It had been a long time since the club ventured to Kimmeridge so Rob organized a reccie to find out how things have fared in our absence. Here follows his report with surface photos from Geoff and subsurface from David…
- We need a new jockey wheel, the old one is no more.
- The loos at Kimmeridge are OK.
- The toll ticket is OK for the day.
- The slip access gate closes at dusk.
- Launching at Kimmeridge is OK.
- You can refill water bottles at the marine centre.
- There are no food or drink facilities on site.
More lessons learnt
- Loading kit into the boat takes a lot of care thanks to slippery rocks and boulders.
- Dive Dorset coordinates for the Black Hawk are out by about 50 yards. (But the Tornado hard boat had divers on it so we marked the coordinates from their shot)
- A hot drink on the boat would have been nice, a large flask would have been a good idea
- Getting to and from the boat at anchor at Kimmeridge takes a lot of care.
Final lessons learnt
- Divers Down at Swanage shuts at 5:30 so you need to finish early to get air.
- Kimmeridge had a double low water and…
- Kimmeridge ledges are shallow and surprisingly wide, especially tricky without a sounder and…
- Leaving a boat at anchor near even small boulders can break off a sounder sensor.
- Propellers don’t like rock.
- Mobile phone signals at Kimmeridge are elusive.
- The Nature trail is no more.
- Boat recovery was OK 2.5 hours before HW.
- The Alpha will plane with five divers, kit and a cox with the wind and tide when there is no water in the hull 🙂
- The Alpha will not plane with the same load and a hull full of water into wind and tide!
- We let at least 50kg of water out of the hull on the slipway!
All in all an educational days diving & David did his first sea dive as an Ocean Diver without an instructor.
We didn’t get the best out of Kimmeridge and the Alpha, so I think we need to go and do it properly in the warm summer sunshine 🙂