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Events

We are sociable too..

As well as organising dive trips in the region we also get together socially to have fun together. We have two major events in the year - our summer barbeque and the Christmas Party.

We're not called Free Flow just for reg faults .........!

Below are some details of past events and our plans for future parties here in Singapore.


Back to TopPast Events

 

British Club Hong Kong 7’s Trip 2007
FFD Away Team Report

 

See the PHOTO Gallery Here - but prepare yourself!!

So, this was my first time to a Rugby match, first time to the 7’s and only my second time to Hong Kong.


We flew out at 8.00am on Fri and arrived at the hotel with time to check in and eat something quickly before going out to the stadium for the opening at 4.15pm and the first evening of the tournament. The hotel that is used every year is 10 min walk from the stadium in the morning and a bit further away in the evening. The most convenient location possible. Well done British Club.
No rain all week end and some clouds to help keep the sunburn to a minimum. The 7 Free Flow Divers that traveled as part of the British Club group joined Paul and Sheila Blackburn and various members of their family for Saturday and Sunday at the stadium managing to keep the good seats for all of both days.


We went into the south stand to watch the Fri evening matches in between viewing the crowd down there in fancy dress.
I personally was impressed by the monotonous regularity with which the Pimms and Beer sellers came round to refill out drinks jugs. Hadn’t realized how easy it was to get mildly smashed and remain like that all day and into the evening. All very convenient.
If you have never witnessed the spectacle that is the south stand then it’s worth the trip just to see it. I will have enduring memories of the group of men in lime green Borat mankini’s, as well as the sumo’s, penguins, pink pigs, Arabs on camels and the 250 lb man in the bunny girl outfit with long blond wig. I think the men in the group will remember the various nurses, cheer leaders and Brazilian dancing girls far more clearly.


The most spectacular event was the tower of beer jugs that went up on Saturday afternoon. Everyone was so impressed that they threw there supply of jugs at the folks with the tower. This may have been to keep them supplied with extra building material but I doubt it. We only saw 1 flasher and for the first time in many years there was no streaker.


There was also some rugby played whilst all of this was going on. It all went to time and was amazingly well organized. Neither England, Scotland nor Wales did shiningly well but all did better than France, which seamed to be the main point of being there. The final between Samoa and Fiji was very exciting with lots of tries. Samoa won very convincingly. There was singing and dancing at every interval and game end to keep us moving and help burn up a few calories.


Sheila had her birthday dinner on Fri evening with her family and some of us along as well as a few other FFD folk who had traveled over independently. I can recommend Totts at the Top of the Excelsior. It has a stunning view over the harbor. I wouldn’t dream of giving away Sheila’s age (it was the birthday between 49 and 51).


We flew home on Monday afternoon a more tired and subdued group then on the out bound trip. Our livers are in rehab and doing well.


This was an excellent trip well organized by the British Club and enjoyed by all of us. I would recommend it to anyone without very small children.


Free Flow Divers raise $10,000 for charity

On Saturday 25 June 2005 Free Flow Divers, The Scuba Section of the British Club, held its annual poolside party. 130 partygoers enjoyed a jam packed evening with a sumptuous curry buffet, free flow drinks including group simultaneous quaffing of ‘Sex on the Beach’, the cocktail which gave its name to the evening’s theme. Guests were promised a wild night and the lively disco, limbo dancing and hula hoop dancing competitions gave everybody lots of laugh, culminating in an FFD version of “The Full Monty” in which guests were spared the ultimate reveal when a local ‘policeman’ chased away the raunchy performers. As well as having lots of fun FFD was seeking to raise some funds for the two charities that the British Club is supporting this year.

Sponsors had generously donated a large selection of attractive prizes, a number of which were auctioned to produce a net surplus of $10,000 that will be shared equally by the two charities.

Finally the Party was a time for presenting awards in the FFD Underwater Photo Competition. There were twelve separate categories with first, second and third prizes in each plus overall winners with the Best in Show award going to Suzannah Browning and second and third prizes going to Paul Blackburn.

See below for details of the photos and winners.


2005 Photo Competition - see the full Photo Gallery here.

In June 2005 we held our first member photo competition. A total of twelve classes were created as follows: -

Macro
Anything goes
Marine Behaviour
People Underwater
Wide Angle
Fish Faces
Wreck
Clown fish
Artistic
Crustacean
Nudibranchs
Turtles
And overall Best in Show.

In each class were three prize winners. Nine members made entries in multiple classes. The results are shown below: -

Underwater Photo Competition – Prize winners

 
Class Positions
 
Name
1st
2nd
3rd
Best in Show

Suzannah Browning

1

-

-

1

Marcel Eckhardt

4

4

1

-

Paul Blackburn

4

1

3

2, 3

Angela Sausman

1

1

1

-

Michael Sausman

1

-

4

-

Nick Moore

1

-

1

-

Nick Jackson

-

5

1

-

Jane Meech

-

1

-

-

Nigel Gibbs

-

-

1

-

David Cheung of ScubaCam very kindly judged the competition and Sea and Sea sponsored the best in show prizes with Sea and Sea vouchers of $300 for first place, $200 and $100 for second and third place respectively.

Photo Competition – Photos and Results

If you would like to view the winning entries click on the names in the table below.

CLASS

1st

2nd

 3rd

SHOW

Suzannah Browning

Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn

MACRO

Suzannah Browning

Marcel Eckhardt

Paul Blackburn

ANYTHING GOES

Paul Blackburn

Marcel Eckhardt

Michael Sausman

MARINE BEHAVIOUR

Marcel Eckhardt

Nick Jackson

Nigel Gibbs

PEOPLE U/W

Paul Blackburn

Nick Jackson

Michael Sausman

WIDE ANGLE

Michael Sausman

Angela Sausman

Nick Moore

FISH FACES

Paul Blackburn

Marcel Eckhardt

Nick Jackson

WRECK

Nick Moore

Paul Blackburn

Marcel Eckhardt

CLOWN FISH

Marcel Eckhardt

Nick Jackson

Paul Blackburn

ARTISTIC

Paul Blackburn

Nick Jackson

Angela Sausman

CRUSTACEAN

Marcel Eckhardt

Jane Meech

Michael Sausman

NUDIBRANCHES

Angela Sausman

Marcel Eckhardt

Paul Blackburn

TURTLES

Marcel Eckhardt

Nick Jackson

Michael Sausman

 


New Years Eve 'Black Tie' Ball at the British Club

FFD Lets in the New Diving Year with a Bang

Twenty nine Free Flow Divers and friends joined the Rave Up at the British Club on New Year's Eve to usher in 2006 and say goodbye to 2005 - the year which saw club trips to Bali , Komodo , Raja Ampat plus many weekend excursions up the East Coat of Malaysia. The beer then the wine then the champagne free  flowed until the small hours and a great time was had by all.

See just how badly behaved everyone was...!


Free Flow Divers  get wet - inside and out !

On 17 March 2006Free Flow Divers had a busy evening in and around the pool . In the water FFD Training Officer Angela Sausman was instructing two new members - Ruth and Laraine in a PADI refresher course whilst on the Verandah approx 30 new FFD members mingled and socialised whilst living up to the Free Flow name . This was the first New Members' night for FFD resulting from the large influx of new members in recent months . " We thought it would be nice to devote an evening purely to meeting and socialising with our newer members " said Paul Blackburn , Convenor. Everyone had a nice evening and some were looking forward to the following weekend dive trip to Pulau Tioman and Pulau Aur on board Samudera Quest .





Back to TopWomen with Altitude: Climbing Mount Kinabalu

 

On the 11th March 2006, I and two other apprehensive members of Free Flow Divers discarded our mask and fins in favour of hiking boots, power gels and trekking poles.  This was to be a huge personal challenge for us as well as an opportunity to raise some funds for the British Club Charities.

Of the 200 people that climb the mountain each day, most start at the Kinabalu Park Summit Trail which is the simpler and shorter approach. However, we took The Mesilau Trail which is longer, more challenging and more biologically diverse.

The trail starts uphill through oak and chestnut forests along steps that are cut into the earth. The crest reaches 2300 m where we took a breather to absorb the spectacular views. To the left of us was Kundasang Valley and to the right was the East Ridge of Mount Kinabalu. To our horror, we then descended for over 1 hour, crossing two rivers, passing through rattans, clumps of elegant bamboo, orchids and rhododendrons in bloom.

A steep 2 hour slog of a climb followed, and as we ascended the next ridge, our guide pointed out the abundance of Villosa Pitcher Plants in the area. At this stage, we were feeling fatigued and were beginning to show less interest in the flora which our enthusiastic guide continued to point out.

At Layang Layang the Mesilau Trail picks up the old summit trail and for the first time we came across a number of other climbers. Porters carrying loads of up to 40kg passed us with ease (and huge calf muscles). One young porter in flip flops was immobilized with cramp and fatigue. Trying to be helpful, we offered him a power gel which he vomited up soon after. Moving swiftly on, we continued towards our resting place for the night, Laban Rata. After 7.5 hours we finally reached the lodge where we found that all beds were taken. That’s another story which resulted in us sleeping on the floor in the office!

No alarm clock was needed for the 2am summit climb. The noise of other climbers ensured we only had 1-2 hours sleep and so our push to the top started with no energy, unsteady legs and queasiness from altitude sickness. Equipped with woolies, gloves and miner style lamps on our foreheads, our guide took us by the hand and led us to the daunting task ahead. Very soon we came to the ropes. Hanging on and pulling ourselves up the rocks for 300m we then embarked upon the grueling trudge along the summit plateau. For 3 hours, Lows Peak was always ‘just over there’ but in the distance. Ten slow shuffles forward, rest, ten more steps. That’s how we made it. The brief scramble to the highest point was hard, but we made it in time for the dawn to break and the dawning of our realization that despite sleep deprivation and altitude sickness, we had just climbed 4095.2 m, the highest peak from Irian Jaya to the Himalayas.



Sheila Blackburn


31 March : 3 April : Hong Kong Rugby Sevens

Bookings closed. 9 FFD members will travel to HK for this annual weekend of visual and liquid entertainment. Serious Bends expected. Oxygen will be available. Happily all members returned!

Update - England beat Fiji in the final with a conversion in the final second of the match!


3 June : FFD Summer Party "Midnight at the Oasis"

Well what a night! And what a result Over $17,000 raised for charity from the generosity of Free Flow Divers. A super night on the rooftop - superb decor, food and of course the entertainments - belly dancing and our very own 'divingdales'.

See the pictures here!


Back to TopFuture Events

 

Watch for details of our Christmas Party!

 

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