4 Jan Dive at Gortein Point, Loch Fyne then back for a dive at The Caves, Loch Long.
Lots of plumose anemones, wrasse and cod at The Caves. New rope in tunnel – bet
it will be gone soon.
8 Jan Night dive at Conger Alley, Loch Long for Alex and Gordon who set up the ‘Conger
Alley’ Scottish Diving Forum.
11 Jan Two dives at The Bistro. Training dive for John. Lots of wrasse and Pollock.
Hundreds of common prawns on the second dive.
15 Jan Night dive at Finnart, Loch Long for Alex
18 Jan Dive at Garrien. Snow.
22 Jan Night dive at Finnart, Loch Long for Alex.
25 Jan Two training dives at Fan Belt Alley. Lots of nudibranchs.
1 Feb Two dives at Garrien. Usual life including sunstars, congers, crabs and nudibranchs.
8 Feb Dive at The Bistro then onto Loch Shira.
15 Feb Dive at Lephimore and then at ‘The Platforms”. Platforms divesite is mixed sand and
small bouldery reefs.
22 Feb Training dive at Bistro with Davy doing compass skills. Second dive at Bistro after
All Day Breakfast.
1 March RIB dives on Kilbride Islands and Kilbride Point. Launch at Strathlachan. Lots of life.
8 March Training dive at St Catherines with John doing compass skills. Small Thornback Ray.
10 March Alex on week’s liveaboard on MV Nautica, diving the Similan
to 14 March Islands and Richlieu Rock, Thailand. See report on ‘Forum’.
13 March Two dives on Puffin RIB for Charlie: MV Breda, Ardmuckinish Bay and Heather Island
in Kerrera Sound. Weather too foul to dive in the Sound of Mull. Dived Hold Nos 2
and 4 on MV Breda.
15 March Dive at Fan Belt Alley
22 March Dive at The Platforms finding a large plough anchor and old mooring. Second dive at
Lephinmore. 8 degrees on both dives.
29 March First dive at Loch Shira. Dragonet and Red Gurnard.
5 April Two dives at Drishaig. Alan finished last Open Water dive of BI course.
12 April Dive on Rubha Na Croiche and then Bagh Fearnoch, Loch Riddon. Lots of life on
wall but not much in the bay.
18 April Two dives for Alex on Trail Island, and Powerpole, Wee Cumbrae from John Teevan’s
MV Flying Eagle. Excellent scenic diving.
19 April Two dives at Fan Belt Alley. Lots of usual small life. Found an ankle weight lost by a
trainee 6 months ago.
23 April Night dive at Council Yard for Alex and Alan R.
26 April Two dives at Rubha Loiste and Bay, Tarbert. Lots of small life and some debris from
3 May Two dives at Garrien.
10 May Dive at Bay Cottage. Charlie was stung in face by Lions Mane Jellyfish.
Second dive at Fan Belt Alley.
17 May Two training dives at Council Yard. Nicole’s first Open Water dive.
24 May First dive at Bottle Bank and second dive at Scallop City. Two very large Cod at
28 May Evening dive for Charlie and Alex at Scallop City
31 May RIB dive into Minard Bay diving the wall. John finished his Open Water dives for his
Sport Diver award. Second dive on Seal Island dropping onto the wall.
7 June First dive at Otter Ferry. Shallow and sandy. Buzzed by a large Grey Seal.
Second dive at Garrien.
13 June Two dives for Alex at St Abbs: Anemone Gully and Black Carrs, on Billy Aichison’s
MV Wavedancer II. Great dives. Several Wolf fish.
14 June Training dive at Drishaig. Nicole practicing air sharing skills. Second scenic dive at
21 June Two dives at The Bistro as part of the Scot SAC Solstice Dive. Bistro was stowed
out with divers.
28 June Sport Diver training dive at Fan Belt Alley
23 June Summer holiday for Charlie diving with European Sea Sports,
to 5 July Marmaris, Turkey
11 July Epic evening. Uneventful dive on Trail Island from MV Flying Eagle. John Teevan
followed an epic chase around Wee Cumbrae in dying light for a distress call finally
found a speedboat from Arran with dead engine after going on a wild goose chase
according to their directions.
12 July Two Sport diver training dives at Bottle Bank
16 July Evening scallop dive at North Garrien
19 July Dive at Gortein Point then two dives at Twin Reef
30 July Evening dive at Twin Reef
2 August Two training dives at The Bistro. Excellent all day breakfast and currant slices
9 August Two training dives at Council Yard
13 August Evening dive at Twin Reef
16 August RIB dive from BDO new RIB. Launch Strachur. Bar Mor Wall and Kenmore Wall.
Got soaked by a massive wave en route.
22 August Two dives for Alex on NE Bass Rock and Dunbar Finger Gullies from MV Pegasus,
23 August Two training dives at Fan Belt Alley
27 August Evening dive at Fan Belt Alley for Alex and Alan R
30 August Two shore dives at Deep Bouldery Reef (new site) and Garrien for Alex and Alan R
as rest were RIB diving
30 August BDO RIB dive. Needed two trips for number of divers: Kilbride Islands and Minard
Bay. Excellent although long day.
3 Sept Evening dive at Upper Garrien with two of Vale BSAC club
6 Sept Two training dives at Drishaig
13 Sept BDO RIB dives at Bar Mor Point and Kilbride Point. Excellent dives
19 Sept Two dive for Alex on Cregach Wall and Unnamed Wall, Sound of Shuna on Dave
Ainsley’s MV Porpoise II. Too rough in the Firth of Lorne to go to Garvellachs.
20 Sept BDO RIB dives on Stallion Rock and Bar Mor Point. Excellent dive on Stallion Rock
4 Oct Training dives at The Bistro and then Loch Shira.
11 Oct Lots of scallops during two dives in Tarbert Bay
18 Oct Two Sport diver training dives at Drishaig
22 Oct Evening dive at Finnart, Loch Long for Alex and Alan R
25 Oct Big turnout to dive Lions Rock and Wishing Well, Big Cumbrae
1 Nov Two dives for Alex at Skelly Hole and Black Carrs, St Abbs on Billy Aitchison’s
MV Wavedance II
2 Nov Dive at Twin Reef then North Garrien
9 Nov Club annual overseas trip on MV Snapdragon,
to 14 Nov North Red Sea. Trip report in ‘Forum’
22 Nov Training dives at The Bistro and Drishaig
29 Nov Dive at Garrien
6 Dec Dive at Fan Belt Alley and at Scallop City
13 Dec Dive at St Catherines then three of us continued to Lephinmore
20 Dec Two dives at Fan Belt Alley in the snow. Ony two went in for the second dive.
BDO decided to provide ‘shore cover’
27 Dec Last dives of the year at Fan Belt Alley and Scallop City