A Diving History (Tony Liddicoat)

#1
Having spoken to Chimera prior to putting this on here, I realise that there is only me, him and maybe Knocker who know Tony. Mind you Swordman might have trained him!
But Tony has asked me to spread the word so he can get in touch with as many old boys as possible (plus plug his book, ha ha!). So if any of you geriatric Mucky Old Engineers, or wanaby divers remember him, check out his web site:

www.tonyliddicoat.com
 
#2
Tony Liddicoat was the Staffy course Instructer when I did my Divers course at Marchwood in '81.
A very switched on ,humerous man, but, boy did he beast us on that course, only 8 passed .
 
#3
Went through Dover with his Son. Feckin hell did he get shoite from instructors who had failed their Divers courses or been thrashed by Tony on their divers course! The usual sketch was - " Liddicoat eh?" "Is your dad in the Corps?" followed by the award for being Tony's son of 100's of pressups, knees to the chest on a big blue crash mat or the old favourite - Guardroom, Go!
 
#4
He was my QMSI on my Field Sgts course at Chattendean, switched on cookie but dont fcuk with him he'd eat you alive, but a good soldier and combat engineer.
 

chimera

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#5
titch-bod said:
Having spoken to Chimera prior to putting this on here, I realise that there is only me, him and maybe Knocker who know Tony.
Not sure he will claim to have known me though! I was just on the receiving end of a lot of "hands on lift....up" and trying to get my head around the booming points of DS MGB!
 
#6
chimera said:
titch-bod said:
Having spoken to Chimera prior to putting this on here, I realise that there is only me, him and maybe Knocker who know Tony.
Not sure he will claim to have known me though! I was just on the receiving end of a lot of "hands on lift....up" and trying to get my head around the booming points of DS MGB!
As long as the headless pin was in the right place eh?
 

ugly

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#7
Good old RE divers, first saw them checking the sewers under the SF bases in West Belfast, my screw introduced them as the turd watchers!
 

ugly

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#9
Better that than another bomb on a raft under the base!
 
#10
ugly said:
Good old RE divers, first saw them checking the sewers under the SF bases in West Belfast, my screw introduced them as the turd watchers!
Aye, we were told on the Army Compressed Air Diver (ACAD) Course lntroduction, in no uncertain terms....
'Don't come here expecting to ride on the back of a giant turtle or swim with dolphins. You are more likely to see a turd or a decomposed body float past your facemask'
Turned out to be true as well.
 
#11
tooled-up said:
Tony Liddicoat was the Staffy course Instructer when I did my Divers course at Marchwood in '81.
A very switched on ,humerous man, but, boy did he beast us on that course, only 8 passed .
Ditto!

Funny as fook when he gave us a lecture on dangerous marine life....we come to the bit about Sharks and of course everyone was interested in that and sat up. (BTW Jaws was in the Cinema at the time too lol) Tony started telling us if your diving and sharks come too close, get back to back with your dive buddy and slowly start finning to the surface. He then said if the sharks start going in ever decreasing circles and an attack looks imminent slowly ...very slowly reach down and remove your knife..........................................................................Stab your Buddy and fook off! The whole class just creased up!

He also saved a Rich American in Belize and received an award as well as a Rolex from the Yank.

Just bought the book on Amazon.com and look forward to reading it.
 
#12
The Courses that Tony ran spent a lot more time in the water than previous courses, l finished the 'Billy Basic Shark Wrestlers ' course with 28 hrs in my log book ,so could get back for an Advanced course pretty sharpish.
Plus the extra dosh came in handy ;¬)
 
#16
He was the SSM in 5 Sqn when I was there, He invented the CEFO Club for anyone in the Sqn that he didn't like. He was adored by some (mostly Divers) and carefully avoided by the rest of us.

He nearly got court martialled for the rescue in Belize as it was against the divers bible, as he stayed decompressing with the yank as all the surface support fked off due to a storm coming in.
It cost him his career but it was the right thing to do me thinks.

I last seen him on Saltau collecting butterflies and comparing notes of wild flowers, he was a much happier man.
 

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