Saturday 21st July 2018
Another great dive off the club rib (6th week in a row), out of Littlehampton marina, this time on the wreck off the SS Shirala and a drift dive on the nearby Waldrons.
Weather conditions were excellent, light clouds with Sunshine, the surface waters were like a mill pond, with temperatures at the sea bed a barmy 21ºc. Visibility was good at 4m for both dives.
SS Shirala Wreck
A 22m dive, this wreck sank exactly 100 years ago this month. All divers saw a wide range of sea life including large crabs, many types of fish of varying sizes, Conga eels and the one the largest lobsters experienced diver John had ever seen! The crustacean must have been at least 3ft in length and a good 20lbs!! From now on it will be called Zoidberg, Futurama fans will know what I mean!!
The wreck itself is well broken up but the general layout is still discernible with masts, boilers, plating and timberheads all easily locatable. The current was negligible so divers could happily hover above the different parts of the wreck and explore nooks and crannies. When sunk this ship allegedly had diamonds as part of the cargo, but alas no sign of them today!
The Waldrons - Drift Dive
A 12m dive. For the those new to diving a Drift Dive consists of floating just above the sea bed and allowing the current to take you along. Attached to the diver is a DSMB (Delayed Surface Marker Buoy), a long 2 meter bright orange sausage like float, that is on the surface and attached to the diver via a super strong cord so the surface boat can follow the divers as they drift along.
This type of dive is extremely relaxing, its like being on a bus, you just watch the World go by while being totally relaxed, or Zen as Paul calls it.
Again the water visibility was clear and there was lots to see, a huge number of Star fish, many of at least 8 to 10cm in length, large brown crabs, scallops and many other shellfish.
All in all two great dives followed by a pint in the pub (non drivers only!), on the way home to compare notes and update the dive records.
Interested in diving? Want to know more? Why not come along to a ˜Try Dive in our local swimming pool and see for yourself. Details via the contact page.