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PostSubject: Not above -2 all day    Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:29 pm

DOSTHILL - IT WAS COLDER OUT OF THE WATER THAN IN IT

For Andy :

Thank-you Charlie for starting the post

So seven of us set off today to a new location, 6 of us diving, Sammy on shore cover duties, with clipboard and checking us in and out. Dosthill is easy to find just off the M42, just through a few houses and next to a graveyard. About minus 5 degress as we arrived, it did rise to minus 2.

The cold produced a few problems with frozen water in inflator hoses - defrosted by Jack's coffee - thank you, freeflowing regs before they got into the water (Susannah's) and after lunch a few frozen hoods and gloves meant Jack and Charlie did not do dive two, well Charlie did get into the water but was too cold and numb with ice in his gloves we suggested he sat that one out. Poor Susannah had a leak so she missed the 2nd dive as well.

Dive 1 - dropped off into clear water to the 2 platforms at the deep entry point, went along the right side for a while till bouyancies sorted, then into the deeper middle part with a few attractions, getting as far as the tree with added decorations. By then Susannah's air supply seemed to be rapidly disappearing so we turned about, a short 30 min dive. One significant dry suit leak, Susannah wet down one side.

Dive 2 - just Iams, Andy and Doc, so along the left hand wall at 8m so we arrived at the shallower south end of the quarry. Here there is a small cairn to mark the beginning of the sunken objects and the building there. A few photos and measuring of the building, a glance at the reed bed and 4 platforms at that end and a nice swim with a very large pike. The pike is friendly enough and appeared again at the end of our 54 minute dive in the north end shallows, likes to lurk around the platforms, hoops and reeds. The 1st platform at the far end we came across had a few gnomes beneath it and a most useful thermometer so we could see how cold we were. The other 3 platforms are arranged in steps one above the other, ideal for training. In fact on a hot day we feel it must get very busy with students as there are about 9 platforms in the quarry - all very well supported, level and plenty of space on them.

All in all a very nice experience all made better by the excellent staff there. 2 lads and 2 ladies, very welcoming and obliging. Entry was 12 for non-members. I'd like to point out that they lent me a large A4 slate free of charge, for mapping, airfills were cheap 2.50 per 10lt and 3 for a 12lt fill. Not as great a choice of airfills as Gilders, but no problem getting clean air to breathe! No need to strip twins down for filling either. Menu extensive - hot and cold choices, not quite Capers standard but service was excellent with a smile. All cooked in a little mobile trailer.

Photos to follow..............just going to downsize them now..........Doc


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PostSubject: Re: Not above -2 all day    Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:31 pm

For now All I can say is a good day and bbrrrrrrr. Will post more later IAMS


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PostSubject: Re: Not above -2 all day    Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:05 pm

(whoops Nearly)

Report to follow, but to give a taster, 2 x great dives, however the temperature never climbed above minus 2 degrees all day.


Thanks for the support above, its been emotional but no emotions.

(Whoops nearly again)
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PostSubject: Re: Not above -2 all day    Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:25 pm

Photos....













shouldnt have come out like that Neutral , Il sort my photos when i can get help from sammy


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PostSubject: Re: Not above -2 all day    Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:03 am

Just got in, Looks like you had fun without me Crying or Very sad

I should be able to get more into a routine after tommorws opening show. Been a busy week, Squirel and emma have helped me through it, PLUS it's been great this week having my own transport! again...

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PostSubject: Re: Not above -2 all day    Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:28 am













That's my pics from the first dive - Fuji 200
Yes that guy did go in with a wet suit on with a shortie on top


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PostSubject: Re: Not above -2 all day    Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:48 am


Lunchtime in a peaceful setting...






Andy having a key moment, my keys
The duck is almost as big as one of those Gilders geese, it gets fed scraps


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PostSubject: Re: Not above -2 all day    Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:11 am


Then back in for 3 of us into the warm waters, this time a complete circuit













And yes the teddy is attached to a torpedo
Andy, I hope Samuel liked his hat
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PostSubject: Re: Not above -2 all day    Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:39 pm


Sorry andy

Well, it was certainly a cold day! but a good day out. Only managed one dive but it was an experience, I've now learnt that gloves and hoods can freeze solid after a cold dive and that my smirf dive suit deffo leaks - a nice refreshing wet arm during my dive so unfortunatley I couldn't dive on for the second dive as I couldn't warm up (I think I only warmed up when I got home and got the romper suit out and the heating on)

Loving the photos, specially my frozen dry suit that could almost stang up by the end of the day

Smudge, I still owe you for hiring the kit!!! How much do I owe you and how can I get the money to you

In all, a good day out, and deffo not put me off diving, just makes me more keen to get out there and learn more Smile

Susannah
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PostSubject: Re: Not above -2 all day    Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:39 pm

u

Thats a smile up there. ! (above)

Great day as usual Well done to Sussanah glad you enjoyed it.

I have to say this dive site was above my expectations. This was the first outing and I will be going again before too long.

Not too far away and extremely polite and helpful staff. Great site and Great company. Nice to see Jack back again too.


Andy

Thats a smile down there ! (below)

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