One of the complaints we hear about Uk diving is that the weather is unpredictable and it is not unusual to be ‘blown out’. (Defn: Blown Out – be unable to dive due to weather or seas condition). It’s true – I know people who have been to the North East 4 times in a row without being able to get in the water…but they still keep going back – because the UK has great diving.
So….what to do on the blow out days? We believe in planning – after all they teach us dive planning in our Open Water so why not carry that through – make a back up plan.
Here are a few ideas based on our fall backs on what you and your buddies can do if you get blown out in areas in Northern UK waters:
- Farnes – visit a castle, picnic on the beach – best dune protected beaches in Europe bar none!, fish and chips in Seahouses, go for a walk on Holy Island, play crazy golf, leant Quidditch at Alnwick Castle
- Orkney – visit the Neolithic sites (stone circles, tombs), go for a walk, visit the distilleries (Scapa/Highland Park) – be careful if your diving the next day, visit the Italian Chapel, Scapa Flow Museum – also good for a surface interval – ask the skipper. .
- North Wales – fall back to a local inland site, visit a castle, have your photo taken at Llanfair…gogogoch road sign, get the steam train, go up Snowdon.
- Eyemout/St Abbs – go to Edinburgh – loads to do, visit the Maritime Museum. 10 pin bowling and Slot machines in the Amusements, walk the coastal path.
- Lochaline – eagle watching, ferry to Mull and visit the distillery (tobermory – see note above on drinking and diving) – Mull Aquarium – might as-well see some fish!, bag a Monroe, set off home early and visit Oban (another distillery – nominate a driver!).
We hope you get the dives in you planned – but if the weather does intervene – don’t waste the opportunity for a great day out with your mates.