Scapa is a fantastic diving location that gives us access to big and intact wrecks laying in relatively shallow water; no where else in the world can you dive these sorts of ships without a serious logistical headache.
So what is there to dive? The main focus of the diving are the remaining 7 German warships, 4 x light cruisers [c5000 tons and 150m long] laying in depths of 15-36m and 3 x battleships [c28,000 tons and 180m long] laying in 20-45m. This really represents a fraction of the diving, there are 1500 wrecks listed as lost throughout Orkney, Shetland and the Pentland Firth!
Why 'The Scapa Flow History Week'?
The history week came about as a direct result of working in Scapa Flow, many visitors to Scapa were leaving having not [in my view] got as much out the diving as they could; the traditional British dive boat experience 'there's the buoy, in you get' still exhists! These wrecks are simply so vast that some kind of direction is needed to get the best of them. Thats where the use of 3d software, artists impressions, ships plans, sketches, photo's and my own experience all come into play during the indepth dive briefings, to give you as much to go with as possible. In addition to this I'm on hand throughout the week to dive with everyone and of course if I see you swimming past something special in the water, give you that all important heads up.
In addition to the diving, each evening we spend about 30 minutes looking into the back ground of Scapa Flow - Why Scapa?, WW1, Scuttling, Salvage and the defence of Scapa; this all helps to put the wrecks into context. The old saying 'they don't build them like they used to' really is true in this case.
During the surface interval it is possible on some days to get off the boat and have a look at the museum, war cemetary, naval dock, command centre etc, this is all escorted with information added along the way, of course if you prefer to crash in your bunk between dives thats available to! As the Italian chapel is a must see we head to the Eastern side of Scapa Flow for a night and take a look at this unique monument.
Dates for 2013.
Individuals and small groups.
12th - 17th May onboard the MV Halton, please contact us to book.
15th - 20th September onboard the MV Halton, please contact us to book.
22nd - 27th September onboard the MV Halton, this week has been booked by Rich Walker at www.wreckandcave.co.uk
as a GUE week, please contact Rich to book.