Swanage – 24th June

On a beautiful warm weekend in June, 11 of us went to Swanage for a weekend diving on Femti, our club RHIB.

We dived the Valentine Tanks and Kyarra, did a drift at Old Harry Rocks and of course some Pier diving. One of our Sports Diver trainees also signed off their assistant dive manager lesson.

The water was a balmy 19 degrees and the visibility good, considering the number of charter boats and other RHIBs out there that weekend. Having been to Swanage a fair few times, we are used to a lot of life on the wrecks there, but we couldn’t have imagined the large shoal that met us at the bottom or the number of conger eels poking their heads out to take a look.

On Saturday evening we enjoyed a large barbecue at our accommodation with far too much food and lots of laughter.

On the whole Femti did well, taking groups of divers out in waves and finding the wrecks with ease. Unfortunately she did have a leak in one of her tube sections, which meant a lot of pumping to keep the tube rigid. A new job for our boat enthusiasts in the club to look into with in the next few weeks.

Overall a fantastic weekend was had by all. Big thanks to Steve and Mark for their help with the boat and Nick for the sorting the barbecue.

Emma – trip organiser