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DIVES

2017 DIVING

 

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12th March  10am - Boat De-Winterising.  
           Organiser: Bob T (standing in for John)
           Open to all
 
2nd April 9am – Wraysbury
           Organiser:  Emily M 
           Shake Down Dive
 
29th April– 1st May - White Trash Tour.  
           Organiser: Emily F
           Open to all
 
20th May- 21st May – Weymouth Rib Weekend.  
           Organiser: Bob T
           Open to all – particularly trainees
 
14th June – 18th June – Plymouth trip.  
           Organiser:  Peter T 
           Open to all
 
2nd July – 7th July – Normandy trip.  
           Organiser:  Nigel
           Trip full
 
28th July – 12.30pm Salsette Hardboat trip.  
           Organiser:  Bob T
           Couple of places available.  Only open to Dive Leaders and above due to depth
 
16th/17th September (unconfirmed)  Weymouth Rib weekend
           Organiser: Bob T
           Will run if enough interest
 
28th September – 2nd October - Farnes
           Organiser: Gail
           Open to all
 

2016 DIVING

Details for trips in 2016:
Below is a summary of the long weekend or longer trips currently planned for this year. Please look out for emails coming through with more information about the individual trips, or email the committee if there are any trips listed which you would like to sign up for.

MAY:
White Trash tour (Weymouth):
Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May (BH). Trip organiser Em Fowler.

  • RIB trips and shallow diving, so open to all grades of diver. This is the first bank holiday weekend in May and is slap bang on neaps. It will probably be the first open water dives of the year for the majority of the club, so nice easy diving. I'll sort some decent accommodation in Weymouth again.
  • A £60 deposit to the club account and an email to Em and Nigel will secure your place.

JUNE:
Plymouth:
Wednesday 08 - Sunday 12 June. Trip organised by Em Fowler.

  • RIB diving - sport diver or above as the diving will be in the deeper ranges. It is bang on neaps and sunshine is guaranteed all week
  • Accommodation at the Mountbatten hotel.
  • Meet at noon on Wednesday, launch the boats and get wet.
  • A £100 deposit to the club account and an email to Em and Nigel will secure your place.

JULY:
02-09 July (not school holidays!): Croatia organised by Em Fowler

As this is a new dive site for us, here are details of some of the diving on offer:
Over the course of a week, it is possible to dive Istria’s ten best wrecks, but some of the larger vessels are definitely worth visiting twice. Most are from the two world wars, are within an hour’s boat ride from port, lie in depths accessible by most reasonably experienced divers and enjoy pretty good visibility.
 
Varese
A merchant ship that sank in 1915 and now lies at a depth of 33–41m. Standing 8m proud of the sea bed, it offers plenty of opportunities to penetrate the holds. The emergency steering mechanism is still clearly visible at the stern.
 
Luana
A 110m-long Italian cargo vessel that sank in a storm in 1974, it now lies in a depth of 48m. It is relatively intact, with the ship’s wheel still in place above the clearly identifiable rudder and propeller.
 
Josephina
A merchant ship that sank in 1915 after hitting a mine. It now sits at a depth of 41m and rises to 8m from the sea bed. It is more broken up than some of the other wrecks but is home to a wide variety of marine life, such as the bright red sponges that cover most of the superstructure.
 
Hans Schmidt

Also known as the Constantinos or Istra, depending on who you are talking to. Due to the confusion over the vessel’s name, details of how she sank are still vague, but the odds are that she fell foul of a mine. At 100m in length and standing 11m proud of the sea bed, this steam-powered, armed cargo vessel lies virtually upright at a depth of 28–42m. It makes a great dive, with easy access to the holds, where various ammunition and engine controls can be seen.
 
Giuseppe Dezza
This 73m-long Italian torpedo boat fell into German hands and was renamed TA21 (or TA35, depending on whose report you read) before sinking in 1944. According to some reports, she was sunk by a British aerial torpedo, which penetrated the ammunition locker and caused a massive explosion. The boat broke in two and the explosion blew the bow section 80m to the north. Today, the wreck lies at a depth of 30–60m, with deck armaments still in place.
 
Flamingo
This Austro-Hungarian torpedo boat sank in 1914 and now provides one of the more colourful wrecks in Istria. It sits at 46m, rising some 5m from the sea bed, and is festooned with bright sponges and tube worms. Check the nooks for lobsters – there are plenty on this wreck.
 
Baron Gautsch
The most impressive of all the wrecks is this 85m-long Austro-Hungarian passenger ship, known locally as the ‘Little Titanic of the Adriatic’. She struck a mine in August 1914, killing 240 passengers, and now lies upright in a depth of 28–42m. There are plenty of places through which to enter the ship, with open portholes, baths, sinks, and urinals all easy to identify among the silt.
 
HMS Coriolanus
A British minesweeper that struck a mine in May 1945. This 50m-long vessel lies at a depth of 17–30m, with a variety of munitions still on board. It’s a great wreck to explore inside, as many artefacts such as baths, toilets, tables and gas masks are still in place.
 
John Gilmore
This is not the true name of the wreck, but the only clue to its identity is the name of the maker’s shipyard, engraved on a brass plaque, which was adopted by local divers. As with the Hans Schmidt, she probably struck a mine. The wreck is 65m long and lies virtually upright at a depth of 36–43m.
 
Cesare Rossarol
An Italian armed supply ship from the Second World War that sank in October 1945 after hitting a mine. Listing slightly to starboard, it now lies at a maximum depth of 48m. The forward gun is the most notable feature.
 
Flights are with EasyJet and are about 300 quid, with a hold bag.  Another 'sports bag' will add on an extra 60 notes.
 
SEPTEMBER
Farne Islands:
Friday 02 - Monday 05 Sep. Trip organized by Gail Henwick.
  • This is our annual pilgrimage to dive and play with the seals and is for dive-fit Ocean Divers (at organisers discretion) and above.
  • We use the excellent accommodation and hard boat charter run by Lee Hall and Farne Diving Services. The comfortable ensuite accommodation is in Beadnell (£25pppn) and Ruth & Lee's classic English breakfast is served in the main house across the road.
  • The Farne Diver boats can each carry up to 12 divers and have a stern-mounted diver lift. Dives cost £35 pppday (2 dives a day).
  • There are 6 dive spaces available. However, if you want to bring the family, this can also be arranged, but please let me know asap as I will need to book accommodation. Northumberland can offer beautiful beaches and scenery, fantastic castles and plenty to do and see.
  • If you would like to join this trip, please contact Gail and then a £70 deposit (and an email confirmation of payment to Gail and Nigel) will secure your place.

 

2015 DIVING

Details for trips in 2015:
Below is a summary of the trips currently planned for this year. Please look out for emails coming through with more information about the individual trips, or email the committee if there are any trips listed which you would like to sign up for.

MAY:
White Trash tour (Weymouth):
Saturday 23 May – Monday 25th May. Trip organised by Em Fowler.

  • RIB trips and shallow diving, so open to all grades of diver. This is the second bank holiday weekend in May and is slap bang on neaps. There will be space for 14 divers if we take both boats. It will probably be the first open water dives of the year for the majority of the club, so nice easy diving. I'll sort some decent accommodation in Weymouth again.
  • A £50 deposit to the club account and an email to Em and Nigel will secure your place.

JUNE:
Plymouth:
Wednesday 24th June – Sunday 28th June. Trip organised by Peter Twigg.

  • RIB diving - sport diver or above as the diving will be in the deeper ranges. This weekend is bang on neaps and sunshine is guaranteed all week
  • Accommodation at the Mountbatten hotel.
  • There is currently only one space left on this trip, so please let Pete know if you would like to join
  • A £100 deposit to the club account and an email to Peter and Nigel will secure your place.

AUGUST
Farne Islands:
(21-24 August). Trip organized by Gail Henwick.

  • This is our annual pilgrimage to dive and play with the seals and is for dive-fit Ocean Divers (at organisers discretion) and above.
  • We use the excellent accommodation and hard boat charter run by Lee Hall and Farne Diving Services. The comfortable ensuite accommodation is in Beadnell (£25pppn) and Ruth & Lee's classic English breakfast is served in the main house across the road.
  • The Farne Diver boats can each carry up to 12 divers and have a stern-mounted diver lift. Dives cost £35 pppday (2 dives a day).
  • There are 12 dive spaces available. However, if you want to bring the family, this can also be arranged, but please let me know asap as I will need to book accommodation. Northumberland can offer beautiful beaches and scenery, fantastic castles and plenty to do and see.
  • If you would like to join this trip, please contact Gail and then a £70 deposit (and an email confirmation of payment to Gail and Nigel) will secure your place.

OCTOBER:
Truk Lagoon:
3 – 11 October 2015. Trip organised by Pete Twigg

  • The Sunrise package, 7 nights, 7 days diving, food and soft drinks, transfers and up to 5 dives a day costs c £1250 (at June 2014 rates)
  • Flights from Heathrow to Manilla, hotel, then to Guam, then to Chuuk cost £1350 at 2014 rates.
  • You will need two weeks off work, the week we have provisionally is 3rd to 11th October 2015 but we will obviously need to allow travelling time.
  • £300 deposit to secure a place & contact Pete if you are interested (nearly full)

 

2014 DIVING

The plan for club diving in 2014:

  • To run at least one club trip per month in the diving season
  • To use the club RIBs for additional ad hoc and local trips
  • To top the total number of dives for the club achieved in 2013; ideally, would like to see 1,000 dives completed through the club.


Details for suggested trips in 2014:
Below is a summary of the trips currently planned for this year. Please look out for emails coming through with more information about the individual trips, or email the committee if there are any trips listed which you would like to sign up for.

MARCH:
Lanzarote:
Great location for diving with angel sharks. Trip being organised by Pete T.

  • Pete has found an all-inclusive deal at £456 which has great reviews. This covers flights, transfers, hotel with all food and local drinks included. Dates: 23rd to 30th March
  • Dives work out at about £30 each for shore based dives with transport to sites and full equipment hire.
  • The outgoing flight is at 10am. Temperatures should be in the mid to high 20's.
  • The hotel has its own water park. Search "Lanzazur splash resort Lanzarote"
  • Three people expressed interest in this trip at the meeting. Please let Pete know if you would like to go.


APRIL:
Red Sea (Egypt):
Great time of year to go, but recent review of prices showed that cost of flights have shot up, so rule this out for April
Gozo: Good, fairly easy diving – most of which can be done from the shore. Downside is that sea isn’t that warm at this time of year. Trip being organised by Pete Twigg.

  • Would be looking at around £350 per person for a week plus flights


MAY:
White Trash tour (Weymouth):
3rd – 5th May. Trip organised by Em Fowler.

  • RIB trips and shallow diving, so open to all grades of diver
  • Accommodation will NOT be in Basil Towers this year!
  • N.B. This trip is currently full, but please let Em know if you would like to go on the waitlist


JUNE:
Plymouth:
4th – 8th June. Trip organised by Em Fowler.

  • RIB diving. Can do shallow or deeper diving, so open to all levels
  • Accommodation at the Mountbatten hotel.
  • There are currently two places left on this trip, so please let Em know if you would like to join


JULY:
Brighton:
Weekend trip. Date to be confirmed but probably 19th and 20th July. Trip organised by Pete T

  • RIB diving.
  • Diving will be 30 mtrs plus, so open to Sports Diver levels and above.


AUGUST:
Farnes:
29th August – 1st September. Trip organised by Gail Henwick.

  • Shallow diving from hard boat. Great place to dive with seals
  • Currently full, so please let Gail know if you would like to put your name of the waiting list.


SEPTEMBER:
Scapa Flow:
Trip organised by Pete T. Best wreck diving in the UK.

  • Depths are up to 42 mtrs, so open to Sports Diver plus
  • Last week of September reserved (w/c 22nd). Diving with the Diving Cellar the package will include 6 days diving from the John L, accommodation and use of the minibus whilst on the island
  • £400 per person for the week, all in – plus the cost of flights up to the Orkneys
  • Provisional booking for up to 12 divers
  • 7 people have expressed interest in this trip so far; let Pete know if you would like to be on the list


NOVEMBER:
Red Sea:
Looking at southern Red Sea live aboard. More details to follow. Trip being organised by Pete T.

  • Expected cost would be around £1,000 per person for a week

 

2013 DIVING

Sat 27th or Sun 28th July (or both) - Brighton / Newhaven:
Does anyone fancy going for a cheeky dive or two... on either Sat 27th or Sun 28th July (or both)?

I haven't thought any further than that, so let me know if you're up for it and I'll tailor it to whoever is interested.

I'm thinking Brighton / Newhaven - not too far to travel. Contact Chairman Em if you are interested.


 

5-6 August, Swanage hard boat wreck diving 

The diving will be for very experienced Sport Divers and above. We will be using Swanage Boat Charters and diving a few wrecks.

Monday: Baron Garriock
Max Depth - 38m
Tonnage - 1831
Length - 265'
Date sunk - 28 Oct 1917 (Doris was there at the launch of this wreck so he has very fond memories of this ship)

Tuesday: Kyarra, Aeolian Sky or maybe something else depending on numbers

Costs: The first dive each day will be approx £26.00 per diver and if we do a second costs are usually about £20.00 per diver. (The second is normally a drift dive due to tide times)

If you are interested and fancy an away day from work please let me know. I will sort accommodation once I know numbers but I guarantee something better than Emily’s Basil Towers.

Contact Tim Collier 07973 636598.


16 - 18 August: Brighton wreck diving long weekend
Anyone up for a long weekend diving out of Brighton?  Loads of wrecks to choose from and it's slap bang on neaps!

I'll organise something for Fri, Sat & Sun, but if you just want to come for just Sat & Sun then that's fine too.  Open to dived up Ocean Divers and above.  We'll take one or two RIBs depending on numbers.  Again, I'll work something around people's qualification levels, experience and dive fitness.

I'll book the Travelodge in Brighton which is about £80 per room, so £40 each per night.  Guaranteed decent en-suite showers, unlike ropey B&Bs.  We'll launch out of Newhaven.

Let Chairman Em know if you want to come along.   


Weymouth: 4-6 May (Bank Holiday weekend) - 2 SPACES
Em's Escapades brings you the annual Weymouth White Trash Tour

This is for Ocean Divers and above and we'll be taking both club RIBs. Basil Towers has been booked (by popular demand), £35 per person, per night.
As it will probably be everyone's first open water dives of the season, it'll be nice easy diving. The crew so far: Em, Catherine, Phil B, Doris, Emily M, Bob, Gail and Des, Matts & Adrian. Only 2 spaces left so please let Em know if you're interested!
                                                                                                                                                                               

Normandy: 20-24 May (1 space)
Hard boat dive - departing from Brighton. Contact Tim Collier if you would like to go.

                                                                                                                                                                                 

Plymouth: 19-23 June (1 space)
This is for Ocean Divers and above and we'll be using both club RIBs. The Hotel Mount Batten has been booked at £65 per room, per night.
A cracking variety of diving and very popular.
The crew so far: Em, Catherine, Bob, Andy C, Phil B, Matts, Emily M, Doris, Des, Soapy & Soapette.
Please let Em know if you would like to go.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                

Farne Islands: Thu 12 Sep - Mon 16 Sep (1 dive space available)
This is our annual September pilgrimage to dive and play with the seals and is for dive-fit Ocean Divers (at organisers discretion) and above. We use the excellent accommodation and hard boat charter run by Lee Hall and Farne Diving Services. The comfortable ensuite accommodation is in Beadnell (£25pppn) and  Ruth & Lee's classic English breakfast is served in the main house across the road.
The Farne Diver boats can each carry up to 12 divers and have a stern-mounted diver lift. Dives cost £35 pppday (2 dives a day).
There are 4 dive spaces available. However, if you want to bring the family, this can also be arranged, but please let me know asap as I will need to book accommodation. Northumberland can offer beautiful beaches and scenery, fantastic castles and plenty to do and see.
If you would like to join this trip, please contact Gail and then a £70 deposit will secure your place. 

                                                                                                                                                                                

Port de Bormes (South of France): Sun 29 Sept - Fri 4 Oct

We plan to arrive on Saturday 28th September and travel home on Saturday 5th October.

Port de Bormes lies about 1/2 hour East of Toulon and the diving is fantastic. This will be hardboat diving with Christian and Mirko (who both speak excellent English). Planned dives will depend on the final crew for this trip, but for further information, and to whet your appetite, see: http://www.bormesplongee.fr/#

£50 deposit required to confirm your space. For further details - contact Nigel Kermode.  

                                                                                                                                                                                

Other dives have been suggested for 2013 but dates and details still need to be confirmed. They include diving out of:
Swanage / Chairman Em
Kimmeridge / Des the DO
Newhaven / Catherine
Skomer / Bob
Bracklesham
Brighton
If you would like to help make any of these dives happen or have something else in mind, contact the committee!

                                                                                                                                                                               

The Basil, Littlehampton, brought to you by Paul Matts (weather permitting!)
 

 

This dive was blown out last year (and the year before), so we have some unfinished business with this superb wreck. The 3225 ton, 338ft-long Basil was built in Belfast in 1895 and was requisitioned late in World War One to carry troops, horses and feed, and munitions across the Channel to the Western Front. She sank after a disastrous collision with the French steamer Margaux on 11 November, 1917, complete with a full cargo of artillery shells - most of which are still on-board. The wreck has split open at several points revealing an awe-inspiring array of racked ordnance. For more details, see the excellent wreck guide by John Liddiard here.

Once again, this is a dive for the dived-up as the platform for the 4.7in deck gun is the shallowest point of the wreck at 32m, the seabed coming up at 40m+. We plan to use a Club RIB for this dive, launching out of Littlehampton.

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