Well, if you thought cycling for a week on land would be demanding, spare a thought for these chaps. The Royal Navy Northern Diving Group, based at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, are attempting to collectively cycle underwater for a week on a fixed spinning bike, in aid of Sport Relief. Being their supplier of diving equipment as well as equipment for the cycle, it seemed fitting that Northern Diver should come down and show our support.
The Northern Diving Group is one of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Diving Squadron Area Diving Groups , the other being the Southern Diving Group. Operating in a clockwise area around the British coast from Liverpool to Hull, encompassing Northern Ireland, the Western Scottish Isles, Shetland and Orkney, their mission is to provide 'Diving, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Underwater Engineering to the Fleet', to quote the Royal Navy. Believe it or not, but many unexploded bombs from the Second World War remain in their area of operation, and so their disposal is obviously essential. The Northern Diving Group are also involved in Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) within Glasgow, Edinburgh, and their airports. Additionally, they support and operate the NATO Submarine Rescue System, whilst, being part of what is known as a ‘tri-nation system’, working closely with their counterparts in France and Norway.
When we arrived on the base, the team had taken to the challenge with great enthusiasm. Incredibly, they had already broken the Guinness World Record for underwater cycling, a distance of 163km. The team are now well on their way to reaching their fundraising target, a colossal £5,000!
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please visit http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/ndg-underwater-cycle-team. You can also follow the team’s efforts on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ndguwcyclechallenge?.