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Some YDers may already know that I am very new to diving. Most of my training (I am now a Sports Diver) has been at Vobster, or shallow dives in Torbay and Plymouth, all of which I have greatly enjoyed. My post-dive enthusiasm has always been met with a wry little smile from Frosty, which had me puzzled..... until now!

We went with three members of our club to Penzance for a couple of days this week. The weather was perfect - warm, sunny and the sea was calm: at least to start with! On the first day we dived the Runnelstone, which is a magnificent rock pinnacle close to Land's End. The trip could not have started better, as we were accompanied by two very friendly dolphins!







In 12 metre vis, we drifted down huge anemone-encrusted walls. There was a shoal of horse mackerel, loads of enormous urchins, several species of crabs and cotton spinners. This may sound routine to some YDers, but with less than 20 dives under my belt, this was a whole new world to me. We also saw a beautifully preserved anchor - sorry the following photos are rather green, but the flash wasn't on!



The first dive of day two was The Bucks, which we dived out of Lamorna Cove. Again the vis was 10-12 metres and if anything, the life was even more prolific on this site, and in my view better than the Runnelstone. There were walls encrusted with plumose anemones and dead men's fingers, dogfish, and large starfish.







We called into Lamorna for lunch, before setting out again to dive the SS Lincoln, a 624 ton schooner rigged steamship which sank in 1886. Vis was similar to the other dives, but there was a distinct green layer through which we descended, which made us wonder whether the plankton may bloom early this year. On this site there were a lot of wrasse and spider crabs, with lots of flattened broken wreckage lying amongst the boulders. This was my first wreck dive, and I can't wait to do more!



These dives have truly changed my life. All I want to do now is dive, dive, dive! I know it isn't always going to be as good as this, but I will never feel quite the same about Vobster. Many thanks to Phil, Chris and Debbie, who were great company, as always, and who were tremendously helpful and friendly. Last, but definitely not least, thanks to my lovely Frosty, who guided me through these sites and put up with me pointing at everything and making shrieking noises through my reg.
 

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I remember those feelings on certain dives, and I still get them now too! I'll never forget my dive on the JEL last summer, or my first dive in the nice warm waters in Tenerife, and the dives with the turtles.... oh my word.

Looks like you have found a new way to empty your pockets even further though. Make sure that Frosty guy buys you some really nice shiny pressies!

May you keep on enjoying your diving :)
 

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Well done you - what a lovely report of your experiences Jules :girlhug:

Please make sure there are dolphins for my when I come down to see y'all in July :teeth:

Helen xxx
 

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excellent report, your enthusiasm shines through and makes me want to grab my kit and hit the water:thumbs_up:
 
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Good for you, my wife as a non diver can't understand why I'll get up at half past dark to drive miles for an hour or 2 underwater, your post shows why I do.

Safe diving,
Steve
 
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This may sound routine to some YDers, but with less than 20 dives under my belt, this was a whole new world to me.
Well I've done a few more than that but it still rarely fails to enthrall me everytime I dive and I am sure the majority of divers feel the same whether they have done 50 or 5000.
Awe and wonder at our incredible underwater world best describes it for me and it doesnt matter whether its a dive under swanage pier or the german fleet up in scapa I love it all
 

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Well I've done a few more than that but it still rarely fails to enthrall me everytime I dive and I am sure the majority of divers feel the same whether they have done 50 or 5000.
Awe and wonder at our incredible underwater world best describes it for me and it doesnt matter whether its a dive under swanage pier or the german fleet up in scapa I love it all
I feel the same way. This trip was really great not only for the quality of the diving but the highlight for me was being able to share the magical word down there with Jules. If anything, the more I dive, the more I like it! We won't always be diving the Runnelstone with dolphins but even after 26 years as a diver I always feel lucky to be down there. Thanks to Jules, Chris, Debs and Phill for a great trip.:)
 

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Great report!

What a great report, I remember that feeling, in fact I still get it quite often!
The viz is definitely better in the SW!

Welcome to the salty stuff, it IS awesome.

And more reports, I love reading them :teeth:
 

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What a great report :)

Well done :)
 

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What an excellent trip.
It sounds as though you have really got the bug.... I am pleased for you both. It doesn't seem that long since Frosty was telling us you had learned to swim, Fantastic achievment. :)
 

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Jules,

you did text me to say there would be a great report, and it is.. makes me all warm, that wonderful feeling that you can only get when you are diving... I love it so much too, it has saved me from despair and it is trips like the one you describe that makes up for all the many things we all deal with day to day...

Thank you for sharing, hope to have the pleasure of diving with you two one day, even if it will not be with pods of dolphins.. still be fabulous I am sure..

B x
 

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Wonderful report Jules :teeth:

As the others have said, warm fuzzy feeling and a yearning to get back in there.
Btw, you've done brilliantly girl :thumbsup:

Looking forward to a pleasure dive with you :girlhug:
 

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Great report
Certainly beats the 2 ft yes ft not mts that we experienced off Rhos on Sea on Sunday last.
 

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I loved your report, and have to say that getting that bug, and the buzz from what amounts to be even the simplest dive, is just amazing.

Paul Oliver knows what I mean - he saw me surface from a WW1 submarine with a piece of crap metal in tow, and I was as happy as if I had surfaced with a gold ingot!!
 
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Fantastic report

Definitely know the feelings that go through you! I had got a bit stale with the old diving lately but last weekend in France I was actually dancing and singing again in my twin-set. It's such a liberating feeling when a dive is just what you thought it should be.

Well Done, and may you have many, many more fantastic experiences like that.

Kelly
 

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But did you get pissed in The "Admiral Benbow" and form a new BS-AC branch... (ask Nick...!)
 

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But did you get pissed in The "Admiral Benbow" and form a new BS-AC branch... (ask Nick...!)
We did seek refreshment in the Admiral Benbow but managed not to form another branch on this occasion! There will a full report of the strange goings on therein on the club website. Maybe...
 
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