This newsletter begins with a tribute to the late Albert Chapman, a great supporter of the CDG and former owner of the land in Chapel-le-Dale under which the excellent sites of Joint Hole, Aquaflash Pot. Meregill Skit, and of course, Chapman's Rising could be found. Work remains ongoing by the Northern Section to re-negotiate access to these important sites. A quick glance at the front cover will indicate that diving is once again a happening; a result of the coronavirus-related restrictions being slowly lifted across the UK. Members are not only returning to training and tourist diving but some significant exploration across the regions has also taken place. For those that haven't returned to the water quite yet, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton have both released books (Thirteen Lessons that Saved Thirteen Lives: The Thai Cave Rescue and Aquanaut: A Life Beneath The Surface The Inside Story of the Thai Cave Rescue respectively) to keep you entertained. Filming for the movie of the Thai cave rescue has also taken place recently.
Thanks are due to the Welsh Section for swiftly organising the CDG's 75th AGM and dinner (for a second time!) and this is planned to take place on 11 September. As this newsletter was being finalised it was confirmed that a portable compressor was just one of the many prizes up for grabs in the raffle. Finally, please continue to send me your diving logs, articles, top tips and changes to QD status. The deadline for the October 2021 Newsletter is 1 September. Stay healthy and safe diving.