September 2018 saw us back at the Farne Islands for our third annual trip Diving with Seals.
Our group of 17 divers are joined by a couple of non divers too and nearly all travelled up on Friday 14 September for a staggered arrival at Springhill Hill Farm Cottages to join some who had taken the opportunity to stay for a full week.
After a pleasant dinner on Friday it was off to bed for an early start on Saturday as we needed to get down to Seahouses for ropes off at 9am which wasn't bad compared to some of our trips this year and as we were staying only a couple of minutes away as we always do it wasn't such a hardship and gave us plenty of time for breakfast.
Down at the harbour and admiring the sunrise we unloaded and set up our kit ready for the boats arrival. We were looking out for St. Cuthbert III and there it was waiting in line for the other boats to load before its turn.
The reason why we do this trip every year and its so popular is that we like to become acquainted with the locals, the locals being a colony of 4-5 thousand grey seals out at the Farnes all year. September is a great time to go as the pups are now juveniles and are a lot braver when it comes to checking out the divers coming to see them as the picture below taken on one of the dives shows: