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News and Updates


DAM Meets Pilgrim of Brixham



Pilgrim Heritage Sailing Foundation have published an article about the DAM visit to the boat for a calendar photoshoot. Click on the link below to read it.



Congratulations David Cooper

Congratulations to David Cooper for passing his

NATIONAL OBSERVER qualification on the 27th February




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Congratulations David Page


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On the 7th October 2015 David Page above became DAM’s sixth IMI National Observer, after undertaking in-house IMI National Observer training. He is the first of DAM’s Observers to have gained his IMI National qualification starting from being a pre-IMI era Qualified Observer. Our sincerest congratulations, and thanks for all his hard work and dedication to the group.

Colin Opie (Chief Observer)



A very interesting article from the IAM and the Norsk Motorcycle Union on effective and precise riding techniques and understanding the essential physics of your motorcycle...


A Biker's Message

Reproduced from the BMAD website



I saw you hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.

But you didn't see me put an extra £10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.

But you didn't see me playing Santa at the local Mall.

I saw you change your mind about going into the restaurant when you saw my bike parked out front.

But you didn't see me attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.



Arm signals - videoclip

  ARM signals - what do you think?


  Robert Stevens, DAM Chief Senior Observer, writes:


Dougie Miner's film of Short Arm Signals gives us the benefit of current police driving practice.

All versions of the Highway Code since 1954 advocated a Straight Arm Signal from the shoulder.    I use the straight arm signals, which I feel gives maximum visibility and therefore maximum effect.

You have to choose which signal to use and which way you execute it.  What is the best way for you?

A short arm signal, or a long arm signal, is often better than no arm signal.

 Read on for Robert's other comments on arm signals generally.........


In Case Of Emergency

Tips for getting the best out of your Mobile Phone IN CASE OF EMERGENCY 


ICE (In Case of Emergency) in your mobile ‘phone

The original concept, conceived by Cambridge paramedic Bob Brotchie, involved putting the acronym ICE in front of your designated emergency contact number.


Follow these hints to get the best out of ICE:


  • Ø Make sure the person whose name and number you are giving has agreed to be your ICE partner.


  • Ø Make sure your ICE partner has a list of people they should contact on your behalf - including your place of work.


  • Ø Make sure your ICE person's number is one that's easy to contact, for example a home number could be useless in an emergency if the person works full time.


  • Ø Make sure your ICE partner knows about any medical conditions that could affect your emergency treatment - for example allergies or current medication.


  • Ø Make sure if you are under 18, your ICE partner is a parent or guardian authorised to make decision on your behalf - for example if you need a life or death operation.


  • Ø You may wish to include two contact numbers for your ICE partner, perhaps a mobile and a landline. This can easily be done by entering them as ICE1 and ICE2.


  • Ø Should your preferred contact be deaf, then type ICETEXT then the name of your contact before saving the number.


  • Ø You might even consider attaching a small label to your helmet with your chosen ICE number(s).

Why doesn't my ‘phone show the callers name any more?
This will be because your ICE contact number is a duplicate entry of another contact in your phone book. If you have two numbers the same, your phone won't know which one to display so it will show just the number. To get around this, simply type a * after the number under your ICE contact. It will still work and will cure the caller-ID problem.


Ride safely,

Robin Foster

Publicity Officer


Special Assessment for U?

IAM's Special Assesment - the gauntlet has been thrown down, but are you up to it?  DAM's observers  can help you prepare.




Need to Email a DAM member?

The "Contacts" section (see menu) gives details for our active volunteers but not the full listing for members. 

A DAM email address comes with the membership and uses the website's forwarding facility so that the email is then automatically sent on to the member's true email address (which is then kept private).

Try sending yourself an email to your (the one you uise to log into the site).   The format is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

So for example an email to you at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will be automatically redirected to {email} (which is the email address you have recorded with our membership secretary.

You can now make a pretty good guess at any DAM member's email address if you want to contact them but do not know their private email address!

If you find yours does not work, it may be that you have changed your user name without our realising, (or maybe that you forgot to renew your DAM membership).  Just let DAM's Webmaster know your correct current private email address.


Devon hot line re Diesel Spills


A special hotline number - 01392 383329 - has been set up for people to report diesel spills on the roads in Devon.