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The Cave Diving Group at Hidden Earth

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Well, it was the talk we were all waiting for and Rick Stanton didn't disappoint.

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Standing room only in the main theatre and streamed live to an overflow room with 70+.

Les even waffled something about Health and Safety - really!  :blink:

Rick gave his personal, honest, funny and raw account of events as they unfolded in Thailand.

At the end, Connor, Josh, Rick, John and Chris were invited to answer questions from the audience, before being presented with 'bottomless tankards' from their peers in the caving family.

Not sure I've ever heard Les Williams lost for words, nor so close to tears. It was moving and the long lasting standing ovation is something I'm sure none of us there will ever forget.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Thailand Rescue Standing Ovation Hidden Earth 2018
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The rest of the weekend, back in the cheap seats, some of us were running the CDG stand which was busy - and our efforts were rewarded with winning the 'Best Club Stand' prize, something that only occurred to me once we had won it!


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Thank you to UK Caving for a very cool selection of prizes including rope, petzl torch, Berger Book (courtesy of Mark Wright Training), Karabiners, some maps - and we gave Martin Grass a mug!  :LOL:

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On the Sunday, 5 qualified CDG divers (it would have been 6 but Josh Bratchley had enjoyed his bottomless tankard too much... :confused:) took something like 16 try divers into the pool to experience UK sidemount gear.
The guys were extremely organised and professional and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

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Greg Brock's 8 year old daughter took to it like a mermaid and we marvelled at her total fearlessness. Rick Stanton watched on pool side and it hit home how many light years away we were from what those guys had to do in Thailand  :cautious:

It was a fantastic Hidden Earth, especially as it was pulled together at such short notice - a real credit to the well oiled team.  :clap:

Thank you to Michael Waterworth, Martin Grass, Peter Hall, Robbie Warke, Malcolm Stewart, Mark Burkey, Tony Seddon, Tim Webber, Paula Grgich-Warke for their help with kit, try dive sessions and setting up and taking down the stand.
The CDG can do team work when they put their minds to it!  :beer:

 
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