Yesterday, I left home at 6am and headed off to Wales.
The weather on the way was not forgiving, fog at Rushworth Moor and drizzle all the way round the M60. As we crossed the border the sun shone and it looked really promising. Closing in on our destination we drove through Caemarfon the sky changed from blue to grey and as we headed to the beach at Trefor the clouds descended hiding the mountains and the rain started!
Standing in the entrance of the toilet block waiting for the others to arrived while the rain sheeted down was a little surreal. Slowly the rain eased and the clouds began to lift leaving leaden sky’s.
There were fourteen of us diving today and there were about twenty other divers there. We started to get ready assembling kit and squeezing into dry suites. There was some debate as to whether gloves and hoods were needed. I decided they were. We planned to entre the water via the steps drop and swim to the end of the wall and turn left and swim to the end of the pier turning and reversing the route. Being aware that the tide will turn and this will likely effect the current we experience. Ending the dive with 50 bar left in the tanks.
After the buddy checks we went to the water and went down the steps to put our fins on. Just as we entered the water my buddy’s low pressure hose jammed open and her BCD inflated and kept inflating. Disconnecting and blowing on it and then reconnecting sorted the problem and off we went. Descending to about 1.3 meters we started to swim along the wall towards the pier. There was a carpet of crabs scuttling along on the sand. I saw one velvet crab with two legs on one side and only one leg on the other. Despite this he was bombing around. At the base of one of the pier legs were found an edible crab that that was the size of a 7” single. I looked up and caught sight of a large dogfish swimming past. There were loads of other fish around most of which I have not idea what they were! I am sure that some were Ballan Wrasse, but who knows.
Very soon we were turning around and headed back. As this was my first sea dive this was also my first time swimming in a current and as the tide began to change I found that was swimming at and angle into the current. This was very different after swimming in quarries and swimming pools.
We pootled back and looked into crevices and holes as we had been told it was possible to see octopus, but not today. As we turned away from the pier and headed back down the sea wall my feet started there floating impression, I have no idea why as I had not added any air to the dry suit. We had only dived to seven meters and I had just used the BCD to control my buoyancy. After getting my feet back under control we turned round and went beneath the pier again and then swam the opposite side of the sea wall for a while before turning and having another try. This time I managed to swim to the steps which were at 1.1 meters without any problems. As we left the water Colin who had been leading the dive asked what my air was. On my computer it showed 49 bar. Well-done Colin 10 out of 10 for that. Fifty-six minutes, seven meters, 15 degrees, and as we left the water the sun was shining and the sky was blue! And that was my first sea dive done.