The following multi-day club diving trips are being planned for 2021/2022. Please contact the organiser to register.
Note that we will continue with local diving throughout the summer, with weekend and weekday/evening dives (including Thursday evening dive meets and BBQs) being arranged as weather and availability permits. These dives will be communicated via the dedicated WhatsApp group.
Two Weeks, 14-26 August 2022, Northern Outlier Expedition Final few spaces left!
Departing from Stromness, Orkney, we will visit some of the most remote islands and skerries in the UK. Operating between 40 and 60 miles out in the Atlantic where the water is clear and blue, and the skerries are a haven for rich and interesting oceanic life, we will live aboard the MV Halton, a purpose built dive/liveaboard vessel. Our targets include Sule Skerry, Stack Skerry, North Rona, The Flannan Isles, St Kilda, Lewis and Harris and many more interesting semi-submerged reefs. Minimum qualification is Sports Diver, cost around £2,000. I already have a list of those who have expressed an interest and currently, all places are taken, however it is likely that some people will drop out, so we have a waiting list in place. The boat will be looking for a 25% deposit this spring. Organiser - Jim, the report for 2021 trip is here.
Long weekend - 16-18 April 2022, Oban training weekend. Open to bookings.
This trip will be three days diving over the bank holiday based in Tralee Bay chalet/caravan site, an additional two days will be added on for those that can get time off work. We will be taking the club inflatable and Jim’s RIB. Our intent is to conduct certification dives for Sport Diver/Dive Leader and do revision and theory tests for those that are ready. Dives will include shore dives, boat dives, dives on the famous Breda shipwreck and possibly drift dives. Costs around £100-200, deposit £25 for those using the club accommodation. Organiser – Jim.
Week, January 8-15, 2022, Scapa Flow. Final few spaces left!
One week trip onboard MV Karin to dive the wrecks of the German High Seas fleet, scuttled in Scapa Flow, Orkney. We will depart direct by ferry from Aberdeen on Saturday night to Kirkwall. Six days of great wreck diving on some of the most famous wrecks in the world. It’s a great time of year to dive the wrecks, the flow is quiet and the visibility is normally super. We can stay on the boat, it's comfortable and warm but basic. For those who would rather not sleep on the boat, B&B is available in Stromness, a quick stroll from the harbour. Travel back on the overnight ferry on the Friday night and home for 7am Saturday morning. Depths will be up to 35m, drysuits and Sport Diver qualification required. Cost around £600. Organiser – Jim
Long weekend - Date TBD, autumn 2021, Capernwray.
Capernwray is an inland dive site located near to Carnforth/Morecambe in Lancashire (about 5 hours drive from Aberdeen) and is suited to all levels of diver including beginners. The site is an old quarry totally repurposed for diving with a multitude of underwater attractions, there is an onsite dive store and filling station with café. The trip would be very useful for anybody looking to refresh or get training skills completed. There is an abundance of cheap accommodation in the local area. Plan would be to dive Thursday to Sunday (3 dives per day) but people can come for as much or as little as they want. Full site details are here - Diving | Capernwray Diving Centre (dive-site.co.uk). Organiser – Geoff/Sue.
5 day trip, 17-21 July, Mull of Kintyre. Postponed to 2022
Provisional dates, travel down Friday 16th, dive Sat 17th to Tuesday 20th morning, drive back Tuesday pm, could also stay until Wednesday or travel down Sunday 18th, dive until Thursday 22nd. Strong currents so must be on neeps. Three/four and a half days diving and a day to travel down before. Staying in Caravans or Farmhouse B&B at www.pennyseorach.com. Compressor on site. Mixture of beautiful scenic diving [reefs] and two or three wrecks. Quite remote, long drive but great diving. Campbeltown is nearest town [9 mls?] at the end of the Kintyre Peninsula a few pubs, restaurants, shops. Possible charter of Wreckspeditions RIB boat [has ladder with platform] or tow own RIBS. £63 per diver per day for their expedition charter cost, plus caravan or B&B accommodation. Sports diver and up. Need 6 divers. Accommodation can be for up to a week, but if we use Wreckspeditions dive charter diving must be consecutive days around neaps. Organiser - Kathleen
5 day trip, 1-5 August - Isle of Arran with Wreckspeditions Completed
Charter Wreckspeditions (Dunnoon) for the diving which is no deeper than 25metres, all scenic diving. Suitable for Ocean diver and up. Find own B&B or chalet type accommodation on Arran; Wreckspeditions can advise. Charter costs depends on how many divers but c. £50-63 per day each plus accommodation costs.
Diving 4 four days? Organiser - Kathleen, the trip report is here.
Long Weekend, 16-20 July, Loch Fyne Completed
I propose to organise one or more trips to Loch Fyne (according to demand) of four nights duration, minimum 4, maximum 5 divers. The trip(s) could be extended weekend(s) or Monday-Friday. The first and last days are for travelling there / back. Potentially, those with sufficient stamina could drive home after the third day of diving. I will send a more detailed proposal by email and those interested can get back to me. Organiser – David
Long Weekend, 2-4 July, Eyemouth, possibly September (possibly to coincide with nudibranch festival) Completed
Divestay/Eyemouth: four of us planned a two day trip in May 2020 which didn’t happen for obvious reasons. We are hoping to revive it in 2021 and it maybe we can expand the trip so other members can come with us. See http://www.divestay.co.uk/ Organiser – David
Weekend – 19/20 June, Summer Solstice Moray Coast. Completed
Weekend to celebrate the long days near the summer solstice with diving, BBQ, camping/glamping etc. The plan is to have a couple of nights camping/caravanning in the Cullen/Portsoy/Portnockie area with boat diving and shore diving on the Saturday/Sunday but we can be flexible for those that can only dive on one of the two days. The visibility and sea life can be lovely here in mid-summer and we intend to do reef/cliff (Capel Rock, 16-18m) and possibly wreck dives (SS Moray in 25m) from club inflatable and Jim’s RIB. Suitable for all levels of divers. Cost around £50. Organiser – Jim.
Weekend, 4-5 June, Firth of Forth Completed
I would like to explore the possibility of one or more day outings in 2021 to explore the dive sites of the Firth of Forth. A day’s diving could be done on the day after some of us are going to the Queensferry aquarium shark dive. A stand-alone day trip would mean getting away early – eg 6 am to be on the water by 10am – but it could be done. Much depends on the tides and weather. I am especially keen to dive HMS Campania and Blae Rock. I have a book of 100 dives from the Firth of Forth down to Eyemouth, so there is much more to explore south of the Firth of Forth for subsequent trips. Organiser – David
Long weekend - 30 April – 3 May, Oban training weekend. Completed
This trip will be three days diving over the bank holiday based in Tralee Bay chalet/caravan site. We will be taking the club inflatable and Jim’s RIB. Our intent is to conduct certification dives for Sport Diver/Dive Leader and do revision and theory tests for those that are ready. Dives will include shore dives, boat dives, dives on the famous Breda shipwreck and also two drift dives. Costs around £100-200, deposit £25 for those using the club accommodation. Organiser – Jim.