UK Scuba Season Round Up 1!

Diving this year has so far been a mixed bag! From zero visibility to 10 metres or more, from perfectly long slacks to a non stop current throughout. You get the picture, it’s been a bit unknown, and this is why I’m posting this post now as once again the shuttle boats have been cancelled because of high winds! One of the big problems with any adventure sport in the UK is the weather, it is always a major player in any decision to partake in outdoor sports.

So far the lows have been a slow start to the season, with multiple sea trips cancelled and instead diving various inland quarries.

One of the first sea dives that actually went to plan was on the Aeolian Sky, which was horrific, dropped in at the wrong time and fighting current, Narcosis and zero visibility. Not a great start…

One of the first sea dives that actually went to plan was on the Aeolian Sky, which was horrific, dropped in at the wrong time and fighting current, Narcosis and zero visibility. Not a great start…

However only a week or two after I did a shallow dive at Kingsmere Rocks out of Littlehampton, and although the plankton was well and truly still in bloom, it was starting to clear! This

was a great rummage dive, using the limited visibility to find lots of life and sponges on the sea bed. We also found some black bream eggs, which was one of the main objectives of the dive.

This was a marine conservation zone due to this being the breeding grounds. On the surface you could see an invisible line, where all the fishing boats were on one side and us on the other. It just shows that little changes like this can help improve the life and future of these underwater areas.

I managed to dive a week later on the wreck of the Shirala, a midweek dive, this was a treat with 8-10 metres visibility. With boilers, triple expansion engine and plenty of steel lying around. On closer inspection I found some tiny purple nudibranch, the first I have ever found in the UK. There was loads of sponges and various anemones clinging to the wreck and shoals of fish everywhere you looked. All in all this was a cracking dive, one of those that remind you of why UK diving can be so good!

As the season continues, I’m sure this post will continue with it, here’s to good conditions in the coming months…

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