Eastbourne April 2012 with Sussex Wreck Divers

Eastbourne Dive in April.. Brrrr…

First dive of the 2013 season, only for the brave and with bags of luck, it happened!

Last weekend in April saw 12 hardy divers head down to Eastbourne in Sussex for a day’s diving.  At this time of year you never know quite what you’re going to get in terms of weather but we were rewarded with the lovely sunny day albeit absolutely freezing !

Ropes off were at 7am from Eastbourne Marina, which meant departing from Chalfont St Peter at 5.45am on Saturday morning!  Made slightly easier with clear roads and easy parking directly opposite the jetty.

The boat was “Sussex” from Sussex Ship Wrecks run my Mike Keane, the boat is an excellent dive boat with a large deck for 12 divers and wheelhouse to warm up. Mike is also an extremely experienced skipper and diver so this makes for a safe and efficient day.

After exiting the marina through the sea locks, the sea was flat calm, virtually no wind and bright, clear skies. A perfect day for diving, only one slight problem, air temp was around 8 degrees, not a problem  initially..

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First dive was the Broderick wreck, a steamer merchantman sunk in 1918 by a UB-57. It lies around 7 miles off Hastings at a depth of ~ 25m, fairly broken up. To be honest though, it could have been in any condition because the visibility was so bad i couldn’t see my computer on my wrist!

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Water temp was 6 degrees and shot line was pretty much on the wreck, but as always, with such low vis its easy not find it which is what happened to one diver pair.

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Some abandoned the dive pretty sharpish due the lack of vis, we stuck it out for 15-20mins, saw some plates/wreckage and some crabs but then  sort of had enough, coming up on an DSMB before not being able to see computers became too much of a problem.

One rather unfortunate aspect of this days diving was the 4 hr layover between dives, not normal at all. The result was that most of us promptly fell asleep and/or froze to death on the deck. Although the sun was out the air temp was still <10 degress and the wind built up… resulting in a more lively sea state…resulting in half the divers wanting to come in rather than do the second dive.. only 4 of the 12 managed the second dive.. We were all too cold and tired.. rubbish performance ;)

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Second dive was the Oceana which is a P&O liner, sunk in a collision in 1912. Depth 20m approx. Vis on this dive was apparently “better” at 2-3m..

Nice day out but glad to get back in the car and head home to a hot shower!

 

 

 

 

 

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