At the AGM at the end of January new Chairman, John K, mentioned in his acceptance speech that he was particularly pleased to be presiding over a dive club with such a high proportion of female members.
About 40% of RSAC's members are girls. Nationwide this proportion is around 25%.
Apart from the obvious fact that a gender balanced club is just more fun to be a member of, John mentioned a few other reasons why it is a great advantage to have female members:
+ Female divers are better at multitasking/task loading - a great asset underwater
+ Female divers physiologically just have more efficient gas consumption
+ Female divers are more risk averse, ie not as likely to be diving beyond their limits
Whilst scuba kit can be heavy above water a diver's strength has little value underwater. Once in the water it is all about skill, composure and decision making.
So there you have it: If you are a girl and would like to learn to dive, you'll be in good company at Richmond Sub-Aqua Club.
Oh, and our Diving Officer is a girl!