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Dive Trips

Dive trips being planned:  

2019:  A number of trip ideas have been raised by club members and further details will be announced in the near future.

Trip ideas:  Have an idea for a good dive trip? The club will endeavour to support any member willing to organise trips in the UK or abroad. Just speak to any member of the committee and put your idea forward.  

Trip reports (see our Facebook page for more photos):  

Red Sea Live-aboard: Twelve club members flew to Egypt in October for a week aboard the

Stoney Cove: Various club members travelled up to Staffordshire on two occasions in August for some training/practice diving. Good conditions and a good venue made for enjoyable days out. More photos to follow! 

Swanage June 2018:  We were blessed again with excellent weather and diving over the weekend of 2-3 June.

Click here for more Swanage photos.

 

Basildon Underwater Studio: A great turnout for the club trip to the 6m tank in Basildon, which gave trainees some invaluable experience in very comfortable water and our more experienced members a chance to practice and improve their skills. Plenty of photos and a few videos on our Facebook pages and a selection here

Eyemouth September 2017: A great weekend was had by a big group of members and some partners in sunny Scotland. Julian had chartered places on two small boats, which took us for 3 dives around the Isle of May on Saturday and a couple of more local dives on Sunday. We were blessed again with very good viz and unexpectedly good weather. The seals we had hoped to dive with stayed away (apart from one hassling Luke S!) but saw plenty of them plus an amazing pod of dolphins. Thanks for organising, Julian!  More photos from the trip will appear here soon. 

Swanage May 2017:  Sixteen club members enjoyed an amazing weekend's diving at Swanage, where visibility was the best locals had seen for 6 years! The weather was excellent most of the time and many people managed 4 dives on both days, including pier dives, Old Harry Drift and the Valentine Tanks, Fleur de Lys and Betsy Ann wrecks. Caravan accommodation at the Swanage Coastal Park was very good - amazing views from the hill and not too far to walk into town for good food. Photos here (and more on Facebook). Thanks very much to Lauren, Justin and everyone else involved in making it such a successful trip.

 

Basildon Deep Pool 10th September 2016:  So many members were up for this that we had to book two sessions!  Good fun had by all, with underwater hockey played VERY enthusiastically, egg and spoon races, wheelbarrow races and skills practice all going down well.

 

River Stour Dive 7th September 2016:  A good turnout on a beautiful evening. The water was clear (to begin with) and some members managed to see some sizeable fish! This was followed by a lively session at the Quay Theatre bar.

Newhaven - September 3rd and 4th - The Seazones hard boat trip from Newhaven Marina went ahead on the Saturday but despite a gloriously clear sunny day (or maybe because of it?), underwater visibility was very poor so the first dive was cut short and the planned drift dive was canned. Disappointing,  but a valuable experience for recently qualified Ocean Divers Tim and Tina. Sunday had had to be abandoned due to the weather forecast, so some of the group diverted to Buckland Lake and had a good dive.

Stoney Cove 27 July 2016 - Graham, Luke S and Justin enjoyed a day's diving to see the wreck of the 'Gresham Ship'. See their dive report here.

Gildenburgh 25-26 June 2016 - Good weekend of diving for Jane and Katie, who completed their Ocean Diver training and were joined on Saturday by Tina & Tim. Great support from Luke Mynott, Julian Stiff and Ron Smith, thanks.  

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