October saw Divemania Scuba's long awaited trip to Scapa Flow.
Leaving before dawn on Friday morning, 11 staff and members had a 10 hour drive to their first stop over at Inverness.
Another early start for the next leg of their trip, a 3 hour drive to catch the ferry to the island of Orkney
Arriving in Stromness early Saturday afternoon we headed straight to the “MV Huskyan” greeted by our skipper Emily and her crew to set up our equipment on board the most well equipped and spacious modern dive boat you could dive from, which was to be our home for the week.
Once all of the equipment was setup and checked Emily took us all to our accommodation.
A well equipped large luxury self catering house only a 2 minute walk from the boat and right opposite the pub, much to everyone's delight.
Scapa Flow being one of the world’s top dive locations, where 52 ships of the German high seas fleet was anchored before being scuttled in June 1919 due to the mistaken belief that the WW1 peace talks had failed and that the British would seize the fleet. Only 7 ships now remain beneath the water, the others being salvaged for their valuable metals.
Sunday was our first day of diving, after being given the most extensive Dive briefing by Emily with her unsurpassed knowledge and 3D scans of the wrecks we dived on the SMS Dresden, after the first dive a delicious hot lunch was served ready for our next dive on the SMS Karlsruhe another light cruisers and in well preserved condition with only blast damage from where salvage operations took place, again for their valuable metals.
Mondays saw another two dives, first on the SMS Coln another cruiser laying in 36 metres of water. This was probably the most intact wreck with many prominent features and easy to navigate. This was followed by a dive on the SMS Kronprinz, lying between 12 and 38 metres with her 12 inch guns being easily accessible.