Dive St Abbs
19th – 21st August 2016 £150* Includes 2 nights B&B and diving.
St. Abbs is on the south east coast of Scotland in the county of Berwickshire. The village of St. Abbs is a community with a rich heritage and a spectacular location.
The sea around St. Abbs with its crystal clear water is a well-known scuba diving area and is part of a Voluntary Marine Reserve, protected to preserve the unique biodiversity for everyone to enjoy.
Boat Safety is a priority at Dive St.Abbs. Their boat ‘MV. Shore Diver’ is inspected by the RYA (Royal yachting Association) to MCA Standard MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency).
She is licensed to carry twelve passengers plus the Skipper + 2 crew and individual life-jackets are supplied for each one.
Paul Crowe, holds an RYA – (Yacht Master , Power driven vessel up to 200 ton) Certificate and as helmsman of the RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat that was stationed at St.Abbs, he is fully conversant with the rules of safety at sea.
Having diving experience himself, Paul Crowe knows just what is required of a skipper to provide divers with the best of dives in the waters the St abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve. ‘MV.Shore Diver’, carries an O2 Kit and is fitted with a custom built, electric diver lift at the stern, providing easier entry and exit to the sea.
The geographic position of the Marine Reserve means that it benefits from a flow of Atlantic water entering the North Sea around the northern tip of Scotland but also from a cooler Arctic influence. This results in a diverse mix of marine species from both cold and relatively warm water. For instance, the Devonshire cup coral which is very common on western shores is found here in small numbers but probably does not exist much further south in the North Sea. Similarly, species such as the beautiful Bolocera anemone and the Wolf-fish are primarily Arctic species but they are found off the Berwickshire coast in good numbers.
The Marine Reserve is situated well away from major centres of population and industry and consequently, effluent discharges into the sea are minimal. Water quality is improving as new sewage treatment plants are being installed up and down the coast at various locations and as a result, the underwater visibility in the area can be excellent. Spring tides, on-shore winds and plankton blooms can affect this but ten to twelve metres visibility occurs regularly whilst at some point each year, twenty metres visibility can be found..
The Bunk House
The bedrooms sleep ten persons on the comfortable bunk beds in three rooms with wash-hand basins and separate toilets and showers.
In the well fitted and equipped kitchen and breakfast room there is a Microwave oven and TV.
The Cottage is also a cosy wee ‘home from home’, with beds for five persons and a well fitted and equipped kitchen… >
The two bedrooms also have comfortable bunk beds, an easy chair and convenient storage space. There’s also a very spacious bathroom with shower…
To book your space please contact Mick Turner on this link.
A non refundable deposit of £100 is required to secure your place. The full balance must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to trip date.
Holiday insurance is recommended to cover your cost of the trip if you are unable to attend
*above price excludes travel, equipment hire and air fills.