Date(s) - 17/10/2020 - 18/10/2020
12:30 am - 6:00 pm
Eyemouth harbour wall
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Peter will be Dive Manager for the weekend
17th Oct 2020 at 12:30 – 18th Oct 2020 at 16:00
Isle of May – x 2-day Weekend Diving
Diving with Gary (Divestay) on Wavedancer
Price – **TBC (**will be going rate)
2days diving (cannot be split)
17th and 18th October 2020
Up to 12 people on event.
Isle of May – x2day Weekend Diving 17th and 18th October 2020
17th October 2020 – (Saturday afternoon) from 12:30pm diving scenic around St. Abbs… x2 dives
18th October 2020, Sunday (All day) diving at the Isle of May.
x 3 dives
Price – £115 (Diving only) Booking form at the bottom of the page
2days diving – cannot be split
5 dives in total.
Diving with Gary (Divestay) on Wavedancer
Diving gas is available upon on request from Gary (at cost)
Up to x12 people on event.
Flexible Diving dive sites on Isle of May will be weather and tide dependant. These trips are for a full day with 3 dives with the boat leaving Eyemouth at around 8.45 and returning around 18.00. We have extra tanks available for those needing them.
The total travel time is around 1.5 hours from Eyemouth and trips can be planned to suit your group, e.g. One dive at Bass Rock and Two at The Isle of May or One at Bass Rock, One at The Isle of May and one elsewhere.
Dive the Firth of Forth
Teaming up on diving trips to The Isle of May and Bass Rock with Divestay have proved very popular with many of our divers making return visits. Situated in the mouth of the Firth of Forth, Diving at The Isle of May and Bass Rock is very weather dependent but on a good day, provides some great diving.
The Isle of May has a wide range of dive sites situated below some stunning topside scenery. There are several shallow wrecks, open caves & caverns with swim-through tunnels to explore. It’s also likely that you’ll be joined on your dive by the playful seals.
The diving at Bass Rock has something for everybody with caves and swim-throughs. A sheer wall on the north side drops away to 40m+ and makes an interesting dive. Although the visibility can sometimes be poorer than the Isle of May, the sight and noise of the thousands of Gannets is quite impressive
The isle of May is an excellent wildlife reserve. As an option for lunch we can moor up and enjoy a packed lunch. When the tide suits, another option is to drop into the harbour at Anstruther for some fish and chips at the famous and award winning Anstruther Fish Bar.
The Isle of May
The Isle of May On a clear day, the Isle of May seems to float in the sea like a giant basking whale. This rocky island, with sheer cliffs, caves and gentle slopes, is home to thousands of grey seals and seabirds. It lies at the junction of the sheltered Firth of Forth and the expanses of the North Sea. The rocky reefs in these cold, tide-swept waters support kelp forests and rich marine life, providing foraging grounds for the seals which breed on the island. The ‘May Isle’, as it is known locally, lies 7 kilometres (km) from Crail on the Fife coast. Although the island is only 57 hectares it is nationally and internationally important for its seabird and seal colonies. A National Nature Reserve (NNR) since 1956, the island was purchased from the Northern Lighthouse Board in 1989 and since then it has been owned and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Protection Area (SPA) for its breeding seabirds and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for its seals and rocky reefs. Ever since Fife was inhabited over 8000 years ago, the island must have attracted attention with its wild and rugged appearance. Excavations have uncovered artefacts including flint, arrowheads and a piece of polished stone axe. The oldest dateable find is a piece of Bronze Age pot made around 2000 years BC. Certainly, the abundant seabirds and seals would have attracted our early ancestors who would have had the boats and skills to exploit them. Medieval records tell us of a holy man called Ethernan who might have established the first religious community on the island.
Source: SNNR Published: 2010
Isle of May NNR Voluntary Code of Conduct Seals, Seabirds and Divers. The Isle of May supports a large grey seal breeding colony in the autumn and winter, with large numbers of individuals coming ashore to pup and breed from October to January. During this time, they are very sensitive to disturbance, resulting in pup mortality. Access to the island is not advisable as any landing will potentially disturb breeding seals. If landing is necessary, it is restricted to the West landing, Altarstanes. During the spring and summer months, April to August, the island supports large colonies of breeding seabirds, many of which are vulnerable to disturbance. Cliff nesting seabirds are easily flushed from their nest sites causing eggs to be lost. Large rafts of birds also congregate on the sea and care must be taken to avoid scattering them. This voluntary code has been developed to help inform the diver on safe and conservation-minded diving around the Isle of May. Please follow the guidelines in order to safeguard the island’s large numbers of breeding seabirds and seals.
Please also observe the British Sub-Aqua Club Diver’s Code of Conduct (www.bsac.com) and the Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code (www.marinecode.org).
*You can confirm with us on this Facebook event – If you request a place this must be paid for whether you dive or not – reasonably, nearer the diving date. No training will take place on these trips and you will have to prove you are suitably qualified.