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    Shetland

    Looking to dive Shetland fir first time. I have about 500 recreational dives.
    Any advice appreciated.
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    Russell

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    You probably want to contact the skippers of Valkyrie https://www.mv-valkyrie.co.uk/the-boats/mv-valhalla/ and Clasina https://www.mvhalton.co.uk/clasina/ and see if there are any last minute spaces. Both boats arrange week long trips.
    Generally you will take a ferry from Aberdeen to Lerwick.
    Shetland diving is very good, but be prepared for the weather, it changes every thirty minutes. Horizontal rain is quite normal. I plan to be in Shetland in late July, and yes the trip is full with a subs bench.

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    Shetland is fantastic place to visit and is good even without the diving. The roads are uniformly fabulous and an absolute hoot on a motor bike. Do not believe the rumour that there is only one place the police have a speed trap.
    The friendliness of the Shetlanders is very special.
    Do not expect the water temp to be above 13C.
    Visibility is normally very very good.

    You REALLY want your boat to be a liveaboard and not a liveaboard acting as a “day boat” out of Lerwick Harbour ….you are there for the diving and seeing the sights.
    Ask your chosen boat how they operate.
    Ask your chosen boat if there is any compulsory days off.
    The local clubs (BSAC and SSAC) treated me very well indeed…. So one option is to go there and pick up adhoc diving when you can and do the “tourist Shetland”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMacallan View Post
    You REALLY want your boat to be a liveaboard and not a liveaboard acting as a “day boat” out of Lerwick Harbour ….you are there for the diving and seeing the sights.
    Ask your chosen boat how they operate.
    Ask your chosen boat if there is any compulsory days off.
    This is all good advice, there are boats then there are boats. Going all the way to Shetland isn't a cheap or easy undertaking, especially with dive gear, so when you get there you want to be sure you're putting the success of your trip in the hands of someone who's going to give you every opportunity to do all the diving you want.

    When we did it a few years ago our boat was a "proper" liveaboard with a skipper who was willing to explore the islands with us rather than just ferry us to places within a morning's sail of Lerwick. We ended up getting all the way up to Unst and diving off Muckle Flugga which was fun. Stayed in a few fairly remote locations overnight and got the chance to visit some interesting places.
    Unfortunately that boat isn't based in Shetland and was doing that summer as a favour to some of his regulars or else I'd recommend him to you.


 

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