Some 15 or so Seahorse divers arrived at Vobster yesterday in what for all was a minimum 150 days surface interval. The weather was overcast, cloudy and with an air temperature of 6°C on arrival, quite chilly for shorts! This was the second of three trips to Vobster this week for the club, with a number of divers already dipping their toes on Tuesday and another gaggle arriving on Saturday. Tuesday’s divers reporting a similar 6°C water temperature, though a balmy 20°C or more air temperature.
Monday 29th this week was the first day that outside sport could be participated post the recent Covid lockdown relaxations and although there was the lure of a Fourth Element beanie Hat Treasure Hunt, today was a special day as Adrian Pearce was celebrating his birthday. No beanie hats for us lot, however an abundance of birthday cake was welcomed by all divers.
With government guidelines stipulating that we could not mix in any group greater than six, it was not a problem as all divers we happy to maintain social distancing within buddy pairs and threesome teams. It was a day for most of kit check, shake downs, fettling, skills and drills. And if all else failed, a simple bimble to feel at home again in the water after a rather long abstinence.
All but one diver completed two dives. Those without the comfort of dry gloves, complaining of cold hands with a shaking grip of their teas and coffees during the surface interval. By the end of the second dive, all but a few were also commenting about the cold and although not shivering, some were making observations of a cold core temperature having spent nearly an hour and half under water within three. As divers, we need to appreciate the way heat dissipates from the human body while underwater, especially in consecutive dives.
All in all, a fantastic day out by all and it was great to catch up with buddies who we haven’t seen for many months. Plans are afoot for another visit this Monday 5th April and with the pubs opening on Monday 12th, there’s a cunning plan to revisit Vobster that morning, with an afternoon pint and pie.