Meet: Between 11-12am
at Brighton Marina (click
here), I'll post here as soon as the final time is set
with the skipper..
Bring: Complete kit including weights, two
cylinders, reel & SMB, torches.
Boat: MV Ocean Fortune
Dives: Two drift dives, ca 11-14 meters
Parking: There is a free, multi-storey car
park in the marina.
The Ocean Soul is a 12 person dive
boat licenced to go out to 60 miles from safe harbour. She
carries O2, First Aid Kits and full safety kit. There is a
loo on board as well as a small galley for tea and coffee.
DLL has a few courses
going this weekend so they won't be renting out any tanks.
You'll need two tanks for each day's diving, if you haven't
got that let me know as I'm arranging something with a local
dive shop. However, I need to know as soon as poss to make
the arrangements. Additionally a Reel & SMB are advisable,
certainly one in each buddy pair so that the boat knows where
to pick you up from. A knife is good here as some of the wrecks
are covered in fishing nets. Finally, my experience has been
that a torch is good to have for poking around under rocks
and stuff. Have a talk with DLL and they can advise you on
what's suitable for you.
We are planning
two relatively shallow drift dives each day (11-14m); I’ve
dived at least one of the drifts before and it was very pleasant.
As its shallow there is good light down there and the limestone
bottom makes for decent viz even if you’re diving right
behind Phil “Klunk” Sinclair. My log book indicates
that the dive was “sensational”, a ridge of limestone
between two sandy plains with many nooks and crannies to explore.
There were cuttlefish, pipefish, bib, mackerel, pollack, poor
cod, blennies, coral worms, fan worms, Dead Man’s Fingers
(orange and white), boring sponges, sea oranges, lace sponges
and the daddy of all lobsters down there.
I have called the Brighton
Dive Co and they can hire tanks out at STG8.50 a pop.
They know we are coming, please call them and make whatever
arrangements you need for your tanks and fills, and don’t
forget to sweeten Mark up some as he isn’t actually
planning on coming in on Sunday at all, yet…. Don’t
forget, you are responsible for bringing and sorting all your
own kit, including weights, tanks, fills, torches, reels,
SMBs, lift bags and dynamite.
Staying In Brighton
For those of us diving both days, Pants
has floated the idea of getting a cheap B&B down in Brighton
and stopping out there for the evening, rather than returning
to London. It seems like a sound idea, here is a link to some
decent looking hostelries: HERE
Let’s keep in touch by phone and
email so we know who is staying where and can, if possible
all stay in the same place.
One final thing, Sally isn’t sure
whether she wants to take part in this, her last local dive
opp before she leaves for sunny Cambridge, so please don’t
lets all send her an e-mail about how she must come on this
trip, its only one day, she’s going to be in London
on Sunday night anyway, and that her professional nurturing
reserves will be much in demand, who won’t have a chance
to dive if Sal decides to look out only for herself. Tsk.
I have Sally's addy, just in case you
aren't going to send her an e-mail.