Our second Rib Diving Trip post Covid lockdown. The 30 degree heatwave was over and we had overcast, grey skies but very calm sea conditions – ideal for diving. Sea temperatures were a toasty 18 degrees. A few of us were lucky to start the weekend early with a Friday afternoon dive on the Aeolian Sky with vis around 8m. It seemed rude not to make the most of the conditions and we had it all to ourselves !
We tried out a new “pop-up” farm campsite at Bincombe Bumps overlooking rolling Dorset countryside and Weymouth Bay. Great views on the few occasions when the mist cleared and an amazing amount of other “pop-up’ campsites, as a sign of the times ! We had BBQ’s and socialising during the evenings whilst enjoying the views of the lit up cruise ships and Weymouth Bay. Again it was fantastic to have newer members come and enjoy diving with the club.
There was Shore diving at Chesil cove on the Saturday for some of the group including our two Ocean diver trainees. A post dive comment of “That was awesome” , says it all !
The Rib diving contingent dived the Black Hawk. Amazement and delight when we found that the shot-line we were unable to retrieve the last trip was actually still attached to the wreck ! There was the usual tons of life on it, including conger eels, sand eels, cuttlefish, lobster, huge bass, shoals of bib and pink seafans. A quick lunch stop at Lulworth cove and then a dive at Durdle door in the calm conditions. Nosed into the archway we dived through the arch and then drifted along the coast almost back to Lulworth.
On our way back to harbour we stopped for an up close look at the beautiful Queen Mary 2 – standing out amongst the other 7 liners moored up.
We finished the weekend off with a dive on the Lulworth Scallop banks drifting over the ledges, picking up one or two scallops as we went !