Reservists from units of The Queen’s Own Yeomanry across the North of England travelled to Malta recently to undertake dive training and progress the careers of those soldiers on the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) syllabus.
The training, which took place in Malta, provided participants with the opportunity to develop key diving skills, such as rescue scenarios, proficient buoyancy techniques and efficient air supply use. Participants also showed their gratitude to the people of Malta by helping to remove litter and debris from dive sites.
Malta prides itself on its wreck diving and abundance of marine wildlife and trainees were able to dive a number of wrecks and artificial reefs. Cirkewwa in the North of the island, where the ferry leaves for the islands of Gozo and Comino, offered wrecks such as the P29 German patrol boat with her radar mast protruding from the seabed at 38m below.
The Imperial Eagle wreck provided dive leaders with the opportunity to carry out depth-progression training down to 40m, while the rest of the group paid their respects to the statue of Kristu l-Bahhar (Christ of the Sailors). Team members were also able to dive the P31 patrol boat wreck, enabling them to explore and push their boundaries.
The expedition was a great success, with five team members qualifying as sport divers, four qualifying as dive leaders and one qualifying as an advanced diver. The remainder furthered their diving careers and gained valuable experience.
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The Queen’s Own Yeomanry (QOY) is one of the Army Reserve’s light armoured reconnaissance regiments. The regiment has squadrons in Newcastle, York, Wigan and Chester. The armoured reconnaissance soldier needs to be fit, adaptable and self-reliant, prepared to work in small teams in any weather conditions to get the job done. QOY can be contacted on 01904 620320 or 078 2441 8258, alternatively click here for further information visit their Facebook page here.