Club Expeditions

The following multi-day club diving trips are arranged for 2024/25/26.   More details will be posted on Slack when available, however feel free to contact the organiser to express your interest.

 

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 club Slack channel.

Circumnavigation of Ireland, Summer 2026. full

 

A two week expedition dive all round Ireland, and will include diving the beautiful Skellig Islands.  We will depart from Oban and live on the MV Clasina. Sports Divers and above  Organiser – Rachael




Scapa Flow,  26-31 October 2025. Spaces

 

Our annual, end of season trip to Scapa, this time diving and living on the MV Clasina.  We'll be diving the cruisers and battleships.  A great time of the year to dive, the flow is empty, the vis is good - but it's cold.  Due to depths (35-40m), this trip is for experienced Sports Divers with twinsets, Nitrox and ADP experience preferred.  Organiser – Donna




Jutland Wrecks. 25 May - 7 June  2025. full

 

A two week expedition to dive the wrecks of the Battles of Jutland.  This is a serios expedition operating out of Denmark and travelling up to 120 miles offshore.  We will be living on the MV Clasina and diving in depths of 50 - 75m.  Experienced trimix qualified divers only.  Organiser – Jim




St Kilda,  4-9 May 2025. Spaces/Waitlist

 

The gem of UK diving, 6 days diving.  Leaving from Gairloch and heading to the outer Hebrides and beyond to St Kilda.  Walls painted with anemones, playful seals, huge blue-water visibility - not for the faint hearted - weather, tides, swell and depths mean this is for experienced sports divers and above Organiser – Keith 




Oban 2025,  4-9 April 2025. Spaces

 

Our annual pilgrimage to Oban. The first 3 days  will be dedicated to training and building experience with novice divers and the last 3 days more focused on experienced divers.




Scapa Flow,  10-17 November 2024. Spaces

 

Our annual, end of season trip to Scapa.  We'll be diving the cruisers and battleships.  A great time of the year to dive, the flow is empty, the vis is good - but it's cold.  Due to depths (35-40m), this trip is for experienced Sports Divers with twinsets, Nitrox and ADP experience.  Organiser – Ollie




Loch Duich. 1-3 November 2024, full

 

A weekend's diving in the clear waters of Loch Duich.  Staying in the Ratagan Hostel so low cost (£60 for three nights).  This will be a nice season ender and provide further training/depth progression for ODs working towards AOD and Sports Diver.  This is a joint trip with Grampian and Ellon Sub-Aqua Clubs.  There is more information on the sites on their website here. Organiser – Jim




 Capernwray 19-22 September, 2024, spaces left


There are lots of good reasons to visit what many regard as the UK’s finest inland diving centre - crystal clear water, great underwater attractions, amazing fish life, easy access, great facilities and friendly, highly-experienced staff whose sole aim is to ensure you have a fantastic experience, above and below the surface.  Organiser – Sarah




Skye. 4-8 September 2024 (extended by a week to  9-15 Sept), full but operating waitlist

 

A 4 day diving trip to explore the crystal seas around the north west shores of Skye.  Accommodation and hardboat provided by Dive Skye and Hebrides.  The trip has been extended by 7 days due to popular demand!  Organiser – Jim




Kinlochbervie.  1-5 July, 2024, one space left.

 

Our first dive trip to this area for some time.  Famed for its excellent visibility, scenery, underwater geology and fantastic sea-life.  This trip will be using Dive KLBs boat.  Organiser – Davey




 Gozo and Comino  22-30 June, 2024, full


Mix of shore and boat diving.  Staying in private self catered accommodation. Unguided dives so Sports Diver and above only.  Organiser – Kiah




Summer Solstice, 22/23 June, Ocean Diver and above.  Spaces left.


OK, it's  not quite Summer Solstice dates but close enough.  This will be a camping and diving weekend based at the Mill Shore camping spot near Pennan on the Moray Coast (about 1 hr drive from Aberdeen city centre).  We will dive on the beautiful reefs and shoals beneath the Strathangles cliffs.  Clear water, lots of interesting life and fantastic scenery.  Camp in tents, share BBQ relax in the (near) midnight sun.

Ideal diving experiences for all levels of diver. Cost around £50.  Organiser - Rachael



Oban.  19-26 April, 2024, two spaces left.

 

Our annual training event, this is always well attended and great fun.  We will dedicate the first three days to new Ocean Divers together with experience dives for the more qualified.  From Tuesday, we will board the MV Clasina for four days diving on the inner Hebrides.  The first half of the trip is open to all levels, the 2nd part is for Advanced Ocean Divers and above.  Organiser – Jim




Diver Training, 22-27 March, 2024, full

 

Based on the MV Clasina, this is a 6 day diver training trip.  The first three days will be dedicated to Sports Diver and Dive Leader training in the Sound of Mull, the remaining three days will be for Ocean Diver trainees only.    Organiser – Jim




Completed 2023 Trips


7 day trip, 11-17 November, Scapa Flow

One week trip onboard MV Karin to dive the wrecks of the German High Seas fleet, scuttled in Scapa Flow, Orkney. 


Weekend trip 3-5 November, organised by Ellon SAC to Loch Duich

A lovely weekend arranged by the Ellon clubVery comfortable and inexpensive accommodation at Ratagan House, great diving, super food and a chance to meet many other divers from other clubs. 


22-24 September, Capenwray trip

A popular, sheltered dive site and well attended!  22 club members braved the cold to have some great dives.


2-6 August, Arran week

Lots of fun, lots of seals.


Weekend, 10/11 June, Solstice Weekend

Out traditional Solstice Weekend of diving, camping and BBQs.  Great fun and we discovered the tunnels at Mill Shore, a beautiful dive. 


11-15 May, Loch Fyne


1-6 April, Oban Training Week

With 34 people in attendance, this was our most popular Oban trip yet, 34divers qualified as Ocean Divers.  The more experienced divers stayed on after the long weekend and were able to dive the Sound of Mull wrecks and Garvelach islands.

Completed 2022 Trips


7 day trip, 5-12 November, Scapa Flow

One week trip onboard MV Karin to dive the wrecks of the German High Seas fleet, scuttled in Scapa Flow, Orkney. 


Weekend trip 12-13 November, organised by Ellon SAC to Loch Duich

A lovely weekend arranged by the Ellon clubVery comfortable and inexpensive accommodation at Ratagan House, great diving, super food and a chance to meet many other divers from other clubs. 


Two week trip 14-27 September, Orkney, Cape Wrath and St Kilda

A real expedition aboard the MV Clasina running out of Stromness.  Weather was not kind to us but we explored some beautiful sites around Orkney, the north coast, Cape Wrath and finally made it to St Kilda.  A real adventure with some incredible dives and great friends. 


August, Firth of Forth


Weekend,  25-26 June, Dunbar


Weekend, 11-12 June, Solstice Weekend

Out traditional Solstice Weekend of diving, camping and BBQs.  Great fun and we discovered the tunnels at Mill Shore, a beautiful dive. 


Weekend trip, 3-7 May, Capenwray


6 day trip, 16-20 April, Oban Training Week

With 22 people in attendance, this was our most popular Oban trip yet, 3 divers qualified as Ocean Divers.  The more experienced divers stayed on after the long weekend and were able to dive the Sound of Mull wrecks and Garvelach islands.


7 day trip, 19-16 March, Scapa Flow

One week trip onboard MV Karin to dive the wrecks of the German High Seas fleet, scuttled in Scapa Flow, Orkney. 

Completed 2021 Trips


7 day trip,  22-27 August, Northern Outliers. Completed, trip report here.


Trip on Orkney based liveaboard vessel, MV Clasina.  To explore the small reefs and islands comprising the Northern Outliers which are due west of Orkney, they lie about 40 miles from the north coast of Scotland and are some of the remotest islands in the UK.  We will dive Stack Skerry, Sula Sgeir, North Rona, Nun Rock as well as some sites on the north coast of the mainland and west coast of Orkney.  The visibility is normally 20+m.  An adventurous expedition for Sports Diver and above.  Organiser - Jim


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.