Lowestoft Sub Aqua Club Dive Reports

Childrens corner
31st August 16

Childrens Corner - Lowestoft

Following an exploratory dive trip reconnaissance drive around the most of the Norfolk coastline for Mark and Simon a decision was made to breathe some air at home as the water was flat and reasonably clear by Lowestoft’s South Pier. Jon was also roped in during the previous night’s pool session and joined us having got the morning off work. Nothing much was expected but excitement ramped up a little on the walk around prior to kitting up and with prior knowledge of it being a shallow, safe area free of obstructions inside the breakwater featuring sand, rocky reef and the large rocky breakwater itself with slightly deeper and potentially clearer water on the offshore side along the breakwater and up the pier wall itself the final plans were made after kitting up at RNSYC and walking across to the pedestrian access by the pavilion.

Divers: Simon Boor, Jon Critoph, Mark Crame
Max depth: 4.6m
Dive Time: 62 minutes
Water Temp: Max 19 degrees
Visibility: 1-2 metres
Dive Details:Air on, final checks, fins on sitting on the handy new rock sea defences and the trio began swimming across the bay towards the breakwater. With the plan being one SMB to indicate divers down, individual DSMB’s deployed if required (which went up on hearing a jetski somewhere in the area). Initial weed and sand led onto a low rocky reef where the common starfish, shore and brown crabs began to appear and the first lobster was spotted in the open! With sand on either side this led all the way to the large rocks that form the breakwater which appeared devoid of anything larger. Swimming along to the end was easy with the pull increasing around the point and along the seaward side indicating that the ebb was beginning. With the expectation of a rip current forming along the pier wall and the lowered visibility as the ebb increased it was decided to return inside and explore the bay further. More crabs and small lobsters were seen along with sand gobies, sunstars and dahlia anemones and a large flounder that was sadly camera shy. Numerous small pieces of rusted metal and wood from the large number of vessels wrecked alongside the harbour historically added to what was a fascinating, leisurely and enjoyable, if somewhat overstated (average 2.7m depth!) dive but 100 bar an hour and no deco is not to be sniffed at! All that was required after was walking out and back past other beachgoers to RNSYC to change in comfort and wash down equipment.