Lochaline Dive Centre, O2 Café & Bunkhouse

There will be no staff in the office from 3rd to 13th February 2018.

All mails will be replied to asap after 13th.

If you need to contact us in an emergency , please phone the mobile (m) 07407183670

Calum & Faith

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Dive Centre open all year round.

The dive centre, o2 café and bunkhouse will be open all year round. Why not come up and have a few dives , good food and a chill out.

 

 

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NITROX & TRIMIX

Lochaline dive centre will continue to have oxygen on site but will not stock helium.

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Lochaline Dive centre new management

Calum and Faith are the proud new owners of the business. We are currently upgrading the system therefore the e mail address may be down a couple of days. We can still be contacted on 01967421627 or  (m) 07748440090.

It will be business as usual, we will contact everyone over the next week to confirm your bookings and any deposits paid.  Please note that the bank pay in details have changed.

Regards

Calum & Faith

Eat Sleep Dive Lochaline Ltd

 

 

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Historic Wrecks

As you probably know The Sound of Mull is famous for it’s wrecks like the Hispania, Shuna and Thesis. My professional interest in the Sound of Mull started when I was studying to become an underwater archaeologist at the University of St Andrews and ended up working on the 17th Century shipwreck at Duart Point.   Just before Christmas some like minded underwater archaeologists from MSDS Marine came to the Sound of Mull to investigate some of our lesser known sites. Any budding archaeologists out there?  Try and identify the images below……

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MSDS surveys the designated wrecks the Sound…

MSDS Marine were with us last week carrying out condition surveys on the historic/designated sites in the Sound, including the Pelican, the John Preston, Duart Point, and the Mingary Gun Site.

The team stayed with us at the dive centre, and were out everyday on our dive vessel Sound Diver. surveying the sites for Historic Scotland.

We’ve seen some great images of the cannons at Mingary, and some amazing 3D fly-throughs. Stay tuned for some images from the week long survey!

 

 

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NAS on the Duart Point site….

The Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) was with us last week working on the Duart Point wreck (the Swan).

Last November the historic wrecks in the Sound of Mull – Duart Point, Dartmouth and John Preston – had their designation changed. Originally protected by the Historic Wrecks Act, the sites are now classed as Marine Historic Protected Areas. This opens the sites to allow divers to enjoy these historically and culturally important wrecks on a look-don’t-touch basis.

To promote these wrecks and their change of designation, the NAS along with Lochaline Dive Centre and esteemed marine archaeologist Dr. Colin Martin have been working on an underwater trail guide for divers to explore the wrecks, starting with the Duart Point site.

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Archaeologist studying one of the site’s iron cannons.

The guide will allow divers to clearly see how the wreck and it’s artefacts rest on the seabed, and how the wreck’s structure has changed over time.

It will also provide a way for Lochaline Dive Centre and the NAS to monitor the wreck over time, and map any further artefacts that are exposed.

The whole project is being funded by Historic Scotland, and Phil Robertson -senior inspector of marine archaeology – has been heavily involved in the project with us here at Lochaline Dive Centre.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress of the project, and when it’s finished the guide will only be available online at www.lochalinedivecentre.co.uk!

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Cycling and Walking

Lochaline and the surrounding areas of Morvern have scenic walks and cycle routes for everyone.

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Spring News

The season has well and truly started now here at Lochaline Dive Centre.

We have 24 divers here from Nottingham Trent University this week. The group arrived on Saturday and will stay all the way up until Thursday, making the most of our dive boats, accommodation, air and gas filling facilities and the great weather we’re having to tick off some great dives in their logbooks.

The group split up today, with some heading off on Sound Diver II with the aim to dive the Breda, while the others taking their RIB out to dive the Ballista and perhaps go scallop hunting in Ardtornish Bay.

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Sunday was of course Mother’s Day, and the O2 Cafe held a special Mary Berry Afternoon Tea to celebrate, with a wide range of cakes, sandwiches and scones on offer.

WP_001422There’s been lots of interest in our new snorkel activities, and new dates have been added for the BSAC Dolphin Snorkeler and Snorkel Diver pool courses at Oban’s Atlantis Leisure swimming pool. Read more about all our snorkel activities and dates here.

For regular updates and news on what’s happening here at Lochaline Dive Centre follow us on Twitter @divelochaline and Like us on Facebook!

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