Submarine Film Making

imom1406

War Hero
Can anyone help me, i now work for a film production company, and we have just completed a documentary (to do with submarines...hush hush at the moment). We need to shoot one more scene, and need an underwater shot in a pool or lake.

In my day there was a clearance diver training school near portsmouth, does anyone (a) know if it is still going, (b) how i could contact them to otganise the shoot and (c) if it's not there ....any ideas!??

Thanks!
 

dunkers

War Hero
Yep clearance divers are still trained at Horsea Island, sea survival training is done there too.

I believe much of the training is now run by Flagship (private training company). No idea what they would say to letting you use it.
 

sgtpepperband

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Book Reviewer
The Defence Diving School is still located at Horsea Lake, near Port Solent.
Perhaps you can contact them via the following address:

Defence Diving School
Horsea Island
Port Solent
Portsmouth
HANTS PO6

(023) 9254 4006

[email protected]
 

sgtpepperband

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Book Reviewer
...but don't expect an immediate reply as the Navy shuts down in August for Summer Leave! You might get a response after Bank Holiday weekend...
 

sgtpepperband

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Book Reviewer
I think a floater in the lake will be the least of their worries... there's all sorts of things growing at the bottom there!

If they aren't able to help how about using some of the submariner contacts from the documentary and see if you can use the Submarine Escape Tank Trainer at Fort Blackhouse in Gosport?
 

imom1406

War Hero
sgtpepperband said:
I think a floater in the lake will be the least of their worries... there's all sorts of things growing at the bottom there!

If they aren't able to help how about using some of the submariner contacts from the documentary and see if you can use the Submarine Escape Tank Trainer at Fort Blackhouse in Gosport?

Most of the documentary was shot overseas, we are just in final post production, and need one more sequence....and as i remembered doing a fire fighting course at Horsea a 1000 years ago, i thought i would be an ideal location. Also i need murky water!
 

sgtpepperband

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Book Reviewer
The fire school has now relocated to HMS Excellent at Whale Island, but some of the units are still there. The only operational units at Horsea is the DDS and the Sea Survival School.
 

stumpy

War Hero
In theory there should be no major problems using the lake as it is often full of civilian sport divers using it for training. I myself have dived there via the civies for fun, whilst still getting my daily pay from the RN!
 

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