A week in the Western Isles of Scotland

After a long drive to Oban via Edinburgh Festival, we had arrived on the Gaelic Rose, a converted fishing trawler and our home for the next week, and had set steam for the Outer Hebrides. Weather forecasts, despite having looked reasonable throughout the previous week, now made us feel very pessimistic about reaching St Kilda-

The Silent World Revisited

More than 50 years ago I was one of the founder members of the University of London Sub-Aqua Club. I logged my last dive with ULSAC on 9th June 1962 and two months after that I got married and took up a lecturing job in the West Midlands, as far away from the sea as

ULSAC – The Early Years

Way back in 1958 I was one of the founder members of the University of London Sub-Aqua Club. Don Moody, a research Biochemist from Birkbeck, had been a Diving Officer for the London Branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club and a contributor to the original Diving Manual. He called for interested students and a number

Close encounters of a lumpsucker kind

Whilst diving in Portland Harbour over Bank Holiday weekend, Anthony and I found a rather peculiar looking fish on the wreck of the Cragside. Tucked inside a little section of the bow, was what transpired to be a male lumpsucker. When we spotted this fish we were totally confused about what it could be. It

The End of the Trip

Ah the French Riviera, sugar daddies, models, yachts, beautiful people and … ULSAC??? That can’t be right surely…? But t’was back in September when a group of intrepid explorers headed to the sun for fun and diving. Led by the Glorious Leaders le Jer and le Wook, and ably assisted by the ULSAC Foreign and

Memories of France

So, you’ve trained and trained and trained. You’ve had the “ET” experience, learnt what a chain is, cooked for a small army, and for what? To go diving of course. So what’s it like when you’re not training? I must say I was a little apprehensive about signing up for the South of France trip.

Isle of Wight Trip 2009

After what was a very early start and a civilised one for the few who were driving themselves down to Portsmouth, we were ready for a fun filled weekend! The plan was to dive just off the coast of the Isle of Wight, which ULSAC hadn’t dived for a long time. Once the boats were

Salcombe Trip 2009 (and the multiple vehicle towing that ensued…)

What would you think happens if you take the following ingredients: 12 very experienced divers (including 4 DLs and 4 ADs) 2 fully working boats A comparatively under-loaded van by ULSAC standards Beautiful sunny and wind-free weather A wonderful setting such as Salcombe, in the South Hams? Well, let me tell you… Following a late

Seasearch Observers Course

Having shown up just a tiny bit late at ULU on Saturday morning I sat down and awaited eagerly to be enlightened about all the little beasties I have encountered and will hopefully encounter on our numerous and diverse ULSAC trips in the British waters. Our teacher was an ex-ULSAC member Chris Wood and with

The Rubis

Most of our club diving is done in and around the UK, but in the summer of 2000 we struck out for the South of France and dived a wreck that has it all. The Rubis is a 66 metre long submarine. She was launched in 1931 and was used to great effect by the