Scuba club says thanks
A SWINDON scuba diver who put in thousands of unpaid hours to help build a new £1m headquarters for his club has landed a top national award for his ‘phenomenal’ efforts.
Sports Diver Dave Hoskins, 57, put his social life on hold to play a big part in fitting out the interior of the building in Supermarine Road, South Marston, which is now the impressive new base for the Swindon branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC).
His huge commitment to the project has scooped Dave the coveted title of BSAC Branch Volunteer of the Year in the Suunto Branch Volunteer of the Year 2013 Awards.
The awards are organised annually by BSAC, the national governing body for UK scuba diving, and are contested by the organisation’s branch clubs across the country.
Dave is one of the final six who will each receive a Suunto DX computer, to be presented at the BSAC Diving Conference 2013 at the NEC in Birmingham this Saturday.
The overall Branch Volunteer of the Year 2013 will also be announced at the conference, and the winner will be presented with the coveted Jonathan Crusher Award.
Work on Swindon Sub Aqua Club’s (SAC) new clubhouse, which replaces an earlier headquarters dating from 1978, began in 2008 and it had its official opening, performed by world-famous naturalist Dr David Bellamy, who has long-standing links with the club, last May.
Fellow club officer Gillian Marsh, who nominated Dave, the club’s buildings officer, for the award, said: “The building of our new clubhouse, which has now been valued at £1m, is an achievement totally without precedent in BSAC.
“It has been a team effort and, while it may seem unfair to single out an individual, Dave Hoskins’s phenomenal efforts really stand out. Over a period of four years he dedicated thousands of hours to fitting out the interior of the building.
“He has laid every single wall and floor tile in the building. With the pool room, two changing rooms, various toilets, kit room, lobby and downstairs corridors, this amounts to some 20,000 wall and 1,500 floor tiles.
“He has also done all the plumbing – from showers to loos – and all the heating in the entire building.
“Dave also fitted out the complex plant room that services the pool, with boilers, pressurised hot water tank, heat exchangers and filters and all the pipe work for a hot water system involving 10 pumps.
“Together with his mate, Tony Spencer, he grouted all the tiles, constructed all the internal walls on both floors, fitted the plastic ceiling to the pool room and plaster-boarded all the other ceilings, upstairs and down.
“At commercial rates, his labour would have cost well in excess of £50,000. He has given that labour to the club for free.”
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