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Selsea

The Selsea trip organised by Sarah. It was supposed to be at Wittering but due to 15mph westerly's being forcast the skipper changed the location. We had Clare and Martin, Paul, Akiko, myself, Boggie, Sarah, Chris and Phil involved. I got a lift down with Martin and Clare at 7:30am. We got there at about 10:30 and went to the fair that was setting up.

Dive 60

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Place:Selsea
Buddy:Paul and Boggie
Equipment Details:
Visibility:5m
Water Speed:
Weather Conditions:Fine (15mph westerley and heavey rain was forceast)
Entry/Boat:Rib - Storm Force; Skipper - Simon
Air in:
Air out:
Cylinder:12L

The first dive was the mulberry harbour. I buddied Paul and Boggie. We zipped out on the rib and waited for slack water. The dive took us down the shot and around the mulberry. We saw lobsters, congers, crabs, plenty of bib and other fish. Quite pretty but the vis wasn't as good as the last time I did it. At one point Boggie tried a swim through with me behind but changed his mind so we backed up a bit! Towards the end of the dive we found the same junction that Chris and I got lost at last time. Paul took the lead and zipped off with Boggie following. I couldn't keep up but after about 5 mins Paul waited and I caught up, told him to stop and we headed back. If we'd carried on longer we'd have hit the landing craft but we were all low on air so surfaced where we were.

Dive 61

(Full properties)

Place:Selsea
Buddy:Paul
Equipment Details:
Visibility:1m
Water Speed:
Weather Conditions:Fine (15mph westerley and heavey rain was forceast)
Entry/Boat:Rib - Storm Force; Skipper - Simon
Air in:
Air out:
Cylinder:

We were heading out to the tanks and bulldozers but the wind and swell picked up so everyone apart from me voted to stop and do the nearer T-Pot instead. I told Paul I wanted to lead this one for Dive leader practice so I did. We descended the shot to find it very dark and with no more and a meter or two of visibility. Quite different from when Chris and I dived it last time. The shot was in the middle of the port side. I signaled for us to go to the left. We very slowly explored the wreck and eventually came to where the wreck peaters out. There is another piece but the vis wasn't good enough to risk looking for it so we followed the wreck around to the starboard side. We'd planned to come up when one of us reached 100 bar. I got there first as we reached the stern of the ship. We had a quick look and then left the wreck for a few meters and went back up the DSMB. Quite an atmospheric dive and good fun. Saw a few fish in the wreck and some crabs.

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