Brunel’s ss Great Britain


I had arranged to pick up a new four wheel drive near Bristol on Friday, the travel arrangements and timings meant I would have most of the day to kill in Bristol. The choices I decided were Ikea or the ss Great Britain, I decided to go to the ss Great Britain first and Ikea afterwards. I didn't know much if anything about the ship or the museum but would have plenty of time to find out. I had to use the satnav as I missed the turn somewhere after leaving the M5. Once there I headed for the nice new shiny building close to the river, it was filled with gifts relating to the ship or the sea. I paid the £12.50 entry fee and walked out through the glass door.

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Human Factors in Diving Incidents


Human Factors in Diving Incidents – Or how to learn from other's mistakes!

Gareth Lock posted a link on Facebook regarding a talk he was doing in Plymouth on 'Human Factors in Diving Incidents'. The description stated –

“Gareth Lock is the founder of Cognitas, an organisation promoting a "just culture" among divers and highlighting the need to encourage divers to report all incidents, however minor or innocuous they appear to be at the time.

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Nautical Archaeological Society Part I Course


NAS Part I: Certificate in foreshore and underwater archaeology, Plymouth 16-17/04/63

After completing the NAS Introduction to Foreshore and Underwater Archaeology Course in Plymouth on 26/02/11, I signed up straight away for the Part 1 course.

The course once again was organised and taught by Allen (Totnes BSAC) and Peter (ProMare). They use some offices owned by some of their friends to keep the costs down, that is the main reason it is the cheapest Part I course. We were told we would be ‘in the field’ and to bring wellies.

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NEC Dive Show 2011


For the second year in a row we have booked a small stand at the NEC Dive Show in October. We'll be in the British Isles Experience zone promoting our boat and dive courses.

2010 was a successful show with many people visiting the stand.



2010 Stand


We look forward to seeing everyone again, October 22/23 2011.

Crime Scene Investigation and Underwater Forensics Course


At the end of October Mark is attending a Conference on Crime Scene Investigation and Underwater Forensics
By Mack S. House Jr. Mack S. House Jr. CSIDT is an Associate Member of the International Crime Scene Investigators Association ICSIA, a Published Author and internationally recognized expert in Underwater Forensics Crime Scene Investigations.

The course dates and details are :-

Duration: 2 days
Dates: Mon 24th and Tues 25th October 2011
Friday 28th and Sat 29th October 2011 (further dates may be added due to demand)
Time: Registration at 07.30am course start at 08.00am to 17.00pm
Cost: £150.00 inclusive of Vat.
Venue: Great West House, Brentford, London, TW8 9DF
Host: Code Blue Nurses and Education London.

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Kayak Diving


I have been involved with Kayak Diving since 2001. I bought an Ocean Kayak Drifter which was advertised as a dive kayak at the time, although I notice Ocean Kayaks have dropped the ‘dive’ in exchange for ‘fishing’. After buying the kayak and getting some practice with it I managed to find a good website by Mark Theobald –

Mark Theobald has produced an excellent e-book on Kayak Diving, it will help you understand some of the ideas regarding kayak diving.

If you are interested in kayak diving, we can now offer the SDI kayak diving course.

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Wild Swimming


Trying to combine keeping fit with our interest in the sea two of us have taken up 'Wild Swimming'.
We are not qualified swimming instructors only snorkeling/diving instructors but our knowledge of the Cornish coast and the currents around Cornwall means we can do it safely. We don't offer trips or special events but we do invite any competant swimmers to come and join us for a swim.

We usually swim Tuesday evenings at Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth at around 7pm for 30-45 minutes. It's usually an easy swim at an easy pace with flat water. We also swim at weekends, usually on a Saturday, it can be anything from a swim around an island to lengths in a quarry. We are also planning some swims through partially flooded caves and even flooded mines.

We are members of a few Facebook swimming groups, Cornwall Sea Swimmers is the main one we use, and we join them for quite a few of our swims.

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Hera – our Adopt a Wreck Project


The Nautical Archaeological Society run a project called 'Adopt a Wreck', we have adopted the Hera and will document as much info as we can find about the ship and subsequent wreck.

We upload a lot of pictures and information to a Facebook Page we have created.

Hera on Facebook

The Hera was a 4 mast 280ft long steel barque, that foundered in rough weather on the 30th January 1914. Her cargo was 30,000 British Pounds worth of nitrate from Chile, a valuable cargo for the time. When it sank in 15-18m only her masts and rigging remained above water, the crew were clinging to the wet ropes for their lives. With one whistle between them, they passed it along and blew in turn until the Falmouth lifeboat, guided by the whistle rescued the survivors.

The wreck now lies a few hundred metres north of Gull rock, east of Nare head in 15-18m of water.

Specifications :-

  • Built in 1886 by J. C. Tecklenborg
  • Owned by Rhederi Aktien
  • Previously named Richard Wagner
  • Displacement – 1.994 ton
  • Dimensions 276x41x23 ft.
  • On route – Pisagua, Chile for Falmouth (91 days).

Nineteen sailors washed ashore and were buried in a massgrave in Veryan churchyard, five sailors survived.

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The Schiedam was a Dutch fluyt that was wrecked off the Cornish coast in 1684. In 1971, Tony Randall (the former Licensee), found the site. At the time of discovery 14 iron cannons and fragments of ships structure remained. The site was suggested to be the Schiedam by the date of the objects, which matched the documentary evidence. A key date of 1675 was discovered on a lead container recovered from the site. In 1982 the site was designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act (1973).

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Rill Cove


The Rill Cove site was discovered by Ken Simpson and Mike Hall while diving on the wreck of a wooden fishing vessel the ‘Kerris Read’. A small cast iron gun was located, with a number of silver coins concreted to it. Further investigation located further coins and a small number of other artifacts. The site was designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act on 15th March 1976. During 1976 a site survey was undertaken, including a site plan.

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