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    Current NDAC depth

    What's the current max depth for NDAC? Is it 75 or 80m? Where's the max depth to be found - around the 75m shot?

    Need to know for gas and dive planning purposes.

    Also, what other inland locations are available for 80m dives? Is Dorothea accessible? Other locations that might be slightly interesting for 80m? Sea lochs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wibs View Post
    What's the current max depth for NDAC? Is it 75 or 80m? Where's the max depth to be found - around the 75m shot?

    Need to know for gas and dive planning purposes.
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    Wastwater. 70-75m. Easy enough access. Not a lot to see.

    Lochaline wall. It's the sea, but easy entry from the beach. I've been to about 50m but I think it goes to 125m if you head out around to the right. Sheltered in the sound, needs to be quite bad conditions to get blown out.

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    Dorothea is available if u are tech qualified, bsac and join the club that administrates access, circa106m but there is heart attack hill to climb after your dive which needs consideration in terms of post dive exercise.

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    It's no where near 80m due to the low water level, with the recent rain it is on the increase but only covering the lower "beach". you might get 72/73m if you're lucky. Best have a chat with Ash or Natty.
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    Lochaline wall. It's the sea, but easy entry from the beach.
    How is it for currents etc? I was thinking of having a go next month.
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    A couple of us are planning a training dive as a progression on our current experience -- not a step jump, a slight extension of what we've been doing this summer. Hence diving inland, especially this time of the year. Target is to build up to Malin diving. As we're both OC, it's sodding expensive so we'd like to get to the planned depths.


    Quote Originally Posted by gpj View Post
    It's no where near 80m due to the low water level, with the recent rain it is on the increase but only covering the lower "beach". you might get 72/73m if you're lucky. Best have a chat with Ash or Natty.
    HTH
    Thanks.

    Someone mentioned to me that there was a sump which was a bit deeper. Wonder if that was someone confusing another quarry's hydrobox.




    Quote Originally Posted by JonG View Post
    Dorothea is available if u are tech qualified, bsac and join the club that administrates access, circa106m but there is heart attack hill to climb after your dive which needs consideration in terms of post dive exercise.
    Would need to join BSAC and the club in that case.

    Is the hill anything like that at Dinas? How steep / far is it? Absolutely no chance of driving a 4x4 down to drop/pickup kit?

    Is Dotty open for a non-diving recce at any time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wibs View Post
    A couple of us are planning a training dive as a progression on our current experience -- not a step jump, a slight extension of what we've been doing this summer. Hence diving inland, especially this time of the year. Target is to build up to Malin diving. As we're both OC, it's sodding expensive so we'd like to get to the planned depths.




    Thanks.

    Someone mentioned to me that there was a sump which was a bit deeper. Wonder if that was someone confusing another quarry's hydrobox.






    Would need to join BSAC and the club in that case.

    Is the hill anything like that at Dinas? How steep / far is it? Absolutely no chance of driving a 4x4 down to drop/pickup kit?

    Is Dotty open for a non-diving recce at any time?
    Quarry is not good training for malin - people get all out of shape about depth which is silly. You can learn as much ascending from 30 to 6 and surface as you can from any depth.

    For malin you need to get used to heavy seas (particularly getting in and lesser extent out)

    Save your money (and for the rest of us save the helium)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Clark View Post
    Wastwater. 70-75m. Easy enough access. Not a lot to see.

    Lochaline wall. It's the sea, but easy entry from the beach. I've been to about 50m but I think it goes to 125m if you head out around to the right. Sheltered in the sound, needs to be quite bad conditions to get blown out.
    Localine's interesting. The charts show it to drop to 100m within about 80 metres of the entry. Biggest issue is the 12 hours to get there from Brighton!

    Is the entry point near the pier at the end of the road? Google maps doesn't show over the wall as it were.


    Having recently dived in Loch Ness, I wasn't over-enamoured with the peaty water which reduced vis to the 3m my torch would light up. Is Wastwater -- and other lakes in England -- like this, or is it often clearer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by graham_hk View Post
    Quarry is not good training for malin - people get all out of shape about depth which is silly. You can learn as much ascending from 30 to 6 and surface as you can from any depth.

    For malin you need to get used to heavy seas (particularly getting in and lesser extent out)

    Save your money (and for the rest of us save the helium)
    Pretty much coming to the same conclusion. Main thing, aside from planning, is to be able to handle all the extra kit and especially all the stage cylinders. By doing this inland, we get the depth thing behind us.

    We'd very much like to dive Malin on CCR, but with neither of us on CCR yet it would mean at least a year's experience building on CCR, not to mention getting them in the first instance. Whilst throwing away a couple of J's of helium and a couple of O2 is a bit of an extravagance, it's doable, if expensive.


 
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