Last years trip to Pembroke was such a sucess (I would say that, I organised it!) that the club decided to head down to South Wales again, this time with Brian Dilly Diving out of Milford Haven. Support for the trip was so high that Anna (this years organiser) almost booked two boats, but in the end went for the more cautious approach and limited the trip to 12 divers. Divinng in the Haven and the off-shore islands is a great place for new divers to start their diving journey and we had plenty of Ocean Divers and progressing to Sport Divers on the trip.
Accomodation was to be Upper Neeston bunk houses, which are really nice. We had the Cowshed for the boys and the Granary for the girls. Friday dawned a bit windy, so after a nice and leisurely ropes off at 09:30 we headed out to Skomer as it was too rough for the Smalls. The wind was from the noth so we had a lovely dive on the southern side of Skomer Island followed by a second dive on the Dakotian.
Friday nights entertainment was a very nice barbeque. Saturday was calmer so we headed off to the Smalls in search of seals. But as we motored offshore the swell picked up & the skipper started to look glum. Too rough for the smalls so back to the islands, Stockholm this time followed by Skomer again for two more lovely dives. Thats the great thing about UK diving, you can dive the same spot over and over again and never see the same thing. Skomer Island is a bird reserve and is famous for its Puffins, so I thought I'd better grab a photo or two - there were literally hundreds of Puffins but they don't come close and they are fast fliers making them difficult targets.
Sunday was the best day weatherwise and so we headed off to - not the Smalls as it would make the day too long, but Skomer & Stockholm again. Two more lovely dives to finish off a long weekend. Many thanks to Anna for organising and everyone who came along for making it such a fun weeked.