Committee for 2020-2021 is below:
Chairman: Alex Soub
During a summer holiday in Mexico, I decided to take a diving course and straight away I was hooked. Back in the Uk I was very keen to continue diving and I found London No1. I really appreciated how members were friendly and helpful and very generous with their time teaching and especially running the club. What a good bunch of happy people! After a few years I thought it was time for me to do the same and I decided to join the committee. I have been Media Officer, Secretary, DO, Equipment officer, and also in charge of membership. This year I am delighted to be the Chairman of the No1 London Diver.
Diving Officer: Aidan Fewster
I first learnt to dive in 2010 when I was 17, beginning with PADI Open Water. I progressed to Rescue Diver before starting University the following year, joining the active BSAC Club at Aberystwyth University. The club became a major part of my time at university, and I began my Dive Leader and became a BSAC Assistant Instructor. After graduating, I moved to London and joined BSAC No.1, completing my Dive Leader and becoming an Open Water Instructor. I’ve since found a love for deep and technical diving, leading me to buy a rebreather and complete my hypoxic trimix course (100m). My favourite dive was a 3-hour on the stern of the HMS Southwold at 75m on the seabed in Malta.
Membership Sec: Tobias Hartung
I learned to dive in 1999 in order to compete in underwater orienteering events. As such I have spent my youth trying to find my way through some of the murkiest waters imaginable which brought me to the coast guard. After moving to London, I joined the club and BSAC in 2017. Since then I have embarked on the path to Dive Leader and started venturing into instructing as well. I particularly enjoy cold water diving with some of my personal favourites being dives in kelp forests, submerged forests and villages in dammed valleys and under the ice.
Training Officer: Leigh Cresswell
Leigh won the Heinke Trophy for best committee contribution in 2016. He manages all the training for the club members, and new joiners. Expertly marshalling instructors to raise the standard of diving at the club.
Sofia Sjödin: Branch Secretary and Women’s Representative
After learning to dive as an 18-year-old in the cold waters of Sweden I spent several years enjoying the warm waters of South East Asia, Africa and Australia before joining BSAC no. 1 in 2015. Since then I have come to greatly appreciate the community, friendships and sense of adventure that the club and our dive trips offer and it has enabled me to discover many parts of the UK, both below and above the surface that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. My most memorable trip so far has been the week-long excursion we did to the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, but I also love the many weekend trips to the South Coast. This year I will be training to become a Dive Leader as well as working on improving technique and skills - perhaps I will even finally start using a dry suit!
As the Women’s Representative on the Committee, I’m here to represent the interests of our current female members and support with any issues as well as encouraging more women to join, participate and engage with the club.
Social Media Officer - Laura Waters
I started diving whilst at university in Bristol, completing my ocean diver and beginning my sports diver. After graduating and moving to London, I joined BSAC No.1 in late 2018, and have enjoyed getting to know everyone! In late 2019, I finished my sports diver qualification and finally managed to dive in the Isle of Man, where I lived before moving back to the UK. I'm hoping to do an IFC at some point in 2020.
Welfare Officer and Club Secretary: Jon Ward
Jon is one of our most regular members. He does a lot of instructing in the pool and has almost completed his dive leader training.
He’s a builder by trade so he’s done loads of useful improvements to the club room and equipment over the last few years.
He loves nothing better than having a chat - be warned though – his jokes are best sampled with earplugs in!