Wednesday at Loch Long. 21st November 2012

A quick splash in our nearest sea loch saw three intrepid members making the most of Scottish Autumnal weather and braving a dive in Loch Long.

The weather was calm and very mild with the recent snow having melted and the water was flat calm. Unfortunately the visibility was very poor with a stunning 3m max though totally dark at 10m, still the water was relatively warm.

Here are a few snaps

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The Slates, Loch Leven. November 18th 2012

A small team of keen divers ventured out on Sunday for a leisurely dip at ‘The Slates’ at Ballachulish in Loch Leven. A reasonably early start saw three cars carefully making their way on icy roads towards Crieff where I for one had a very exciting moment when the car decided to firstly to go in a straight line when I wanted it to turn and then perform a slow waltz before coming under control. A salient reminder to pack the cars carefully, keeping as much weight forwards as possible and of course to treat the winter roads with the utmost respect !

With the roads starting to improve once we got to Loch Earn we reached Tyndrum and had a short break, a coffee and a chance to stretch our legs after a very exciting couple of hours. Next stop Ballachulish over Glen Coe where the first of the blue sky edged through the clouds and the tops held more that a dusting of fresh snow .

On site we had a briefing and then wave one comprising Kim, Briagha and Chris, went in to do a Ocean Diver, dive leader review exercise and I’m happy to report that Chris passed. Staying in the bay area we swam between the large anchors, over chains and poked our torches under boulders before surfacing at the perscribed time. An enjoyable dive which apart from a few buoyancy problems at the start went very smoothly. Notable were the numbers of Queen scallops swimming around.

The second wave had a few buoyancy issues and apart from a few choice expletives of a frustrated dive didn’t have much to report. Next time guys.

Keeping an eye on the time and momentum going in the group, wave one went in again to do the second part of the exercise which I am happy to report was successfully completed by Briagha who had now completed all her Ocean Diver course training. The dive itself was quite interesting with lots to see including a brilliant Cuckoo Wrasse and his mate, a good sized Corking Wrasse, a very large Common Sunstar, loads of brittlestars, sealoch anemones and sea squirts and hermit crabs and gobbies by the bagful. Briagha also found her first scallop. As we surfaced a heavy rain shower was soaking the surface crew so we didn’t hang around for long, decamping into the local, highly recommended cafe (Craft and Things) for a hot drink and something to eat. I can positively recommend the hot chocolate and marsh mallows which looked absolutely scrumptious.

That was it, a quiet drive home on much improved roads getting back at a very reasonable time.

Thanks all for coming and well done to Briagha on the successful completion of her Ocean Diver training.

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Conger@Conger 13th November 2012

I had the opportunity to steal either a short hillwalk or a quick dip on the West coast today as a result of visiting offices in Glasgow. So with the kit in the boot off I went, picked up a piece of equipment and then sat waiting in the designated car park for my buddy who duly arrived from Kilmarnock, wound down his window and shook his head somewhat dejectedly. 20 – 25 mile an hour winds and good sized waves were crashing into an exposed shore, the SS Kintyre was definitely sunk ! Plan B, Loch Long. You can always get into Loch Long and so we agreed to drive up and have lunch in the Arrochar Pit Stop and then try our luck at Conger Alley.

Wet was something of an understatement as rivers pouring down the Lomandside hills flooding across the roads, but we arrived safely, enjoyed a bacon sandwich and then changed into drysuits at the rain soaked car lay-by as lorries and speeding cars sprayed us in passing. The original plan, exploring a deep wreck, surprisingly lends itself to a different kit configuration than that required for loch shore diving and carrying a twin set along the 300 yards of pavement to get access to the water took a little resolve but we made it and were quickly in the water.

Down, along, down a bit further, out across the mud and then slowly up the reef was the plan. It turned out to be a good dive too. Poor surface vis led to 5m+ lower down and apart from rather colorful sea squirts, and sealoch anemones, starfish, urchins, crabs and blennies, we saw a shoal of coppery codling, several small dragonettes, numerous corkwing wrasse, an enormous ballan wrasse and of course we can’t forget the rather impressive conger that came partly out of it’s lair to inspect the bright shiny thing that was being waved about in front of him.

A layer of fresh water, fed by streams peculating into the loch from the gravel gave some rather chilly conditions as we reached the shallows and did a short stop, while just before surfacing, a rain shower came in which was audible, quite amazing. That was it, apart from the oh so long, 300 yards back to the cars where once again we changed in the rain before decamping to the pub for a beer and chat and finally making our separate ways home after a surprisingly good dive.

No photo’s today. I didn’t take my camera as is not rated for what we had initially planned to do. (– excuses – Ed!)

Diver Training Program, Loch Fyne Tea Rooms, Saturday 10th Nov

Saturday saw a good turn out for the monthly diver training program run by Fyne Divers at the Loch Fyne Tea Rooms at Crarae. The weather was somewhat mixed ranging from cold wintry showers to grey and overcast with epic cloudscapes that even Turner would have appreciated. The water however was relatively warm (still above 11 degrees) and the visability was good for the site.

With the trainees all managing to complete at least one open water skill everyone came away well pleased with what they had achieved. Indeed a few compliment were passed back from the resident instructors about the level of skills displayed which reflects well on both the individuals concerned and the club as a whole.

These events are really useful for some of the skills we teach as they set aside the day to dedicated training. Rather than fitting in a lesson after a dive, this concentrated approach, akin to an SDC, allows us to provide the focus necessary to achieve progression and assure the standards that BSAC deliver. It’s not just the trainees that benefit, instructors have the opportunity to hone their teaching skills, planning and condensing lessons into the available time and delivering to a new audience every month, quite challenging and fun !

Well done to all !

No photo’s today as I don’t carry a camera when teaching. However the life on the reef was quite good, with numerous enormous female crabs, dug into the boulders and incubating large orange egg masses. A few very large ballan wrasse patrolling the inner reef and the odd pollack as well as a myriad of blennies and smaller fish . All very colourful.

A Sunday Dive Insh Island and Easdale

After seeing the two low weather systems headed up each side of the Country we weren’t quite sure what to expect, however the shipping forecast was favourable for Sunday with light winds of 5-10 miles an hour.  After Chris had offered to drive, Steve and I jumped into his car at just after 6am on the cold and damp Sunday morning and did the two hours trip across to Puffin Dive Centre were Alan and David were to meet us with their Rhibs at 9am.  The weather cleared and we could see snow on the tops of the mountains as we headed along Loch Earn and then the A82 to Tyndrum. Arriving at Puffin for just before 9am we prepped the boats. The wind was slight, but enough to give you a chill. High grey cloud hid small brushstrokes of distant blue.

So nine hardy divers and two even hardier Coxswains headed South, the six nautical miles to Insh Island to dive the wall on the North East Corner of the Island, I had dived this once before and typically it has lots of life on it. We had a Ebb Tide and dropped in on 10 metres and drifted around the corner before heading down to find the wall. On Grace Cameron, Chris and David went in first and Steve and I followed after a a last minute kit re-configuration due to a burst high pressure hose (Always worth carrying spare kit!).

Steve and I headed down the slope finding the wall at 16 metres and noticed a strong down current pulling us down southwards, so we kept close to the wall and started taking a few photos while dropping to just over 30 metres and finding an overhang which gave us some protection from the currents.  With overcast skies I was glad to have my bright torch today, as it was dark but the water clarity was good. The wall had a mixture of sponges, Feather Stars, tube Worms, squat Lobsters, juvenile cod, several species of brightly coloured wrasse and as we headed towards the shallows the kelp forest which started at 16 metres. Here you could clearly see the current running over the Kelp, so after putting up the DSMB we drifted south with the current to be picked up by Tam and Chris and Dave who by now were already back on board.

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After picking up all the divers we headed across to Easdale Island, the famous venue for the World Stone Skimming competition, where we chilled out having lunch in the shelter of the harbour, chatting to the Locals as well as the local dogs that wanted to see if they could benefit from a free sandwich or tasty snack.  The afternoon dive was a scallop dive and it was good to see the habitats undisturbed by trawling. Hand picking scallops allows us to be selective and not affect non targeted species of animals such as sea pens.   With the Benefit of Cox’s we were able to save two hours and were back in Perth for 6pm on the Sunday Evening.

Thanks to Steve for organising the trip and Alan and David for the use of their Boats.

Stallion Rock and The Minard Islands, Loch Fyne. 21st October

On Sunday we had a superb turn out for a boat trip, taking the Club rhib across to Loch Fyne and being joined by David with his new boat. A 6:30am start was called due to low tide, coming off springs and the shallow slip at the Argyll Caravan park. By ca 09:00 everyone had arrived and the boats had been launched before a quick briefing from Bethan on the day and we were off down the loch on a flat calm surface making excellent progress.

Stallion Rock was exposed at low water and we dropped the pathfinders off, rolling in at intervals off Deep Dancer, while Dave’s boat dived in waves. Considering we had five pairs of divers in the water it was surprising that we didn’t actually bump into each other but it’s a big wall. Bethan and Chris jumped in on the exposed rock itself and went to explore the bottom of the wall before coming up to the 20m mark and gently drifting along the wall with the ebbing tide. An impressive amount of squidgy life with sealoch anenomies, sea squirts, encrusting and cup sponges and squat lobsters in every available crevice you could shine a torch into. Half way through this dive we come across the overhangs at about 23m which would have merited exploration (next time!). Finally with NST reaching zero we slowly ascended finding sand at ca 10m, a solitary scallop and a large berried crab. A couple of minutes watching a sea gooseberry was spent as we paused for a safety stop. Finally up with the SMB and a perfect pickup from the coxswain to find all divers from Deep Dancer returned and the second wave from David’s boat in the water about to surface.

A little colder than people had come to expect recently but everyone reported a good dive. Having retrieved the final diver pair we set off down to the Tea Rooms at Furnace where we landed for a coffee and cake and a short break before the short hop over to the Minard Islands.

Most divers explored the SW tip, taking advantage of the incoming tide and exploring either side as they drifted over broken rocks and past walls. There are some excellent walls on this dive with a good covering of plumose and an enormous dahlia anemone. Bethan spotted a pipefish which I carefully caught and to see if it was carrying brood, (which it wasn’t). before returning unharmed. A small butterfish wriggled across muddy slabs leaving a silt trail that gave away it’s movements and numerous juvenile flatfish, iridescent green and with protruding eyes lay still until panic caused them to flee. Cold set in and I signaled that it was time to go up so we again found shallow sand and shell beds before putting up the SMB and being retrieved by the boat. Again people were reporting good but cold dives with a bag of scallops having been retrieved from over 70m somewhere nearby at a secret location…… Waiting for the second wave from David’s boat we stowed the gear and enjoyed the mild weather as the sun started to shine.

Divers up and then a quick trip back to the caravan park to recover the boats, debrief and set off back to the club hut to wash everything down after a very successful days diving.

I am happy to report that in consultation with the DO and TO, Bethan successfully completed her Dive Management skills module which should allow her to complete her Dive Leader grade training once the committee endorse it. Well done to Bethan for organising such a successful day , thanks to David for bringing along his boat, and to Tony for towing Deep Dancer. With so many experienced divers, these trips are always a pleasure. With people helping out and sorting things before being asked, so thanks to all of you who mucked in.

I was very lazy and didn’t take a camera but the usual paparazzi were present so photos will be added as they come in.

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Deep South Red Sea trip, September 2012

How do you organise a highly successful diving holiday for a bunch of demanding club divers ? Well you don’t, you join a trip that has already been organised !

At three o’clock in the morning I stood staring at an expectant sky studded with stars, bright and iridescent, an intensity that relayed the anticipation that the morning held. Black coffee, aromatic and bitter highlighting the instant. There is no traffic at this time of day so when an engine sounded, deep and muffled, amplified by the cold shortly followed by the arc of headlamps swinging into the cul-de-sac the holiday, for me, had begun.

Colin and Jim were waiting, the doors to the service bay open spilling a pool of warmth on the forecourt. With everyone present and correct, the luggage loaded we boarded and quietness descended as we left Colin to his task and drifted off to an intermittent sleep disturbed by hills and bends as we motored South. A short early morning stop at Killington services and on to Manchester airport where we bayed farewell to Jim and wished him well on his long solo home. (right that’s enough of that – Ed)

The airport was comparatively quiet and we were through checkin and passport control before we knew it and having breakfasted walked the duty free and settled waiting for the flight to board which we did without fuss. Three hours later and not without a little discomfort we took off after an engineer has fixed a problem with the wing ! Takeoff, food, drink, boredom, landing and nearly 6 hrs later we were there, the heat of Egypt greeting us as we transferred to Hurghada air conditioned airport and the joys of a bureaucratic system that probably owes more than a little to Empire.

Once outside our Regal dive company rep found us and walked us to the bus that would transfer us to the boat. Bags were tossed onto the roof, tips given and we settled down as best we could for another journey in the dark, watching sand, illuminated by the headlights, pass us by. A stop at a small kahwas, a welcomed break and we had the opportunity to try the local coffee which was superb but unfortunately kept me awake for the rest of the trip to Marsa Abu Dahab near Marsa Ghaleb. An hour later and nearly 22 hrs since leaving home we were standing on the dock in front of MY Infintity, a truly welcomed sight. We loaded our bags. Then off with the shoes to congregate in the saloon to meet our dive guides Paul and Ahmed and complete admin before a nightcap and much needed sleep. We had arrived and so have David who had traveled via Gatwick and arrived about a quarter bottle of rum before hand.

The following morning the hook to get us up was that we could not depart until the Port authority had physically seen us and checked us off against the boats manifesto, so 10 rather bleary eyed travelers from Scotland and another crew for various parts of England mustered in the saloon to be eyeballed by an Egyptian official and then we were off.

Motoring south we took in the two reef systems of Ras Shona and Sharb Marsa Alam falling into the routine of dive briefing and dive effortlessly. The further south we motored the bluer the water became and by the time we got to the St John’s shoal, the furthest south we could go, the water was crystal clear and deep deep blue with visibility too great to accurately estimate.

The boat stayed in the St John’s area for two days where we enjoyed the delights of corals and fish , walls and caves, night dives and pinnacles and even a small wreck, before starting to motor northwards to Mekawa Island and Fury’s shoal. Fury’s shoal provided some interesting diving and we spent two days enjoying excellent drop offs and the special Red Sea life including turtles as well as an adventure snorkeling with a large pod of dolphin. But two days was all we could spend and we motored north again towards Marsa Alam where more reefs provided excellent sport.

The last days diving was on Elphinstone, a reef between Marsa Ghaleb and Marsa Alam which had fantastic drop offs enjoyed while drifting along a vertical wall. This was a terrific experience and we did both sides of the reef just to make sure ! Some lucky party members reported sharks and barracudas, but most of us had to settle of a conveyor belt of life with an 80m drop into the blue below our feet. An awesome dive !

That was it, the boat motored North overnight and arrived at Hurghada which saved us the bus trip from Marsa Alam and we spent a hour walking around Hurghada before decamping into the Marriott to savor the pool, bar and air conditioning prior to another marathon journey back to Perth.

Thanks are due to the organiser of this trip, it would not have happened without all the hard work that was put in but we must not forget both Colin and Jim’s effort in the minibus which made the airport transfer so easy. A very enjoyable trip thanks all.

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BSAC AED SDC, Sunday 9th September

On Sunday, Fyne Divers ran a BSAC Automated External Defibrillator course as a train the trainers event for divers and a very good course it was to.

Currently there are now three BSAC registered AED trainers in Scotland. From the course perspective there were four very good theory lectures covering physiology, equipment and legal issues and I got a chance to update and practice my CPR skills as well as handling and using a training AED module on a real live diving manikin.

What was my opinion ? Well the course was good fun and informative and I’d certainly do it again. Without question these units save lives but the practicality of using one in a real diving emergency has me struggling a bit. That said, the same arguments were made (by you? – ed) when O2 admin kits and computers first became available to divers.

So if we can get a training unit this is now another course we can run inhouse should anyone be interested. (talk to the TO -ed)

Perth BSAC make the most of the South Scotland Regional Training day, Saturday 8th September

Having worked with Edward and Robert at the monthly regional training day held by the Southern Scotland Region at the Tea Rooms on Loch Fyne for a while now, it was very pleasing to see a good turn out from the Perth BSAC club. It is really important that we support both the National and Regional teams as much as we can, as they do a great job in providing training, often with little or no thanks. So before I rabbit on, many thanks to Edward and Robert and all the other instructors that turned up and make the event so worthwhile.

Having sorted out the admin we all set about our dives, Bethan and Hamish successfully completing DO6 and DO7 which positions them excruciatingly close to completing their Dive Leader qualifications. I think we should run a sweep stake on this ! Maureen and Fred went in to do a Buoyancy and Trim workshop and were accompanied by Steve who jumped at the chance to join them and demonstrate his almost perfect lateral and vertical hold! Regardless of the outcome everyone reported having learnt something from this exercise and I think if we run this again we will see more people having a go ! This particular exercise is really a SCUBA game where performance can be assessed and therefore improvement measured. I had the opportunity to instruct on a OO4 lesson, CBLs and tows. Every time I attend these events I learn stuff and this trip was no exception. Within a club, where we see a progression through training, we make assumptions based on our experiences of trainees. At these events you only have a Qualification Record Book to provide experience of training and you have no idea what challenges the student has. As it was we had problems getting down and spent a lot of time on the surface trying to sink an voluminous neoprene drysuit without getting too much water in the through the neck seal. When we eventually got down, it was like chalk and cheese, from floundering around on the surface, a diving epiphany happened as we sank and ‘SCUBA Jane’ happily and competently completed a set of good lifts and got a signature in her book for her efforts. Well done!

It was very refreshing to see some old faces at the event again. With a shore based appearance from Paul who has dived with us as a guest, and Darryl who took a bit of a bus man’s holiday, doing a job of underwater work, moving and lifting a weight for DO4. A good effort from DT here, his volunteering as an instructor gave another student a chance to get a skill signed off and nearly his next qualification. We may end up seeing more of DT as he ended up with a Landrover full of not so dry dry-suits that needed his expert repair services.

The afternoon dives saw more drills and assessments and with these complete the need to retrieve a shot line used by the BTW. Here was an opportunity to have a recreational dive and I joined Hamish and Frank for a slow swim along the inside reef to retrieve the equipment. The vis, once away from the corner was very good and the variety of fish life surprising. A new comer to the reef was the rather striking Pouting, which darted to a fro , showing off it’s zebra stripes. A big disappointment was finding a crab tangled in fishing line and a team effort to cut off as much as possible saw me holding the claws while Hamish and Frank cut as much line off as possible. I get so cross when I see this !

Well that was it apart from a quick refreshment stop at the George on the way home. No photos today as we were training and the opportunity did not present itself to take a camera into the water.

Harris and the Rebel Alliance diving off the ‘Peregrine’ 29-31 July 2012

We spotted an opportunity for some quality diving when Chris received an e-mail from Jan Love, a key mover and shaker in the Rebel Alliance divers group, advising of spaces available on their ‘Peregrine’ hard boat week 29 July to 3 August 2012 sailing from Scalpay, an island joined by a bridge to the Isle of Harris, focusing on sites in the Minch and the eastern shores of Harris.
Unfortunately, Chris was unable to get the time off, but Bethan took little persuading to join me, then found that her best friend, Kay, a Dive Leader from the Manchester University branch of BSAC, could also manage to join us for a trip based on traveling to Tarbert on Harris on Saturday 28 July 2012, diving 3 days Sunday to Tuesday, then heading back to Perth on Wednesday 1 August 2012 arriving in time for Kay to jump on a train back to Manchester later that afternoon.
Conveniently, the 2 remaining rooms at Dunard House in Tarbert were a twin & a single so we were all set for the trip.
As ever, we marvelled at the spectacular Highland scenery on the drive from Perth across to Skye and Uig where we met most of the Rebel Alliance team enjoying a pint at the nearest pub to the embarkation slip for the trusty CalMac ferry to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. A quick trip to the Hebrides Hotel for a sun downer finished the day!

Following a comfortable night and a full Scottish breakfast, revived and raring to get in the water, we headed to the harbor at Scalpay where all the gear was quickly loaded aboard ‘Peregrine’. We re-acquainted ourselves with Malcolm, our skipper, who we had previously had the pleasure of meeting on our Club Sound of Mull trip back in March of this year.

We headed off for the shakedown dive to start the holiday, a nearly intact wreck of a fish farm supply vessel (no one knew her name) which stood all square on the bottom at 24m not far from the shore of Loch Trollamarig. This was a beautiful site with shoals of small fish, the vessel itself being covered in Plumose Anemones with even the wheelhouse still being place. Kay, our expedition underwater photographer, warmed to her task with relish and we all had a cracking dive, being in a threesome no hardship in such clear visibility!

For our second dive, we headed south along the shore of Harris to Holm Island where the plan was to dive the Holm Island Wall, Bethan taking the lead this time to help her finish the few remaining tasks still to be signed off for her Dive Leader. A lovely dive down a boulder slope to the wall which had an impressive overhang, under which Kay spotted a small conger eel while Bethan was battling with a particularly large edible crab (the crab won!) and I admired a beautiful cuckoo wrasse.

Since the ‘Peregrine’ has an on board compressor we were able to complete 3 dives per day on this trip while only bringing one set each. In between dives we took the opportunity to get to know our hosts from the Rebel Alliance and to enjoy their warm hospitality which on the first day included a seriously yummy carrot cake prepared by Jenny, clearly their very skilful team baker!
Third dive of day one was a shallow bimble through and around the kelpie site of the wreck of the ‘Gulf Star’ of which there’s only a few remaining plates of the hull remaining in about 8m of water on a rocky reef not far from Scalpay. There were plenty of shoals of small fish around and I spotted a couple of decent sized Pollock towards the end of the dive.
We then headed back to Tarbert and freshened up prior to enjoying a tasty dinner at the Hebrides Hotel and an early night eagerly anticipating diving for Monday!

After a long steam, almost back to Skye, we enjoyed a cracking dive at Thon Cleats, a series of rocky islets, the dive being past kelp down a boulder slope to a really pretty reef where Kay and Phil (Jan’s buddy – vis was so good we could see all the divers on this reef!) broke open a couple of sea urchins to give some cuckoo wrasse a late breakfast. Phil almost had one eating from his hand while Kay maneuvered around for some photo opportunities and Bethan led us along most expertly again!
After the dive, the fishing rods were brought out to occupy some of the deco time and lots of Pollock rushed to take the bait, Kay catching her first ever fish and Phil bagging a particularly impressive specimen! Jan and Jenny skilfully gutted and filleted them having the fresh fish sealed in plastic bags and ready for the kitchen well before our second dive of the day at Sgeir Graidaigh, a reef in the middle of the Minch which we enjoyed in calm seas and warm sunshine.
We descended down a shot line then headed east to this beautiful reef, again in vis well over 10m. This site teems with life including Jan’s favourite, the jewel anemones coating the reef walls, plenty of nudibranchs, more cuckoo wrasse, Pollock, plumose anemones and a particularly large lobster spotted by Kay who moved swiftly back into his hiding place to avoid the pot!
Following a steam back to the Harris shoreline we enjoyed a very pleasant third dive around a rocky reef at Scoravick. Bethan was about to give my dive leading the thumbs down, since the first part of this dive was shallow and kelpie, but luck was on our side and about half way through the dive I came across a pretty wall dropping down to around 19m so smiles all round amongst more plumose anemones, shoals of small fish and more photo opportunities for Kay!

Our final day dawned warm, sunny and flat calm so we could hardly wait to get in the water though it was a fair steam south to the large and impressive wreck of the ‘S.S. Stassa’, a Panamanian vessel which struck the rocks on a clear, calm day in July 1966 – seems they were missing a lookout somewhere!
She is intact and lies on her starboard side and makes a stunning dive! There were large winches still located on deck with some teak decking still in place towards the stern. She had a cargo of timber, though apart from some lying alongside, we didn’t see much in the open holds we had a look in. This was, however, really atmospheric, and would warrant further exploration.
We then steamed back to visit Sgeir Graidaigh reef again in the middle of the Minch, having to take care to avoid being sunburnt on this glorious summer’s day! Kay led us around on the second visit to this isolated reef which was as beautiful as our first visit in equally good vis! More pretty cuckoo wrasse, sea urchin bashing for their benefit (and for our photographer!!), jewel anemones, Pollock, plumose anemones, nudibranchs etc., etc.!
More Pollock then jumped on board via the fishing rods, Jan and Jenny did more skilful gutting and fileting, Phil cooked these in the galley & we all enjoyed a five star fresh fish feast prior to our final dive back near Scalpay again, Bethan leading us along a wall with loads of life to enjoy (including humping crabs which we decided to leave well alone!) and more photo opportunities which Kay made the most of.
Then, just after we’d got on board and dropped off our tanks & weights, Jan suddenly appeared with a couple of bottles of Asti Spumante and cups for all to thank us for joining the Rebels!

The holiday was rounded off with us and the Rebels enjoying a lively farewell dinner at the Hebrides Hotel followed by some excellent shots of Mat’s Lagavulin whisky as night caps!

Many thanks are due to Jan Love for organising the trip and enabling us to join the Rebels for one of their main dive trips for this year.
Cheers to Jan, Phil, Jenny, Howie, Richard, Matt, Nick and Jane (and to Kay for kindly supplying the pictures).

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Many thanks to Steve, Bethan and Kay for the contribution (ed)