Weymouth Weekend June 29th and 30th

The sea is getting warmer. The visibility is improving. Summer is here and the sun is almost certain to shine. With these thoughts in mind, a diving weekend was planned for the last weekend in June targeting dives on the Aeolian Sky and the submarine wreck of HMS Sidon.

By the end of the weekend, and having switched to plan C, we had dived on 4 sites; Ringstead Bay Reef, the Aeolian Sky, the Countess of Erne and a drift along White Nothe Reef. The sea temperature has increased to 14°C and visibility was around 4 to 5m.

Saturday began with a dive on Ringstead Bay Reef which is a rocky reef in about 10 meters of water. The shallower parts are covered in kelp with the deeper parts and surrounding seabed clear of seaweed and home to fan worms, anemones and the odd spider crab. This was followed by a dive on the Aeolian Sky which is a large wreck in parts standing 13m above a 30m seabed. Plenty of tompot blennies and jewel anemones were seen as well as the shadowy forms of many larger fish swimming about on the edge of the 4m visibility. Barring a bit of seasickness, this was a very successful and enjoyable day.

Sunday started with heavy fog and we decided to dive within Portland harbour while the fog remained. For us, this meant a dive on the Countess of Erne. While this wreck is well known to many there is always plenty of life to see such as the Nudibranch below photographed by Alex Gibson.

The fog began to clear after we surfaced so we moved on to another rocky reef near White Nothe for the second dive. Here a current was running which carried divers east over a rocky and sandy seabed where spider crabs, dogfish, cuckoo wrasse, the odd scallop and even a stingray were encountered.

In all a very enjoyable weekend!

Many thanks to all who came and especially skippers Stuart Allen and Paul Minto and dive manager, Alex Gibson.

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The Beachcomber Course

Oxford Snorkellers 6th – 7th July Kimmeridge, Dorset

The idea was to make the day at Kimmeridge a family day out, so that all of the people attending, especially those not snorkelling, were involved. The tide was out around midday and armed with the beachcomber packs, identification books and nets we headed in to the rockpools and shallow water around The Flats. Immediately there were squeals of ‘come and look at this’, ‘come and take a photo’. Very quickly we spotted small wrasse, dragonets, shrimps, limpets (which were boring, apparently) and tiny crabs.
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Proposed Snorkel Trips – Summer 2013

Hinksey Lake         

Sun 28th April         


Sat 18th and Sun 19th May


(with Charles Hood)        

Sat 8th June [Trip Full]  


Sunday 30th June

Studland Bay

Sunday 7th July


Sat 27th July – 2nd Aug

Lulworth / Stairhole

Sunday 1st Sept.

More details to follow


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Oxford Snorkel Instructor Training Course and Assessment February 2013

February 2013

Congratulations to the 10 students who travelled from as far a field as Scotland to qualify as Snorkel Instructors at this years Snorkel Instructor Training Course and Assessment hosted by Oxford BSAC.

A special congratulations to Chris Watkins on becoming Oxford BSAC’s newest snorkel instructor.

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