by Ken, Chris, Elaine, Alan, Colin and Grant
As this was such a group effort for all involved, rather than telling the story myself I decided to ask some of the folks on the weekend for their contribution. The result may be quite long but stay with it as it really is a snapshot of what people got out of the trip. All told it was a great trip and I'd just like to thank all those who took part for making it worthwhile.
Next time I might edit it a bit but on this occasion its live and unadulterated.
Day 1 - Ken - Assistant Dive Manager for Saturday
After arriving on the pier early to secure the best parking spots (and being the first group on the pier for 2 hours), we kitted up and boarded Spike for a dive at the Fleur De Lys. With the sun out today, those of us in semi-dry and wetsuits didn’t suffer from the cold quite so much.
The Fleur De Lys is fairly broken up at a depth of around 13-14m and gave the chance to get some distance line practice in. Some chose to exit following the shot line at the wreck and a few of us moved away and explored the surrounding seabed exiting on a DSMB.
For the second day running we had the boat to ourselves for the day, so after a quick return to the pier for air fills we set off around the bay to do a drift dive called ‘The Lighthouse’. At a depth of between 10-14m (although the skipper mention mid-twenties which were not to be found this time) we all descended and drifted for around a mile exploring the rocky ledges. Several people sighted crabs, lobster and Ken found a golf ball. Most importantly Victor reached his hundredth dive.
After de-kitting and finally getting warm again, the weekend was finished off with fish and chips!
Elaine and Alan - 1st Bermondsey Dive and 1st UK Sea Dive
Hope to see you there on our next dive together!
Colin - 1st Sea Dive