Farnes 2011

Iíve always had a fear of the sea. Not because of what might be down there, but the fact that I canít see it! Therefore as you can imagine the thought of entering the choppy seal infested waters was a daunting prospect, I just didnít know what to expect. However, after I had put my head under the water around the Farnes Islands on my first UK open sea dive, I was hooked!

The visibility was low but that only got the adrenaline pumping more. The seals crept up behind us and then playfully pulled on our fins. Although we couldnít see their approach I was thrilled every time they came so close. An experience that I will definitely cherish, up close and personal with seals Ö how many people can say theyíve done that?!

The trip to the Farnes is just one of the many experiences I have gained through the club that confirm why I love being a BSAC diver. It was also my first experience of boat diving. The skipper was lovely and always more than happy to help with kiting up and getting in and out of the water.

I soon learnt that the key to success on a boat is to be organised, prepared and make sure you keep your kit together in one place. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the trip, only made more enjoyable by the group of friends I shared it with.

Holly Smith, Sports Diver

Sheffield Hallam University Sub Aqua Club


We've had a very successful intake this year, with around 20 new divers being trained and a hanful of divers who area already qualified joining.

We're off to the Farnes at the end of November to see the seals. Wish us luck!

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