Seaford Shore Diving Trip Report
On Saturday 17th May, 10 K&E divers headed south towards Seaford, as part of this year’s initiative to offer more single-day, shallow shore diving to members. We were joined by two guest divers from Harlow SAC, Alan and Mark, and after a week of virtually no wind and a beautiful sunny day forecast, we looked forward to a great day!
Seaford is very convenient for shore diving for the club, it’s just over an hour’s drive from Kingston and we were able to use the free car park and public toilets at Buckle, where you need only cross a road to reach the beach. The bay offers sheltered shallow diving, with depths of around 6-7m, and without the long treks across acres of beach sometimes required for shore diving.
Richard Hoyle and Paul Feakes were kind enough to bring the club RIB, Seaking, onto the beach from neighbouring Newhaven, giving us surface cover and enabling us to reach the Seaford Ledges for one of the dives. The group split into two, half going on the RIB to dive the Ledges, half diving the canon site from the shore. Visibility was quite poor at the Ledges, although divers reporting seeing plaice and scorpion fish, as well as a lot of plankton.
We enjoyed a beach BBQ lunch between dives, managed by K&E resident BBQ expert, Barry Duplock. Visibility was better on the shore dive, and although no one managed to locate the promised canons, some divers found a hermit crab nursery, seeing hundreds of juvenile crustaceans using a variety of discarded shells for their homes. Many thanks to Richard Hoyle and Paul Feakes for looking after the RIB for the day, and to Dave and Jo Tresidder, Daves- Price and Nicholson, Gieta, Ashley James and Barry Duplock, as well as Alan and Mark from Harlow SAC and various partners and family for diving and /or coming along to enjoy the sunshine.