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Scapa Flow Diving.

Discussion in 'British Isles' started by Gareth J, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Gareth J

    Gareth J Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: UK
    For any of you going to, or planning to go to Scapa Flow, this might be of interest.

    This is a special edition of the BSAC members magazine, renamed Scapa, and made available online as a special edition.
  2. mattherat

    mattherat Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: everywhere
    That is great of them to do that. Is it possible to buy a 'hard' copy as a non BSAC member at all do you know?
  3. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

    I’ve sent you a PM.
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  4. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Virginia
    What are the chances of someone that is very cold tolerant getting by with a 7mm wetsuit?
  5. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

    Last time I was in Scapa it was October and it was 12C on the bottom and maybe 13C on stops.

    They way you dive it though means you get changed between dives so you would be warm for a bit. Air temperature is never tropical though so there is a good chance you would be cold and miserable putting the wetsuit back on for the second dive.

    My longest dive that week was 85 minutes on the Markgraf SMS Markgraf | Scapa Flow Wrecks including at least 30 minutes of stops. Deciding you are too cold half way through that might not be any fun.

    Alternatively, take advantage of the crashing pound and order a suit from these people Dry Suits Then collect it when you arrive.

    Scapa Scuba are brilliant, if you develop a leak on a dive they can take your suit away, fix it over night and have it back on your boat in time to dive it the following day.
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  6. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor Trainer ScubaBoard Supporter

    Ben replaced a zipper overnight for me. Last one I had done locally took a month.
  7. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

    From your profile, you aren't qualified to do the interesting dives. Like Ken explained extended periods of deco are normal.
  8. johnohuk

    johnohuk Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: England
    Many levels of divers do Scapa, yes there are plenty of rb/tech divers but there are plenty doing no-deco with single tank and pony. Yes you need need to be at least experienced in cold water/~35 range and have a dry suit/Nitrox to truly enjoy it. I've been once and the JohnL had a nice cosy wheelhouse between dives so as usual with a wet suit, keep out of the wind... If your in the area travelling, you can take a few days diving, hire some kit and get some training at the same time.... nice place to do it..
  9. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    Good luck trying to get some diving in at Scapa as it appears to be fully booked for the summer season, but you might manage to get on a boat and dive.

    My buddy and I have not been so lucky to find space on boats to dive Scapa from 10-16 August this year :(
  10. johnohuk

    johnohuk Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: England
    Anniversary year (Scapa 100) , having said that about a month ago I was quite surprised to see quite a few spaces going across FB.... We have one space 27/07 to 03/08.. twins/rb.

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