UK Trip Season is underway!
After an outstanding trip to Marsa Shagra, Egypt, at the end of March, the dive gear was changed to Dry Suits and thermals for our first UK trip of 2019, Plymouth.
Staying in the Mountbatten Centre, we are nicely placed for food and drink, maybe a water taxi across to The Barbican, and more importantly, straight off the pontoon for the diving.
Diving was off In-Deep`s hardboat, Seeker. Spacious, well equipped and with the luxury of a diver lift so no clambering back onboard. Expertly skippered by James with Conan taking care of the deck needs.
After a full English on Saturday morning, ropes off was at 8.30am, we pootled out to Hand Deeps reef for the first dive. Never done this reef before so a change was welcomed. Short drift over the kelp and we found a series of walls dropping down into the depths. Plenty of light, visability around 6-7m and abundant life, so everyone enjoyed a dive just short of an hour. The sun was blazing all weekend so we all warmed up well once back on Seeker. The cuppa and warm pasty always help there too.
Afternoons dive was the iconic James Egan Layne. Always a favorite. Little current to worry about, so a good shot on the bow and we had a lazy meander around the wreck. Plenty to see with Tom Pot Blennies everywhere, congers, crabs and of course the wonder of the wreck itself. Brilliant.
Evenings festivities are best left on the trip.
Sunday was lovely again, bright sunshine. A few new to the UK divers on the trip so, having bedded in nicely yesterday we could stretch our legs a bit with a dive on The Elk. Little bit deeper, the Elk is a lovely dive, totally upright and easy to navigate. Spot on shot from James and most of us had 45minutes of pure pleasure amongst the shoals of fish around the wreck. Best dive of the weekend.
We could not do Plymouth without a dive on Scylla so this was the final dive of the weekend. Visability was a bit snotty at 3-4m but inside is always clearish. Always a great dive, so many ways to enjoy the wreck and this was a great way to finish the weekend.
Plymouth is a fair treck, but totally worth it for the quality of both the diving and the boat service we get from In-Deep. Awesome diving, great company and wonderful locations. Diveworld trips have to be experienced to know the difference.
Next up is St Abbs in May. This trip is perfect for anyone wanting a taste of the UK. Check out the details and give us a call if you would like to join us or have any questions. UK diving rocks!