Trip Report

Swanage 2016

The Club went to Swanage last weekend for a bit of diving down on the south coast. We all arrived on the Friday evening, some earlier than others, where most of us met up in one of Swanage’s fine establishment’s to ‘understand the plan for Saturday’ – a good bit of welcome refreshment after braving the Friday traffic out of London…
The conditions on the Saturday could be best described as ‘variable’, it was wetter in the water than it was out –  not by a lot at times though. Nonetheless some good diving was had under the pier where quite a few critters were spotted including spider and edible crabs, blennies, cuttlefish, wrasse, anemones and a ray pup. The vis wasn’t great and did drop off a bit towards the end of the day however all in all fun was had and it was good to get into the water again.
After a spot of Italian on Saturday evening and a couple bevvies to wind down we were up again on Sunday and were greeted with a beautiful sunny day. The day started off with a drift dive over the Peveril ledges. Among other things some cat sharks were spotted as well spider crabs and a larger thornback ray. The second dive of the day was on the wreck of the Fleur de Lys where there were shoals of bib and the odd crab and wrasse – most of the life spotted was at the algae end of the spectrum though – the vis wasn’t great but a good dive nonetheless. Some good news from the trip, we’ve got 3 newly qualified Ocean divers so congratulations to Matt, Virginia and Dylan, well done!  Big thanks to Rosa, Michelle, Anne and Claus for their instructing over the weekend and a massive thank you to Rosa for an expertly well organised and smooth running trip!