I mostly dive in the UK, with a dry suit. The flashy beauty of the Red Sea has nothing on the dramatic ribs of a wreck in the Sound of Mull, or the playful seals of Lundy, or the delicate rockeries full of fish and sea hares in the waters off Plymouth!
One of the must-do dive trips in the world: The wrecks of the scuttled WW1 German fleet that was sunk in Scapa Flow, in the Orkney Islands. 40-odd metres, cold and a bit dark, but very powerful.
It's an extraordinary chapter of history:
There are three battleships and four cruisers still resting intact on the deep seabed. The battleships - Konig, Kronprinz Wilhelm and Markgraf - are 28,000 tonne, 170m beasts, rusting quietly away.
Lobsters, crabs, scallops
One of the joys of UK diving is that in certain sites you can come home with dinner. There's nothing like a plate of hand-dived scallops where you were the diver. Sustainable and eco-friendly.
My favourite lobster-hunting jaunt was when we
filmed episode 5 of Time Team series XIX, in Beadnell, Northumberland, excavating the site of St Ebba's Chapel. After we'd wrapped for the day and Phil and Co were safely in the
pub, I popped off for an early evening dive. Lobsters for dinner, and a
chance to see our site from a unique angle, at dead-on sea level. An after-work adventure :)
There was a bit more fun to be had with the excellent Paul Rose doing a debris dive in a rather chilly Lake Windermere (it was the first weekend in March, to be fair). This is basically an underwater litter pick. Along with an onshore team scouring the lake banks, we collected more than a tonne of rubbish.
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