Well, outdoor sports are allowed on March 29th. The dive quarries can open !!!! Hurrah !!!!!
A few of us have already booked our slots at Capernwray. We just need to remember there was limited diving last year and many of us and our kit have been missing the water for a while.
We need to ensure we and our equipment are dive fit.
So have we checked our kit over ? Looked for signs of deterioration and wear. Is our equipment in test ? What about ourselves ? Have we piled on the pounds / Now struggling to run upstairs ? Need to look to get fitter before we get near the water. Starting gently of course !
In the water that means starting with simple dives, ideally pool and then quarry, doing shallow, no deco dives to begin with. Practicing skills and extending our diving slowly and carefully.
We are going to run the BSAC return to diving course. Look out for your invitation
I look forward to seeing you out there and in the water very soon !!!!!!!!
From our planned week long trip in Shetland we had only 4 dives but had spent 5 days at it. We were desperate to try and recover some diving. So to our rescue came Paul Crowe at Rock House in St Abbs divestabbs.com offering us 2 dives Thursday pm, 2 dives Friday am and accommodation for the night. Very convenient as a halfway stop on our journey from Aberdeen to Huddersfield. So the logistics worked out perfectly.
And so did the diving. Fine weather and OK visibility. 4 excellent dives. Cleaver Rock, Black Carr, Wuddy Rocks swim through and Anenome Gullies.
One of our long awaited trips is on the cusp. Are we going to Shetland ? Will the weather gods smile on us ? What will Bob decide. Will there be any lockdown changes ?????
We all travelled up to Aberdeen, in glorious sunshine, for the Saturday night ferry to Lerwick. Full of hope but knowing there was a storm coming our way !
A very calm crossing and quick disembarkation meant that we loaded the Clasina and were on our way very quickly for the first dive. Fraochpan (trawler on white sand) at 30m. Only small but upright and very recognisable as a boat with life colonising the relatively recent wreck. Flatfish all around on the seabed. 2 Octopus on the wreck and 1 a little way off. A great start.
Then, the start of the conversation about the storm due Wednesday and when to make the crossing to Orkney. Never mind, focus on the diving. Two more dives today. Lunokhods (Klondyker) in 40m. Everyone found the shotted bow section but only one team managed to follow the wreckage trail to the shallows. OOOPS. Visibility not great (my excuse!).
Off to Giants Legs. Two arches and a cave in 20m max. Everyone successfully navigated this and had a great dive. Lots of life all around. Scared the seal out of the cave.
Decision time. Can we face a rough crossing for 14 hours – NOOOOOOO. Decision made easy then. Steam for Orkney in the evening and arrive in the early hours.
Awoke docked at Eday. Slow start to dive the Char (Oceana). Broken wreck in 16m with a few swim throughs. Good visibility and lots of life. Things are looking up.
Spoke too soon, The boat has engine problems. Need to get to Kirkwall and an engineer ASAP. No diving for the rest of the day. Go for a wander. Highland Park shop is open but not a lot else.
The situation is terminal. Boat is properly broken. Some serious engine dismantling and parts needed. No more diving for us. Can’t get the next ferry until Wednesday night so 2 days ‘at leisure’. Means different things for different folks !
Not the result we had hoped for.
Please see the next instalment – short notice St Abbs – on the way home.
Well. What to say. It’s off. Then it might be on, with restrictions. Then who wants / is able to go ?!?!?
Anyway. Six of enjoyed a fantastic weekend.
The weather was phenomenal. Wall to wall sunshine Saturday and Sunday after a grisly drive up. Alternating between downpours and sunshine.
Socially distanced in accommodation sharing the bunkhouse, the Cottage and camping and the dive boat with a maximum of 8 on board. It all felt very strange. Obviously no helping each other kit up except for the drysuit zip.
Fortunately, once in the water all that could be forgotten. Wuddy Rocks to Black Carr. 12m viz, lots of crawling life and Wolfish, Angler fish, Nudibranchs. Jill and others claim seal action under water. West Hurca. 15m viz. Fantastic colours and shoals, Sand eels schooling to protect themselves from the prowling Pollack. Tye’s Tunnel. 15m viz. Bit swelly going in but good nevertheless. Then out towards West Hurca route. Lots of Wrasse of all varieties. Weasel Loch. 12m viz. Lots in the crevices including Tompots and leopard spotted Gobies. Adam found an Octopus. They’re always there. Can you find them ?
St Abbs at its best. Including Cullen Skink at the cafe (well take out).
Many thanks to Paul and Rachel at Rock House for a fabulous weekend. http://divestabbs.com/
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