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I'm told we must be masochists as we enjoy diving around the UK and in many ways prefer it to some of the blue water diving that we've done. For many 'tropical' diving is the Red Sea and more particularly Sharm El Sheik, diving there is rather like trying to have a conversation in a night club and I'd much rather enjoy a dive than fight through crowds...

The UK offers varied and often beautiful diving with diverse wildlife and habitats. We're not really wreck enthusiasts but appreciate their role as natural reefs which are magnets for everything from cod to cuttlefish. British wildlife is often less extrovert than its tropical counterparts but rewards the effort made to see it.

We're part of the Seasearch crowd now and so as well as changing the look of our latest galleries we are making an extra effort to accurately ID our pictures and include Latin names. Please let us know if you find a mistake.


Shooting with the BeebFilming with the BBC - July 11
After the Observer course we were joined by the BBC for some filming to make a documentry special on the North Norfolk Chalk reef - it should screen in September with One Show presenter Mike Dilger taking to the reef to do the ohhhs and ahhs!
Sunday dive 1Seasearch Observer weekend, Sheringham - July 11
Our biggest ever Observer course ran like clockwork... all in all we had 30 divers hitting the water and there were smiles all round. Sheringham did us proud with approaching 10m of vis on shore dives!
Willowpool weekend at Sea palling surfaceNorfolk - June 11
2011 had a bit of a false dawn with the surprise dives in April but we knew the good stuff would take a couple more months to arrive. The vis still came a little early, and you can watch it arrive over a couple of weeks in these galleries :-) We've made some great friends with Manta divers who have dropped us on some great wrecks and Dawn has been out with GYSAC as well. Mr Squashy would have had his first outing of the year too but a blocked slip meant it was time for plan B - shore diving at Sheringham.
Big boat divesNorth Cornwall - May 11
It always seems that having two coasts should make diving easier for lucky Cornish folk but in fact the North Coast has hardly been surveyed at all. Angie and Emily though this should be rectified - and organised a magnificent trip! We mustn't forget to thank Steve for putting us up and Oscar the lurcher for putting up with us.


P7106731North Norfolk Dive Week - Early 10
The start of the season is often a bit mixed but his time we were pleasantly surprised... and distracted by trying out our freshly named boat - Mr Squashy - and his sidescan sonar.  Sorry these galleries were late, the later ones are better but these are good fun and carry the usual disclaimers about having the wrong camera for the day and car park horseplay
Day 1 Beeston Regis boat diveNorth Norfolk Dive Week - July 10
If you've ever wondered about diving in the East here's a few galleries which might encourage you to take the plunge. We set aside a week and hit the jackpot with great vis and a mill pond flat sea. That would be enough but the chalk arches we found off Sheringham were stunning.... It was another chance to get out in Mr Squashy, our inflatable which let us get out to the best chalk reefs


North East September 09 There's also a collected index for the next four galleries - as it's all Northern
Farnes 09Farnes 09
It was a long time since we'd been to the Farnes and what better way to revisit them than on an MCS trip. Fiona organised a great trip, great weather and picked a roomy boat which gave us plenty of space to stretch out. Stan Hall's base in Beadnell was excellent for the group and well placed for food and great sunsets on the beach. After three days of seal filled diving we moved North, across the border to St Abbs - for our first visit.
St Abbs 09St Abbs 09
We stayed at the Rock House which could not have been more convenient. The first day was great but the second showed that even shore dives can be 'tricky' so we went for a walk in the afternoon. A wonderful place for wildlife and I hope we get more than a day of calm weather next time. There was so much to look at we could have spent all our time around Broad Craig but just had to swim over to Cathedral Rock too. By the time we surfaced from our dive on the second day the conditions were marginal and we really didn't need the observant Lifeboat man to tell us not to go in again. (100 Images)
Norfolk in August There's also a collected index for the next four galleries - as it's all Norfolk
Ladybird Weekend diving
Ladybird Weekend diving
It was a weekend when the thousands of bright red humans at the coast were joined by milllions of bright red insects. It didn't seem to be the happiest day out for lots of them but at least we escaped their bites underwater with dives at Cley, Sheringham and Weybourne
Vera and Rosalie
Vera and Rosalie
A chance to dive with a new camera is always worth seizing with both hands, as is a weekend with good weather. A slow circuit of each of our favorite wrecks kept us up to date with the arrivals and departures - some nice fish!
Sea Palling Drift
Sea Palling Drift
After finding an alternative boat (our original booking let us down) the weather was against us but the sea was calmer just a mile off so we thought we'd jump in and see what we could find... we found a huge mussel bed. On our drift we covered nearly a mile and a half but we didn't see the beginning or end. We left the big camera on the boat as I was glad to get into the water after a bouncy search for the site... I didn't think there would be much to see, how wrong I was.
Sheringham NWT Day
Sheringham NWT Day
We set up on Sheringham beach for Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Meet the divers event... so we had to dive to prove our credentials. Diving straight off from the beach by the cafe under Cliff Rd car park we headed slightly to the East and found Little Cuttlefish and some great chalk reefs.
P7112637Skomer fish survey, July
After the hard work of the Scallop survey and the excitment of Urchin scissors in previous years we were looking forward to some simple fun with territorial fish... unfortunately the weather was 'a bit' wet and the vis faded as the weekend went on. As ever we had a great time thanks to Kate's slick organisation and the new improved Lobster Pot pub.

2008: Reconstructed page beyond this point, there may be some trips missing from 2009, must check!
On board Dangermouse Norfolk Autumn '08
As Autumn arrives there's definite feeling of diving on borrowed time with each extra visit to Norfolk. This omnibus collects dives from September and October, including the wildlife on parade for our Norwich Seasearch course, the first outings for the Seasearch boat 'Dangermouse' and a day's diving which was disrupted by the discovery of a fouled net.
PA299103.jpg Swanage October 08
In the end this was my last dive trip of the year, many thanks to William for inviting me along. We had the last of the good weather and in fact some of the best conditions of the year - flat seas for diving the Kyarra! As we came back after the last dive all the boats in the bay were being pulled out in expectation of a BIG storm, perfect timing William!
RS247684.jpg The Isles of Scilly September 08
We'd wanted to go to the Scillies for years. What better way than with Sally masterminding the like-clockwork logistics for a week of wildlife watching? Although the weather wasn't at its best we saw lots of good stuff and we didn't miss a dive. The island was a great tranquil base and it was very tempting to stay.There are two sets of galleries, one cheery set with bad jokes and dodgey captions and a sneaky set of spotters guides where we tried to name all the stuff we saw.
RS247684.jpg Norfolk Survey Weekend August 08
We had high hopes for our Survey Weekend but all bets were off when we arrived to 2m waves at Cley... We went for a walk but William went in and the gallery telling that story is fun! By the evening things had calmed and David dragged us away from a baked Alaska to  night dive the Rosalie... suffice it to say it was dark, surgey and mostly covered in crabs. Sunday was a different story, we were able to dive both wrecks and complete a GPS plot of the Vera - many thanks to Sarah for heroically towing the survey buoy.
Day%202%20Diving_P8317893.JPG Skomer Scallop Survey August 08
With only happy Welsh memories we cried ourselves to sleep when Kate's trip was blown out earlier this year. Happily it was re-scheduled and we were set to survey scallops... god it was hard work! There were plenty of scallops, filthy old scallops, to clean so we could count their rings. The oldest were in their twenties and there were hundreds... Shellfish shaving apart there was a lot of interesting stuff on the seabed too, clingfish, porcelain crabs, mystery gobies and blennies as well as Pogges and a big Red Gurnard
The Nubia - Sea Palling Norfolk in August 08 Part 1
By August the water was balmy... so we got in as many dives as we could. On this early weekend we dived the Vera and Rosalie twice each and the next Rob was treated to a dive on the Nubia off Sea Palling with GYSAC. Conditions were OK but not yet at their best but Dawn found some tiny new nudibranches on the Vera and we were able to take some wideangle pictures of the wrecks. As it turns out this was good preparation for our surveys later in the month - oh and Dawn insisted on including some topless beach shots to show how warm it was...
P9210158.JPG Crab rescue July 08
Put online for the MCS and any press to use. Pictures of the rescue - taken by William Hutchins, and a selection of the net underwater and 'jagged wreckage is perfect for snagging fishing nets' background pictures.
P7252414.JPG Salthouse long weekend land and sea July 08
In July we had to spend a couple of days invigilating at the Salthouse Art Festival and that seemed like the perfect excuse to spend a long weekend on the coast diving as well as acting as 'artists'
Hartland%20Point,%20Eden%20and%20rockpooling_P7072027.JPG North Devon July 08
After being cancelled last year this summer's wasn't all wine and roses either, cue bibical rain! After a couple of days of National trust sight seeing we eventually found the the vis around North Devon hadn't recovered... so our last day was a trip to Lundy - where we had much better vis than on our trip in May. Many thanks to Sally for arranging the trip and acting as our minder for a few days of surface tourism too..
P6296339.JPG Norfolk July 08 - Part 1
Our early July haul from Norfolk wasn't as large as we'd hoped as the weather has been 'mixed'. We got in a dive on the Vera on the day our exhibition launched in the Salthouse and Sam and Tony from Great Yarmouth bravely put up with Rob and freaky downpours so we have a couple of diving galleries.
P6296339.JPG Norfolk Omnibus Edition - June 08 digest
June was a very busy month... We held a Seasearch Observer course with 19 keen divers and (unfortunately) no diving, a Nudibranch ID course with Jim Anderson who travelled down from Scotland to tutor and still (frustratingly) no diving and then we were invited out by Mick from NEDSAC and all of a sudden there was vis off Cley and impossible numbers of nudibranches off Sea Palling. At last the East coast was open again! These galleries show all of that...
Tiny Fried Egg Slug Lundy - Seasearch Lundy MarineID Course and diving - May 08
We jumped at the chance to join Sally's trip to Lundy, arriving fresh from Holland in time for a primer course on local marine ID. The course was hosted by Ilfracombe SAC who were a great bunch and dived from Obsession II.
P5174766-2.JPG Plymouth - Seasearch Sponge Course and diving - May 08
It's always a pleasure to join Sally's well organised trips, the conditions in Devon are usually better than those up in East Anglia and you really can't find a more authorative source than Bernard Picton. It was a very enlightening and great fun.The microscope sessions at the MBA revealed the amazing, beautiful selection of shapes which sponges create to form skeletons but give little hint at from the outside.

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Plymouth - November 07
Sally having some new seafans to investigate seemed like a great excuse for a trip to Devon - until we rolled up at Fort Bovisand to find the MOD police had locked the gates! But everything got sorted and we got 4 good dives in, with a free rollercoaster ride back from the first!
Many thanks to Sally and Danny for a really enjoyable weekend.

Web%20Oct1%20Rosalie_DW211176.jpg Norfolk - Fun and Seasearch off Cley and Rosalie - October 07
We'd never dived this late in Norfolk before but the sea stayed flat and fun as we managed a dive weekend  and a Seasearch Observer practical session. These six galleries include  rare wide angle shots of the Rosalie, Vera and even one of Dawn - so Seasearch students know who their leader is ;-)
P9239042.JPG Cley Exhibition Weekend - September 07
Norfolk Wildlife Trust publicising the Marine Bill was the ideal opportunity to introduce their mainly bird watching visitors to photos of the exotic wildlife which lurks just off shore. We couldn't resist fitting in a dive too!

North Pembroke - September 07
The Urchin survey seemed ages ago and it was great to see a lot of familiar faces from that adventure. Kate had (as usual) got the world organised on her side and we had a great time and will be back - if they'll have us!
RS310443.JPG Salcombe Bay from Plymouth - August 07
Although we had been due to dive North Devon in June the had weather scuppered that plan so Sally (Seasearch Coordinator for Devon) worked hard to fit in another trip. We dived out of Fort Bovisand on their cool, black RIB, running around towards Salcombe to sites including Prawle Point and Persier Reef. We stayed in the Mountbatten centre which turned out to be inexplicably empty but handy for both Bovisand and food on the Sound front.
RS120049.jpg Norfolk Twin Wreck Shore Dive Challenge Take 2 - The Vera and Rosalie again August 07
The week before everyone had been busy but for this trip we had quite a gang ready to try the twin wreck challenge. Even better we had a good number of our Seasearch people who were ready to do some of their assessed reports and get well on the way to being fully qualified observers! It was a momentous visit as we saw the first Tompot Blenny reported off Norfolk (as far as we know) and I finally got some decent pictures of Bib! See our guide page if you want to take the challenge yourself :-)
RS059200a.jpg Norfolk Twin Wreck Shore Dive Challenge - The Vera and Rosalie August 07
Shore diving sounds easy, and the diving bit is... but even the shortest walk is complicated by carrying 35kgs of equipment. Walking across gravel makes it even more fun! However it was well worth the effort and no means boat there's no need to limit your dive time. Both wrecks have slack enough for at least an hour's dive most weekends - we were greedy and had an hour and a half :-) We have added a guide page for anyone who fancies taking the challenge themselves :-)
P7155650.JPG Cley next the Sea, Norfolk July 07
We can't believe we waited so long to dive the Vera at Cley next the Sea, it was packed with pipefish and crawling with crabs. Our local half dozen were joined by a group who had come down from Nottingham.

Skomer Urchin Survey, Pembrokeshire Jun 07
We really enjoyed taking part in the Urchin survey in the Skomer Marine Reserve. It was our first stab at practical underwater surveying and the discipline of making several passes over the same terrain certainly made for a thorough creature hunt. Many thanks to Kate Lock for organising the event.

RS167211a.JPG Lyme Regis - Sea fans and sunset coral, Dorset Jun 07
It was a pleasure to return to Lyme Regis, doubly so since we dived from John Walker's boat Miss Pattie. John helped the group with their mission to assess the impact of scallop dredging on the seabed fauna, particularly the pink sea fan - the UKs largest coral. We found fans and sadly evidence of damage but there was no shortage of other wildlife and a chance to see sunset corals.See the
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thumb20.jpg Weybourne, Norfolk July 06
Weybourne in North Norfolk is one of our favourite dive venues, there's a small wreck and some gullies which are both packed with wildlife. Sadly some club politics mean it was our last club trip but we were able to savour our memories of better times whilst hunting down nudibranches.

Older pictures: Something for everyone...
thumb4.jpg Southwold June 05
thumb3.jpg E30 submarine I June 05
thumb8.jpg E30 submarine II June 05
thumb36.jpg Exmouth, Devon September 05
Thumbnail13.jpg Felixstowe, Suffolk June 02
Thumbnail69.jpg Falmouth, Cornwall July 02
Thumbnail30.jpg Dorset October 02
thumb9.jpg Dorset April 04
thumb17.jpg Dorset April 05
    Thumbnail7.jpg The Farnes September 01 (no diving pictures)
Thumbnail36.jpg The Farnes September 03
thumb9.jpg The Farnes September 04
Thumbnail25.jpg Littlehampton, Sussex May 02
Thumbnail20.jpg Lyme Regis 03
thumb5.jpg Lyme Regis 04
Thumbnail18.jpg Portland, Dorset April 03
Thumbnail10.jpg Pembroke West Wales June 02
thumb4.jpg Pembroke West Wales 04
Thumbnail50.jpg Scapa Flow, Orkney September 02
thumb16.jpg Wells, Norfolk September 05
Thumbnail10.jpg Weybourne, Norfolk July 03
thumb22.jpg Weybourne, Norfolk July 04
thumb7.jpg Weybourne, Norfolk August 04
thumb23.jpg Weybourne, Norfolk July 05
thumb29.jpg Weybourne, Norfolk July 06
P7155650.JPG Cley next the Sea, Norfolk July 07
Thumbnail12.jpg Stoney 12th Apr02 - Ancient history for the curious
Thumbnail12.jpg Stoney 28th Jun 02 - More old stuff
There are a few more trips to be added but the old Falmouth, Felixstowe and Stoney Cove galleries  should keep  you happy for a while...

Constructive comments and corrections are welcome, as always :-)

Rob and Dawn