Our Equipment & Facilities
To be able to run a successful diving club such as Severnside you need great facilities as well as willing and able volunteers.
To see how well equipped we are, scroll down. There you can find out about our Clubhouse, boats, gas facilities and diving equipment.
All we need for great fun!!!
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Severnside has three boats of its own - two Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boats (RIBs) and one inflatable.In addition, there are eleven boats (yes, that is right - eleven!) owned by members, several of which are frequently involved in Club outings.
In 2010 the club aided by a Sport England Lottery Grant extended our gas capabilities. We already had a 13cfm Hamworthy compressor. This was augmented with two storage banks, and additional compressor, a Haskel booster pump and an LMS King Blender, giving the club outstanding gas blending facilities.Members now enjoy free air fills, and we have a storage bank for Air enabling us to fill 30-40 cylinders in an evening. We are also now able to fill 300bar cylinders.
We increased our Nitrox capability, with a new Continuous Process blending system that supplies pre-mixed low pressure O2/He to the compressor for direct filling of diving cylinders with Nitrox (max 40%) and Trimix.
The diving cylinders do not need to be oxygen cleaned to fill with this process and the system eliminates the risks of partial pressure blending.
This seemed ideal and we could use our existing compressor. However we decided to get a dedicated compressor, the compressor we chose was a Coltrisub one as they are approved for up to 42% EANx use. This also gave us the benefit that we would have the resilience of two compressors for air.
In addition we installed a Nitrox bank so we could store premix 40% EANx. This allows us to top off mixes less that 40% without the need for members to have O2 clean cylinders and without the hassle of partial pressure blending. Nitrox is supplied to members at just above cost.
The final addition to our gas area was a Haskel booster pump. This allows us to deliver high pressure O2 for our CCR divers and boost trimix and EANx mixtures that the bank can not supply.
All in all a great facilities, combined with the fact that we can certify our own blenders via BSAC SDCs.