With what was probably the last dive of 2010 for me I found it hard to get to sleep last night .
Chris was due at 7.15 am, club members had emailed to say , are you mad? and my instructor had just shook his head .
The drive up started out in the dark and as the sun rose the temperature plummeted, it hit -10.5 on the way up.
Undeterred as we pulled into the car park I commented on the lack of other divers , surprised that we were the only ones there.
As we got the kit on the bottles my octopus started to free flow but I put that down to the snow and ice on my kit and assumed it would improve as we got into the sea .
A snowy trek to the shore high tide line warmed us up just nicely, a buddy check and we were into the sea.
The water was a balmy 10 degrees c with a beautiful green hue to the 8-10m vis lots of light made it easy to see the hermit crabs scuttling away below us . A bit further out from the shore and the vis started to improve, and very pretty boulder and rock formations come into view just before you hit the wall.
The wall was had its usual encrusting of gorgeous Peacock fans, anenomies and squirts we went down to 25 m and I think we saw the bottom of the wall.
A very nice swim back with another 4 bootlace worms ,one of wich was quite mobile, some fair-sized scallops for Chris’s pot, something he is going to have to look up, it looked a bit like a snow drop but obviously you don’t get them at 10m , some fairly large edible crabs and again some lovely scenery on the fin home.
We changed in the car park then into the Holly Tree for the best soup of the year so far then of home to try to beat the next wave of snow.

It was a great dive to end my first 6 months back into diving and a big thanks to Chris for his welcome skills and good company,

Hears to next year with the quote of the day as my mantra for next year;

You are not a diver unless you get onto the water.

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The Bistro The Ark and The caves

Sunday morning was a cold one.

I could tell that when I poked my nose out from under the covers and my first thought was am I really going to change into my thinsulate in the car park?

Chris picked me up at 7.45am and we headed of into the freezing fog.We arrived at the Bistro car park in the same freezing fog and went straight for a cup of  tea and a hot roll in the warmth it of the Bistro.

The kit up wasn’t to bad, the blue sky could now be seen above the freeing fog which lifted our spirits in the anticipation of wall to wall blue sky to greet us upon our exit.

There is nothing quite like the sensation of the fresh water as it flushes into the top of your hood as you slip into the whisky like top layer of water, except maybe brain freeze from a slushpuppy, but it is not long before you drop below into what was not bad vis at all and start to enjoy the delights that unfold before you.

We saw a fair-sized dogfish sleeping under some small rocks as we dropped to the bottom , lots of squat lobsters retreating from the glare of Chris’s torch and lots of small fish darting here and there amongst the whelks and starfish.

We managed a respectable 45 min and on the way back up we could tell the sun had managed to break through and was illuminating a fantastic underwater garden as we headed back to the shore.

One last treat was a small flat-topped rock with some shrimp lave dancing about on it and a meter long gun-metal blue bootlace worm.  

We had a great first dive and decided to head for the caves in Loch Long .

We set of after a quick bowl of homemade lentil soup, warmed up and looking forward to dive number two.  

We missed the caves and drove right past the dive, it is a small road and easy to miss,we were just about to look for a place to turn when we  came upon HMS Ark Royal parked up on the Loch side  as you do.

The caves are a very different dive from the first one, pitch black at 10m very cold and very deep or so it seems untill you relax into the dive again. Lots of fishing line on this one, we freed a crab wich was well tangled up , it will be a long slow death for lots of life on that dive sight.The annenomies seem to be even more colorful in the total blackness and there were lots of them.

I was glad to take my first sup in the Drovers on the way home ,there is something about a real fire that’s hard to beat.

It was a great days diving  a great way to spend a Sunday and I’m looking forward to the next one already,

Thanks to Chris for filling the bottles , driving and the good company and diving.

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Diving the East coast up at Catterline

We met at seven at the clubhouse for what was to be a great day out.When I got there the gates were open and the boat was being prepped for the trip.
Six of us were headed for Catterline ,five from Perth and picking up one on the way in Dundee.
With blue sky and a brisk breeze we set off for the days diving in one of Chris’s student dive haunts.
On the way up we got a good view of the sea from the road ,the wind was getting stronger and the closer we got the friskier the white horses were getting.We saw a fantastic double rainbow under a clear moon, only in Scotland ??
Catterline is a bonnie wee cove.The stack in the middle of the beach looks like a giants Malteser cake. A short stoney beach leads down to a well sheltered easy entry for the rib and the Montrose dive club car park just around the corner is a great place to get kitted up.
As we looked out to sea there were plenty of seals looking back at us .
A short and bouncy jaunt down to the lighthouse brought us to a sheltered spot to get set, Chris and I went in just under the lighthouse , into a 12m wall with lots of life, a gentle drift took us through some very nice gullies,two large fog horns and some interesting looking caves.There was a fair bit of silt on the bottom so penetration was not on without the proper kit (said the actress to the bishop)
The sea state had deteriorated by the time we got back topside , the safety stop was a bit bouncy but a great dive.
All three pairs reported the same outcome all at different points so a well satisfied crew headed back for lunch.
We had a great spot for lunch back at the slip, blue sky with light squalls provided the setting.

We decided to have a look for a second dive . A quick runaround and we decided to park the rib and try a harbour dive.
I managed about 2m, at one point I could feel the bottom but I couldn’t see it. Chris got us back to the start with his compass and it’s hard to find the right words to properly describe the dive.
The pub at the top of the hill, The Creel, probably has some of the best beer in Scotland so a post dive beer set us up for the trip home.
The boat didn’t make it all the way back under its own steam ,we were asked if we wanted to sell it by some chap in a large Range rover but we decided to wait for Greenflag instead.
A big thanks to all who contributed to a great day out and I can’t wait tot do it all over again.

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