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Xarifa Sub Aqua Club take last Dukinfield Pool dive
Thursday 16th June 2016 @ 12:21 by Adam Higgins
Dukinfield News

Xarifa Sub Aqua Club marked the end of an era at Dukinfield Pool last week with their final dive in the baths.

With Active Dukinfield closing its doors, the club is one of a number relocating to new homes at other pools around the borough.

Reporter photographer Ray Liddy has been a long-serving member of the club.

“We have trained divers and have been diving across the UK and all around the world.

“Unfortunately, our last dive at Dukinfield Pool was last Wednesday and now the club is relocating to the pool at Copley.”

Ray explained that Dukinfield had provided an excellent training centre, because the pool is 10ft deep.

“There is no other 10ft pool in Tameside now as Copley isn’t as deep and obviously the deeper pool is better.

“We have more than 30 members, but we may have to switch meeting times to fit in around others at Copley.”

Records reveal the diving club was first formed in 1967 and originally known as the Dolphins.

The name Xarifa, (pronouced za-rifa), was taken from the vessel used by pioneering underwater film maker, Hans Hass.

Xarifa Sub Aqua Club was first based in Hazel Grove before moving to the Dukinfield Pool in 1970.

The club was formerly accepted into the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC), as an open membership branch in 1979.

Dukinfield Pool has closed as part of a £20m restructure in leisure services across Tameside. It will become a new gym, with Hyde pool to be extended and a new state-of-the art centre coming to Denton.