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.

Scourie 29th to 31st July

date 29th – 31st July 2011

dive sites Scourie and Handa Island. Scenic diving around Scourie

Boat: Tony has kindly offered to tow Deep Dancer so we will be diving off the club rhib
Air: Andrew Forsyth has agreed to provide air locally
Accommodation: Camping at Scourie, B’n’B or Hosel style accommodation at Kylesku

Spaces are not limited so if you want to come contact Dive organiser.

Deposits due by 24th July to Dive organiser

WIP: this post will be updated with a trip report

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Easter at Oban, 23rd-25th April 2011

People started to gather over Friday and by evening a lively party spirit was evident at the caravans by Puffin boding well for the weekend.

Evening social

On Saturday morning with perhaps an eye open for the Garvellachs, the boats were towed down to Cuan where Spike’s boat and Deep Dancer were launched from the ferry slip. Deep Dancer decided to play tricks on us and refused to start opting instead to remain silent until Tony performed his Lazarus act, laying his hands upon the errant deadman’s switch and bringing the engine roaring to life.

The boats motored south to Shuna where Deep Dancer’s team went in under Shuna House near the slip at Port an t-Salainn reporting a mud slope and a forest of phosphorescent sea pens. Spikes boat went exploring around the corner on the west side of the island. For lunch the boats were anchored in a sandy bay on the south-west tip below Shuna Cottage where we enjoyed a relaxing couple of hours in the sun, watching sea kayakers paddling past.

Boats moored below Shuna Cottage

Second dives of the day was a lucky dip affair off the West side of Shuna. We found a steep sand and bolder slope which provided some interesting life including slender sea pens and some vintage scallops. All divers retrieved without incident and an enjoyable boat ride back up to Cuan where we had the opportunity to take Deep Dancer into the tidal race for a bit of boat handling practice.

Flat fish of Puffin

The evening activities had started by the time we got back and a couple of enthusiastic divers opted for a night dive off Puffin dive centre. Numerous flat fish , poor cod , butterfish and bleneys being more inquisitive than usual were seen.

On Sunday morning the boats were in the water early and the day trippers arrived from Perth. With the weather looking fair Deep Dancer and Am Fheoladaire set off up Kerrera Sound and towards Lismore taking advantage of calm seas. Identifying interesting sites off the SW tip of Lismore interesting, gentle drifts were enjoyed along a “pick your own depth” – slabs/wall. As part of the entertainment for the day a small lesser spotted dogfish caused delight in Alan’s boat before it was released. Due to visibility closing in we motored back towards Oban taking lunch on Kerrera. Spike’s boat headed south to South Kerrera Sound light for shake down dives.

Skate: Dipturus Batis

The afternoon dive was off Maiden Island where a good bag of scallops was collected. One bag which was sent up,caused a hazard to shipping as the Calmac ferry steamed over it. Chris and Paul reported a little skate Dipturus Batis off the south tip which is an unusual site these days as they are threatened with extinction through over fishing. Fred and Maureen providing boat cover and Fred subsequently brought Deep Dancer home with a display of impressive boat handling skills.

During the evening Neil took his boat out to charge the battery and some of us enjoyed a tremendous cruise up and down Kerrera sound. On return two keen divers were waiting for it to get dark for a night dive off the Puffin dive centre where a similar array of life to the previous evening was reported as they provided a light show spectacle for those watching from the pier.

Monday saw Am Feoladaire and Deep Dancer heading the 8 miles south to Insh Island in glorious weather and calm seas. The wall of the NE tip was dived and good life reported with colonial sea squirt and soft corals in abundance. Lunch was taken on Easdale Island in sunshine.
The afternoons dive was a pot luck affair and a reasonable site was found off Rubha Lagain Aillidh on the mainland just north of the Easdale cliffs.

Rubha Lagain Aillidh

Dive sites: OSGB
Saturday
Dive site 1: N56°13’26” W5°35’23” E Shuna Island, S Sgeir Chreagag below Shuna House, Port an t-Salainn
Dive site 2: A secret clam bed somewhere in Shuna Sound
Dive site 3 N56°13’20” W5°36’49” West side of Shuna: S Port na Cro, Port nan Sea-ramhach
Dive site 4 N56°12’35” W5°37’5” West side of Shuna: N Rubh’an Trilleachain
Sunday
Dive site 1: N56°28’48” W5°34’45” W Lismore, Bagh Clach an Dobhrain
Dive site 2: N56°27’51” W5°35’46” W Lismore, Rubha Cloinn Mhic Leoid
Dive site 3: N56°22’53” W5°32’7” Kerrera Sound , Sgeirean Dubha Light
Dive site 4: N56°25’54” W5°29’28” Oban ,E Side Maiden Island
Dive site 5: N56°25’47” W5°29’24” Oban ,SE Point Maiden Island
Dive site 6: Puffin Dive centre pontoons
Monday:
Dive site 1: N56°18’54” W5°39’32” Sgeir Beul na h-Uamhaidh
Dive site 2: N56°19’10” W5°37’31” Rubha Lagain Aillidh

Perth BSAC Trip to Oban Easter 2011

All in all a very worthwhile trip blessed by good weather. Thanks are due to Steve for his organisation and for everyone for mucking in.

Perth-BSAC training session

Have to say that last nights training session up at Glenalmond Pool had something of a buzz about it.

We had a try dive, a check out session and a return visit from a prospective new member and on top of that we had a young lady training with her Dad and a couple working on buoyancy and trim. Scuba Annie made another appearance and was rescued several times while providing an excellent opportunity to really practice your lifting and EAR skills.

All in all a very good session, hope to see you all there again the week after next. Remember next week is a dry night where we are doing the NITROX crossover training at the Moncrieffe.

I’ve put a few snaps here

Britain’s Secret Seas

Have you seen that Britain’s Secret Seas is going to be shown over the next few weeks. Well worth a watch.

Info from BSAC head office advertises this as “The stunning series showcases Britain’s magical marine life and mysterious wrecks. Presented by a group of experts, the team is led by explorer, experienced scuba diver and BSAC member, Paul Rose. Due for transmission on Sunday 8th May at 8pm on BBC2, the series has taken the ‘Top Gear’ slot and is expected to have a high audience. (The transmission date is subject to change, better record it as we’ll not be back from diving!).”

They also suggest it might prompt some interest in diver training. So if you get any enquiries then please let Maureen know so she can provide details. Maybe we can get a few try dives lined up for next year if we get the vouchers ready.

If anyone wants to dive the “biogenic reefs” (or is that Reeves or reefies), then young Hamish knows where to go !

Naughty Anarchists Society

Not really, the NAS is the Nautical Archeology Society.

Posting here as there are two local events that might be of interest. These lead to a recognised qualification and when suitably the ability to participate in some underwater archeology which I have been assured is like picking dubloons off a shingle bed and nothing at all like staying in one place recording gridtranscect data!

Sat 16th: NAS Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology
A one day course introducing nautical archaeology and the NAS. The day includes a mix of theory and practical sessions, both on land and in a pool. Diving is not mandatory. Cost £55
Location: Edinburgh
For more details see: http://www.nauticalarchaeologysociety.org/training/intro.php
Contact NAS Office by Email at nas@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org by phone at 02392 818419

Sat 30th: Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology
A one day course introducing nautical archaeology and the NAS. The day includes a mix of theory and practical sessions, both on land and in a pool. Diving is not mandatory. Cost: £55
Location: Loch Tay, Scotland
For more details see: http://www.nauticalarchaeologysociety.org/training/index.php
Contact NAS Office by Email at nas@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org by phone at 02392818419

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.