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Title South West Mull 2024
Code
Region Nationwide UK
Venue BSAC Centre - Vectis Expeditions
Date 08 Apr 2024 - 16 Apr 2024
Price £1485

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Vectis Expeditions, in conjunction with support from Halton Charters, is planning an expedition to South West Mull in April 2024.

Whilst the Sound of Mull is one of the most popular wreck diving destinations in the UK, the rest of the waters around Mull offer some equally superb diving but require more effort to access.  This is where our expedition boat MV Clasina comes into its own as the UK’s premier diving expedition boat.

Departing from Oban we plan to sail west diving a mix of wrecks, walls and reefs along the way.  Possible wrecks along the way include SS Breda (our usual shakedown dive), the SS Meldon, SS Cathcartpark, SS Nyland, SS Ostende (ammunition ship which blew up).  Scenic sites include the Garvellachs, Torran Rocks and the Lochs around SW Mull.  Most sites are comfortable nitrox range (20-30m) but some sites can go deeper (especially the walls/pinnacles).

We plan to run an BSAC/Seawilding Underwater Surveyor Course as an option and so will aim to drop by some ongoing project sites in Loch Craignish on the way home.

However, I’m also super excited about exploring some new sites and following some tip offs about location of native flat oysters, mearl beds and seagrass we’ll see what else we can find.  A small remnant and undisturbed population of native flat oysters would be a great find!

 We will be going off grid a little and in places there will be no mobile phone reception, wifi or internet.

This expedition will be another great opportunity for divers working towards BSAC Advanced Diver to tick a few more of those experience boxes.

Of course the weather is always an unknown quantity but the last couple of years we have had good weather and excellent underwater visibility at this time of year.  The beauty of this part of the country is that lee shores with good diving are never too far away so we have lots of excellent exploratory Plan B options.

Dates

Monday 8th April 2024: Boarding MV Clasina 5pm @  Dunstaffage Marina near Oban  
Tuesday 9th April 2024: Diving commences
Wednesday 16th April 2024: Last day diving. Alongside pier in the evening after diving @ Dunstaffage Marina near Oban 

Pre-requisite qualifications

  • Current BSAC members (with in-date self-declaration medical/diving medical).
  • Minimum diving grade of BSAC Dive Leader or equivalent (including diver rescue skills).
  • Must be capable of launching a DSMB confidently and competently from midwater unaided.
  • Depth experience to 35-45m.

Dive Platform

The expedition vessel is MV Clasina provided by with Halton Charters.  This is a Live aboard vessel with 6 twin berth cabins for 12 divers. It provides gas fills (Air and Nitrox), has a drying room, large kitting up benches, Galley/Lounge, 3x toilet/showers and laundry facilities on board.

Price Per Diver: £1485

This covers diving, onboard accommodation and air fills (NitroxTrimix extra)
Meals onboard except first and last nights where we will eat out somewhere

Per Diver: Early season rate  £1485 for 9 days diving

If you are under 25 years old on the date of the expedition you will get a 50% reduction
25% Booking Fee / Deposit will be required to confirm booking.

BSAC/Seawilding Underwater Surveyor Course Option £100

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