It was all go over the weekend here at Lochaline Dive Centre. Our first charter of the season arrived on Friday evening. The Fife Renegades escaped the chilly east coast of Scotland and chose to spend a weekend diving in the more sheltered, albeit still a bit nippy, Sound of Mull. The guys roped off on Saturday along with Kelvin Divers from Glasgow and headed for the Hispania for a perfect dive to kick off the season. The divers enjoyed ideal timing and great visibility on one of the most famous wrecks in Britain, then headed back to the dive centre on their surface interval for lunch at the O2 Cafe.
After lunch the group headed for the Thesis, and with such a successful morning dive expectations were high on the boat. All divers surfaced happy with their dive, however by this point the cold was starting to get to them and everyone thought it best to head back to the dive centre for some hot food. Saturday’s charter took place on Sound Diver II, with experienced skipper Alan Livingston’s expertise proving invaluable in providing the group two successful dives. The divers were all well looked after by new crew member Russell Macintyre.
The Sunday proved to be just as successful. With Kelvin Divers opting for a shore dive, it was just Fife Renegades on the boat with the aim to dive the Rondo, and Annabel Lawrence and Dougal Crawford of Lochaline Dive Centre tagged along with the aim to explore some new sites for this summer’s Snorkel Safaris.
The guys all surfaced happy with their weekend’s diving, and even went for a quick fin round the small islands at the site as a reccy mission for the Snorkel Safaris. Have a look at the photo below and see if you can pick out the Rondo’s propeller still on the rocks. The propeller is clearly visible at low water and will be something our snorkelers will explore on their Snorkel Safaris. The divers decided three famous wrecks in one weekend was enough, and Sound Diver II headed back for Lochaline Dive Centre.
There wasn’t just some great diving going on at the weekend though. Lochaline Dive Centre was at the Lochaber Scouts Science and Engineering Fair running a stall and speaking to the scouts and parents alike about diving. Annabel Lawrence was invited to hold a talk explaining what happens here at the dive centre, and also some of the more culturally and historically important aspects of surveying and discovering ship wrecks in the Sound of Mull.
Mark Lawrence was also invited to speak, and gave the audience an interesting and educational insight into the work he carries out with ADUS (Advanced Underwater Surveys) and the technology they use.
So, all in all a very busy weekend here at Lochaline Dive Centre. For updates and news follow us on Twitter @divelochaline and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiveLochaline.