June - West Bay & Malta
Back to the stunning setting of the popular TV programme, Broadchurch, this was our second consecutive year of staying at West Bay Holiday park and Diving with West Bay Diving. "Slim", our skipper looked after us well as we went in search of the M2 on Saturday and the St Dunstan on Sunday. Despite having had a massive storm on the Friday night and boarding the boat in the rain, by the time we left the harbour it was glorious sunshine and remained so for the whole weekend. On Saturday the non-divers went in search of the Broadchurch cast and although they found the filming HQ, security was tight and the stars remained elusive.
A very early start on the Sunday morning meant we were back on shore by lunchtime and, having completed our four dives over the weekend, the afternoon was free to explore this beautiful harbour and surrounding beaches plus savour the local fish, chips and ice cream.
Malcolm and Ben organised a trip to Mellieha, Malta, which is convenient for dives at Cirkewwa and the ferry to dive off Gozo. Diving the Blue Hole off Gozo and M.V, Rozi and P29 plus other sites to be decided nearer the time, this trip is being repeated in July 2015. Please ask for further information.
July - Marsa Alam, Egypt
One of my favourite dive sites in the world, Coraya Divers run a very efficient dive centre thus making our dives very enjoyable. Staying at the Sol Y Mar El Madina on an all inclusive basis and around a five minute walk from the dive centre, we were able to dive from the jetty or the free zodiacs whenever we liked within the diving centre opening times. This meant that the most could be made of the bar's excellent selection of drinks and cocktails on a few evenings. There had been sightings of dolphins at dawn in the bay so we decided to see the sunrise and hit the water at 5.30am. Unfortunately we only saw the usual coral life on this trip, however upon returning from a morning dive a couple of days later, a pod of dolphins were spotted. Our skipper immediately turned the zodiac around and dropped us off so that we could snorkel and interact with them - a truly magical moment.
We went out on a couple of organised dive trips, one in search of a the dugong, which we were unable to locate however the turtles were out in force and the corals and sea life were stunning. The other trip involved quad biking followed by a dive in caverns - absolutely amazing.
August - Swanage & Lundy
Diving with Divers Down off of Swanage Pier, we dived the Kyarra following a lovely bimble dive under the pier. Both dives had plenty of marine life with good visibility and once again the weather was kind to us making the whole day very enjoyable.
Staying once again at Mullacott Park, Ilfracombe and diving with Obsession Dive Charters, we were able to dive Lundy on all of the three days we had chartered the boat. The diving was fantastic as usual with plenty of seals and fish life and dolphins on day one and three. The seals were very curious about our group of divers, providing plenty of opportunity for brilliant interaction - please see the DivingDreams Facebook page for photos and video footage. Another tri-mix course completed this month - well done on your fantastic achievement.
Mikey and Sarah H organised a brilliant weekend in Plymouth, diving with InDeep Diving and staying at the Mount Batten Centre. On Saturday we dived the Scylla and James Egan Layne and and as the James Egan was stunning, we chose to return there on the Sunday too. We were extremely well looked after by the skippers and their crew who provided amazing pasties and appreciated our taking some of Tanya and Steve's wedding cakes. Having dived early on both days, the afternoons were free for us to explore the local sites in the late summer sun.
November - Chepstow - jolly weekend
Pleasure diving and a technical dive to 50 metres, plus a little post dive tipple in the bar were on the agenda this weekend. A very enjoyable couple of days with the DD crew.
December - Christmas party
The Casa Hotel, Yateley was the location once again this year as last year's party had received rave reviews. This year had a 1920's theme and once again, the food was outstanding. After the meal and doing our signature moves on the dance floor, a few after party drinks followed in the bar for those staying over who met just a few hours later for breakfast. A brilliant night once again (photos are on the DD Facebook page) - look out for details of the 2015 party on the Club trips and Events page.