Archive | April, 2006

The arches – Rathlin North Wall

27 Apr

This shot and others where taken last summer on the north wall of Rathlin Island. It is a fantastic dive incorporating underwater arches at 25m and 35m. I have a short video of the arches available at Follow the link to watch videos, then hold mouse over the images to see the locations before clicking on one to watch it.

  • Site Name: The Arches
  • Location: North west side of Rathlin (will try to get GPS)
  • Depth and profile: 20m to 100m+!, Start at 10m work down to 35m then gradually ascend wall to 20m back on to shelf for end of dive and saftety stops.
  • Points of Interest: the arches them selves and of course the abundance of live, including diving birds, lots of shoaling fish
  • Reasons why I like it: Usually good visability, and the chance to dive in the “deep blue”
  • Stories: blocked drysuit dump, nearly casued run away ascent, A wet chest saved the!
  • Things I have found: Wide variety or marine and avian life, diving birds is a highlight!
  • Tips: Follow the contour of the underwater ridge to arrive right on the arches, coming from the east. Must be good weather to avoid mental underwater currents, going all directions. Stay close to the wall, there are up and down currents.Occaisonally lobster pots and lines to look out for but the exception rather than the rule

Worldwide Dive sites

25 Apr

So basically I am going to start a series of posts if you like asking all you computer literate divers out there in the abyss what your favourite dive sites are. In this particular post I am looking for worldwide dive sites only. Anywhere around the world. Please add your favourites giving:

  • Name of site
  • Location (GPS if you know it)
  • Depth,Profile,Points of interest
  • Reasons why you like it
  • Maybe stories about exciting or eventful dives you have had
  • Things you have found
  • Any tips you may have about anything, finding the site, best time to dive, best route to take, things to look out for. etc.

If I get a decent list I will write them all up as specific posts which hopefully will act as resources for all us divers.

Cavern Diving in Cenotes

25 Apr

Slightly off topic, but hey why not expand the content scope. Feel free to add your favourite dive sites from anywhere in the world. I will create a new category for this and add a post to get it started, but until then this is a shot taken while cavern diving in Dos Ojos Cenote , Mexico November 2005

As you can see the visability is incredable, truely like diving in a glass of water. It should be noted that Cenotes often have haloclines were the salt and fresh water mix causing a kind of underwater mirage effect that you might find in a desert ( you know the one like a shimmering just above the surface)

I have uploaded a wee video here

There she blows! Whale breach

24 Apr

Not unlike the great white whale himself, whale sightings for me are a rare occurance and so I thought I would document this one. While homing in on our dive site on Sunday last, The SS Castle Eden (soon to become one of my favourite wrecks!) I noticed in the distance a large plume of water. At first I thought it was spray from a wave hitting n exposed rock, but on closer examination there were none and the spray did not reoccur. A few seconds later I noticed the whale breach the water. I felt pins and needles in my spine. I have been hoping for such an encounter now for years. Unfortunately it was very far away over 500 metres so we had no chance of getting ther before the whale dived.

Anyway the dive went ahead, itself a triumph ,well at least for those of us who found her, myself, John and Kevin. Heavy underwater swell made our progress slow but fortunately we spotted the wreck off to the right of the "snail trail" left by the anchor and enjoyed a fanstastic dive.

The whale was spotted by the skipper again just after we ascended about 300m directly south of our position towards shore, noone else saw it though. Well I know they are there and so does he!

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