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Capernwray 9th March 2014

First club organised dive this year, 8 divers & 2 children;

The dive was primarily to check out dive gear that has been stored over the winter and get ready for the Oban trip planned for the Easter weekend.

The day went extremely well, no equipment problems, the weather was overcast but not too cold. Water temperature between 4 and 6 degrees C depending on whose computer was used. Lets take the average of 5. Just cold enough to numb your finger ends after 30 mins.

Visibility not very good, lots of trainees so the entry area was quite congested and lots of silt being kicked up.

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Capernwray Dive Centre is a large flooded former quarry, presently operated as an inland scuba diving site, near the village of Over Kellet, Lancashire, England.

Used as a training centre, Capernwray has a range of depths to 21 metres (69 ft). There is a small dive shop, with an Air filling station providing air and nitrox as well as a licensed restaurant. There are two sets of training platforms with levels at 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) and 6 metres (20 ft). As well as being stocked with fish including trout, perch and at least two sturgeon, the underwater attractions include:

Numerous boats, including the former minesweeper HMS Podsnap

A twin engined jet plane, a Cessna light aeroplane and two helicopters

A vidor diving bell

ISO shipping container

Two plastic horses

A small yellow submarine in the style of Thunderbird 4

A devil statue

Two plastic pigs

Various garden gnomes