Chairman: Tom Chinnick
Hi I’m Tom. I’ve been diving since I was 12 years old as a PADI open water, so that’s over 20 years. I’m now a BSAC Dive Leader and assistant instructor.
I’m into underwater photography, although not very good at it, but I like to snap away at all the fish and critters. I have pictures from all over the world with thousands of species.
Club diving is my favourite as I enjoy driving down south, camping, BBQs, diving, a few beers and laughs with friends.
Diving Officer: Scott Ballentyne
Over many years of SCUBA diving I have been fortunate to experience a wide variety of both temperate and tropical waters. I am a BSAC Advanced Diver and Assistant Instructor Supervisor along with being a PADI Divemaster and a retired Joint Service Sub Aqua Diving Supervisor.
I am interested in marine biology, nautical archaeology and underwater photography although I have yet to take the plunge with digital! I am keen to support the development of our divers and instructors of all grades and experience.
Treasurer/Membership: Steve Williamson
I started diving back in 1991 with East Cheshire SAC, subsequently joining the Argonauts in London in the late 1990s, before moving to the Cotswolds and joining SVSAC, so I fully appreciate the great benefits of a friendly, fun club environment.
I’m a Dive Leader and Open Water Instructor, and have spent many happy hours in the pool and local quarries helping trainees develop their skills.
I enjoy underwater photography, but my main passion is wreck diving – with trips to Scapa Flow and Truk Lagoon being my ultimate destinations.
Training/Welfare Officer: Bridgette King
I joined Stroud Valley Sub Aqua Club in 2011, progressing to Dive Leader and Assistant Instructor. I have served on the Committee for several years in a variety of positions. As Training Officer, I liaise with anyone wanting to do a try dive, arranging training at all levels from Discovery/Ocean Diver upwards, coordinating instructors, arranging skills development courses for all members and keeping up to date with BSAC guidance and news.
Our team of volunteer instructors give their valuable time and provided many opportunities for me to initially train and then to further my experience of scuba in the UK and other countries. It feels good to repay this time and share the wonders of the underwater world with others. My only regret is that I did not start earlier, there is so much still to explore and experience!
Snorkelling Officer: Keith Abbott
My early introduction to diving was in 1975 as a ‘Third Class Diver ‘member of the Eltham Sub-Aqua Club in London, when diving was mostly conducted by hardy individuals in wetsuits, and buoyancy jackets were only worn by the elite! After a lengthy break from diving and a return to it in 1994, soon after moving to Gloucestershire, I was pleasantly surprised at how diving has progressed and become open to all, and clubs such as Stroud Valley added a more social side to diving. Since joining this club in 1996 and becoming an Advanced Diver and Open Water Instructor, I have enjoyed many years training other members to dive. Currently, as a snorkel Instructor, I am able to introduce our younger members to the excitement that water can offer and the water confidence that can be gained within the snorkelling section of the club.
Social Secretary: Lisa Mace
Hi, I’m Lisa. I’m a Dive Leader and Assistant Instructor. I’ve been diving for over 10 years, mostly in the UK, and I love it.
In recent years Rod (my better half and your Equipment Officer) and I have ventured further afield and discovered warm water diving as well.
There is so much variety in diving experiences, each with a different appeal. I’ve had so many special times, ranging from seeing a green turtle bumbling along eating coral and bumping into everything, to the joy of watching a new diver seeing a fish in the quarry for the first time. The BSAC club experience has provided us with a family of both divers and friends.
Equipment Officer: Rod Mace