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    Gibraltar May 2019

    I thought it best to post a brief report about diving in Gibraltar. We flew out there using Easyjet from Luton* and landed on time in Gib. I was last in Gib back in 2005, someone had been busy with the glass and concrete franchise as there are rather a lot more apartments than last time. The boss and I had booked into the Rock Hotel. Not the cheapest option by any means. But the hotel was suitably located and excellent service**. We had arranged to go diving with BSAC 888 as one of our group had some long term links with the club. The group we dived with were great fun, very experienced divers, and a compressor system that was awesome.
    We managed five days of relaxed diving, visiting the numerous small wrecks, connected by a rope network, that was worthy of a circuit diagram. The diving is pretty good, with a good range of wildlife. We found cuttlefish, octopus, nudibranchs and loads of other critters. You can gain some idea from these short videos that I put together.
    Gibraltar is one of those places that is easily overlooked. Yet the flights are plentiful, accommodation and food is not expensive and the diving is pretty good.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/l62undqtd419bfk/Gib1.mp4?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0udjeozkvnlddnu/Gib2.mp4?dl=0

    * Now in a seemingly endless expansion journey. But it still manged to provide the most uncomfortable part of the trip. Ten minutes on a packed bus with no ventilation.
    ** apart from the bar staff, who would have made Basil Fawlty look efficient

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    Not short, just concentrated awesome ;) smileydiver's Avatar
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    What kind of water temps were you getting at this time of year please?
    The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever - Jacques Cousteau

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    I'm near Almeria which is 200 miles ish up the coast and today it was 16c at 15 metres. Air temp today is 25c.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smileydiver View Post
    What kind of water temps were you getting at this time of year please?
    Smiley - you are not to go to Gib without a Sailor i/c

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    Gobbie squaddie, average diver timmyg's Avatar
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    I love Gibraltar, I tend to spend a couple of weeks out there every year or so.

    When people ask I tend to say itís like UK diving in the summer. Green water, lots of wrecks, the waterís warm enough for a 7mm & youíll get sunburnt topside if youíre not careful

    Also, most dive sites are a maximum of 10 mins transit, most are less.

    If you can find a copy...
    ISBN 13: 9781919655086 Underwater Gibraltar: A Guide to the Rock's Submerged Sites by Phil Smith and Darren Fa
    ...is an excellent book.







    Photos were from 2017

    Or from a few years before that in 2012
    https://vimeo.com/115624927

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    Quote Originally Posted by smileydiver View Post
    What kind of water temps were you getting at this time of year please?
    16c
    The UK divers wore neoprene drysuits with a thin base layer and were toastie warm. The Gib divers wore semi-drysuits and needed a shower to warm up afterwards.
    Another couple of weeks and no hood or gloves required


 

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