Diving

Diving on the Scylla I started diving in August of 2002. I had wanted to try Scuba Diving for quite a while but never seemed to get round to doing it. Just before Kay had died she had said she would buy me lessons for my birthday. I never managed to get that present from her and to begin with it was a bit difficult to even think about diving, bit I needed to get out more so I decided to finally take the plunge (literally).

I have to confess it wasn't how I imagined it to be. To begin with I naively thought that you just strapped a tank of air on your back and jumped in the sea. I'd heard about the 'Bends' but thought that was just for the 'Deep Sea' divers or people that were wreckless. How wrong I was!!!! Diving is a very serious sport and although it is great fun and a mind altering experience it can also dangerous and not without risk. There are all sorts of circumstances that can lead to DCI (Decompression Illness) or the Bends and non of them would ever be classed as being wreckless.

But less of the more dangerous side of things and what about the fun?? Well I just love it!! The sensation of being underwater is simply amazing. Unfortunately it is not the silent world that the people making TV programs and films would have us believe. Water carries sound considerably better than air so if there are any boats circling above you certainly notice them. It can be a bit of a shock sometimes as they sound a lot closer than they actually are. Also with the regulator exhaust vents being positioned on either side of your chin, you always get the sound of your exhaled breath bubbling past your ears. Tyes Tunnel The photo to the left of Tyes Tunnel at St Abbs was just incredible. You start the dive by the headland as the beginning is a 40 metre long tunnel. You need a torch as it's quite dark down there, but what a surprise when it opens out into an Anenome lined cavern. This short quote from the BSAC website sums it up rather well.

"Tyes tunnel was a dive to remember. It was diving into a rather dark looking hole. This opened out into a spectacular cavern that went completely through the rock. The exit, bathed in sunlight and covered in soft corals and anemones, was just begging for a good photographer."