Back upstairs, the enclosed walkway from bow to stern has a wire to hang your dry suit on between dives as well as cubby holes for your flipflops and bits. Then you carry on to the service area with the tumble-dryer and access to the other shower room, a hatchway to the engine-room (No Entry), door way to the wheelhouse and the kitchen/dining room at the stern.
We were met by Hazel (Skipper), Dug (the dog), Rob (boat boy) and the rest of the team who had come up earlier.
The diving for the week was brilliant, all on twin 12's except for 4 on Inspiration rebreathers which meant we all had some bottom time on even the deeper wrecks. I know some of the club still talk about doing 50m dives on a 3lt Pony and still doing 20 minutes of deco but I took all the gas I could.
The one day we thought we'd lose actually was really good and although a bit lumpy coming back onto the boat was all good. By the end of the week Rob was getting sick of asking me how the dive was as I loved every single one.
One of the reasons for this was that Hazel made her dive briefs so detailed and clear that I knew what i was seeing when I went down. Despite being here and doing some of the same dives as last year I saw things that I just didn't realise this time. I found the Armoured Control on ever boat that had one, we saw the guns, the swim throughs, did the penetration, got in, on and around all the wrecks in a way that I totally missed last year. I know that some of it was down to having longer bottom times but mainly it was down to know where to go, what to look for and what things would look like when I got there.
The other big plus about the trip was the food! Helen runs the galley and going hungry is just not going to happen on this boat, Lunch is always enormous, Dinner simply massive! Everything is freshly prepared and just superb. There was one diver who didn't eat meat and his food looked as good as ours and sometimes better! As one person mentioned it was like going on an eating holiday interspersed with a bit of diving!
All in all this has to be one of the best trips I've been on and I cannot wait to see what next year is like. I'm also going to keep my eye open for any slots that become available as I can't wait to come back.