Scapa Diary – Day 3

First day of diving on a perfect sunny Orkney morning. All aboard the John L at 9 o clock after a hearty breakfast to start fettling our kit whilst the skipper filled the cylinders.

First dive was the SMS Dresden at a depth of 24m (top) to 38m (bottom). Visibility was unbelievable… Sea temperature was surprisingly warm at a balmy 13 degrees. A good shakedown dive to iron out all the equipment tweaks made much easier by the diver lift.

Following de-kitting and debrief, the John L headed for the Scapa Wartime museum on Hoy for off-gassing, soup, and sight-seeing. A cracking museum – well worth the visit!

Back onboard the John L, the team made its way back into the ‘Flow to experience the triple wrecks of the ‘F2’ German Corvette, Salvage Barge, and a sunken dive boat, the ‘Mara’ – all less than 18m. Lots of Wrasse, Starfish, Ling, Horse Mussels and visible wrecks!

Mark R collected a bag full of Horse Mussels to cook in butter, garlic, white wine and seasoning (which, after much Googling, no-one in the team had the nerve to eat). The seagulls in the Orkneys were well fed though. The team opted for a fish supper in Stromness along with a taste of the local Ale.

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