After a long day on the road ,we (myself and my buddy Nick) arrived at Porthkerris . It was early evening and pleasingly quiet, we navigated our way around the site to find our designated camping area, fittingly called The Mound.
The Mound is situated to the north west of the campsite, behind an old MOD building that was used for observing secret torpedo testing, just after the second world war. Rick and Rob had already began setting up camp, (Home for the next few days) it wasn't long before we had been joined by the rest of the group. (Tracey, Bridget and Ben). Once camp was set in a somewhat organised fashion ,we sat down to a curry. That's right a curry we have Bridget and Rick to thank for organising this treat, after a long day on the road it was just perfect .We sat chatting and star gazing as the Perseid meteor shower was making an appearance that evening, be it a lot later than we should be stopping up. Across the bay there was a splash, everyone was up turning to see what it could be was it a shark, there has been several sightings this month. No we are safe a couple of dolphins play in the bay ,but what the perfect end to the evening .
We set about our buddy checks and made sure everything was good to go .
So hear we go now I'm hoping I got this right, else its going to be me getting the next roasting!
- Break your honey maid graham crackers into sensible sizes .
- Take your Hersey chocolate and place it as if your making a sandwich
- Roast your mega marshmallow until it starts to caramelise.
- Put the whole thing together just like a sandwich let the chocolate melt and you have yourselves an American style s'more .
Well a new day a new buddy well I say a new buddy I have dived with or around Bridget from the first day with Dive Rutland in fact she is mostly responsible for the training I have received we kitted up. Collected our cylinders from the fill station and checked our kit as always I owe Bridget so much she had solved a small problem I was having with the octopus (second regulator) the clip had worn so the regulator was continuously falling out and the last thing you want when diving is to be dragging that octopus threw the sand grit and sea weed you never ever know if or when it might be needed and I don't think by buddy really wants a mouth full of sand grit or sea weed come to think about it. So buddy checks complete and the boat has just arrived I remember thinking to myself it looks a little rough out there today I wonder what Bridget has come up with to dive so greeted as we walked onto the boat by Dave the skipper with a massive smile and a good morning we headed off to a group of rocks called The Manacles again close to where the SS Mohegan from day one lies this time it would be the Spyridon this is an 1708ton steamer laden with grain and lays around 18 meters.
Pointing my light inside I was fascinated actually naturally inquisitive to what might be found inside of course I am not allowed inside (YET) but I think its inevitable after spending such a short time looking around the out side finding so much life that I would think about what's actually inside some of the wrecks we moved along side and rising across the wreck we came into a shoal of smaller fish this was amazing sadly time to go air running low and the cold had set in a little smb launched safety stop complete surface and back on the boat you might say I rushed that bit but you know the drill by now the difference this time is it had just sunk in this is what its all about a small glimpse of what is going on in UK waters has made all the early (really early mornings) and poor visibility at Stoney Cove worthwhile in fact more than worth while non of this would be possible without the instructors, staff, and club members, and those that give there free time at Dive Rutland .