Diving

Farne Islands, May 2014

We booked our trip with Farne Diving Services before Christmas. At that time we were given 2 weekends to choose from as all the others were already taken. We chose the second one, May 31st hoping that it would be a bit warmer. The accommodation looks like it is a converted stable block. It’s basic but clean and comfortable with plenty of rooms, all ensuite, twins, doubles and a couple of family rooms with TV and tea making facilities. There is also room for a few tents or camper vans. The hearty breakfast is served in Lee’s house across...

Babbacombe, May 2014

We’ve just added a few photos from our club trip to Babbacombe in May. Remember to check out our Facebook page for more regular updates as they happen!

Scapa Flow, 2012: Part 2

Scapa, the return visit. When the invitation to go to Scapa came in, I checked my logbook. Sure enough, I had already done it, so why would I want to go back? After all the wrecks were where I left them last time and what would have changed.   During my previous visit, I had just qualified as a sport diver and had at least 2 decompression dives to my experience. From what I remember every dive where I arrived on the surface without my computer beeping at me was seen as a triumph and an achievement. I seemed...

Scapa Flow, 2012: Part 1

Four of us jumped at the opportunity to spend the week, with 8 other divers from Britain, Germany and France, on the liveaboard ‘MV Invincible’ the largest dive boat in the Orkney fleet. This was no ordinary diving trip; over the course of the week we learned about much of the history of Scapa in WW1 and of the Scapa Wrecks. Monday morning we were awoken at 6 a.m. by the ferry leaving. It was a bit damp out at sea with waves approximately 2m high and wind against tide creating a triangular sea. I decided I’d rather help...

Farne Islands, 2012

It seems like ages ago that the club went on a trip to the Farne Islands, the weather wan’t great as with most of the British summer this year but I’ve picked a selection of photo’s to showcase what we saw despite the run off from the rivers murking up the waters.

Five go to the Scillies

Five go to the Scillies (not by Enid Blyton) Day 1After negotiating the early start to accommodate Cathy not wanting to get up too early, she decided not to go. So off we all set at 8:30, well 10:00 by the time the vehicles were packed and we said goodbye.With fish and chips waiting for us in Plymouth the slow journey down turned out to be a bit quicker, which lead to an afternoon sunning ourselves in Mountbatten Intro to the boat, safety brief was short as we were required to go to the pub for the evening meal   ...

(Not quite) Weekly Deco

Plymouth WeekendDid anyone not know we went to Plymouth? We learned a valuable lesson. Never check weather reports before you go anywhere. With torrential rain and gale force winds forecast we decided to leave the boats at home and pack expedition type clothing. We spent the weekend watching other boats whizzing around on the flat calm sea in the sunshine. It was bikini weather but Kev had left his at home. I believe he’s packed his thong for the Scillies week. He has been warned that Lisa will stick a fork in anything which looks like a sausage. I...

Diving to 40 metres with Clothes On

On Sunday 11 of our members attended the Dry Dive session in the Hyperbaric chamber near Liverpool. The morning began with an explanation of the work done at the chamber (accompanied by some gratuitous gory photo’s of injuries). The chamber operates 24/7, 365 days a year with the majority of their work being to aid healing following injury, fire, or other trauma. Diving incidents account for a very small percentage of their cases but the telephone is manned the whole time by someone able to give advice if anyone suspects DCI. The message I got was that if you...

Christmas Dive at Stoney

Wednesday morning was cold, dark and wet. Ideal conditions for diving at Stoney.We approached the entrance at 9.15 to be faced with queues of traffic on both sides of the road. This was not looking promising. We didn’t relish walking from the top car park. Several ‘phone calls passed between those of us in the queues. Daren was near the front, Ian, behind us decided not to wait any longer. As it happened, just after Ian left, the queues disappeared and we were directed to the bottom car park. We were a motley bunch of 6 decrepit divers and...

Breaking the ice at Capernwray

Fresh back from a club trip up to Capernwray our hearty group of divers who braved the freezing cold and the ice enjoy what will probably be the last trip before Christmas. The group made their way up in the club van (the name Marlin-mobile seems to be catching), sliding on the ice at times but eventually making it to the relative safety of the car park. Despite the heavy frost and ice on the ground the water temperature remained around 8 degrees C and everyone remarked on the great visibility the cold provided. It will take more than a bit of snow to...