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Welcome to the trips and dive news page of Cupar Sub Aqua Club.

By cuparsubaqua, Apr 18 2016 08:11PM

The sun showed it's face and fifteen Fifers enjoyed the fair weather at CSAC's annual invasion of Coalasnacon at Loch Leven.


The keenest of the bunch had already done two dives by the time most people made their meandering way across, meeting for dinner in the Clacaig Inn as tradition dictates.


The extraordinary high levels of motivation continued, with seventy five dives in total over the three days.




Four trainees this year, two of whom got their ocean diver finished off over the weekend. Plus lots of training dives for the two sports diver trainees, and one dive leader who completed his final training dive.


'Props' to our illustrious training officer, Ray.


Photos below from Alex and Helen.







By cuparsubaqua, Feb 24 2016 12:24PM

After an early start, our three explorers met up and headed north to offer themselves to the underwater gods as Guinea pigs, to discover new sites for diving.


On arrival at Stirlinghill, Boddam we kitted up and entered the water at an easy stride entry access point. Once over the shallow stone ledge we dropped down into the first pit (~13m) which has a large chequered board and drafts, should divers need to kill some time, and the walls in places were decorated with Halloween masks.




Separating this initial pit from the next was a wall of rock, but after swimming down the opening/channel to the south, we entered the deeper chamber (~23m) where more masks and a motorcycle can be checked out. By ascending to ~14m, we found ourselves on a shelved area containing more rocks and a burger-van. Unfortunately, no hot beverages or food were found during our search, as warmth was one thing our fingers needed at this stage (3 degrees).


We set off back to the first pit, swimming over part of the dividing rock wall and after a safety stop we surfaced into the sun and exited the water on the rocks to the right of our entry point.


Andy - photo courtesy of Steve A


By cuparsubaqua, Apr 20 2015 08:38PM

On Saturday we dived the wreck of the first world war u-boat, U74. Quite deep at 45m to the seabed, this was a challenging dive. We are doing a few of these deeper wrecks in a build up to the anniversary dive on the wreck of the Avondale Park in May, organised by Shadow Marine.


Technical issue meant a couple of us had to miss the dive, but we did a lap of the bass rock coming home which made it worthwhile for all.








Photos by Helen


By cuparsubaqua, Apr 20 2015 08:28PM

Diving in Scotland is great all year round, but there is no better time to get started than now.


Many clubs start their ‘diving season’ at around this time of year. The water is beginning to warm, the days are longer, the gales have begun to ease, so people start to dig out their dive gear and brush up their skills in the water. For CSAC, the whole year is the ‘diving season’, so this doesn’t really apply. Instead, we get to witness the underwater world transition from season to season, each month bringing new surprises, challenges and delights.


For our trainees though, this is the perfect time of year to start getting out to sea. Having spent many winter evenings in the classroom and swimming pool, learning the necessary theory and skills they will soon rely on, wading into the open sea for the first time is an exciting prospect.


This year we took 14 people and stayed in three caravans at Coalasnacon near Kinlochleven. Lots of training and skills practice were on the bill, ranging from Ocean Diver to Instructor level. We also took the club’s small rib ‘Cutlass’, which is perfect for shuttling divers around the local divesites.


Helen's photos show that we experienced all four seasons, but it came up sunny in the end.



Ray the slavedriver made sure everyone was busy

Helen and Lorna don't mind a bit of weather


Silly hats - you might see these cropping up in the odd photo from now on...

Lorna and Helen underwater selfie


Andy's nifty pajero gadget


Eskimo diver presentation in the Clachaig.


Sunshine came out in the end.

By cuparsubaqua, Apr 6 2015 08:02PM

A gorgeous day for diving in the Forth.


On Sunday, Kraken and six of the CSAC faithful braved the Anster Easter Crowds, and were rewarded with a hint of summer.


Steve and Wayne's photos do the talking...



Captain Pat
Captain Pat


Full Throttle
Full Throttle


oily
oily


Primrose deck tiles - two tone!
Primrose deck tiles - two tone!


Steve remembered his fins...
Steve remembered his fins...


The gang heading for home
The gang heading for home


don't forget your fins!
don't forget your fins!

By cuparsubaqua, Feb 9 2015 05:52PM

The 25th January saw strong winds on the East Coast and heavy rain in the West – not the best weather for a dip in the briney at this time of year. But, undaunted, an intrepid band of four adventurers decided to head into the mountains instead, up to Loch Tay. Despite the snow on the hills, the weather there was altogether more pleasant than had been predicted for either coast and the journey quite picturesque.


We had permission from the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology (STUA) to dive the remains of the Dalerb Victorian steamer maintenance slip. These are the same folk that run the Crannog Centre and have been involved with underwater excavations of Bronze age Crannogs. Having dived Loch Tay in January in the past, we were expecting icicles to be forming inside our masks. Last time the water was around 2C, but this time it was in fact a balmy (or is that barmy) 4C - actually not too cold for a couple of 30 minute plus dives and the visibility was pretty reasonable at around 4m.


The old steamer slip and pier goes down to about 8m. As you can see from the pictures, there is not a lot of it left above the water, but a fair amount of the structure remains below. For those interested, we are able to dive this site again in the future if we wish to (and not having to wash your kit down afterwards is definitely a bonus!) and in fact STUA are interested in the possibility of a mapping project at this site and are offering to possibly provide some free training in underwater surveying.


Words and pics by Wayne

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