Fleur de Lys and the Old Mussel Bed

Wonderful mid September trip to Swanage with bountiful bib and wrasse on the pretty Fleur de Lys followed by a gentle drift on the old mussel beds where some saw undulate ray, others tiny anemone shrimp and black tar sponge!  Topped off with cheesy chips, overall a brilliant day.  

September Rescues

In at the deep end for some practice rescue lifts – always good to get into the water, even just the pool!  

Test run for Eagle

Great to see Eagle back out on the water again at the end of July – launched from Eastney along with Cobra – on a test run after all the work recently carried out on her and her engine!   

Seasearching The Mixon Hole

Sussex Wildlife Trust’s dive on the Mixon Hole in July, one of a series of Seasearch survey dives some HSAC members are supporting over the summer, collecting data to help with conservation projects to protect marine wildlife.  Hot sunshine, flat calm sea and great visibility to see the amazing near vertical clay wall of the Mixon Hole. 

July pool session

Back to the pool for some refreshing of skills for our three newest members just joined – welcome!  

June zoom

A return to the virtual on a Thursday evening, planning the forthcoming pool sessions and dives and getting an update on the boats. 

Diving the Bembridge Ledges

Bright sunshine, great vis and a lovely dive on the Bembridge ledges on Saturday 11th June for six members out on the club boat from Eastney.  A beautiful rocky reef with boulders and overhangs harbouring an undulate ray, bib, wrasse and a few spiny spider crabs among the abundance of sponges, seasquirts, anemones and hydroids. Unfortunately, the wind picked up in the afternoon so the planned dive on the Louis will have to wait for another day. 

Blue-sky May day for a test run

The sun shone brightly for Cobra’s first trip out on the water this year with Tim, David, Michael and Nick.  Serviced engine and clean blue hull and she skimmed across the water.  Thanks to Mike and Tim for taking her back down to the coast for the summer. 

Getting Eagle ready

A pleasant May evening at the boatshed finishing Eagle’s engine service and giving her a bit of a clean, before relaxing with a beer.  

Boatshedding and Barbecuing

Successful day of boat maintenance, and a plentiful barbecue to keep everyone happy, and Cobra is now ready to be taken to the coast on May 1st.   Some of the team had already left before we remembered to take a photo!  Great to meet a prospective new member too – warm welcome to Nigel!