Written by Elizabeth Elliott.
It seems the phrase ‘third time lucky’ stands for the Pembrokeshire trip. On Thursday evening 12 people travelled to dive the area around Milford Haven from the hard boat Eve Ann.
The trip was filled – many firsts and lasts. Pauline’s last dive to qualify as an Ocean Diver (congratulations!), Jun-Ho and Jane’s last Dive Leader lecture (thanks to Jack for fitting it in over some beers), my last Dive Leader dives signed off, and hopefully not last time time we’ll have such glorious weather in Pembrokeshire!
Firsts included Pauline’s first qualified dive and also the probably the first time anyone has seen an octopus on so early in their diving career (this was swiftly rectified by her following dive on the HMS Muddy-Bottom)! For Vikki, Jack and myself, it was our first trip with HSAC and we look forward to many more brilliant trips.
The first day of diving on Friday consisted of two wall dives at High Point and Low Point which had some nice squishies and was a good opportunity for everyone to get back into the swing of diving at the start of the season.
The dives on the second day were at Stack Rocks (which look like a camel but actually had countless dogfish) and Skomer Island. Skomer Island had entertainment both above- and under-water with ever-adorable seals and flocks of puffins.
The third day was dedicated to wrecks, to the excitement of all the rust-heads. The Dakotian was a WWII transport ship carrying mines which ironically hit a mine and the Behar was a WWII cable laying ship. They were both very large and interesting wrecks with unique features and were a nice contrast to the scenic dives to finish the trip on.
The beautiful sunny weather and calm seas all weekend topped off a wonderful trip. Many thanks from everyone to Will for his brilliant organisation of it all!