Years ago, when I learned to dive, a dive club mate said that Chesil Cove was one of the best places in the UK to shore dive. Following on from Two old Farts and a Spiky Fish https://www.thediveforum.com/showthr...d-a-spiky-fish - recently with Dave Whitlow, I thought I'd post a few photos of today's dive with my old man. he normally free-dives and goes spear fishing. But today, with Easterly winds, which are perfect for calm Chesil conditions, I persuaded him to come diving with me (with a cylinder on his back).
I have lived in Weymouth for nearly 10 years now. I moved here for easy diving on the doorstep and I am constantly amazed by how lovely it is within a 10 minute drive from my front door.
Chesil Cove can be challenging on a good day and impossible to dive on days when we have Westerly or South westerly winds. Only challenging in as much as it is a right old slog up the pebbles when you get out. However - whereas I used to battle up the beach to keep pride in tact, I now ditch my camera, fins and weight belt beyond the tide line and come up the beach in two trips. Once with BCD and the second trip with weight belt, fins and camera. This is easy to do and no one will nick your kit in the interim.
The joys of Chesil include:
Beautiful site with lovely varied life with each passing month between March and November
a Gorgeous pebble beach with a pub and a cafe and very few people on it
One of the most unusual sites in terms of underwater topography. It has a reef, sandy sea bed, big rocks, kelp forest and bits of wrecks.
It changes every year. No matter what the weather and storms throws at it, it is re-born each year and looks different from the year before.
Today, 30th October, is the time when the fish are normally swimming off and leaving the site rather barren. But today was gorgeous, warm weather and the Easterly winds made conditions brilliant. 8- 10 metres vis, lovely shoals of sand eels and fry, tons of dogfish (cat shark), loads and loads of cuttlefish who wanted to play with us. just thought you might like some nice photos !
Spot the cuttle in the sand
There were 5 cuttles around us when I took this one