Winter Update 2017

Although things have been a bit quiet in terms of updates and trip reports here recently there has been plenty going on over the last few months, with plenty of DSAC members getting out diving and even some very keen trainees beginning their Ocean Diver training.

Back in January seven of us ventured over to Oban for a weekend diving based luxury caravans at Tralee Bay. This is a great place to stay for a weekend with great accommodation, slipway, and quick access to loads of good dives in the area. There is also plenty of space away from the main campsite to run a compressor in the evening without bothering anyone. While it was a little cold we had great weekend and got some good dives in at the Falls of Lora, Breda, Bach Island, and a couple of exploratory dives.

Tay Explorer

Tay Explorer

More photos from that weekend can be found here

Later on in February a few members visited Oban again for a weekend shore diving new sites in Loch Etive. As well diving two new sites (Dunfuinary, and an interesting recent wreck), which both had different but challenging entry points, we also did a fluo-night dive at the Falls of Lora in the 30min slack window. This was another good weekend and I’m sure we will be back to explore the new sites more over the summer!

Hermit Crab fluorescing under blue light

Hermit Crab fluorescing under blue light

More photos from those dives can be seen by clicking the picture above.

Into march and on a couple of occasions club members made use of the excellent charter Dive Oban & Argyll run out of Dunstaffnage by Shane Wasik. The first was a fantastic night dive on the wreck of the Breda, which although it involved a late night drive back to Dundee, was totally worth it.

Fluorescing Devonshire Cup Coral

Fluorescing Devonshire Cup Coral

More photos can be viewed by clicking the photo above.

Just last weekend, another four members from the club went out with Dive Oban and Argyll again, this time to dive the Garvellachs in the amazing spring weather. They had a great day diving the life covered walls and drifts in 10m+ visibility!

While all this going on, a couple of very keen ocean diver trainees (and instructors) have been out getting their first tastes of open water diving in Scotland, and enjoying every minute of it.

Laura after her first open water dive

Laura very happy after her first open water dive

The club are back over in Oban this weekend for our annual Ocean Diver training trip as well as some boat diving.

 

JamesL

About JamesL

I was instantly hooked on diving after doing a Trydive with DSAC in Sep 2009 and have loved diving all over Scotland ever since. I have always had a keen interest in marine biology and more recently underwater photography which allows me to record and ID the huge variety of life to be found in Scottish waters. [latestdive user="jamesL"]
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