most weekends during the diving season, reports the club. Other assets include its own compressor and dive bottle store, housed in a unique detached residence off Appledore Quay.Trained divers are welcome to join the club, which is affiliated to the Sub Aqua Association, but happy to put those with alternative qualifications through cross-over training.It is not able to offer new diver training, but is happy to welcome those certified and help them develop into safe and skilled divers.For more information contact Jane Lavington on (01237) 477513 during evenings or visit the website www.asac.org.uk.