31 December 2010
26 December 2010
25 December 2010
15 December 2010
|Photo Competition Winner (Above Water Category) (by Chris-P)|
|Photo Competition Winner (Under Water Category) (by Nick P)|
And contrary to popular belief the Meridian Divers were not the last ones to the the establishment, as unbeknown to many the kitchen cleaner was working overtime that night!
Best wishes to all MDers for a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
05 December 2010
Sharks attack Four Divers
German Tourist Killed by Shark in Sharm
Sussex Witness Account
Oceanic Whitetip Shark considers human swimmers as potential food source!
01 December 2010
19 November 2010
2010 summer maybe over but Chris West's Hard Boat is still venturing out in search of watery adventures. So if you like diving chilled, check out the dates below and weather permitting put those dry suits to good use.
With a warm cabin and plenty of hot drinks apres dive and prices the same as the clubs £25 for 1 wreck and £35 for 2 dives continue diving through the winter.
You can contact Chris on Call 01273 464225 / 07802 571056 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris is also open to dive site suggestions.
Sat Nov 20th (HWS) Leave 08-30hrs - Waterford or Fortuna or Small Gun Wreck all about 34m
Sun Nov 21st (HWS) Leave 08-00hrs - venue to be decided
Sat Nov 27th (HWN) Leave 11-45hrs -
Sun Nov 28th (HWN) Leave 12-45hrs -
Sun Dec 5th (HWS) Leave 08-30hrs - Waterford or Fortuna ( 34m Max)
Sat Dec 11th (HWN) Leave 11-45hrs -
Sun Dec 12th (HWN) Leave 12-00hrs - Indianna
Sat / Sun Dec 18th/19th (HWN) Leave 09-00hrs for a drift dive
Wed Dec 29th (LWN) Leave 09-30hrs
18 November 2010
|Turtle returning to the Sea Grass with Remoras|
|Well Camouflaged Flat Fish (with Sea Grass-like eyes)|
|About time for a breath!|
A Lebanese restaurant had lovely outdoor seating along side a water feature and TGI Friday's (well we enjoy local culture!) met our more Western needs!
|Life is all Ups & Downs!|
|The Paparazzi and others hangers-on are such a drag!|
|Keeping a Low Profile|
13 November 2010
If you would like to come along Sovereign Divers will make you more than welcome.
07 November 2010
I'm told by Ross that the Marsa Alam Sea Temperature was 27.8 Deg C (82F) on the 4th November, sounds nice (even warmer than usual?)
Oh ! And speaking of dinners, there are some Christmas Dinner balances to be paid! Fingers out please!
01 November 2010
20 October 2010
17 October 2010
As the NAS web site says the "submarine is a remarkable piece of our naval heritage. She was the first submarine to actually be commissioned in the Royal Navy, on the 19th January 1903 at the same time as Holland 3. The Holland class of submarine rapidly become obsolete and in 1912 Holland 5 was destined for destruction and was being towed to Sheerness when she foundered and sunk at her present location 6 miles SE of the Royal Sovereign Lighthouse, Sussex, England"
On ascent to the dive boat we had a peaceful ride back to Newhaven. We has left port at 12.30pm and got back at 6pm to watch a beautiful sunset bathe the coast in golden sun. Tea & biscuits on the boat back was very English (but no cucumber sandwiches I note!).
13 October 2010
04 October 2010
- Hunters Gates Trilaminate Drysuit (includes bag & hose) boot size small (approx 5) new neck seal, serviced, less than 30 dives
- 12l dumpy tank with boot & handle (needs test)
- Scubapro 1st stage with brand new DIN fitting, 2nd stage Scubapro R390, Oceanic Octupus, plus BCD knife - serviced last June & not used since (pains me to sell but pointless keeping )
- Brand new Everflex gloves - never worn size XS
- Almost new Wet Suit Boots XXXS (4/5) - worn once, 6.5mm, great on beach as really thick sole
- C4 torch (not rechargable) twin bulb.
01 October 2010
We split into two groups for the bowling the A Team (Mandy, Trez, Paul, Sheila)& B Team (Ian, Sue, Ernie, Debbie, Tracey). The A team thrashed the B Team with the star of the night being Paul whose score for the 2 games was 267.
It was suggested that perhaps we look at having a running score competition for next year.
Sorry no photos as our resident photographer was learning how to turn his new camera on.
29 September 2010
28 September 2010
26 September 2010
Come out to play Mr C
Ernie doing a Diver thing
I hadn't planned to dive this weekend but a phone call to Chris West of Buccaneer late friday changed that. Chris hadn't planned to go out but with John B wanting to try out a wet suit with his rebreather for a forthcoming Red Sea trip Chris offered to go out to do a shallow wreck as the vis was better close in. So Ernie, John and I headed out to the wreck of the Indiana in bright sunshine with Chris and Dave crewing.
I had dived the Indy in April and had around 10m vis but wasnt expecting the same.
30 minutes later we had dropped the shot and were soon kitted up and over the side.Well there wasn't 10m vis but a good 6m so was well pleased with that. At 11m depth and a bit of an overkill on a equipment 2 sets of twins and a rebreather we could have stayed down for hours.
The first thing that struck me was the amount of life compared with earlier in the year,the wreck was an aquarium. We set off exploring the flattened wrecks nooks and crannies. With Ernie teasing congers and me trying to film the time flew. After 50 minutes we had seen most of the wreck and decided to head back up also as it was a very big tide the current was starting to rip through. Topside Dave had made soup and with all the usual Buccaneer banter we headed back to port.
Thanks to Chris, Dave and John for the trip out another great little dive. Video to follow shortly.
18 September 2010
Although very similar to the bedgbury course, the main difference was that the zip wires tended to be longer up to half a kilometre perhaps more and a little higher crossing valleys.
I am pleased to say though most of the MD apers took the extreme routes which at times resulted in some interesting language especially on the hoops, no tree huggers here.
With the MD Mutts contingent following on foot it took around 3 hours to complete the course and plenty of bruises to show for it.
Some people managed to avoid the experience yet again by deliberately booking holidays or going to the wrong venue but there is always next year when we plan to climb the Mattahorn and base jump down.
The tree hopping was followed by a picnic in the park.
Thanks to Linda for organising the day.
Back to diving tomorrow ten times easier.
Photos to follow.
17 September 2010
16 September 2010
We have space on BUCCANEER on this Saturday leaving at 12-00hrs. For some reason everyone seems to be doing something on Saturday. However the weather will be excellent with the wind as northerly F1 or F2, sunny and it is almost the smallest tides of the summer, so the vis should be good.
The dive is advertised for the Jaffa which will be about 18metres deep on a low tide slack, this Saturday.
Let me know ASAP so that we can fill up the boat.
Tel: 01273 464225
ris West Buccaneer
14 September 2010
If anyone else wants to come can you please post a comment ASAP.
13 September 2010
Divers so far
With small tides this week and weather permitting there should be some viz.
Post a comment if interested
12 September 2010
07 September 2010
With some ideas for a range of diving and social opportunities discussed for both the winter and next years diving season the future looks bright for a lot of joint projects for local dive clubs who wish to be involved.
Thanks to Jim for organising the evening
Tad had called me up to say they had space on ‘Buccaneer’ out of Shoreham. Jumping at the chance I called in a third man. (Safety in numbers)!!
Parking is just above the jetty so loading was easy, no sooner was kit stowed the crew were dishing out tea and biscuits. Out past the harbour entrance all onboard opted for the wheel house. The easterly wind pushed the waves hard, against the port side. Just in time.... more tea and biscuits.
The boat was full of eager divers donning suits before the shot was placed. Tad, Dave and I waited till last to have clear deck space. With another chance at this endless supply of Rosie lee.
Departure is over the port gunnels, freefall and splash. Being short in the leg, I could have done with a box. A well timed wave sent me nuts skywards; the rest of me fell into the abyss!!!
Regrouping at the shot the decent begins. The light soon disappears; the graininess of the water is picked out in the torch beam.
Roger is just leaving as we arrive on the upper deck. 37m on L/W. Working our way around the perimeter to start, we peer through the rusted hull plates.
The soft layer of silt easily disturbed. The wreck has been split in two and you can swim into the upper holds. Clearer water is ahead, with a ladder leading up and out. Tad and I continue forward, under the deck and into a second. Dave goes over the top, meeting us as we exit at the helm. This had stopped us going further as it has collapsed through the deck. The wheel is still attached in part. The outer rim has gone leaving the hub and spokes. I’m sure there is a third hold but my deco meter is running a tab. coming back out, Dave has found something of interest. (Will have to let the ROW, know first). Dave blows the delayed as Tad and I bag up his catch. Just enough time to clip it to the delayed as it goes top side. Piece of cake.
Talking of which we had a few minutes of deco time to think about tea and cake. Tad and I had a game of scissors, rock, and paper. I threw in my own version of dynamite, which soon stopped the game. It’s the same sign for going up!!!
It’s a must do again dive now I have a better orientation of the Quail.<
Thanks to Jools for the write up reproduced from the TWSAC Blog www.twsac.blogspot.com
Thanks to Chris and Buccaneer team for another jolly day out
02 September 2010
- Mandy & Paul
- Sheila & Ernie
01 September 2010
It's a great Low Water neap tide slack, so it would be good to do something like the Tycho or Porthkerry, maybe the Quail. All in the late 30m to 42m if the guys are up for it. Otherwise, if there are enough of you you can request a particular wreck.
Plenty of space at the moment. Ropes off at 13:15hrs
Buccaneer Dive Boat Charter (Shoreham)
- Simon T
- Ernie B
- Therese S
30 August 2010
26 August 2010
The other Licensee for the Holland No 5 has reported to me that following a dive on the 9th August it was apparent the torpedo tube hatch at the bow of the Holland 5 is no longer on the wreck. It was definitely there in September 2008 as I have a photo of it on the site.
I am keen to try and find out as much as possible before deciding the action that should be taken. I was wondering if you have dived on the site at all since June or if you had heard anything locally about divers being on the site illegally?
Any help or information you can give would be greatly appreciated,
Alison Alison Hamer
Nobody who is on Jamies licence, as far as we are aware, have dived the wreck yet this year. If you know anybody who has or have any info regarding this theft please post a comment your comment will only be visible to the site moderator so will be treated in confidence. Please help us catch the idiots who are ruining the possibility of diving this piece of history for everyone else.
22 August 2010
20 August 2010
18 August 2010
16 August 2010
I have 6 spaces for a dive on Bank Holiday Monday 30th August. We picked an early start, so you can get back early to prepare for work on the Tuesday.
The plan is:
Ropes off 7:30
Dive Local wreck (Clodmac/Brisbane/Lancer decide which is best on the day) 22m max depth to bottom, 18m to the top.
Then follow it with a drift.
Return to Marina 1:15 approx. The cost is only £35 for the day.If you are interested give me a Text/Call on 07729 277651 or drop me an e-mail. If this does not suit take a look at my online Diary for other available dates.
Sea-Zones boat charter (Newhaven)
Tel 07729 277651
New advice has been issued in respect of cleaning diving equipment which is worth noting, particularly is you use equipment that is shared , for example:-
"Where equipment is shared between individuals, for example, during training and many commercial diving scenarios, there is potential for the spread of infectious agents from user to user. When equipment is shared, more frequent periodic disinfection would be appropriate, including the rinsing and disinfection of mouthpieces and oral nasals between dives. "
For more information click HERE!
15 August 2010
14 August 2010
Another great day out on 'Channel Diver' with skipper Steve Johnson. Mind you an early start, loading the boat at Sovereign Harbour at 6.30am (ouch!) . Calm seas with the promise of sunshine (er, false promise). We made good speed out to the Ocean and were kitted and ready to dive as soon as the shot line was down. Not the greatest of vis (what's new!) but a good long bimble about the wreck as it was a 8m tide on low. As we surfaced the skies were bright and the promise still looked good. After the surface interval we relocated for the hardy few to do a drift dive. In they went for a short while before buoys-up and back onboard! We then motored off to a point a few hundred metres off of the Eastbourne West Lawns beach to watch Airbourne 2010.
09 August 2010
Please post a comment if you are coming.
With me being the only MD on board, I teamed up with local diver Graham (who hadnt dived the Fortuna before) for the dive, and having dived the wreck a few weeks ago planned the route we would take once on the bottom.
On arriving at the site the vis looked a bit disapointing but a dive is a dive so we were soon in the water and heading down. When we reached bottom the vis was around 3-4m and quite dark but still acceptable.
The first thing that struck me were the amount of fish! the wreck was wall to wall with shoals of bib pollack and codling at times the shoals were so thick that they were blocking out what natural light there was.
We worked our way around the bow to the remains of the toilet and then cut across midships to the holds and the cement cargo where we were greeted by 2 Lobzillas standing their ground with their fist size claws. We then headed across the winches towards the stern but cut back across to the starboard side exploring the large holes in the hull.
We had agreed to do a small amount of deco but now it was soon time to head back up and decided to come back to shot to make our ascent.
Once on the surface, crewman Dave thrust his now famous Buccaneer coffee into our hands whilst skipper Chris made safe one of the lobzillas who hadnt escaped his clutches along with a crabzilla, someones eating well tonight.
On the way back to Shoreham we became aware of a diver rescue situation just off Brighton Marina with the coastguard helicopter winching the casualty. We hope there was a good outcome to this.
Another great trip out on Buccaneer thanks to Graham for diving with me and thanks to Skipper Chris Dave, Roger and John for another good humoured,comfortable and successful trip out, see you soon.
06 August 2010
04 August 2010
Be a chance to exchange diving yarns ,ideas and project plans for the future.
Please add to comments if you are able to make this asap.
01 August 2010
27 July 2010
We have lots of space for the Quail trip on Sat a.m. (Leaving at 07-00hrs. Max depth to the seabed is 40m but most of the wreck stands up 4 to 6m so it's not too bad. Swim through different decl levels. She's upright on the seabed with the bow broken off and pointing upwards, about 10m away from the end of the hull.
Still bottles etc to be found on this wreck and although deepish to the seabed the wreck stands up enough to make it around 34-36m
Please post a comment asap if you're interested
Please note it is advised that you carry a minimum of a 15ltr cylinder and if you have a pony set up carry that as well.
19 July 2010
15 July 2010
so 8am Saturday morning Tez and me loading our kit aboard Buccaneer and heading out to the wreck site. Banks of sea fog drifted across the sea but all was clear on the Ramsgarth. Shot in we were soon rolling over the side and heading down to the wreck.
Built in 1910 this 1.553 ton British Merchantman was sunk on the 28th November 1916. After she was captured she was sunk with explosives by the crew of UB-39.
Once on the wreck we swam of in the direction of the stern and were instantly struck by the huge shoals of bib and pollock that were so thick that at times blocked out the light. With the vis around 5m we swam across a huge cargo winch and came up on the remains of the propshaft tunnel which was pretty much intact.
We were soon at the stern which although was laying on its side still towered above us covered in deadmans fingers. We retraced our dive back to the shot and headed of towards midships and the boilers but time was running out and so was homebody's air.
We found our way back to the shot and started up towards the surface to do our stops.
Once back on Buccaneer the fog decided to come in and with 2 divers still in the water in was all hands to keep watch but the fog drifted off and was well gone before the last 2 surfaced right next to the shot.
Heading back to port we did a slight detour the collect an anchor from the Pentrych which was lost by a fisherman. Divers on a Thursday night dive with Chris (Simon was on that one) had found it and tied a line to it to which Chris had attached a buoy. Chris and Tapsa went in and bagged the anchor and sent it up I think the fisherman owes him a drink.
Another great dive thanks to Chris for the spaces and as always cant wait for the next one.
Video to follow
14 July 2010
12 July 2010
Unfortunately when we arrived we could immediately see the water was coffee coloured (probably due to the dredger out in the bay).
In line with Ernie's TDI training we decided not to proceed as it would have not been appropriate to dive in such poor visibility. Maybe 3rd time lucky.
05 July 2010
03 July 2010
02 July 2010
Club member Rob King otherwise known Wob has put together a blog after seeing MD Blog and the ease which members can contibute to a blog rather than a standard website
Take a peep its still early days but methinks Rob is doing a great job
01 July 2010
29 June 2010
8.30 ropes off
Divers so far
27 June 2010
On return to Port at 16.30 I phoned Ocean View to find out what time they closed. The answer was 17:00, but to my deepest gratitute Graham said no problem get here when you can and I will wait for you. Once I got my regultor and tanks to him at 17:30, the tanks were then Nitrox filled and whilst this was being done Graham stripped down my regulator with his engineer on the other end of the phone giving him step by step instructions and as suspected he found the problem was a grooved high pressure seat. This was replaced and the regulator was set up again and is now working perfectly.
I would like to say what wonderful service this was from Ian and Graham which saved my weekends diving/training.
A perfect day flat calm a real cherry of a diving day got me licking my lips with anticipation. a fire in Newhaven made the journey in a bit frustrating as all the roads were closed and traffic was being diverted but got there in the end.
Boat loaded and we headed out to the Fortuna an old favourite. When we arrived another boat had dropped a shot as was disgorging a deck full of divers "that's the vis gone then" I thought. Soon we were kitted up and it was a relief to get into the water and down the shot. Once on the wreck the vis was a little disappointing being around 4-5m but still acceptable with plenty of light.
We headed to the stern and the steering quadrant and I was hit by how much the wreck is broken up since my last visit. Swinging around the stern we cut back into midships and the holds still stacked full of bags of cement.
We then had a little episode of underwater kit adjustment for Trez before heading towards the bow through the shoals of Bib and Pollack. It was soon time to think about ascending and Trez sent her SMB up but the reel jammed so she had to release it and I sent mine up instead.
Once back on board it was time to tuck into Micks now legendary Seascones and head of towards Birling Gap for a drift but on arrival the water colour was looking very off colour and we opted out of the drift but Ernie and the tekkie team went in to do some skills and guess what a minute later they popped back up not being able to see their hands in front of their faces, although 2 other divers who had travelled down from Bedfordshire decided to dive it out for at least 30 minutes tied together on a buddy line god knows what they were looking at.
Diving over we headed back to Newhaven for a drink and a chat and to find that Newhaven was still closed due to the earlier fire so getting out was very slow going.
Summer is well and truly here England are out of the World Cup but Sussex still offers world class diving. Bring It On.
Video to follow.
on the boat so far
If anyone else is interested please let me know asap depth will probablly around the 30m mark dive site TBC
22 June 2010
Everyone is invited. All you need to bring is any alcoholic drinks you may want, we will supply food and soft drinks.
Can you please let us know by posting a comment or email if you are coming and with how many.
Sheila & Ernie
21 June 2010
14 June 2010
An hour out saw Captain Chris dropping the shot and soon we were all walking the plank for a jaunt down to Davy Jones Locker and his bedfellow the wreck of the Clodmore. Trez and me teamed up with OV dive chick Hels and descended the 27m to the bottom where we met with the usual suspects Barry Bib and Jackson Pollack. The vis was a grainy 3-4m but with plenty of light conditions were acceptable for a quick mooch along the upturned part of the hull before returning to a higher part of the wreck to release the blob and assend for a jug of the hot grogg.
We soon relocated to the site of the inverclyde and as the tide was running and we were on springs we did not expect anything special.Hels soon got fed up of playing flags on the line and indicated she was going to surface (good move Hels)whilst Trez and me drop down into the wreck to release the shot for Chris and send it up on the bag.A quick scout around we had soon had enough of fighting the current and popped back up where the rest of the team had eaten all the pies.
Another great day out with the ever jovial crew of Skipper Chris and Roger The Cabin boy and the Ocean view guys.
Reports from my TWSAC contacts indicate that there was 10m vis on the The wreck of the Mohlen Pries in 38m a bit further out on Sunday so get ready boys and girls the Plankton has gone and the vis is picking up.
13 June 2010
11 June 2010
06 June 2010
02 June 2010
01 June 2010
29 May 2010
26 May 2010
24 May 2010
After a perfect entry we found arhh !!! the bloom has well and truly started. The viz was perfectly awful, couldn't even read our gauges and after 10 minutes made a perfect exit.