As we drove along the coast road, it didn't look promising! Waves were crashing in and I wondered if I should have cancelled the dive, with expectations of poor visibility.
Expectations didn't improve when we arrived on site. The grassy bank where we kit up was a mud bath, and the Straits looked distinctly milky.
It was Adam's first sea dive, and I'd tucked a buddy line in my pocket just in case the visibility was very poor. Thankfully it wasn't needed.
Visibility was about 3 metres, and Adam was very quickly pointing out velvet swimming crabs. We also saw a few Leach's spider crabs, and a single edible crab. A few small fish, and loads of colourful sponges and a few anemones.
There was a good turnout, with 12 of us in total, though a combination of planned shore cover plus a few equipment problems meant that we almost as many providing shore cover as we had divers in the water! We were also joined by Jacob and 5 others from Aberystwyth University club.
Apres dive, Tim's bacon butty van provided on site catering in a layby overlooking the Menai Straits.
Thanks to everyone for an excellent day, and congratulations to both Adam and Conrad on your first UK sea dives.
Reports on our previous club dive trips and some of our day diving activities
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