Brighton Diver II
Brighton Diver 2 is a 33ft Blyth catamaran which is 10m long and 5m wide for extra stability and maximum space, built to D.O.T specification and conforming to Marine Safety Agency requirements to carry 12 passengers Powered by 2 x 250 hp Perkins saber turbo charged diesels fitted in 2004, giving a cruising speed of 17 knots with a top speed of 22 knots.
Electronic aids aboard include 2 echo sounders, differential GPS, plotter, two VHF radios, radar and autopilot. A comprehensive First Aid Kit and an Oxygen Therapy Unit is always ready for emergency use. Whilst on the boat, 3rd party insurance to £2m is covered.
The boat has a enormous deck which which means there is plenty of room for kitting up, but also room to walk around with the risk of stamping on someone's kit. Best of all the boat has a diver lift which means getting out of the water is a straightforward task. The boat has a small galley equipped with a fridge, microwave cooker for pies, etc, and gas for hot drinks. 240volts ac is available for battery charging or pc's. A toilet is provided inside the cabin.
The boat's skipper, Paul Dyer is very experienced in the waters around the South Coast, and as an experienced fisherman and diver he has all the knowledge and experience to get us to the best sites at the right time
The Dives and schedule
Once again we have planned a series of hardboat and RIB dives. Our plan is to continue with the hardboats for the more experienced divers, sailing from Brighton on Brighton Diver II while introducing UK novices to some great diving by planning some shallower dives (and shorter journey times) with Mulberry Divers out of Selsey.
The hardboat dive day is made up of two dives - a wreck in the morning follwed by a drift dive as the tide turns. The depth of these will vary between 25m -32m and so we do not feel these are suitable for divers with no UK experience. However to get everyone involved we are once again planning some shallower RIB dives so that people can get some UK experience at shallower depths. These dives are very good and anyone who has dived on the Mulberries will tell you that it is a great dive. The depths of these will vary from around 8m to around 15m - making them suitable for anyone who feels confident.
For hard boat dives we cannot plan a particular site in advance as this is heavily dependent on tides, and anticipated visibility. However we can be more certain with the RIBs and these have been listed next to the date
For divers new to UK diving we have put together a guide of boat and dive etiquette. This is meant to be constructive advice to assist everyone and to make sure the day goes smoothly. These can be read and downloaded by following this link
Please not that full kit hire is not available for Hardboat dives, though we can rent out tanks