Scapa Flowis one of Britain's most historic stretches of water - located within the Orkney Islands, off the northeast coast of Scotland. Its sheltered waters have been used by ships since prehistory and it has played an important role in travel, trade and conflict throughout the centuries - especially during both World Wars.
Within Scapa Flow lies 7 wrecks, 4 light cruisers – Karlsruhe, Brummer, Cöln and Dresden and 3 Battleship Kronprinz Wilhelm, König and Markgraf. There are also numerous other dives that make perfect second dives including the F2 and Barge. The Blockships in Burra Sound - The Tabarka, Gobenador Bories and the Doyle.
Diving Scapa Flow is not technical diving but does require dive planning as indeed does every dive! All divers must carry a pony cylinder along with a dive computer and be comfortable in the use of a DSMB.
The cost of £850.00 includes 7 nights aboard the MV Halton, breakfast, lunch & snacks. We are also taking the Seastyle van across to Orkney.
Trip deposit is £200.00 payable cash or credit/debit card; For this trip we recommend you operate a car share system, splitting the fuel cost between you, this has worked well for previous Scapa/Shetland/Oban trips.
Here’s is a bit of info about the week:
Those catching the ferry we will meet at the port of Scrabster or Gills Bay, the crossing will take approximately 30 to 90 minutes. (Times will be confirmed a little nearer the time) We will dock in either St Margret's/ Stromness.
There is also the option of flying to Orkney, we leave to make your own arrangements.
The Halton has 6 x twin cabins, each bunk has a duvet and a pillow for everyone's comfort, cabins are allocated. The on board Rayburn also heats radiators that keep the Halton warm & dry.
You will need warm clothing, wind proof jacket, hat & gloves. Don’t bring loads of footwear you just need a decent pair of shoes/boots suitable for aboard the boat and for climbing pier ladders.
Water temperature approx 12 degrees C and visibility can range from the normal 8 to 10 metres to the exceptional at 20 metres plus.
Air & 12 litre cylinder hire are included we are looking into the situation with regards to 15 litre cylinders aboard the Halton
The boat has a diver lift.
Nitrox is available aboard the Halton for those that would like to use it and this is payable locally in cash at the end of the trip.
Breakfast & lunch will be served aboard the boat while diving in the flow; we normally head to Lyness at lunch time. Where you will have the chance to stretch your legs and visit the Scapa Flow visitor centre/museum.
Evening meals will eat at local pubs and you need to budget for this as it is not included in the trip.
Experience level - PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) with deep dive and navigation experience and should be comfortable diving in a buddy pair and be able to deploy a DSMB. Please talk to Elwyn or Lesley if you would like to join us but a little unsure of your experience level.
Check out this link for details on the Scapa Flow wrecks http://www.scapaflowwrecks.com/