Diving

Stoney Cove, 09.10.2011

The plan was a nice weekend away camping in Babbacombe with easy shore dives suitable for all members, unfortunately the British weather had other things in mind and decided to surround the whole area in near gale force winds. After checking alternatives around the country and finding the same we have fallen back on our every reliable Stoney Cove. It was a nice warm Sunday, and although quite busy, the Cove was a nice way to get some diving in when everywhere else was blown away. Everyone enjoyed a nice couple of dives and a good discussion in the...

Cathy’s impression of club trip to Marsa Shagra, September 2010

2It had been twelve months in the planning, with laughter and tears along the way, but with last minute additions to the group and with the confusion about various sleeping arrangements cleared up, four vehicles stuffed to the gunnels with divers and kit arrived at the Skylane Hotel Gatwick. This was to be our one night stopover and car park for three of the vehicles for the next seven days. Eoin, so reluctant to leave his new bike that he insisted his travelling companions accompany him to his flat so that they too could admire it, consoled himself with...

Malta, 2010

Just thought I’d share my holiday dives in Malta with you all. The Sunday after we arrived I went with the Dive school that was affiliated with the hotel . Our first dive was at the “Right Arch” Cikawwa, it was a pleasant dive with the usual fish, i.e. Cardinal fish, Two Banded Bream, Saddle Bream and a few Fireworms, later on in the dive we came across a small Moray Eel in it’s hole. The highlight of the dive was near the end when we were shown a Cavern  containing a statue of the MADONA and a plaque....

Farne Islands, 2010

We have a couple of trip reports from the Farnes. Thanks to Mick and the mysterious Gennaro who wishes to remain anonymous After removing the cobwebs from my dive gear and packing my ‘Idiot’s guide to Diving’, I was all set for a weekend jaunt up north to play with some seals.  Mick and I departed my work place at 16:45 for the long trek up the M1 through Friday evening traffic.  Oh the fun we had… Upon arrival at the quaint village of Beadnell we met the rest of the motley crew. Familiar faces Nick and Lisa joined...

Night Dive at Stoney Cove

On Wednesday 7th October 11 members of the club met at Stoney Cove for the night dive. We had 5 divers and 6 other members who came to assist with kitting up and marshalling the dives. Water temperature was a tepid 15 degrees and visibility was good. Wayne and Tracey entered the water in daylight and emerged smiling at dusk. Garry, Mick and Kevin were determined theirs was going to be a proper night dive so waited until 7 o’clock before entering the water. One of the aims of their dive was to find the newly sunk wreck ‘Defiant’...

Capernwray, 2009

We did It Capern Wray   I was a bit special. Was the opinion of those closest to me when I told them I intended dragging myself from my pit at 5am for a 3 hour journey north up the M6. All to dive a quarry whose website was quoting a water temperature of 7.5° C. (This turned out to be an average temperature for December, being changed monthly not daily, it was in fact 9-10 ° C) especially as there was a similar and perfectly adequate venue within a twenty minute drives of home. The drive up was...

Lundy, 2009

Lundy Island, 12 miles out With a promise of seals and more But a weekend with some Easterly Breeze leaves you wondering what you saw We sailed out and sun shone bright With the wind upon our backs The skipper said, “The other side” as the foam then covered our tracks. The first dive was a simple one, descending steadily down the shot There was lots to see , if you took your time ……….even poor lobsters in a pot ! John was excited after the dive and I wondered, why the fuss but as I was looking the...

Swanage, 2008

Divers   Down (Where?) Glorious Mediterranean weather, warm (ish) water, sightings of SHARK !!! ,  Ray and exotic fish : Where on earth could we be? Answer : Swanage   Dorset   27th September 2008 A very successful joint club trip was arranged to include members of Hinckley and Marlin  BSAC branches. Thanks to Dale Smith and Ann Pendlebury  for sorting out the boats, and generally being in charge. Especially Ann, we know Kev  really appreciated it J. Garry       Cathy   Eóin   Steve Dale      Kev   Neil     We left the Midlands on Friday afternoon in 3 vehicles bound for Swanage. Only 166...

Lundy, 2008

Marlin SAC Does Lundy 6th & 7th September 2008 It was with genuine incredulation that I took the phone call from John on Friday morning, who informed me our trip to Lundy with Clive Pearson aboard The Jessica Hettie a 27’ Starfish 8 – 250hp vessel launching from Clovelly, was on. The scene outside was not conducive to diving though with a little more rain and wind we could have sailed down to Devon. This according to the Shipping Forecast was on its way, warning of Cyclonic 7 to storm force 8 in the Bristol Channel. My thoughts dwelt...