31 May 2008
28 May 2008
27 May 2008
25 May 2008
More info on:-
Wednesday 16th July - Blanefield out of Brighton (8 spaces)
Monday 4th August - Alunia out of Eastbourne (8 spaces)
Tuesday 5th August - Oceana out of Eastbourne (6 spaces)
Any of your workshy divers interested please let me know ASAP.
Remember the Society motto 'anything is better than work'.
24 May 2008
22 May 2008
I'll be ringing each of you by phone telling you to attend , nah, don't be silly , only joking! But do let us know if you are able to make it 'cos we need to reserve places!
21 May 2008
[Update: 4 divers are diving the pier Sat 24th - see comment!]
A couple of boats with week-end placces have been posted (below) , if anyone is 'up' for something this w/e do add a post / comment.
High Tides this w/e at Newhaven are around:-
Sat 24th - 14:36hrs BST
Sun 25th - 15:15hrs BST
Mon 26th - 16:02hrs BST
20 May 2008
Spaces Saturday 24th from Brighton on Channel Diver
Appleton club have Spaces available diving the City of Waterford this saturday 24th May
City of Waterford 36mtr 07.30am Brighton
To reserve a space call Byron 07971 566273 or me Steve 07970 674799
19 May 2008
WRECK- Fortuna, DEPTH- 34m to bottom of wreck (HW slack) followed by a drift dive on the way back in. ROPES OFF- 11:45
WRECK-Celtic , DEPTH-29m to bottom of wreck (HW slack) followed by a drift dive on the way back in. ROPES OFF- 11:45
If you want to come ring or text Mick on 07729 277651 or drop Mick an e-mail.
Simon contemplates the Diving Bell
So is muddy puddle diving 'proper diving'? The answer is clearly 'yes', there are divers tackling deeper and more technical dives in quarries than I would want to do anywhere, but I don't think it's going to compete with diving in the sea as far as I can see from the views of Meridian Divers. It is nice, however, to be able to freely try-out different diving. Some divers are just 'plain against' fresh water inland sites and consider them not safe. It might seem extraordinary but even those divers will sanction using them when it's convenient! You need to keep an open mind, plan properly and decide for yourself!
The grand tour of muddy puddles (17th & 18th May) brought some very strange fresh-water diving practices to light. Everyone knows that salt is vital to human life and it may be that the lack of salt in fresh water is causing fresh water diver enthusiasts all sorts of health problems. Is there any other explanation for the distorted thinking that results in the placing of models of members of a supernatural dwarfish subterranean race thought to guard the treasures of the earth underwater? What in Gnome's name is that all about? It looks as though it's too late to prevent this abberation in fresh water but there may be time to prevent this perverted pollution reaching salt water .
You can see how the little blighter above , far from guarding treasure has attracted other detritus in to the water. You allow a gnome in then it's old tyres , this is no way to support Project Aware and support marine environments. So sign-up to day to the Go G.N.O.M.E campaign.
G - Gnomes
N - Nautically
O - Offend
M - Marine
E - Environments
Go G.N.O.M.E and keep it real!
Sports DIVER Magazine , who have been following our work on the T R Thompson Wreck Project have devoted TWO FULL PAGES to the BBC coverage of the 90th Anniversary dive underatken by Meridian Divers . Thank you SportDIVER and Mark Evans (Editor) in particular. Congratulations to Tad for bringing the BBC and printed media coverage together so well to raise awareness of our maritime heritage. The project has also been supported by the Nautical Archaeology Society and PADI Project Aware.
SportDIVER, like the BBC have carried details of this blog and the project blog which we are hoping will result in more people adding information about the wreck and it's crew to the project. The wreck is often dived by local divers but sadly very little information is submitted from other divers to allow the project to advance further. We are keen to receive ANY information on the wreck. Updates can be made by adding a comment to this or th eproject blog. Comments will be submitted to the moderator before publication, no personal information is published without permission.
Click on the image to read the feature.
18 May 2008
The new air fill station was flat out all day with no probs giving very quick turn around, the shop was well stocked with essentials one diver bought a brand new set of fins £25 bargin! Food OK not brill, better to take own food and stop for a bite on the way home. On the whole a very enjoyable day`s diving.
Viz was about 3 metres and we saw plenty of crabs, a couple of respectable sized lobsters, wrasse, tom pots and gobbies and star fish. We stayed in for 45 minutes and the temp. was 12 degrees,
Not a bad first beach dive for 12 months.
16 May 2008
It's anyone's guess what the weather will be like , but lets hope it will be fine and say that will mean we'll need :-
A gazebo (covered area)
One or more BBQ cookers (Matt W says he has a big'un he bring!)
Disposable Plates / Cups / Cutlery
FOOD & DRINK
Usual Rules , bring enough for yourself and a few others! It would be handy to start co-ordinating who is bringing what! Please add a comment to this log with YOUR plan! (or drop me an email).
Of course we are planning a shore dive on this date. The High Tide at Newhaven for afternoon of 8th June is 15.41hrs (BST) . The usual pratice (!) is to dive then eat so may be a good time for divers to meet is 14.30hrs (you might want to get there early if its great weather as parking might become fun -not!)
Confuscious, he say nothing about diving! But if he did it would probably have been "Well I never!" There was a plan to do a West Beach shore dive on 14th May, four of us thought we had sorted the arrangements but confusion over wind speeds, sea conditions coupled with other pressing commitment rattled the plan and so the infamous four failed to fin! But as the agreed entry time approached so the text screen lit up! Another buddy pair were at the beach asking 'Where is everybody, the waters fine'! Doh! The absent four had been too conservative! They say 'better safe than sorry' but we managed to be 'safe and sorry'! So it was, that Team SinkOne4Seaford made a shore dive on the Newhaven Harbour West Arm. Was it any good? Yes! Six metres of viz! Damn, its 'orrible when a good plan doesn't come off!
15 May 2008
12 May 2008
Our club SAA69 Reigate may have 2 or 4 spaces on our weekend in Weymouth 14-15 th June. Basically it will be shallower range to probably 25-30m max. The boat is a twin hull cat with power lift - very nice, those who know Weymouth it's yellow! We need 1 or 2 pairs who can dive together and look after themselves as they will be treated as guest divers to our club, hence need to be fully qualified etc to dive as a pair.
We will do 4 dives. Nitrox and air available at the quayside diveshop. Any main dive associations are OK. We have no accommodation so would need to make their own arrangements. Let me know of any interest and I can let you know in next 7-10 days if we definately have spaces.
[Meridian Divers as an independent network are pleased to receive the invite and to promote it ~ Chris-P]
A brief chat with Mick skipper of Sea Zones soon saw us back tracking to the Fortuna where there wasn't a another boat in sight. Hang on a sec,as soon as we arrived we were joined by two other dive boats which wasn't too bad, better than mixing it with fishing lines I suppose.
After the dark dive on the T.R.T last weekend the water colour looked very promising especially after the shot was dropped you could see the line quite a way down so we kitted up in anticipation. I ummed and aaarrrred about taking the camera in and decided to give it a go.
Once in the water we headed down the shot and it soon became apparent that this was going to be a cracker of a dive. The wreck opened out below us covered in fish visibility easily 8m+ torches were only needed to light the holes to say hello to the congers and crabs.
I have always been lucky diving the Fortuna when it comes to viz and this dive was not an exception. Diving on Nitrox gave us plenty of time to explore the cargo of cement still stacked in the holds destined for a long forgotten building project and poke around the machinery lying long abandoned on the now collapsed decks.
The stern looked amazing with the light filtering through the exposed ribs and huge shoals of fish meandering like the traffic on the M25 during the Monday morning rush hour, going nowhere fast.
With the camera capturing the the scenes before us I was so glad I had made the decision to bring it down to the wreck.
All to soon it was time to head back up to the surface and enjoy a nice cup of the hot stuff and Micks tasty home made Sea Scones much to the envy of his own dive club aboard one of the neighbouring boats, it seems the Sea Zones Sea Scones are legendary.
After a relaxing chugg in the sun back to Seaford bay we kitted up for the second dive on the Gullies. I chose not to take the camera in for this and it was a wise choice due to the ripping current and trying to stay still to film would have been impossible.
All the usual suspects were back from their winter holidays plus a very large grumpy looking lumpsucker guarding its eggs which is a first for me off Seaford. The viz was about 3m. A great day was had by the MD'ers aboard and our thoughts went out a (little bit) to those who couldn't make it on the day due to a an untimely dose of Man Flu.
Divers : Trez , Tracy , Simon , Jim , Ernie , Tad
Thanks to Mick Luff of Sea Zones for looking after us again and being a great Skipper. A video of the Fortuna dive will be posted shortly once its edited. Fortuna photo courtesy of Sea Breeze
11 May 2008
Excellent dive. Thanks guys and thanks Mick. I'm a post dive scone convert.
07 May 2008
The forecast is looking good for this weekend and I have 6 spaces for a dive
If you want to come ring or text Mick on 07729 277651 or drop me an e-mail.
Another early start
Ropes off 08:15
Dive City of Waterford (max depth 32m to bottom) on the 10:35 LW slack
Drift dive on way back in after surface interval
Return to Marina 3:30pm approx
McDonalds shortly after
8. Still one space post a comment if interested
06 May 2008
WED 21st B"ton PENTRYCH 20 11.00 £40
FRI 23rd B"ton UNKNOWN WRECK 36 11.30 £45
Sat 24th B"ton UNKNOWN WRECK 36mtr 07.00am
TUES 3rd E"bourne HOHEWEG 36 10.45 £45
WED 4th E"bourne OCEANA - P & O Liner 24 10.15 £40
FRI 6th B"ton IKEDA 30 7.00 £40
MON 16th B"ton TR THOMPSON 34 8.30 £40
WED 18th B"ton CAIRNDHU 30 9.30 £45
To reserve a space call Steve on 07970 674799
There are 4 spaces at the moment. Please add a comment if you are interested ASAP
Our hardy group descended the expertly placed line to find all light disappearing at 12 metres, but being rufty tufty divers it was torches on and keep going. We enjoyed a torchlight bimble at 33 metres around the Thompson for 30 minutes and then ascended to de-kit and enjoy copious tea, coffee and scones.
After an in depth debrief (more time to scoff scones) it was decided that we had all earned a healthy nutritious meal at McDonalds Healthfood Restaurant. Good time had by all.
03 May 2008
Cheques have now been received from all twelve divers on this Trip. If anyone wishes to be added to the list as a 'Reserve' in case of last minute changes, just let me know / add a comment. Details of accommodation have been circrulated by email. I will circulate more info by email / text as needed. Any questions , let me know or add a comment. Follow the 'Lundy' label (link to other Lundy posts) at the bottom of this post for older information.
01 May 2008
The relatives Great Grand Father and Great Great Grand Father both managed to escape the ship along with one other crew member as the ship went down. They survived by holding on the part of the wreckage that was left floating after the ship was sunk and were saved by a trawler who arrived on the scene later.
I have put this relative in contact with our other original contact and will be speaking to him again in a few days time.
I now have also been in contact with a gentleman who has written a book on the Westoll Line and happens to know everything there is to know about the company and its ships including the T.R.Thompson and also has personal commections with the company. It is also happens that next week I am at a meeting in Leicestershire 3 miles from where this gentleman lives so have made arrangements to visit him. Will feed back afterwards.
The project is growing by the day.
First of all NDAC. AA Route Planner = distance 161 miles and time 3hr. Suggest we all aim to arrive for 9:30, that'll be leaving homes (or pubs!) at approx 06:00. Hopefully/maybe we'll then be able to get in before most of the divers on courses.
Secondly Looe, more specifically those who fancy breaking up the journey by jumping off Swanage Pier. AA = distance to Swanage 116 miles and 2hr 42mins then on to Looe = 142miles and 3hr 33mins. If we say the stop at Swanage is approx 3hrs then leaving to arrive at Swanage for 12:00 should be about right.
What say all of you fellow intrepid types?