Random Jottings

Oban and Easedale, only dry though!

The guys at Puffin Dive Centre didn't have any spare places so I thought that I was going to be limited to shore dives on my latest trip north, however the fates stepped in......

And due to a very heavy bout of tonsilitis I was restricted to mooching about and didn't even get my toes wet! However it wasn't a wasted trip as I was able to zip about and check out barely remembered sites from my mis-spent youth.

The first place was the old flooded slate quarry near Easedale which is at Seil Island, about 11 miles from Oban along 'traditional' highland single track roads.

The sound between the islands is narrow and although the old slate pier would make an interesting dive I think that the risks caused by a massive current and a very short slack water make it an impractical dive site, although I bet that the life on the pier legs is great and maybe, just maybe it would make a good slack water drift dive providing that DSMB's were up and you had RIB cover.

The second site here is the old slate quarry, this was flooded way back and it offers a very good site for tekike training or warm up dives. The quarry isn't hugh and looking through the water you can see, and I can remember, shelves, maybe 2m wide and 10m long which are suitable staging posts should you not wish to bottom out in the cente of the quarry where you have just shy of 80m of water, my old log-books say 76m......ahhhhh the joys of bounce diving with a single 12l cylinder and a wet-suit, I really do't know how we survived the late 70s and early 80s!

Just around from the slate quarry where the sea 'opens out' there are more options for shore dives directly infront of the free public car park, the tide here pushes away from the left so stay on the right side of the site and if in doubt and you are caught up swim to your left where the current will reduce.

The rest of the break was spent doing 'tourist things' a trip to Mull made me slightly happier as the water in the Sounds of Mull and Kerrera had a horrible brown/green tinge so I think the vis will have been badly impacted.

I was fortunate when taking some photos of beached and decaying trawllers to find some sections of weatherboard showing how pins and clevis rings were used. the photographs certainly aid in the description of the process which is included in my book (currently WIP!)

The weather looks to be settling down and I am keeping my fingers crossed that i will be able to have a shore splash in the very near future, this time last year I had completed about 15 shore dives and was commenting that the vis had sorted itself out, I think that we are perhaps a month behind with the vis but the life has arrived under cover of clarty water!

So when you get in to dive, please........

Dive safe!


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