For the members of Sheephaven Sub Aqua Membership, there’s nothing fairly like the joys of exploring the underwater world.
From the colorful reefs to the fascinating marine life, scuba diving supplies an expertise not like another. So, when there was a possibility to affix in a week-long diving journey to the Purple Sea organised by Mevagh diver Dean Cullen, six membership members dived on the probability.
The Purple Sea is understood for its crystal-clear waters, thriving reefs, and various marine life. Positioned between Africa and Asia, it provides a few of the greatest diving alternatives on this planet and is house to many wrecks which Sheephaven’s divers have been fortunate sufficient to discover together with the SS Thistlegorm, Ulysses and Giannis D.
Principal pic: Divers and crew on board M.Y. Charlotte on return to Hurghada Marina
Our first membership journey overseas since 2019, it started with a flight to the coastal metropolis of Hurghada in Egypt. From there, the group boarded a liveaboard diving boat that might be their house for the week.
The boat was outfitted with every part the group wanted, together with snug cabins, eating amenities, and naturally, diving gear.
The group onboard set out with diversified targets for the week – some eager to have the chance to construct up hours on closed-circuit rebreathing (CCR) techniques, whereas many of the divers merely buzzed with anticipation for the dramatic reefs, various aquatic life and difficult wrecks on the itinerary.
Air temperatures of 32 ℃ supplied a heat welcome for the divers once they arrived on March 4th; unseasonably excessive for this time of 12 months and a far cry from the standard Sunday Snorkel in Port na Blagh.
A delayed begin due to some errant baggage didn’t dampen the spirits, and as soon as clearance was acquired from the Marina Coastguard for M.Y. Charlotte to depart, the group wasted no time getting moist within the 22 ℃ Purple Sea.
Throughout six days of diving, 19 dives have been performed. One of many highlights of the journey was a go to to the coral reefs within the Straits of Tiran the place most depths of 41 metres have been logged by some membership members admiring the deep canyon on Thomas Reef.
The utmost dive time by Sheephaven SAC members was 76 minutes, performed on a wreck often called ‘The Barge’. The wreck lies on a reef close to Gubal Island, and is house to a vibrant unfold of anemones, sponges, lionfish, and moray eels. Divers have been delighted with the corporate of some native dolphins which made a sprightly look nearing the top of their dive.
The northern Purple Sea is famed for its wrecks, and although the group loved exploring the Giannis D, Duncan, and Dunraven to call just a few on the itinerary, the spotlight of the fleet was definitely the SS Thistlegorm. Two dives have been performed giving the divers ample time to discover the assorted holds throughout the wreck containing BSA motorbikes, Bedford vehicles, Lee Enfield rifles and a plethora of different World Warfare II provides.
Coral progress contained in the holds is restricted, however a lot of the outer superstructure of the SS Thistlegorm is adorned with wealthy blankets of vibrant exhausting and mushy coral, supporting the abundance of marine life which have made her their house.
Because the week drew to a detailed, the group mirrored on their unbelievable journey. That they had explored a few of the most lovely diving websites on this planet, some for the primary time, and for others the attract of the Purple Sea retains engaging them again.
Membership member John Joe Rowland first travelled to the Purple Sea in 1993, marking 30 years since his inaugural journey. John Joe has served as Diving Eire’s Nationwide Search and Restoration Coordinator for a few years, and Search and Restoration is a core a part of Sheephaven SAC’s actions.
Sheephaven SAR divers and snorkelers assist the neighborhood year-round. Days earlier than departing for the Purple Sea, volunteers from the membership have been tasked to help with two searches locally. Each searches have been profitable and Sheephaven SAC needs to increase its sympathies to the bereaved. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.
Coaching continues in Port na Blagh every week and this previous Mom’s Day was no totally different.
Two key targets have been set by the membership this 12 months: the annual Arranmore Fin Swim, and the difficult Tory Island Fin Swim which the membership have tackled twice – first in 2003, and final in 2013.
Each occasions can be key fundraising efforts to assist each the Search and Restoration Unit, and to buy an Automated Exterior Defibrillator (AED) for the membership.
If you need to get entangled in supporting Sheephaven’s efforts, please contact us by the Sheephaven Sub Aqua Membership Fb or Instagram web page.
– Ciara Corcoran, membership PRO
Sheephaven Sub Aqua Membership’s week of diving within the Purple Sea was final modified: March twenty fifth, 2023 by