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Old 18 April 2010, 12:49   #1
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Great day diving from Porthgain today

As the title says....fab weather, great vis, good company....

We dived the Vendome (well, tried, but failed to find wreck itself...a great reef dive though - lots of life) and then the Danbeard....We dived with a group from Cliffton SubAqua (some of the party on Razorbill, some on their RIB).

Some serious divers in the group...lots of really cool kit to drool over!

Met some great guys and girls from the world of diving (Journos, Presenters, Cameramen). The first pics shows some of the party on Razorbill (check out the rebreather and camera!) and the second Monty Halls on his 6m Destroyer, put together by Quinquari.

Some great wildlife encountered and hopefully some good footage which we'll post up on our site when we get chance to review.....fingers crossed for a great summer (the waters still a bit chilly)
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Old 18 April 2010, 13:23   #2
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We dived today also......couldn't see my hand in front of my face!

13 minutes, 6 metres and jacked it in and went to the pub.


Still, got the boats out for a run.
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Great stuff Dan - the solent seemed to be clear in places but in others you couldn't see 6 inches under the surface.

Seems like 1st class boating weather all over the UK - I am so glad to have given up flying the general visibility on the south coast we very poor, just a grey blur from sea to sky with no real horizon to see.

Same with you ?

I blame the volcano - but happy to have the high pressure thats causing the trouble for the planes !
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Great stuff Dan - the solent seemed to be clear in places but in others you couldn't see 6 inches under the surface.

Seems like 1st class boating weather all over the UK - I am so glad to have given up flying the general visibility on the south coast we very poor, just a grey blur from sea to sky with no real horizon to see.

Same with you ?

I blame the volcano - but happy to have the high pressure thats causing the trouble for the planes !
Mist began to rise about 14.30 after we came of the water, slight haze at sea, but generally good....really warm in the sun

Sea temp a heady 8 degrees

Vis was good 6 to 10m (sorry) had been v.poor last few weeks...were still areas of bloom though.

Weirdest thing was lack of plane vapour trails in the clear sky....
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We dived today also......couldn't see my hand in front of my face!

13 minutes, 6 metres and jacked it in and went to the pub.


Still, got the boats out for a run.
Just no telling is there....the bloom will be on its way if this weather keeps up I fear....

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i always love the trip to porthgain from newport ..... its such a fabulous bit of coastline .......the scampi and chips plus a few pints sitting outside The Sloop is most welcome too ...... i'm really looking forward to seeing your video of what goes on beneath the waves .....
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I really must make the effort and take a trip out of porthgain.
The monster in lay liver 300 yards from the sloop, and there parking for several RIBS!
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I really must make the effort and take a trip out of porthgain.
The monster in lay liver 300 yards from the sloop, and there parking for several RIBS!
Handy.... crawling distance ...I find drink helps me get through visits to the monster in law!

We've got a day or two charter for RhosyGilwen Mansion down there on the weekend of 30th May....In and out all day. Say hi if you're about

Sloop was busy yesterday Gossy...We've got a vid of our own to post up, but one of the guys with us is a professional u/water cameraman....he's promised us a short film, so should be good...willpost up on our Youtube channel when we get it...

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rebreathers are a bit of a faff for most uk inshore diving, i would not spend 3k plus an hour pre dive fiddling to be met with 6 inch viz, but people do want it, i find a 12l 230bar ample to reach 15m and find you cant see owt, ps any scallop beds off the gower?
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rebreathers are a bit of a faff for most uk inshore diving, i would not spend 3k plus an hour pre dive fiddling to be met with 6 inch viz, but people do want it, i find a 12l 230bar ample to reach 15m and find you cant see owt, ps any scallop beds off the gower?
The diver with the rebreather is a professional underwater cameraman so it gets plenty of 'proper' use.....Interestingly, he was telling me that the seals (the mammal kind) much prefer the lack of bubbles...

I know what you mean about being overkitted though...

First time i've actually handled one, but must say that the rebreather was actually easier to manhandle than a twinset....I need a bigger dive rack!

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