HMS Scylla Dive Site Review

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Posted September 25, 2012 by admin in dive spots

Date Visited: 25/04/2010
 
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Amazing to see - plenty to look at and to discover, great for all experience levels
 

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It gets darned busy down there - so watch out for fins in the face or people not looking as they descend the shot line
 

Probably one of the most famous dive sites in the UK, the Scylla has a lot to live up too – and it does (for the most part) I was lucky enough to dive the Scylla as part of my PADI AOW. HMS Scylla is the UK’s first purpose sunk ship. It was sunk on […]

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Probably one of the most famous dive sites in the UK, the Scylla has a lot to live up too – and it does (for the most part) I was lucky enough to dive the Scylla as part of my PADI AOW. HMS Scylla is the UK’s first purpose sunk ship. It was sunk on purpose by the National Marine Aquarium on the 27th March 2004. The point being to monitor marine life on a wreck and see just what goes on down there.
The ship undertook some rigorous preparations by the NMA to ensure diver safety including adding signs reminding divers to check their air before entry and adding some big holes to enter.
The sinking was a local and national spectacle with rumours about some slight mishaps with timings as it didn’t go down on time but a few minutes later. Since it’s sinking, the ship has been home to international scientific research and plenty of attention from divers. You can often find 20 or so boats at any one time over the wreck. There are apparently over 250 species of marine life recorded on the wreck which is phenominal given it’s time in the water.
The ship itself is in 12-14m on top and drops down to 25m or there abouts at the bottom. She lays pretty much upright so makes a stunning view as you descend down one of the many shot lines. She’s about 113m long, so there is plenty to discover when you are down there!
On the wreck itself thee is loads to see including a rumoured ‘lavvy’ where divers have been known to go in and take some ‘interesting’ pictures. You’ll also spot the bridge, aircraft hangars and all other ship type things.

The National Marine Aquarium have released a water proof (ish) guide to the reef which can be bought in various places (I got mine in the Aquarium shop) It’s got a guide to the reef life, about the reef, about the ship and a deck by deck guide of what you can see. It also has some safety recommendations. Well worth a buy!

Pretty cool video of the dive site

See it sinking

http://youtu.be/ZF2TxNpjeGA

Imgs from http://www.divernetxtra.com/wrecks/wtour640604.shtml
http://www.clife.co.uk/hols-plymouth2.htm


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