Our 2014 dive calendar is rapidly filling up and you need to act fast if you want to book your space on some awesome trips. As well as the 1 day local trips, and the Shallow Intro weekends, we have now added Shetland Islands, Orkney, Porthkerris, Plymouth and West bay and there are still more trips to come!
Shetland Islands 24th June – 5th July 2014
Exceptional underwater visibility (around 15M -20M), BIG wrecks and awesome marine life makes Shetland perfect scuba diving country. Some of the most spectacular views in the islands are underwater – submerged cliffs, stacks and caves of long-drowned shorelines. In addition to the profusion of wrecks, the submerged scenery and wildlife are major attractions for divers and underwater photographers. Shetland’s profusion of underwater wildlife is astonishing – one of the richest marine environments around the British Isles.
Join us on Saturday, 28 June to Saturday, 5 July 2014 on-board one of the best liveaboards in the British Isles – M.V.Invincible. Invincible is over 25 metres long, licensed to carry 12 divers and 2 crew, she has an enormous open deck with gear benches running along either side of the boat and is fully equipped to provide air and Nitrox fills on-board between dives to 350 br. would expect to find on a flagship dive boat. This trip costs £545 it includes six days diving (Sunday to Friday), two dives each day, air fills, shared liveaboard accommodation in twin-bunk cabins (Invincible returns back to harbour each day after diving), cereals, toast and a Scottish fry-up for breakfast and homemade soup, snacks & cake served after the second dive each day. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are available throughout the day.
Orkney Expedition 5th – 12th July 2014
We’ll be diving the best of the legendary WW1 German High Seas Fleet and the fabulous Tabarka in Hoy Sound. If you’ve not dived the James Barrie in Hoxa Sound, that’s an exhilarating experience – but what about the other rarely visited wrecks scattered around the north isles? There’s the Endeavour, HMS Zarefah, Cotavia and Tomalina under Westray lighthouse . Experience awesome scenic and drift dives like the Old Man of Hoy, get up close with grey seals at Sanday, maybe catch a lobster or scallops for lunch and sample north isles hospitality, staying in a different harbour every night – just some of the highlights on this unique Orcadian dive adventure!
This trip cost £495, it’s a “deep” recreational week for 12 divers, over half the dives are in the 30M to 40M depth range. It includes 14 dives, over seven days, breakfast, lunch, air-fills and live-aboard accommodation in shared twin-berth bunk cabins.
Porthkerris, 3 day trip running Saturday 23, Sunday 24, Monday 25 August 2014 (it’s a neap weekend), with Porthkerris Divers – a brilliant, family run dive centre based on the Lizard Peninsula, in Cornwall. There’s also have an option to dive Friday 22, if you can escape from work Thursday evening (boat diving on Friday is based on a minimum of 6 signing-up for Friday). We’re booked on the Celtic Cat, a 45ft catamaran with double diver lift for all four days, 2 dives each day. Click on the following link to review an artical about Porthkerris Divers in Divernet
This is a wreck and reef recreational dive trip to a maximum depth of 40M. Most of the dives here are in the 20M to 30M range, they include the Mohegan, Carmarthen, Volnay, City of Gwent, Citrine, Hera, Veritas, the Manacles, Vase Reef, Lowland Point, Chynalis Point, we can also go scalloping in the Halford River and cook our catch on the beach. Basking sharks cruise within a hundred metres of the beach and a pod of dolphins make regular visits so you can never tell what might turn up, along with occasional seals looking for a “Playmate”.
This trip costs £297 for 3 days diving on Saturday 23, Sunday 24 & Monday 25, plus an extra £98 (so £395 in total), if you want to boat dive on Friday 22nd as well – 2 dives each day, lunch on-board the Celtic Cat (sandwiches, crisps, fruit, chocolate, tea & coffee included), FREE shore diving (usually an extra £5 per dive), FREE parking(usually an extra £2 per day), 3 (or 4) nights B&B accommodation at either the Five Pilchard’s or Gallen-Treath on Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24, plus Thursday 21 (if you’re boat diving on Friday 22), and fishing from the shore at Porthkerris (usually an extra £2 per day).
West Bay 20th – 21st September.
Lyme Bay offers easy access to some of the excellent wreck diving usually reached from Weymouth or Portland. This is a weekend trip on Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 September 2014 (it’s a neap tide weekend), two dives both days from the Ruby J, a 10.5m Vigilante 33 hard boat built in 2007 and skippered by Neil Birdsall aka ‘Slim’ of West Bay Diving based in the picturesque seaside town of West Bay. West Bay Diving is ideally positioned in the middle of Lyme Bay with access to over 60 wreck sites and many superb reefs with an abundance of diverse marine life.
This is a recreational wreck & reef trip in the 21M to 35M range for 12 divers. Weather permitting, the dive plan is Saturday the Moidart 27M to 33M, followed by the Baygitano 15M-21M. On Sunday, the Pomeranian 26m-33m, followed by a Scallop dive on Lyme Banks, circa 21m.
This trip costs £170, it includes two days hard boat diving with two dives each day, two nights accommodation on Friday, 19 & Saturday, 20 September 2014 and a cooked breakfast.
This is a 3 day weekend trip running Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday, 19 October 2014 with two dives each day from the fantastic hard boat SEEKER, with it’s large dive deck.
This is a recreational wreck, reef and wall trip in the 15M to 35M depth range for 12 divers. We have a plan (subject to the prevailing sea conditions on the day), on Friday we’re taking it relatively easy diving the James Eagan Layne and HMS Scylla, both wrecks are in the 11M to 24M depth range. On Saturday, the first dive is on the Maine 30M to 35M, an outstanding wreck followed by the Glen Strathallan, circa 16M – this is more of a bimble around her boiler (the only bit that’s left), and surrounding reef ledges where you’ll find conger, bib, wrasse, pollock and if you’ll lucky, octopus! OnSunday, Hand Deeps is a possibility – an awesome wall dive nine miles offshore with a staggering diversity of marine life, pick your own depth. The last dive of the weekend is the groups choice, maybe the Rosehill 29M or another dive on the JEL or Scylla.
We’re staying at the ever popular Mountbatten Watersports Centre, the south west’s premier waterside venue. This trip costs £292 (including 32% Nitrox fills from InDeep), or £277 (including air fills from InDeep). It also includes 3 days diving with 2 dives each day, 3 nights B&B accommodation at the Mountain Centre on Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday, 18 October, free on-site parking, gas fills for Saturday & Sunday and use of one of the Mountbatten’s large metal storage containers for your dive gear.