On Sunday, 28 February Kirsty and I did a couple of dives off our sailing dinghy, Kirsty Ann. We were in Rye for a Wooden Boat Association day, and brought along our dive gear to see how easy diving off the boat would be.

The first dive was near the pier. There were lots of comb jellyfish, quite a few pygmy leatherjackets, and a large Short Tailed Ceratasoma nudibranch. The second dive was further along the coast, towards White Cliffs. Visibility wasn't fantastic, and there wasn't really a whole lot to see, apart from more jellyfish.

We found that to get back into the boat it was best to get out of our BCD, clip it onto a line trailing from the boat, and lift it out of the water once we were in the boat. Kirsty Ann is a bit narrow for diving from, but seems OK for just two of us.

Divers: Peter Batchelor, Kirsty Batchelor

Dive 1:
Weather/Sea: calm.
visibility: 5 metres.
Water temperature: 19°C.
Maximum depth: 4.8 metres.
Time of entry: 11:48.
Duration: 30 minutes.

Dive 2:
Weather/Sea: slight South Westerly.
visibility: 4-5 metres.
Water temperature: 20°C.
Maximum depth: 5.3 metres.
Time of entry: 14:48.
Duration: 28 minutes.