Sun and Fog in Eyemouth

The second Trip of the year went ahead with the club visiting Eyemouth at the weekend. I say the second, but as the first was blown out, this would be the first time we were getting into the sea. It was the usual hectic Friday rush to pack our kit and hope the curse didn’t come true, well it was the 13th after all. Our luck held good and everyone who was going up that evening made it OK. David arrived a little earlier and managed to sort out a table at the local Indian where the boys from year 9 served the food. Our accommodation was with The Home Arms and the room keys had been collected for us so after a meal and a couple of beers we bedded down hoping for a beautiful day to dive.

The diving gods granted us the weather and as we were on the second boat we had a lay-in and then got to have a look around the harbour as well. The kit went in the van and off we went to board at the very civilised time of 13.00 for ropes off at 13.30. The weather was gorgeous and the sea flat calm. Graham our skipper put us in at the swim through onto Black Carrs. The visibility was, I would say, 5 to 6 meters. With a sea temperature of 6 to 7 degrees, the life was mostly lobster and crab but Nudibranch and Sea Hares were about and some fish. Liz reports seeing four fish. Although two were sleeping 😂 It is still very early in the season and I always like to see the difference in the life in the water for our first to our second visit in the year.

Back on the boat after a 45-minute dive and it’s nice to be able to have a hot drink again now Covid isn’t as bad as it has been. The shortbread was handed around by Charlotte as well. It’s always a good feeling to get that first sea dive of the year under your belt. Our skipper moved us on to Thrummy Carr for the second dive. The cliffs on the way up are alive with gulls, that is apart from the ones Keith and Amanda keep on their roof. I’ve always thought that it is very nice of them to give the gulls a home.

The second dive was as good as the first with plenty of things to see just get your torch under the crevices and it’s there but I didn’t see any wolf fish this trip. Tom got a nice pic of a small octopus. Back to port and a bit of a race to get showered and ready for the evening meal. We had a table booked at Oblo’s for seven but managed to get there early enough for a pre-meal pint they have a decent selection of food and it seemed to amuse Amanda that I was having sausage in cider ( can’t think why). It was a lovely meal enjoyed by everyone I think. We decided to move on to the Contented Sole for another beer and Liz was really happy that the Eurovision Song Contest was on (for some reason we always end up in Eyemouth when it’s on that could be something to do with Liz doing the dive calendar). I suffered for an hour but when Keith decided to turn into a glam rocker that was it, I went back to the hotel. However, it seems we won apart for a sympathy vote for Ukraine. (No surprise there).

Our second day of diving didn’t turn out as we hoped we were to be on the first boat out with ropes off at 8.30. However, when we got up sea fog had descended. Like good soldiers we got the van loaded and went to the boat and loaded our kit got our suits on and even cast off but it wasn’t too be because as we left the harbour the skipper realised that the fog was still coming in and decided to call the dive. So it was back to the harbour to unload and have the cooked breakfast that we missed.

I hope that all the divers enjoyed the weekend. I know that I did and it was nice to meet a new friend Steve Hayes. Welcome to the club! Many thanks to our skipper and his very helpful assistant. Then, with a lot of goodbyes and the long drive home, it was time to wash off the kit before Countryfile.

9th – 10th July South Shields Weekend Trip

Howay, man! We’re gannin doon the Tyne

A weekend of recreational depth wreck diving off the mouth of the Tyne aboard Allan Lopez’s Spellbinder II. As a bonus Allan usually puts on a cooked lunch each day. This dive location is so close we only need accommodation for the Saturday night, which is at the Premier Inn in South Shields.

Trip Sec: Andrew Lamb

Cost: £120

Opening: 28/04/22

Post expires at 12:00pm on Saturday 9th July 2022

10th – 11th September Eyemouth Weekend Trip

Totally Tropical St Abbs

Another chance to see the delights of the St Abbs Marine Reserve with hopefully some of the warmest water temperatures of the year. We will be diving around the reserve from Wavedancer which has a heated cabin and a flying bridge. Accommodation will be two nights at The Ship in Eyemouth.

Trip Sec: Amanda Taylor

Cost: £150

Opening: 23/06/22

Post expires at 12:00pm on Saturday 10th September 2022

8th October Farnes Day Trip

One Day Farnes Autumn Trip.

Our final visit to Seahouses and the Farne Islands usually brings warmer sea temps and the best chance of encountering seals underwater. We will be diving with William Shiel on one of the Glad Tidings boats around the islands. There is no accommodation for this trip as it is only one day however some people may decide to book separately to extend their stay especially as this is the last UK trip.

Trip Sec: Steve Stapleton

Cost: £50

Opening: 28/07/22

Post expires at 12:00pm on Saturday 8th October 2022

30th Oct – 5th Nov Scapa Flow Trip

The club has booked a trip to Scapa Flow in October/November 2022.

We have chartered the purpose-built dive boat MV Huskyan with an arrival date of 30th October and a departure on 5th November with five days of diving between 31st October and 4th November.

Accommodation for the week will be in the self-catered Divers Lodge in the heart of Stromness and is included in the cost shown below.

The trip is now open.

The cost for diving and accommodation for this trip is £685.

If you are interested in this or need more information then please contact Keith at keith@diveclub.co.uk

Post expires at 1:00pm on Sunday 30th October 2022

Old School AGM

Thank you to all who attend the 2022 AGM. It was great to see you all “in person”.

  • The following nominees were elected on to this year’s committee:
    • Chairperson: Liz Saville
    • Finance Officer: Amanda Taylor
    • Social Secretary: Steve Stapleton
    • Dive Safety Officer: Keith Johnson
    • Membership & Recruitment Officer: Dan Atkinson
    • Club Secretary: Andrew Lamb

Just a reminder of the new meeting schedule:

  • Each Thursday in the calendar month:
    • 1st – An online meeting (Facebook Room)
    • 2nd – In person (At the shop followed by the pub)
    • 3rd – A social event (Keep an eye on Facebook)
    • 4th – An online meeting where we will confirm trip attendance
    • 5th – An online meeting (there are very few 5-week months)

For anyone who was unable to attend (or wants to see it again) the presentation is available here.

Firth of Forth – Four seasons in one weekend and a 4-0 England victory!!

Despite some divers choosing to completely ignore the extensive information pack issued prior to the trip (you know who you are Pablo), the whole team eventually all gathered in Eyemouth on Friday evening.

After grabbing something to eat the weekend began with a few (but not too many) drinks to start the weekend in good form.

Saturday morning dawned bright and despite at least one lightweight complaining of a hangover (you know who you are Liz) we managed to load the boat and (almost) achieve the 8am ropes off target for the sail to Bass Rock.

Not far out of the harbour and the fog descended but our intrepid skipper Graham battled through and after a couple of hours Bass Rock majestically appeared out of the gloom.

The first dive was on the north wall which certainly didn’t disappoint with lots of life and everyone had a super dive despite a bit of current running.

After a spectacular surface interval watching the stunning bird life and chomping on Jaffa Cakes and Hob-Nobs we headed back to Fast Castle for our second dive. Unfortunately, the conditions had deteriorated somewhat but after a long and very bumpy sail we still had time for the second dive which was enjoyed by all.

Once back and showered it was off to The Ship restaurant for a scrumptious meal for 12 (not 18!) and then round to the Cutty Sark beer garden to watch the end of the England v Ukraine match. Not sure everyone in the bar was as excited as we were though at the 4-0 result! Ah well there’s always Qatar for you to try again next time Scotland….

Thankfully day 2 started on a sunny note and we headed back into the marine reserve for two great dives on Black Carr and in Guillemot Bay. Loads of life and colour including curious guillemots diving and flying underwater around us.

All in all, an excellent weekend, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to Gary, Graham, Jade and Alex at DiveStay for looking after us.

Amanda

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Open Season

After a delayed start to the 2021 dive schedule we are now open for business and playing catch-up with the trip opening dates.

Whilst we are still unable to meet in person (and some folk aren’t keen on online meetings) we’ve put in place a temporary trip booking process. In the week running up to a trip opening, we would like you to email your interest to committee@diveclub.co.uk. On the trip opening date at the usual Thursday night Facebook Room meeting we will run a draw to pick the lucky divers.

Please note: you need to be a paid-up member and to have submit all membership forms to lodge your interest.

For those of you who missed the AGM, Dan Atkinson is our new membership secretary and you need to send your membership paperwork to him at dan@diveclub.co.uk. All documents can be found in the downloads section of the club website. Please remember to send proof of your third party liability insurance along with your forms.

Club fees can be paid by bank transfer (Some of you may still have credit in the account, so if you need to check this contact Amanda at amanda@diveclub.co.uk).

Due to uncertainties surrounding travel and accommodation, we may face more restrictions on forthcoming trips, so please be patient we will monitor the situation and keep you informed.