Early on Friday morning 3 intrepid explorers set off in a 13 seater mini bus weighed down with 7 people’s dive kit to drive the 732 miles to Scrabster! After an overnight stay in Inverness we arrived in Scrabster on Saturday morning to be greeted by a friendly seal, waving us off on the ferry to Stromness. Finally we had arrived after 31hrs!……
We are here for 6 days of awesome diving in ‘the flow’. Directed by Emily our skipper we quickly unpacked our kit on the MV Radiant Queen and settled in to the Divers Lodge accommodation. The bus was parked so bring on the diving!
Sunday 6th October
The household slowly awakes and we all gradually migrate towards the kitchen. As tea and porridge are readily consumed the conversation changes from ” how did you sleep?” to “What will we dive?”…. The excitement is building!
After the boat briefing we are underway racing to get to the first dive site ahead of the other boats. It’s going to be the Dresden! She is a light cruiser of 5,500 tons and is 153 metres in length. After a thorough and informative briefing, supplemented with drawings, photos, 3d images, reference books and biscuits we all know what our plan is.
The 3 adventurers kit up and are ready for the water. 1,2,3….. We’re in, got the shot line and ready for our buoyancy check. Disaster! A flood and one of the team must return to the boat to dry out and come up with an improvisation to rectify an over sized neck seal. Undeterred, the last two descended the line in 11 degrees with 6 – 8 metres of viz…….. What wonders awaited them………..