Diving 14th August 2018

Our Tuesday evening dive this week on Shore Diver was at The Craig, with the weather not as good as previous dives and a bit of a swell.

Diving tonight were Dave, Alan, Brian, David, Graeme, Steve (Napier), Iain and George (MSAC)

We all managed in and there was a little swell on with visability down on what we had before.

Lots of large lobster and crabs, not many fish around, but we did spot a Butterish (Pholis Gunellus).

Thanks to Roberta for rganising the dive.

 

Short video of it below

Diving 5th August 2018

On Sunday the 5th August 2018, a nice sunny day, a few of PSAC had a great days diving at St Abbs onboard Shore Diver, with Paul Crowe of Dive St Abbs our skipper.

Dive one was at West Hurkers with good visability and a sea temperature of 14c,  where as usual there was plenty of marine life, Lobsters, Crabs, Wrasse, Ling, Angler Fish and more.

On our second dive Hugh Fraser our Regional Coach joined us. We were taken to Weasel Loch where again there was plenty of marine life, this time an Octopus was spotted alongside the abundant fish.

On both dives we spotted Dolphins on the return to harbour.

Thanks to Paul of Dive St Abbs for 2 geat dives and Roberta for once again organising.

A short video of Dave Simpson and Michael Groat deploying SMB.

Some pictures taken onboard Shore Diver as we head out to Weasel Loch

Tuesday Evening Boat Dive

As the club do not have the use of The Royal Commonwealth pool over the summer months, Roberta has kindly arranged for evening boat/shore dives down the east coast. This Tuesday 26th June was our first evening outing.

The weather was good and sea a little choppy but easy diveable.

Boat for the dive was our usual, Shore Diver, run by Dive StAbbs and skippered by Paul Crowe.

On the dive were Roberta Mcmath, David Gray, Dave Simpson, Mo, Steve Taylor, Steve Younger, Graeme Dyer and Brian Lyell. Dive site, The Gullies.

Entry into the water was in one of the gullies around 6M then heading North out of the gully into around 16 – 20 Metres depth where we saw lots of marine life, large crabs, Lobsters, Wrasse,Wolf Fish, Octopus to name a few.

We were treated to a great display of the underwater abilities of the Guillemot as they dived down to us on our safety stops coming within a metre of us.

Thanks to Roberta for a great evening dive.

Roberta off to Maldives

Congratulations to PSAC’s Training Officer Roberta McMath who has won a place on Biosphere Expeditions diving expeditions and has opted to go to the Maldives.

All at the club wish you a fantastic trip and look forward to hearing about and seeing some pictures.

Roberta said “Time stood still as shock and excitement both set in after reading the email for the third time to say I was the winner. Thank you to all at Biosphere Expeditions, Reef Check Foundation and Marine Conservation Society for the opportunity of a lifetime!”

Club day at St Abbs

Pentland club members enjoy a lovely day at St Abbs on Shore Diver oper

Alan prepares for dive 2

ated by Paul Crowe of Dive St Abbs.

First dive on Black Carr where some divers spotted an Octopus and some Wrasse. Not a deep dive but a very relaxing first dive.

A short lunch break before our second dive.

Second dive in the afternoon was split, with some going to West Hurkers and the rest doing a wreck called S.S. Glanmire. This lies approx 550Metres off St Abbs Head an 1100 ton ship which sank on July 25th 1912 lying around 30meters deep.  Divers who dived the Glanmire reporing a great dive, with viz good and most getting to the boilers and prop, both very large. Not a great amount of marine life but still some large crabs, Lobster and Pollock.

The other group reporting seeing lots of see life. Some pictures below from Sutherland.

We had Richard Pavey completing his 100th dive on the Glanmire. Congratulations Richard.

Also big thanks to skipper Paul Crowe of Dive St Abbs for once again doing a great job. Thanks also to Roberta McMath for a well organised days diving.

We look forward to the next one on July 8th.

Lanzarote 2018

Just back from a wonderful diving holiday in Lanzarote, where we dived with a great bunch of guys from Dive Safari.

Most did 2 dives per day with an extra dive on the Tuesday, this being the night dive.

Dives were a mix of shore dives and boat dives around Puerto del Carmen.  There was an abundance of marine life to see, Angel Sharks, Barracuda, Octupus, Sea Horses and lots more, I hope shortly to get some pictures from those who had cameras to show. On the Wednesday we dived Museo Atlántico which is sculptures in aound 12 – 14 metres underwater on the south coast in the Bahia de Las Coloradas. These were done by Jason deCaires Taylor a British sculptor. Opened in January 2017 they are to show what we are doing to our planet with the 300 life sized humans. Our guide told us that the 35 figures going to the opening in the wall were taken  of real people on the island. The area now has lots of marine life to see, we spotted 3 Angel Sharks with one making an attempt to eat Kev’s GoPro! The second dive being a wall dive which all enjoyed.

On the Sunday before we headed home we went off for a very dirty drive around the island in buggies with Buggies Lanzarote who are based at Puerto Calero Marina. This is a great day out driving through roads / tracks of lava where you get VERY dirty but have great fun negotiating your way along the tracks trying to follow another buggie through dense clouds of lava dust.

A massive thanks goes to Niz Hasham for arranging this wonderful holiday from flights, hotel, diving and the buggies.
Angel shark by Roberta
Octopus by Roberta
Kevin and Nicky
Octopus by Roberta
Octopus taken by Roberta
From Roberta

Return trip from Museo Atlantico on the high speed RHIB

Capernwray March 2018

This weekend saw PSAC head down to a favourite training site, Capernwray.

The first group which were Dave Simpson, Graeme Dyer, Mo, Roberta Mcmath,David Gray and Michael Sproat arrived on Friday completing checks and assessments.

On Saturday the group were joined by Gordon Henry and Brian Lyell. On Sunday Alan and Karen Lissimore joined us with Karen testing her new fins and Alan a new camera. We await the videos/pictures.

Whilst the weather was fair and not too cold, the same couldn’t be said about the water, it being a parky 4C which limited the time some could last.

Mo took Gordon in for what we all hoped would be his last dive as a Branch Diver as he had only the one test to do. When they returned it was with a big smile on Gordons face, he is now a Sport Diver!

At the same time Michael was on his last tests towards his Branch Diver qualification. Dave took Michael in and we are pleased to say he is now a Branch Diver.

Graeme Dyer had a little more tests to do and on Saturday he passed two more leaving him very close to his Sport Diver qualification. This should be done and dusted on his next outing we hope. So near now Graeme.

Well done to Roberta for organising a great weekend, shame you couldnt arrange for the quarry to be a little warmer.