Farnes – June 2018

A great weekend diving in the Farne Islands with Sovereign diving. Little Harcar and Somali on first day and Blue Caps and Great Harcar today. Sightings of seals, octopus, butterfish, scorpion fish alongside the usual crabs and lobsters. Fabulous diving with great friends.

 

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Out of Mallaig, May 2018

  One fine Saturday morning 12 of us headed up north (really north) to Mallaig, Scotland via Loch Lomond, The Green Welly Shop, Fort William and Glen Coe.

There to meet the MV Halton and our skipper for the week, Bob Anderson.

The weather would drive our itinerary and it was over 10 years since any of us had dived that area. With the prospect of some days of fine weather but a storm front on its way, we set off north, between Skye and the mainland, stopping for a shakedown dive in Loch Nevis.

Can this really be Scotland, we asked ourselves, as we basked in sunshine, passed a cruise ship at anchor off Lochalsh, and proceeded under the Skye bridge.

We journeyed to the Summer Isles and docked at Ullapool, Raasay, Lochalsh, Inverie and Mallaig.

Dive sites: The Crowlins, Fairweather 5, Jambo, Innisjura, Holm Island, Port Napier, Kylerhea, Loch Nevis

 

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2018 Training

We have one new trainee who has already completed Ocean Diver this year from a start in February. He was willing to brave the chilly quarry waters in late March / early April and is now qualified to dive

We have 2 new starters on the Ocean Diver course just completed week 2 in the pool.

The quarries are warming up, so now is the time for open water training.

April 21st we had 8 at the quarry.

We are already scheduled for April 28th with 10 planning to go.

What are you waiting for ?

 

 

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2018 club dive trips booked so far

March 1st-4th       Mull on MV Halton             3.5 days diving liveaboard

May 12th-19th      Hebrides on MV Halton      6 days diving liveaboard

June 9th-10th      Farnes from Seahouses with Sovereign   2 days diving weekend, B&B

June 30th / July 1st    St Abbs at Rock House with Paul Crowe     2 days diving weekend, Bunkhouse

September 1st-5th  Pembrokeshire with Len Bateman   5 days diving, Bunkhouse

September 28th-30th     St Abbs at Rock House with Paul Crowe 3 days diving, long weekend, Bunkhouse

December  14-17th   Xmas wet. Staying near Kirby Lonsdale for club Xmas dinner and diving Capernwray Saturday am

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Maldives August 2017

6  from the club signed up to Kate’s perfect itinerary – central atolls and beyond, perfect guides – Dave and Lisa Alison,  and perfect boat, MV Sea Spirit, with Blue O2. And it was !!!!!!!!!!!

Male – South Male – Vaavu/Felidhu – South Ari – North Ari – Male

Each day we said ‘this is fantastic’. The then next day was better !!!!!!!!!

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St Abbs 2017

Will we, won’t we ? The question for both our St Abbs 2017 trips. Eventually 8 brave souls ventured up for the likelihood of diving Friday afternoon and Saturday on the last weekend in October. And we did !

We had 3 great dives. The Glanmire, Black Carrs and Ebb Carrs or Cathedral Rock. Visibility was good and life was excellent. Seal and  Octopuses (pi) found !!

Good fish and chips at Scoutscroft and a great meal at the New Inn. Thanks to Paul at Rcok House for being so supportive in our decisions and eventual diving.

A great trip in the end !

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Capel Dinorwic for the Dive Club Xmas gathering 2017

It’s the weekend before Christmas and where are BSAC 18 going. To Dinorwic (near Llanberis) of course. Our latest destination away from St Abbs to search for a shorter drive, a more reliable diving opportunity and a little luxury.

16 signed up for the annual bash with the opportunity to dive Vivian quarry at Llanberis. A new experience for most. Staying at Capel Dinorwic (a converted chapel) with excellent facilities for 16.

Friday evening the majority had a selection of chillis to choose from.

Saturday morning loomed a little gray and wet but the hardy 10 donned dive gear and wandered through the arch to the abandoned slate quarry / dive centre. The water was an unexpectedly pleasant 9 degrees and 40 minutes enough time to get a good appreciation of the underwater terrain. One dive was enough before a sojourn to Llanberis for lunch. A group dined at ‘Pete’s Eats’, the legendary climbers caff.

Some of the group adjourned to the pub whilst other wandered Caernarvon old town which was enjoying a little better weather.

The main event was looming fast. We tucked into our multi course traditional Christmas meal and drinks in the evening and enjoyed Jill’s party games.

Sunday was particularly gray although the group was not !  We enjoyed the traditional Sunday breakfast brunch. Those that were staying on had the opportunity of a nice walk alongside the Menai Straight. More than enough left overs for tea.

Thank yous to Richard for the accommodations and Jill for organising food and games. Thank you to all the cooks and bottle washers. A real group effort. See you next year !

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