Our Crew and Boat

 

Dave Ronnan: Co-owner of Dive125 and the skipper of Our W.

Dave has been diving since 1986 and has run trips to and dived the areas from Littlehampton to Lowestoft for the last 20+ years as well a participating in a number of expeditions world-wide

Dave holds a Yachtmaster Offshore MCA endorsed qualification allowing Our W to be used to its full potential within the 60mile Category 2 code

In addition to diving qualifications including BSAC Advanced Instructor , IANTD Trimix diver and Advanced Gas Blender

 

Dave has a passion for ship wrecks and uses the winter months for research and expedition planning

 

Sylvia Pryer: Co-Owner of Dive 125 and the 2nd skipper of Our W

 

Sylvia has been diving since 1994 and holds qualifications from PADI, BSAC and IANTD as well as being one of about a dozen women to dive the Battle of Jutland Wrecks 100 miles offshore in the North Sea

 

Having two qualified skippers allows either Dave or Sylvia to be available as general crew, tea maker and to be on hand to assist Divers with kitting up and general equipment handling; in fact all the jobs to help divers that are often difficult to do on a Dive Boat that is operated single handed

 

However please don’t be surprised if you see either Dave or Sylvia on a dive, rest assured there is still a skipper on board to pick you up and the kettle will be on!

 

The Boat Our W – Offshore 125

Our W was designed and built as a custom dive boat in 1998 by ‘Woody’ and Grahame Knott of Weymouth and has been a very popular choice there

In 2004 the opportunity to acquire her arose and she made the ideal choice for Dive125

Our W is fully equipped to MCA Cat 2 which allows her to be on charter up to 60 miles from safe haven, in our region this covers the whole of the channel including ‘mid channel’ sites and trips to Fecamp and the French side

 

In addition to the statutory life saving equipment (15 man life raft, life jackets and thermal protection aids) and medical stores we carry Oxygen Administration Equipment

 

The boat features a large central kitting bench suitable for 12 divers, all with twin sets/CCRs AND 2 side mounts.

When used for a less 'technical' group the dive deck appears almost empty and the additional space is ideal for Clubs and Organisations running courses

Entry is from the stern starboard side at deck level

Exit from the water is by the use of a hydraulic diver lift (A conventional dive ladder is also carried)

There is a sea toilet in its own full size compartment on the deck now with a HOT fresh water shower

 

We have a 12cfm clean air compressor for Air fills and, by arrangement, we can provide Nitrox and Trimix for those who are qualified

 

A 240V 4.5kVA Invertor has also been installed allowing customers to recharge torches, cameras etc as well as the galley microwave/oven to be used at sea

 

Divers are welcome in the large wheel house and to use the 4 bunks in the fore-peak cabin but please do remove your dive suits

 

There is a galley area for complementary teas, coffees, hot chocolate or soup

 

Please feel free to browse the collection of wreck books and Diver Guides that are on board – many a ‘cunning plan’ and inspiration for a dive or expedition has happened this way

 

Contact Information
Name David Ronnan
Address

Dive125
Post Office
Orsett Road
Horndon on the Hill
Essex SS17 8NS

   
Mobile 07764 585353
e-mail david.ronnan@btinternet.com

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