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'Lets go to Capernwray and do the CCR thing we can go together' Said Andrew

'OK' said I. and we booked our slots.

One thing leads to another and we end up going separately. Its 300.6 miles to Capenwray from my house. Having learnt this fact I umed and arred but thought sod it. It will give me a chance to meet some of the YD mob so lets do it.

My resolve faltered at 4.00am when the alarm went off but I had some of Andrews kit in the car and that forced me to go for it and not to do the sensible thing, which was smash the alarm clock, and go back to bed.

(PC Mark should not read the following bit)

So I left home at 4.30am and I arrived at Capernwray at 8.30 am. Now those of you who are hot on math will note that was rather quick. An average speed of 75mph. What you might be shocked to learn is that I had to stop for petrol on rout as my MR2 only dose 230miles on a full tank.  

So with steam poring off my Goodyear F1's I pulled off the M6 at Junction 35. As I did so I noted a BMW with a compressed gas sticker on the back. I figured he was going to Capernwray which was handy coz I didnt know the way. Sure enough he got me right to the gate.

I thanked him and he told me that he had been stopped by the Police and cautioned for having tanks in the car and no Compressed Gas sticker. It invalidates your car insurance apparently?? I pointed out I had two twin sets in the boot of my car and Andys 235 bar set was blown to 265 bar so If I got tail ended I would need a priest not car insurance.  

Finally got in the dive centre just after 9. They charged me an additional £7.50 registration fee but informed me that I got a free mid week dive included in that. I didnt bother pointing out that the £120.00 in petrol kind of negated the possibility of me popping up for a cheep dip


I followed the first chap in thinking he would take me to a prime parking spot but the bugger parked up the top miles away from the quarry entrance. I didnt figure this out until after I had signed in and registered by which time the car park was teeming

Then I found a spot vacant near the entrance to the water and I rushed back to the car and used all 245 horsepower to get me in it before any other bugger did.  

When I signed in the chap at the desk said

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh so yourrrrrrr Mark Chase

Err Yes I said


Mmmmmmmmmmm he said, I am the chap doing the DIR day your booked on.

I walked away wondering if the course involved nailing me to a cross and building a pyre at me feet.

Then I got to meet Bren and Andy Two Tanks who were just as I had imagined. All bursting with smiles, back slapping, hand shakes that left you needing reconstructive surgery and plans for the next big piss up


Drift wood and Ben, a chap called Chris who indirectly gave me a coffee and there was a lovely bloke with red hair and a big black 4X4 who's name escapes me were there too so it was hi and how are you all round and then we cracked on with the day. I did a mini thing in the Rebreather section about the actual course and diving the unit so I will leave that bit out.

After making a twat of my self on the YBOD I decided that a dive was in order to convince my self I could still do it so Andrew and I popped in for a quick dip.

My clip broke on my Quatros and I thought the dive would be over before it even started but good old Andrew had a spare so we managed to get wet. I liked Capenwray; the big trout made a change from the perch and roach at Stony and the Viz was not tooo bad considering the amount of divers kicking it up. The attractions we found were pretty standard but apparently there is a big boat we missed which sounded better than the Stangarth as you could go inside and investigate the cabins. Andy entertained him self during the dive by trying to balance rocks on the back of my twin set, and I did the usual contortions necessary to do shut down drills.

Andrew was on 18/35 trimix so had an EAD of about 10m above the quarry but it did show how helium racked up the Deco. I showed 45mins NDC diving with the computer set to 21% and he had only 22mins NDC showing on his VR3. We did about 35mins and my circular rout very nearly worked, but not quite.

We got out and de kitted and I found to my disgust someone had nicked the fin strap with the broken clip on the side but had gone to the trouble of taking the broken clip off and leaving that behind
God you cant leave anything laying around can you?

My spirits revived by a top quality Capenwray bacon role and a hearty cup of coffee we said our good byes and headed out for the smoke.

All in all a top day and it was great to finally meet some more of the YD gang.

Role on the next YD gig that’s hopefully less than 300miles away

ATB

Mark Chase
 

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And there was me tinking Mark had not noticed the rocks, although I did get away with the fact that he towed me around for about 5 mins, handy things manifolds.

Tried to catch a couple of trout but the darned things are pretty slippery. Also had a bit of a leak from the LH post, thought it was a boat on the surface, spent 10 mins wondering why it was following me, evey time I sped up, so did the boat. Eventually twigged, reg will be dropped off with Poseidon tomorrow. Very usefull that they are based just down the road.

Last but not least, will put a trip together in the New Year, my current thinking is to base it in Brighton, loads of cheep B&B's and great dives.

Take care all,

Andrew
 

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Nice one Mark, enjoyed the yarn


Way things are going we'll be having a prize for the YD diver that travelled the most distance.lol
 

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Mark

I am deeply hurt, that 4x4 (shogun) is blue not black, all you boys in flash sports cars are the same!

P.s. thanks for the boyancy advice.. I thought I had it nailed for the fist 20 mins or so, until the little matter of a ballastic ascent from 12 metres..embarrassing or what!

Ian
 

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Hi Ian, thanks for the coffee  
. Blue?? Dam I thought it was techie black. I have a 4X4 as well but I am not allowed to use it as the wife cant get the two kids in my MR2. I suggested sticking the little one in the boot so I could use the Jeep for diving but I haven’t had an answer yet as she hasn’t talked to me since
 As a result I have to do some ingenious packing to squeeze it all in the velocity beast. Ho Hum.


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Quote[/b] ] P.s. thanks for the buoyancy advice.. I thought I had it nailed for the fist 20 mins or so, until the little matter of a ballistic ascent from 12 metres. embarrassing or what!
You took CCR buoyancy advice from me?
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??? The only advice I should be allowed to give is, put you hand above your head so you don’t bump it on the way up  


I printed my profile out and you could cut down trees with it.

ATB

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Likewise Ian,

Thanks for the bacon sarnie mate, saved the day as I was hoping for a full heart-attack on a plate to start the day but never got round to it what with surface cover duties and all.

Cheers again.
 

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Mark

funnily enough we are the same at home, I have to ask nicely to use the shogun and have to wait in line as the horse has top priority. Actually I think the dog is higher up in the pecking order than me.

What was the name of the quick release system you use on your twinset ? It looked useful and eems like a good idea, I am all for learning from others

Anyway it was nice to meet people and I enjoyed the rebreather experience! Though I doubt I shall be popping around to the local dive store to purchase one. Though I see E-bay has an inspiration and an Azimuth for sale for all you converts out there.

Ian
 

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Yes I got all excited till I emailed him for the serial number of the unit and he replied that it was still in its box so he couldn’t give it to me. Then alarm bells started ringing in my head.

It was a Custom Diver quick release system. You can buy the unit then just get the clamps to go on the twin sets /singles and they just swap straight over. No more screwdrivers and loosing the expensive mushroom nuts


ATB

Mark Chase
 

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Bren

no worries, In fact I was in the cafe munching on a fat-boys breakfast myself. Top Nosh! A shame Stoney is building an equivalant to an Egyption pyramid and cant get its own caf sorted out...

and thanks for the info Mark I think Ill try and get one the look neat and extremely useful.

Ian
 
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