After two plus years of effort, I’ve finally achieved the grade of First Class Diver. Whilst the title of Second Class has long gone, who wants to be considered second class by implication of the grade above you. In my opinion, its time for a name change as the arrogance and segregatory implication of the title opposes a lot of what the qualification represents – team work. Enough – I’d like to tell you a little of what was involved, hopefully you’d like to hear about it as well.
Kingston and Elmbridge BSAC are very fortunate (although I think Graham our Treasurer will disagree on the fortunate part) to have two fully operational and seaworthy dive ribs and anyone who has been on a rib dive will know just how much fun they can be. Why dive in cold water with poor visibility when you can blast over the waves at around 22 knots with six passengers clinging for their lives to the tubes? Having just completed my Boat Handling Course with the South East Region at Newhaven I know what I would rather be doing.
It is true that it is cold, the weather is less predictable and the risk of getting blown out increases but the benefits are getting the German wrecks to yourselves and better visibility than in the warmer months.
Having recently bought a new house together, Sarah and I needed to take out life insurance. This proved a bit more that we expected…
The Farne Islands are situated just off the coast of Northumberland. They are in the care of the National Trust, and are noted for their large colonies of sea birds and as a home of the grey seal. The grey seal colony is one of the most important in Europe and this species of seal, which is the rarest in the world, is the largest surviving carnivore in the British Isles.
This dive trip has been organised for a few years now and is very popular, so when the opportunity came up we were keen to go.