5m vis at Swanage

As we hoped, the vis held for the rest of the weekend. The pier vis did remain about 4-5 m and out on the Fleur it was similar.
All 3 boats were out over the holiday weekend and when I tied the bow shot line into the Kyarra on Monday, even on the LWS the conditions were very ‘diveable”.
Probably about 4-5m and not dark just the usual green if not a bit gloomy.
The divers who dived her on the Monday, were more than happy.

Fingers crossed for next weekend, we have accompanied dives on if anyone fancies a dive. We have bigger tides and a not so good fore cast! Oh well, I’ll put the kettle on.

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Vis at swanage

Well at long last, we had about 4/5 m vis today. Just in time to do an Open Water referral! Well done Paul, despite the chilly 10C under the pier.
The boats were very busy all day and the new Swanage Diver super-shuttle made its debut trip. Marine life is increasing too with cuttlefish,nudibranchs, corkwing and ballan wrasse  seen under the pier.
With the weather looking quite settled for the rest of the bank holiday there is hopefully some more good diving to be done.

May Bank holiday in Swanage Bay

With high hopes of some decent diving last weekend now that the weather has improved, unfortunately it was not to be! Not just yet anyway.
Last weekend we dived the Valentine tanks on the Saturday, only about 1m vis at best and dark by 14m. The wrecks further offshore were the same story.
Apparently there is a bit more vis now but it is still very dark.
The pier vis is still poor but looking at the weather I hope it might clear up a bit before the weekend.
I’ve a rebreather dive to do tomorrow so it looks like Vobster for me Friday.
I’ll be on the pier over the weekend if anyone is about.

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PADI training.. At last

We finally actually started doing some PADI training last weekend…albeit in the pool! The sea Discover Scuba was shelved when the big brave scuba instructor was afraid of the cold water!
Anyway Ali had a great time in the pool and is now all set to start her Open Water course ASAP.
(It’s ok, I’ll be brave by then).
Westerly winds are forecast all week so we are hoping there will be vis around the pier by the weekend and hopefully off shore as well.
Fingers crossed!
Mike

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Swanage Pier versus The Sea

So far I think the sea seems to be winning and consequently we seem to have lost some of the office!

IMG_0846As you can see from the photo, the winter storms have taken their toll on the South side of the pier. There has been further damage further along at the end as well, so the end part of the pier is now closed to strollers but fortunately the lower boat deck landing stage is still open and accessible so as the Easterlies and North Easterlies give up divers will still be able to get out on the boats. If you have booked any dives though, check with your boat skippers because they will all get out if humanly possible. The pier itself should still be ok to dive, maybe be aware that there will be some new bits laying around on the sea bed.

Divers Down are still planning to be open over Easter and even if we can’t get out to dive no doubt we will be busy starting off the new season.

Fingers crossed that the weather improves soon and I’ll see some of you on the pier soon.

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Mike.

P.S. Nice vis!!

Vobster Friday 8th March

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Chris and I braved Vobster last Friday, obviously still pretty chilly but at least the vis was a bit better.

As we descended to about 6m to do our bubble checks I managed to resist the temptation to pull my dry glove off its sealing ring in order to have freezing cold water flood the glove and also allow water inside the dry suit via the woollen glove under the suit seal.
Unfortunately the overwhelming desire to carry out this manoeuvre seemed to get the better of Chris and although her rebreather seemed to be bubble less, I did notice the odd bubble from her gloves as she tried even harder to pull it off! My half hearted attempt to re seal the glove was a complete waste of time and Chris was well ahead of me as she pulled her woollen gloves off allowing the cuff seal to do its job and prevent the icy water from shooting up her left arm.
Being the well prepared diver she is, she cooly took a spare wet suit glove out of her thigh cargo pocket and replaced the dry glove! I did see what looked like a small whimper but apart from that, off we went to take some fish photos.
If that had been me, I would have been back at the burger van before my hand got wet!

The rest of the dive was pretty uneventful and after about an hour we were back out drinking hot coffee.

Chris reckons on balance the dry glove was best but any glove must be better than none!

Chesil Cove

Fell for it yet again! ‘
There might be vis at Chesil’
the text message said. In retrospect maybe the comment of
‘You can see pebbles and everything’ should have warned me of the impending doom!
I wouldn’t say it was the worse vis I have ever had at Chesil in about 35 years of diving but I certainly don’t remember it ever being that bad!
I’m not saying it was bad but I couldn’t see my hands let alone my fins.
By the time we got to about 10m on the sand, the vis managed to deteriorate even more. Fortunately having my trusty compass we managed to find the before mentioned pebbles having followed Chris half way to the ‘Bill’. Apparently she thought I was going in that direction and she was following me.
Oh yes, and it was only 7C.
All in all a good time was had by all…….by anyone who stayed home on Friday. Maybe next time……

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Advanced open water

Looks like I will have to brave the cold again next week at Vobster. I have an advanced course to do, final dates to be sorted but it looks like being towards the end of the week into the weekend possibly.
Any takers? Dry suits only I’m afraid, I can’t even bear to look at a student in a wet suit!
Mike

London Diving Chamber

I spent the day at the London Diving chamber on Friday! Fortunately I wasn’t there as a patient, just doing their chamber awareness course as part of my HSE part 4 course. Something to keep me busy through the winter.
The day started with a dry dive to 40m. (Now I know what a cylinder feels like when it’s bring filled!) Following our 40 minute dive we had a tour of the facility, which included the compressor and gas rooms.
Before being let loose to actually operate the chamber, we had short lectures on decompression theory, different types of bend treatments and the treatment tables used.
Whilst all this was going on, Bill and Ian our instructors were also using the chamber to carry out real treatments for patients attending the hospital. None of these were divers fortunately. The chamber is used for a lot of other treatments such as burns, infections and post radiation therapies.
All in all it was a very interesting day!
Many thanks to Ian and Bill.