Ey up guys. I’m Liss obviously and I’m running for Chairperson.
Erm. This is going to be my 3rd and last year in the club. (you’ll miss me when I’ve gone) and in that time I’ve gone from a little boring, unsociable, open water, 5 dive tit into a swaggie rescue diver with about 35 (? Idk) dives in my logbook. (And hopefully 55+ by xmas)
I remember when I first joined I did not go to one social, or really speak to anyone. I didn’t even really speak to my dive buddy; Holly.
The Chair at that time, Emma then asked me (quite a few times) to go on tour. And naturally I didn’t want to but at the same time I didn’t want to let people down. In the end I forced myself to go and spend 10 days with a bunch of complete strangers. And that forced me to speak to people, and the rest was kinda history.
Come second year, I’ve been to almost every social. I make sure to speak to people from diving in the street, I do the social (ha, social) media like Twitter and Tumblr. I kicked off the organising for the Christmas Meal, our presentations on Marine First Aid, Dive 2013, our Club Photo and I’m currently working with Jess, Holly and Claire on organising tour.
I’ve also seen the club go from one person heading this whole thing up, to a handful of committee members, to hopefully something bigger next year. I met some of my bestest friends in the club, and if my other bestest mate wasn’t in the club I maybe forced her to join last year.
I’ve watched the club go through some of its highlights, and also some of the crap bits where we thought we weren’t going to get things sorted in time, but we got it all together in the end.
This year I thought the socials, especially being on Friday worked really well, as did our trip to Dive 2013, our Freshers Stall was wicked and our partnership with Stoney Cove could not have gone better to be honest.
The Club does need a boost though, we need to:
- Raise SubAqua’s awareness – not many people know we have a scuba club… And also, make them take us as a legit sport!
- We need to have discussions as to whether Active Cards are really worth it. We pay what, 40 quid each? To get one taxi ride between 3/4 people to the Cove and a comparatively small deposit into the club coffers. Can member’s £40 fee be better spent? I’d like to hold a club-wide discussion on if staying as a Sport’s Club is the way forward.
- Closer ties with other clubs and socs. Joint socials are awesome, and we need more. Simple as. I know people who’re on committees of other clubs through Biomed, so I could liaise with them.
- Tell the Council/SU/Whoever to give us back our club kit! For those of you who don’t know, the club has a few BCD’s and Tanks locked away in a safe type thing at uni. Great, but they’re blocked by this huge bloody bottlebank thing that Leicester Council have graciously shat right outside the safe, meaning we can’t get in. We need to harangue the authorities to move this: we could be saving so much money on kit hire right now, but we can’t because the powers that be aren’t very… enthusiastic, as us.
- Scuba Varsity and Pool Hire. I get that diving, for fun anyway, is expensive. Holly and I were chatting one day and she mentioned underwater hockey (which is actually fairly popular in Scuba circles) and finswimming. The topic then moved onto things like varsity.
In November we met with members of the UoL Diving Society, who were also really positive to organise a varsity. We need scuba to branch out, we need to become more of a solid club, and not something you associate with only if you do a course, and that would mean regular pool sessions. For more information on underwater sport, visit CMAS at www.cmas.org/sport
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed my spiel. I really hope ya vote for me because I owe the club a lot of my time and effort because it helped me so much personally.