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.

Malta 2015

Pentland Sub Aqua Club holiday in Malta

Expedition Organiser :- Alan Lissimore

Alan Lissimore (well composed), Karen Lissimore ( Photo bomber) ,Dave Simpson (measles man), Kevin Watson (big boy), Nicky Gibb (The fish), Niz Hasham (paddles for hands), Michelle Hasham (loves paddles), Sutherland Maciver (slow down taking pics) , Caroline Maciver (looks after Cisk for her man), Steve Taylor (not to be followed), Roberta McMath (P29 nuff said), Richard Pavey (deepest??), Gordon Henry, Jane Henry (most improved divers!!!), Bill Caldwell (accident prone), Kath Caldwell (looks after accident prone), Brian Lyell (wooden spoon DOH!!)and Christine Lyell (looks after him).

 


 

SMALL picture Aquatica Div Logo 2011Dive company used was Aquitica
Toni Bajada Street
St. Paul’s Bay
SPB 3225
Malta

 

 

 

Day 1
cirkewwa-marfa-pointDived at Cirkewwa (Marfa Point)
Dive one and the guide John split the group, one group finned out to the Patrol boat P29, another group were taken to Cirkewwa Arch.
Due to the sea conditions changing for the worse the guides decided for our second dive weMaoriG24 should load up and move to St Elmo Bay to dive the  which is a Tribal Class British Destroyer built in 1937. She was one of the destroyers used to hunt the Bismark, also on the Malta convoys. . She was in Grand Harbour Valletta in 1942 where she was bombed and sank. Later she was cut in two with the forepart refloated and sunk where she lies today in St Elmo Bay at 14 metres to the sea bed.

 

Day 2
um el faroudUm el Faroud, a Lybian Oil tanker 110 Metres long.
There was an explosion in one of the holds while in port killing 9 workers. It was taken out and scuttled where she lies today at Wied Iz Zurrieq.
She lies around 30 Meters down, with a 10 minute swim from the shore.dive_malta_subway_um_el_faroud

Some divers, due to limitations had a scenic dive.

 

 

 

 

Day3

Up to Paradise Bay to catch the ferry to Gozzo and The Blue Hole

Blue HoleDive 1
Another excellent scenic dive

Dive 2
Due to VERY heavy rain before and during the second dive, we descended for the first 5 metres through a milky haze which cleared lower down to give what was another great dive.

 

 

Day 4
One of the divers, Bill and wife Kathy said goodbye as they had to get back to the UK for a wedding,
The rest of us headed to
Kalkara CreekDive 1
SS Margit, a passenger ship located at Kalkara Creek. She was hit by a Stuka dive bomber on 19th April 1942 and sank leaving her mast and funnel above the surface, These were blown up to allow access.
She is well broken up and viz is not great but still a nice dive.
Due to its depth all could explore her.

 

 

 

Dive 2 X127 Water Lighter (Coralita) A nice easy dive but viz not the best.

Day 5

CirkewweBack to CikewwaThe Rozi
The group was again split with one group doing wreck dives and the second group scenic diving.
One group dived the The Rozi a patrol boat.

Second dive again split to scenic and P29
An exp29cellent week was had by all with a big thanks to our guides from Aquatica, John, Jesus, Tomara, Marta, Owen and Lucas.

Our wooden spoon was won by Brian Lyell for a back flip off the bench fully kitted.

A massive thanks to Alan Lissimore for all the hard work arranging the holiday.

Club Outing to Lochaline

In May this year 2015 Alan Lissimore organised a club trip to Lochaline Dive Centre www.lochalinedivecentre.co.uk/

Our dinner on Sunday night
Our dinner on Sunday night

From Left we have Dave Simpson, Mo, Kev Watson, Niz Hasham, Alan Lissimore, Brian, Richard Pavey, Nicola Gibb, Roberta McMath and Steve Taylor.

We also had Sutherland Maciver and Rolly on the trip but they had to leave early as both work early Monday.

 

Two dives on day one, the first on John Preston wall followed by a dive on the Hispania. A great wreck with much to explore, has to be done in slack water.

Waiting for slack water we were treated to a display from 3 bottle nose dolphins. With some divers spotting the dolphins when on the wreck. There was a current running so inside the wreck was more comfortable.

hispania

 

 

 

 

Day two, and dive one on the Shuna, nice dive with no current and again lots to explore.shuna

 

 

rondo with the final dive on the Rondo, whe sits stern up, you decide how far down to go. Most of our group went to 25M.

 

 

 

 

 

A big Thanks has to go to Alan Lissimore who organised the trip, its his third time doing it so he is now very expert at it.

Thanks to Niz, Kev and Brian for transport, also Mo for doing co pilot on Monday!!

Our skipper Alan was on the ball and very knowlegable so thanks Alan.

Breakfast at the centre
Breakfat at the centre

We would recommend highly Lochaline Dive Centre, its one of the best we have been to.

BBQ
BBQ

 

The view from the centre
The view from the centre

Steve Taylor on Sound Diver

Capernwray 2015

Pentlands annual trip to a sunny Caperwray organised by Brian has been very successful with 3 trainees Richard, David and Grant  all doing well.

We have Richard almost as a Sport Diver, he has only to complete two more dives to obtain his qualification. It was David Gray and Grants first open water dive, both had a great time and completed many tests. Thanks to Mo, Kevin and Dave Simpson for their help as instructors, also Niz, Alan, Karen and Nicola for helping out with the Branch Divers.

On the trip were.

Mo,Roberta McMath, David Gray, Kevin Watson, Brian Lyell, Richard Pavey, Dave Simpson, Grant Thomson, Karen Lissimore, Alan Lissimore, Niz Hasham, Gordon Hendry, Jane Hendry and from Napier Steve Younger and Mikolaj Choragwicki.

 

Pictures in the gallery.

Divers at Capernwray
Divers at Capernwray