So the year rolled round really quickly and Rachel Perry / Tracey Roberts / John Sinclair and Alan Starkey, find themselves outside the Dive Rutland allocated stand at The Rutland Showground at 06:45 (well some of the team anyway - lads where were you!). Ready to setup for the required time of 08:00 for the second year in a row.
We made it, with a little bit of entertainment along the way. One corner of our stand was held together with tie wraps, which we found out along with our adjacent stallholders, when one side of our stand collapsed. Obviously the tie-wraps did not hold…
Eventually we worked out that the pole had been installed upside down! So a quick rework of the stand display and up and running we became.
It was a very warm day, with gate records set. A lot different to last year!
John got a very red head, so much so that pity was taken on him and an ‘Indiana Jones’ hat purchased. Everyone ended up the day of with builders arm tans and necks duly burnt (yes we forgot the sun cream!) and Ice creams were the order of the day.
Then there was the occurrence of trying to sell PADI Courses to a PADI Course Director! Surely they know all about PADI Courses... Alan Starkey!!!!??? Isn't that like selling 'coals to Newcastle'
During the day we ran a completion to win a PADI Open Water Course this kept the stand busy and yes we have a winner – what do you think your fastest time would be to build a set of dive equipment, test it and lie it down on the floor – remember you are probably qualified and the people participating in our completion were not?
The fastest time of the day was 41.97secs and the competition winner was Philip O'Morchoe, who has now commenced his training.
Thanks to everyone who participated and to the four members of staff who made the day work really well. So who is up for next year?
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