Well done to Gary McFarlane who qualified as a Tec 45 diver today at Stoney Cove with Course Director Robert Varns.
The weather was not kind to us today with wind and rain but that didn’t put the dampeners on the diving. Gary worked very well through all his skills with a few minor issues but my attitude is if nothing goes wrong you don’t necessarily learn anything in diving. As imple saying is “CANI”… Constant and Neverending Improvement.
Superb execution of dive planning and our missions for the two dive tours was to visit the Stangarth Tug boat wreck and the Helicopter.
Visibility was not the usual high quality that Stoney offers with a max of around 4 metres at it best. With no sunshine there was little light in 30 metres, so torches were essential.
Interesting how fast the water temperature dropped on descent with a mild 17 degrees in the shallows dropping right down to 8 degree’s below 27 metres. That’s a 1 degree drop every 3 metres. Bbbbrrrr..
Glad we had decided to switch back to Drysuits for today’s dives. It’s been lovely diving wetsuit all through the glorious summer. Drysuits today were essential for thermal protection at Stoney in this temp.
During our two dive tours we had large Pike, hundreds of Perch and large Roach, just to make the dive more interesting. It’s Gary’s 1st visit to Stoney and his view was “I will be back”.
Roll on the Tec 50 course soon and once again congratulation’s Gary.
Also thank you for our ever superb surface support from Carol who kept us supplied with Stoney’s Egg/Sausage & Bacon Cobbs and Hot Chocolate drinks.
Cracking 2 morning dives yesterday and today at Leybourne.Getting sidemount configurations set up with Colin for some pleasure tec dives. As always there’s a certain amount of “faffing” over a couple of dives getting everything set “just right” for comfort and stability.
Then found the 2 sides vary in cylinder weight by ½ kilo and enough to put the trim out. Must remember for next dive to use 2 equal weight cylinders.
Thank you Colin for 2 great dives. Lovely to see James and helen in for a bubble and checking drysuit seals.
Yesterdays viz was better around 4+ metres and a lovely 19 degrees. Today’s viz dropped back to around 1-3 metres and patchy due to the late August algae blooming again.
This 3.382 ton British Steamer with a cargo of coal was sunk on 18 April 1918 by a torpedoed from the German submarine UB 40, she sunk to a depth of 22mtrs.
She is a good dive for novices with parts of the wreck standing some stands 7m high from the sea bed.
Although she is a well dived wreck, keep an eye out for the odd souvenir and have you seen the big gun on the stern, I have. The stern lays on its starboard side with the gun laying level with the seabed and pointing backwards towards the prop.
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£30 per diver. This is for PADI AOW or equivalent.
If you need kit hire, let us know at time of booking.
We are off to Vobster Quay this weekend. We will be diving Sunday 13th May.
It’s time to go and visit the new helipcopter that was positioned in the lake earlier this year, as well as taking a tour around all the other favourites including, the tunnel, crushing works and the airplane.
Watch out for our schedule of evening boat dives for late May and June coming shortly.
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Big congratulations to Alex Denny & Mark Davey on completion of their PADI Dive Master Course. Well Done Lads. You should both be proud of your achievements Mark Davey and Alexander Denney.
Great work done by Bill Wilson IDCS in getting them through the final stage of their Divemaster course. It’s been a long road of academics, pool work and Open Water work along with other team member Instructors from Dive Machine.
Great to have both both on board as PADI Professional Divemasters, plenty of wwork available to keep you busy using your newly aquired skills with students over the coming months.
We will be diving Buckland Lake this weekend, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th March.
To meet at Dive Machine for 08:00 on Saturday. If you would like to join us or require any equipment on rental then please contact us at the dive center beforehand.
This will allow us to prepare equipment and organize buddy teams for the day.
We will also be completing speciality dives for the Dry-suit & Wreck Diver courses along with Divemaster open water skills & rescue assessments..
The Vessel… The 40 metre S/Y Philippine Siren liveaboard was built on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2008. Hand crafted from ironwood and teak (traditional to the area), you will find no other diving
liveaboard as beautiful in Philippine waters. Each cabin is air-conditioned and offers its own personal computer, audio-visual entertainment system and en-suite bathrooms with hot water. For added luxury bathrobes, hair dryers and towels are provided. The spacious, air-conditioned saloon benefits from a cocktail bar, 50 inch flatscreen TV and computer server which supports the inter-cabin network. Dining is outdoors under a covered area with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. An expansive dive and leisure deck provides ample space for kitting up, even when the vessel is full.
The Diving… This 10 night liveaboard adventure allows up to 33 dives (including night dives) and takes you to the beautiful regions of Malapascua and Visayas, allowing you to experience some of the best diving in the Philippines.
Itinerary Highlights include…
Gato Island A marine reserve and seasnake sanctuary, the island of Gato provides a diverse range of marine life; cuttlefish can be seen performing their mating rituals whilst white tip reef sharks seek shelter under bommies and a plethora of macro critters command the sea floor. There are several sites around the small island which we visit.
Pescador Island The tiny offshore island of Pescador attracts large schools of sardines; just seeing the wall of fish is spectacular in itself but these sardines have also been known to bring some large friends with them! Fortunate divers have been lucky enough to see whalesharks and thresher sharks here. Other large pelagics include dog tooth tuna, potato groupers and yellow-tail barracuda. Oceanic triggerfish, midnight snappers and blue-lined fusiliers as well as trumpet fish, box fosh, turtles, angle fish and batfish are commonly seen. Sumilon Island Sumilon Island is where blacktip and white tip reefs sharks are known to frequent the waters. The sanctuaries also support numerous fish species and healthy coral growth. Sightings of tuna, batfish, trevally and unicorn fish are common and there is also a wide variety of crustaceans. Apo Island
Apo Island Marine Reserve is one of most successful marine sanctuaries to be to be established in the Philippines. Night diving is unfortunately not permitted however a sunset dive at The Chapel provides a superb opportunity to watch mandarin fish mating. Balicasag Island The small island of Balicasag, just off the tip of Panglao is characterised for its many turtles, coral gardens and steep walls which provide overhangs, cracks and crevices in which to search for a variety of marine species.
All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
£3,999 per person* *30% deposit. Remaining due 12 weeks prior to departure.
Price is subject to change but will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Includes: Return flights from London – Cebu.
10 Nights on board the liveaboard,
Certain transfers between liveaboard and local airport or hotel on days of embarkation and disembarkation, full board accommodation on the vessel based on double occupancy, Tea, fresh coffee from our espresso machine, fruit juice, soft drinks & beer, all diving on air, nitrox if certified, 12lt cylinder, weights & weight belt.
Please contact Carol or Rob at Dive Machine on 01732 773553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book on to this Philippines liveaboard trip please
Itinerary: Pelagic Encounters Dates: 5th – 13th January 2019 Aboard: M/Y blue Voyager
Originally sailing as a blue o two fleet vessel in the Red Sea, M/Y blue Voyager was fully refurbished in 2017 ready for her move to the Maldives. M/Y blue Voyager is a 37 metre, steel hulled vessel that boasts three spacious double and ten twin cabins. She features a separate outdoor dining area, bar and sky lounge, as well as a luxurious Jacuzzi. M/Y blue Voyager benefits from a separate tender and diving dhoni which allows for the best use of space on the liveaboard to explore the pearls of the Indian Ocean in comfort. The vessel is also equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and camera station. The Itinerary…
This itinerary travels further south to Vaavu with the purpose of seeking out the larger pelagics. More channel diving is offered to maximise your chance of ‘big fish’ encounters and manta cleaning stations are also visited. Itinerary highlights…
**PLEASE NOTE** the dive sites below are just an example of the route taken and are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and local seasonal knowledge and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.
Fish Head Fish Head also known as Shark Point or Mushimasmingili Thila, fits the classic definition of a Thila – a large isolated flat top reef rising sharply from the inner atoll floor at 40 to 50m to around 10m from the surface. It is one of the best sites for seeing sharks. Featuring a series of caves and overhangs in between where you can see thousands of blueline snappers against a backdrop of black coral bushes and large gorgonians.
Miyaru FaruUnsurprisingly given that ‘miyaru’ means shark in Dhivehi, sharks feature prominently at this North Male spot! At around 30 metres there is an overhang which can shield you from the strength of the passing current, and with an incoming current the visibility can be excellent and the parade of pelagics and local residents, impressive. You might see a number of grey reef sharks as well as barracuda, kingfish and tuna. Large groups of eagle rays and their larger cousins, the manta rays, are often seen here, filter feeding in the plankton-rich water.
Fotteyo Kandu Many scuba divers consider Fotteyo Kandu (Vaavu Atoll) to be the best dive site in Maldives and it is also rated among the top 5 dive sites in the world. The mouth of the channel is exposed to the ocean and during north east monsoon when the currents are incoming, a good variety of fish species gather at the entrance to the channel. Animals commonly spotted here include grey reef shark patrolling the
channel mouth, jack and tuna in the deeper water, schools of midnight snappers and red snapper form in huge groups. The wall features caves, overhangs and swim-throughs at different depths. These caves and overhangs are filled with colourful yellow colour like soft coral, deeper caves and overhangs are filled with huge bushes of black corals.
Guraidhoo Kandu South Since the eastern side of the channel is open ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional sail fish and hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.
All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
£2,195 per person Includes: Return flights from LON, 7 nights full board accommodation on vessel, visa, internal transfers, all diving, single 12lt cylinder, lead weights, tea, coffee and water.
Please contact Rob or Carol at Dive Machine on 01732 773553 or email email@example.com for more information or to book on this Maldives safari!