Â Awoke this morning to aching muscles and bruises so obviously I’ve been away on a dive trip this weekend :) A group of us spent two days diving from Endeavour out of Plymouth. The trip was organised by Morgan on YD original post is here, Plymouth 7-8th July – 35m Wrecks.
There are more photos in my gallery: Diving Plymouth on Endeavour – July 2007
An early start from old man Taylor (Simon) and myself after a late night watching several episodes of Family Guy :) My first time on Endeavour which is a nice big boat, free parking nearby which was a bonus too. Simon and I shunted the gear onto the boat before saying hello to everyone and grabbing a few winks on the way out to the dive site. The weather was hot and sunny with only a few clouds in the sky, the sea was flat calm, much better than the weather predicted earlier on the week :)Â
Dive 1: Persier: Always seem to end up on this wreck on a weekend away, but it’s a good dive. Came across a strange looking fish which people later tell me was a John Dory. Nice dive did a few swim throughs. Ready to launch the dsmb my reel literally falls apart on the bottom. We launch Simon’s but in that time have added a bit more deco than we’d planned. Still back on the boat only 5 minutes later than planned :$
Dive 2: J.E.L. (James Eagan Layne): First time I’ve done this dive and must say I really enjoyed it. Spent the first couple of minutes following a dog fish along the bottom. Came across a huge lobster and spent five minutes with Simon, “you grab it”, “bugger that, YOU grab it!” and so on. Eventually we realised there was no point as neither of us had a bag. Pointed out the lobby to Keith, who is seen back on board with his dinner (after it attacked Noel’s fin). Swam around to the stern before entering through a room where the propellar shaft was. A bit of a squeeze to get through. Upon exiting checked to see if Simon was ok, he’d got half way though decided it was too much squeeze and hit reverse gear. Swam back around to meet him. With 15 minutes deco showing we headed for the surface.
After getting back to port we all dropped the cylinders in for fills and grabbed a couple of beers in the Mount Batten Centre Bar. Afterwards we met up at the Boringdon Arms (which was good as that’s where we were staying :D) for food and beers. By 9.30pm everyone had left and Simon headed to bed leaving me to enjoy the band and the beers. I think I eventually crawled into bed just after midnight (think the band did about 5 encores :frown: ).
Next morning we awoke at 6.30am, I wasÂ partially hoping how gale force winds and rain so I could grab and extra fewÂ hours in bed. It wasn’t to beÂ and the weather was perfect once again, maybe even better than the Saturday.Â A few minutes dozingÂ and up we got toÂ headÂ back to the boat. Cylinders has to be picked upÂ earlyÂ as we had to be on board for 7.30am.
Dive 3: The Maine: What a dive this was. After bagging ourselves a lobby after five minutes we squeezed into another hole arriving in one of the holds. From that point on we spend almost the entire dive inside the wreck seeing the engines and various other parts. If I’d had more gas and some nitrox (was diving air all weekend) I would of blown off the second dive and used all my gas on the wreck. Simon agreed and said it was almost as good as diving wrecks in the flow :D
Dive 4: Scylla: A nice dive, lots of easy swim throughs. Dry suit inflator popped off on the way down. Got Simon to sort it but couldn’t quite get it on. I decided to try and do the dive without it, on the bottom it got quite painful, thankfully got it connected and continued my dive in comfort. This morning there’s a zip shaped mark across my back thoughÂ :( Came across Jen in one of the corridors and heard a muffled “hello”Â :) At the end of the dive decided to give the spool a go as the line was packed. Let’s say I didn’t do the best job ever :$Â so more practise needed on that.
More photos here: Diving Plymouth on Endeavour Photos
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