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

By cuparsubaqua, Nov 18 2014 04:22PM

Four intrepid divers (Helen, Andy, Alex and Steve) plus me headed over to Manse Point on the west coast on Sunday. As DM, Helen laid on some great weather. Helen and Alex buddied up for the first dive and Steve and Andy drew the short straw and went in with me. My mask kept flooding and my computer died so it was take two for the three of us after I fetched a new mask and borrowed a computer (thanks, Steve!). It was a good dive from the word go but won't mention the CBL. Saw a lovely sea pen, sea whips, cuckoo wrasse and all the usual stuff for a Scottish Loch. Steve also saw two cuttlefish and two gurnards.

For the second dive, Alex swapped with Andy. More of the same, but also a baby thornback ray and alarge conger. Now, this is the point where you would expect me to say that we went to the Clachaig Inn, but no! We went to explore the River Etive for a dive in the future.

Home in time for tea.

Ray (Photos by Helen)

P.S. Alex won Pooh sticks off the bridge, and Helen lost at stone-skimming.

By cuparsubaqua, Oct 30 2014 01:38PM

Once upon a time in a land far far away (the west coast), six intrepid divers met in a lay-by alongside the dark and misty Loch Creran…

Three of them occupied the dive-chariot (Poseidon), which doubled as a changing room as the rain lashed against the window. A plan was hatched which involved two waves of divers, a buoyancy exercise and a bag of bananas.... seriously.

Once through the halocline/thermocline, the visibility was ~5m with a good selection of sea life including feather stars, whelks, sea squirts and a dog fish.

At the end of the first dive a buoyancy exercise was organised which gave us all the chance to hone our skills, this was tied in with underwater banana eating and Capri sun drinking in the event of extra nutrition being required on a dive (I however do not plan to be in the water in Scotland for long enough to require this…).

Despite the weather everyone had a great day's diving!

We then headed into an extremely wild Glencoe for the obligatory Clachaig visit 

Words and images by Helen

By cuparsubaqua, Aug 14 2014 09:33PM

A wild (and wet) weekend on the west coast was had, when five divers packed their bags into Poseidon, topped up Kraken's fuel tank, and headed for Lochaline.

The plan was to aim for Coll and Gunna Sound to hunt for baskers, but hurricane Bertha put paid to that idea from an early stage. Weather in the sound of Mull, however, was far better than expected, and with some of the best wrecks in the UK, no-one was too unhappy to have a weekend of wreck diving instead of snorkelling with giants.

Before we had even escaped Fife, we had about an hour of roadworks to battle through. Fortunately the club vehicle, Poseidon, was more than up to the job and in record time we made it to Lochaline, via a hasty sandwich at Tyndrum and the penultimate Corran ferry of the day.

After settling into very comfortable digs at the Lochaline Dive Centre we met the other half of our group, who were staying in the Hotel, for a quick chat about plans and to plan our passage for the morning. First on the agenda was to 'release the Kraken', a very straightforward task on the ferry slipway usable at all states of tide.

We had quite large tides, so needed to get slack water right for most of the diving we hoped to do in the sound. We started out on the Rondo, where another dive boat (Fyne Pioneer) was also diving. As we had two waves of divers, our second wave had the wreck to themselves, although they did experience the start of the flood. We made it to 38m here, but still had a way to go to the bows. We opted for a leisurely ascent up the wreck, including a nice swim-through under the hull at 25m.

A quick trip up to Tobermory to refuel was called for (at the Tobermory Bakery), where Jamie and Andy did their best to consume their own weight in lemon cake. We continued Northwards to Bloody Bay on the offchance of some marine megafauna, but the seastate was far better in the sound so we soon turned tail and made for the Thesis. This wreck is such a favourite that we dived it twice over the weekend. Worth remembering that although slack water here is at HW Oban, it can be dived through most of the flood tide which runs South to North. Helen's eagle eye spotted two white-tailed eagles who joined us for a while, followed by a pair of peregrins.

The dive centre kindly lent us a mooring for the night, so our only tasks for the evening was to fill our empty cylinders and our empty stomachs. A nice barbeque down by the beach accomplished the latter, and a lovely sunset down by the pier, accompanied by a tot of whisky, topped the night off. We also enjoyed a swim from the pier - no drysuits in sight!

Dawn broke cold a damp, so we were straight into our drysuits and onto the water. We had a little wait before slack water on the Hispania, where we met the Fyne Pioneer again. The Hispania however is large enough to accomodate multiple dive boats, and we got our two waves in exactly over slack water.

As always, everyone got to have a shot at driving the boat. This is a purely selfish tactic on the part of qualified boat handlers, as we're hoping to get more folks trained up to act as cox while we're diving!

One more trip to the Thesis, followed by a speedy recovery and we set off up the windey road.

Really great to get the boat back over to the Sound after a few years away, and some awesome diving with a great group of divers. Thanks all!


By cuparsubaqua, Aug 12 2014 09:18PM

Several excellent trips to Fifeness recently. Sad news is that Steve's pet lobster has gone missing! If found, please return to the big boiler.

Vis has been quite changable, but water temperature is right up at the minute, and lots of folks have even dusted off the wetsuits!

All followed by cake at the cheese farm. Very nice.

Photos by Alex and Helen.

By cuparsubaqua, Jul 12 2014 08:47PM

Had a good wee dive on the Arizona in the Firth of Forth. Kraken took us to the site and clear water along with the most massive lobster I've ever seen made for a great dive. Some pics below.

Down we go.
Down we go.
The wreck appears out of the gloom
The wreck appears out of the gloom
A mast covered in soft corals
A mast covered in soft corals
The stern
The stern
The most massive lobster...ever.
The most massive lobster...ever.
Time to go back
Time to go back

By cuparsubaqua, Jun 21 2014 08:19PM

Last weekend CSAC spent a day on the beach, drumming up interest in the club, conducting an underwater survey of marine life and generally messing around in boats.

We were asked by BioBlitz if we could conduct a marine biological survey, to contribute to an intense weekend of marine, inter-tidal and terrestrial species counting, all run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers and experts. Diving with a purpose is often good fun, because it makes you focus on a specific task and dive in places and scenarios that you wouldn't normally consider, and this was a good enough excuse for us to go diving.

Those who turned out all had a fun day, with the morning spent on our stall trying to shift some of the BSAC branded pens and stickers sent to us by HQ. The diving was better than expected, and we managed to identify 39 different species in all. These will be sent of to Seasearch, run by the marine conservation society, which records observations sent in by divers across the UK. This was the first search conducted off East sands, so will contribute toward the scientific knowledge of this area.

Photos below courtesy of Andy Browning and Tom Ashton. For more of the best photos from the day, see the gallery here.


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