Loch Fyne Saturday

Thanks to Chris I had a really good time. The bacon buttie and pot of tea to start with just hit the spot. the lunch time soup was as I had envisioned it and the chocolate cake at the end just finished the day off. OH! You want to know about the diving? Well that was really good too. Chris has described most of the sea life and the conger eel was the final nice thing. That gnome just did not want found by us I think. David , the photographer has it for a project he is doing with regards to gnomes in different parts of the world. Anyway good day on Saturday, I shall go back again. It is a good way of getting some drills done also, there was one chap learning how to use a dry suit, one was doing his dive marshaling, all under expert supervision. It was nice to meet different people all with the same passion – diving. Thanks to Chris for helping me with getting over the rocks into the water, fitting fins and generally caring for me.

St Abbs Sunday 30th October

The weather forecast did not look too good but Steve texted to say the trip was on. He duly turned up to pick me up at 7.30am and along with Bethan we set out for our trip to St Abbs. As we neared our destination the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, the sea looked calm – no white horses to see. St Abbs being sheltered by the cliffs was a haven of calm. The rest of the gang were there, Alan along with Sue, Sarah and Karen, Dave, Phoebe, Neil, Izzy, Gary, and us three makin 9 in all. Sadly our tenth one Kris was unable to come due to a cold. Our dive boat, Tiger Lily had alreeady been out with one wave of divers and we boarded for our first trip at 10.30 am. We kitted up on route and were dropped in at West Hucker, appart from a small problem with me getting down, thanks to Steve I managed with a pull from him we had a great time pottering about the gullies. We were followed by some Ballin wrasse one of which Steve swears is true, looked at him and then looked ata anearby urchin expecting him to breakit up and feed it. it was saddly disappoimted as we left the urchin to its own business. The wrasse followed us about like little dogs. There were also plumose anemones, jewel anemones, a sea squirt (I think) it was white and looked like a misshapen urchin with red stripes over it when I gently prodded it it was squidgy. The walls of dead mans fingers were also spectacular. Getting back on the boat was easy, just fin to the back, grab the rails and stand on the platform, with a whirr transported to the deck and a step off and a quick sit down on the bench and it was done! We were taken back to shore for our deco time of 2 hours and the sun came out for a while though there was a breeze which felt cool the air temperature was around 14 degrees. Picnics and hot meals at the Ebbcarr and then back to the boat . Weasel Loch with lots of nooks and crannies loads of lobsters and squat lobsters, Neil reported seeing an octopus. thanks to Steve for arranging this trip and for his help in transporting me and Bethan. A truely good day.

Millport Hyperbaric unit.

I just want to add my bit about the dry dive. I enjoyed the trip. unfortunately my dive computer decided that it was not going to record this dive so I had to rely on Fred’s for the information. All divers should be aware of the work done by the hyperbaric units all over Britain. It was very surprising to hear how many times the unit was used for divers in distress along with the training of deep sea divers also.

Kintallen

Well just goes to show! Some of us are really mad. Sounds like a really good dive though. Maybe in the summer we could go there? We were nice and cosy in our insulated house! i think I am getting a bit old for the cold weather. My fingers froze at the very thought of going out in -10+!

Eyemouth

Hi, Thanks to Paul for towing the Chinook to Eyemouth on Sunday 8th August. 6 members attended. We did one boat dive and then one shore dive. I was persuaded to do the shore dive and once I saw the layout on the ‘Walkway’ into the sea I felt better about it. What a great dive that was in the gullies plenty of fish and life. Walls of ‘Dead mans’ fingers. There is also an old tree trunk which still seems to have fungi growing on it!  I was a little perturbed about the amount of rubbish we found, a large broken steel rope with a noose at the end of it. It is not there any more as I removed it from the sea! I wish I had taken my goody bag so that I could pick up the lager cans and plastic bags which were floating about. Yep! I have found a new soapbox item.

From Maureen Cotterell, Secretary.