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What a yummy weekend of weather!  Finally got to Wraysbury which I enjoyed for the practice and now am looking forward to Littlehampton next weekend - my first experience of UK sea diving.

How did the rest of you enjoy the sunshine while I looked for taxis and Thorpe Park Rangers beneath Heathrow's flight path?!
 

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TBH I thought it was far too intense and didn't enjoy the heat at all, maybe partly because Saturday I was helping my mate move house, sunday I decided not to go diving due to the lightening, was reading recently about people getting zapped while diving, eek!
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I went to Farnes this weekend with Divetech. We chartered Farnes Diving Service and their bunk house, pretty basic but does the job for the budget minded. We had a great time diving on Saturday and Sunday. The weather was warm and the sea haar was not too much of a hinderance. We all enjoyed our selves and much sealife was seen by all. The water was 14 degrees C and very calm on Sunday. No problems experienced and as my first four dives post qualifying in June, I'll have a hard time in the next few dives topping them.

Sympathies to the diver who had a DCI. Hope he's recoverying well.

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Quote[/b] (dcrampt @ Aug. 11 2003,10:57)]I went to Farnes this weekend with Divetech. We chartered Farnes Diving Service and their bunk house, pretty basic but does the job for the budget minded. We had a great time diving on Saturday and Sunday. The weather was warm and the sea haar was not too much of a hinderance. We all enjoyed our selves and much sealife was seen by all. The water was 14 degrees C and very calm on Sunday. No problems experienced and as my first four dives post qualifying in June, I'll have a hard time in the next few dives topping them.

Sympathies to the diver who had a DCI. Hope he's recoverying well.

Dave C
The club I'm a member of is looking to do the Farnes for the first time in mid September - I'd really appreciate any tips you can give me on who to go with (boat wise) and maybe some places to stay??
 

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Well, I've been dividing up the sunshine into diving, tennis and sunbathing. If I'm not in sharm, I'm going to make you all jealous with my student lifestyle!!!

I did spend one day earning a lot of beer money pouring concrete, which got a bit warm, but other than that, I'm taking life easy. Dum di doo, might get dressed some time this afternoon...
 

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Quote[/b] (LesleySS @ Aug. 11 2003,10:06)].....and now am looking forward to Littlehampton next weekend - my first experience of UK sea diving.
You will enjoy it - that's an order. Some of the best diving in the world in the UK - hope you have a good time. Are you shore or boat diving? It is warm enough not to need gloves at the moment (36 mtrs yesterday) but I've got nicks and cuts all over my fingers. Doh!

Ref the hot weather - I still wore my dry suit. Boy, er sorry, girl, was I glad to get in the water.
 

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Quote[/b] (Digger @ Aug. 11 2003,11:07)]Well, I've been dividing up the sunshine into diving, tennis and sunbathing. If I'm not in sharm, I'm going to make you all jealous with my student lifestyle!!!

I did spend one day earning a lot of beer money pouring concrete, which got a bit warm, but other than that, I'm taking life easy. Dum di doo, might get dressed some time this afternoon...
B*ast*rd. A lucky one at that.
 

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Quote[/b] (Finless @ Aug. 11 2003,11:07)]You will enjoy it - that's an order. Some of the best diving in the world in the UK - hope you have a good time. Are you shore or boat diving? It is warm enough not to need gloves at the moment (36 mtrs yesterday) but I've got nicks and cuts all over my fingers. Doh!

Ref the hot weather - I still wore my dry suit. Boy, er sorry, girl, was I glad to get in the water.
I'm sure I'll enjoy it, I can't wait!  
  Glad to hear it's warm, hate wearing gloves so that's a result.  We're boat diving I believe, 3 on the Saturday and 2 on the Sunday.  Not sure exactly which dives but a couple fo wrecks and a drift dive hopefully.

Found it too hot at Wraysbury for the dry suit and lost about three stone in sweat walking from the back car park at Stoney in my drysuit and thermals on Saturday - never again!  
  Still fab to be back in the water though...
 

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Wandered around the Maize Maze. Must be out of our minds...
And made sorbet (the gf is on a diet and isn't allowed ice cream)
And drove around in my air-conditioned car quite a lot.
Diving, no. Not in that kind of heat, thank you.
Going on Wednesday tho.. should be cooler by then
 

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Hi Lesley,

We went with Farnes Diving as I said. We stayed in his bunkhouse attached to his home in Beadnell, just a couple of miles south of Seahouses. A really nice village with a great pub The Craster Inn which has a campsite next to it. Farnes Diving also has a B&B opposite the Bunkhouse which might be nicer. Our DO did say she has dived with Sovreign Divers in the past, I think they have three boats. The cost was 26.67 per person per day though I think that might include the bunk house at 6 pounds per night (sleeps 8 9 ata push(soaf in kitchen)). I don't know if you've booked anything or not but you might have to book a while in advance. The operators seem to be working together as I found that all the boats seem to drop the divers off at the same points at the same time. It seemed to be indicated that they work together to have three or four boats in a line side by side with divers next to each boat perhaps for safety. ?? The boats seem to know which place is best at what times also and divers pretty much seem to trust them as to where to dive.

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<font color='#810541'>What a lovely weekend, needed a bit of a breeze though!


Went looking for kit on Sat day &had a BBQ in the afternoon, don't really remember much after 8pm. Sun went to Maidstone to visit Tom's friend and fiance, then took it easy in Tom's garden for the rest of the evening.

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<font color='#000080'>Well, I'm glad you all seem to have made the most of a beautiful weeked.

I had to work!  

Rushing around in this heat in kevlar body armour was exhausting! At least I was on nights so I avoided the very worst of it. But, of course, on hot, sultry weekends like this everyone is plastered and the world turns into The Muppet Show Live!

So what did I do this weekend?

Well, in addition to the usual drunken fights and broken windows I nicked a guy for racially harassing his local shop keeper, collared a bloke for kidnapping and indecently assaulting a 13 year old girl, arrested two lads for kicking down a door and attacking the occupants with a machette ... oh, and rescued a little puppy that was happily bouncing along in the four lanes of the very busy A6 while drunken drivers buzzed around his ears!

After all that I could really do with some diving - the peace and tanquility that you only find at 20m! Sanctuary!
 

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Diving at Selsey for me.

Far Mulberry with Dive Eclipse Saturday evening. Lovely dive - masses of life, OK vis, sea completely flat calm.

Back on Sunday to do the shore dive under the pier. Very shallow but surprisingly pleasant (not done it before), again lots of life around pier legs (many wrasse, tompots, crabs, lobsters, vast quantities of "small things" on the totally encrusted pier legs, could have spent ages just staring at one tiny patch.

V. good weekend; will definitely go back. Pretty hot wandering round the beach in my semi though - certainly wouldn't have wanted to be wearing a drysuit!

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Quote[/b] (Mark Davies @ Aug. 11 2003,12:32)].... collared a bloke for kidnapping and indecently assaulting a 13 year old girl
Next time you go diving take him with you - snorkelling. Oh, make it 50 mtrs.
 

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Thoroughly enjoyed a cub trip down to Portland, 4 dives of RIBs, couple of nights in the restaurant/bar, what more could you ask?  

Did not enjoy sitting in Drysuit and kit for even a few mins on ride out to site: H-O-T-!!!
Reeeally did not enjoy 4+ hours in a non air con car up M3/M25/A406 during later half of yesterday afternoon: V-E-R-Y-H-O-T-!!!!!!!!!  


Worth it though - ahhhhh that cold rush of water over face when you roll off the RIB  


[Best wishes to the Bristol student who apparently surfaced with DCI symptoms at Fathom + Blues over weekend, hope they are recovering well. Nothing to do with the YD Bristol lot I trust Daz??]
 

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Quote[/b] (Digger @ Aug. 11 2003,11:07)]"I did spend one day earning a lot of beer money pouring concrete, which got a bit warm, but other than that, I'm taking life easy."
<font color='#0000FF'>yo diggsy!! if your any good at pouring the grey slop you should give up yer student lifestyle and come and work with us for "major" daily beer money.

maybe then you would be able to afford holidays to hull and skeggy like the rest of us.

how does £11 an hour grab ya for starters  


as for my heatwave ..... spent it swimming in weirpools in the valleys of the dark side (white rose country).
and over indulging in the local eataries and drinking troughs only to wake to a storm the next morning which put paid to the days plans so we headed to elsmere port to visit the blue planet instead.

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Guys

No heatwave at 32m off Dover, 19Deg according to my SUUNTO, 36Deg on the surface. Dived the Brandenburg the second of the 3 ships that sunk in 1971 causing the shipping lanes to be set up. 8m Proud in 32m.

15m of Vis, yes 15m of Vis off Dover.
 
 
 


At 6m was able to wave at the boat cover, once i was back in the Rhib i got out of my suit (Compressed Neoprene) only had a T Shirt and Shorts under it and went for a swim in the middle of the shipping lanes. They were a bit quiet.

Fantastic dive, and only took 30min to do the 10 miles back to Dover on a flat calm sea.

Next weekend - Maybe the Texaco Caribbean that started the tripple whammy off.

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18 deg off Eastbourne yesterday, but pants vis cos we didn't get out that far.  Skip's boat's thrown one of its engines, so we spent a fair amount of time limping around in circles  

Still, he's got a new laptop for the chart programs and it's got a DVD player & a nice big flat-screen. Porn galore in between dives! And in Sovereign Harbour lock! Those yachtie types didn't look all that amused.

Spent much of the dive battering away at a porthole attached to a large piece of steel plate on the seabed at 40m. Didn't win. Dragged the whole caboodle out of the way so no other bastid would find it before the return visit (semtex has been ordered).  Found a lobster. Much battling. UK lobbies are so much harder work than Frog ones, but taste all the better for it. 'Pinchy' - as the deceased has become known - certainly did.
Broke out the 5mm semi for the first time this year & spent the whole dive toasty.  Finless. You are SUCH a gurl. Drysuit & FFM in this weather, I ask you. Try a semi - it'll get the hose count down to 27.
 

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Quote[/b] (dave archer @ Aug. 11 2003,18:28)][Best wishes to the Bristol student who apparently surfaced with DCI symptoms at Fathom + Blues over weekend, hope they are recovering well. Nothing to do with the YD Bristol lot I trust Daz??]
Thankfully not,  although I do know Dale (one of the owners), she used to live around the Bristol area.  I'll see if I can find out what the outcome was.  Lets hope it was nothing serious.  


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<font color='#810541'>Spent all day Saturday down at Swanage. Had to really good dives under the pier. A 73 minute and a 94 minute dive. Lots to see, gorgeous weather, lovely creatures.. and the marine life was quite good too!!
 
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