BSAC Regional training. Loch Fyne Tea Rooms. 10th December 2011

A quick update from Saturdays dive at the Tea Rooms loch Fyne where six trainees from the BSAC South Scotland Region who were looking for Ocean, Sport and Dive leader skills had varying degrees of success.

A very interesting drive over with snow down to the road after St Fillans and all the way to the shore at the tea rooms. Wet slushy snow, the kind that wets everything, not that pleasant changing.

For the mornings dive, I was to be the casualty for a CBL but due to an ill fitting (borrowed) dry suit that filled with very cold fresh water as we were putting fins on my rescuer had to pull out. This left me and another student with the opportunity to have a pleasure dive along the inside of the reef. Reasonable vis once below the fresh water and a few fish, corkwing wrasse and leopard gobbies and a very large poor code in the boulders. All the tunicates seem to have gone and the few spiny starfish seemed enormous. Water temp at 10 degrees was comfortable but the 2m surface layers at 4 degrees was bracing !

The afternoon dive was a rerun of the morning lesson with CBL’s. This time we completed the drills and then had a bimble round the reef. An enormous cork wing wrasse and a good sized flat fish were the highlights of the dive. This was a very enjoyable dip.

Debrief, coffee and the drive home through the snow. Not the best day of the year but always good to dive with a new people as you always learn new things.