East Coast Diving


The East Coast is the nearest piece of coast to Cambridge and offers some fantastic diving on little touched wrecks with huge amounts of life. However the weather and diving conditions are extremely variable. Usually it is only possible to plan these trips less than a week in advance with announcements normally on the Thursday club night for that weekend.


The Club tends to launch from Sea Palling

Sites Dived This Year

  • Alster sunk June 1880 depth 32m
  • Unknown depth 24m
  • Artemisa sunk March 1941 depth 27m


10-July-2011 Alster

Hi all, just a quick update on yesterday’s Sea Palling adventure and the status of Cam Diver.

While Neil, Phil, Ian and Nick ventured to a wreck some 20 odd miles offshore with Martin (from Thetford) & his boat, Dave W, Xiaolin, Colin, Mike McL and myself went to the wreck of the Alster which was built in the 1850’s and sank after a collision in June 1880. She is a steam ship of around 550GRT and lies upright on a seabed around 32 meters with the top of the wreck around 28m. Considering its age, still remarkably intact. The sea was flat, vis now 5-7 meters so perfect for this dive. There are 2 wagon wheels in the forward hold and a jumble of wreckage to explore, pity dive time is so short (apart from Colin using a rebreather who never reached deco). I spent most of my dove swearing at rope as I foolishly volunteered to free the shot so that it could be easily retrieved, this proved an interesting challenge after following & untangling the rope, I discovered that the shot weight had gone into a hole not much larger than the shot, followed by most of its chain. Lots of underwater swearing followed before finally getting it all clear! This wreck is a nice dive, worth revisiting and only a 4.2 nm journey.

Thanks to Neil & Ian for spending Friday cleaning all the fuel lines on Cam Diver, they found the cause of the fuel problem, the last piece of silicon sealant the size of a marble and lots of other gunge which was all cleaned from the tank. They also flushed the fuel lines. The boat ran perfectly on Sunday, the only problem was the winch tape which snapped as we recovered the boat, luckily just as it was almost on its stop on the trailer. This will have to replaced this week. We have a small amount of fuel as a reserve in a deck tank until we are confident that the fuel lines are ok.

Nick gets the prize for the world’s largest multi storey ice cream at the fat boy food session after diving! This can’t be good for us…. But it aint arf nice.

03-July-2011 Unknown

Yesterday’s dive happened eventually, after Cam Diver’s trailer tyre exploded on the A47, then the engine died about ¼ mile after leaving Sea Palling beach, on both occasions we were rescued by Hooper’s roadside & sea rescue Ltd, so thanks Neil for getting us to our dive site.

Both boats went to a site with wreckage spread over a large area. The site has at least one huge anchor, as this was next to our shot weight. Interesting site, lots of fish and shellfish! One boiler has critters living in every steam tube. Viz still reasonable. A nice dive was had by all.

On the way back, we went to survey the ‘pile of stones’ site & got a surprise with a huge echo on the sounder showing a 6- 8 meter column rising from the seabed. One for next weekend? There is definitely something big there.

Cam Divers spare wheel is in for repair but the fuel problem persists. Switching to a deck tank cured the problem so we will have to drain the fuel & investigate the main tank.

Oh, and I promised not to mention how many burgers and ice creams Amanda ate afterwards … ooops I forgot I wasn’t supposed to say.

11-June-2011 Artemisa

Just a quick report on Saturday’s dive.

Against all expectations, the weather stayed fine all day, no rain. Our plan was a short journey to the Isle, but on arrival, the sea inshore looked ok, white horses & waves only visible near the horizon, so we decided to dive the Artemesia which is a 4 mile journey North from the beach but still in the wind shadow. With a 12:15 slack, we had plenty of time to find the site & get our shot in, which was lucky as there were loads of dive boats, we seemed to get last place in the launch queue. Mike Few did a good job as his first time driving Cam Diver since last autumn’s boat handling course. We arrived on site & put our shot in first time. Nick & Amanda went in first followed by Chris & Colin (it was Colin’s first trip on a club RIB). Nick & Amanda surfaced to report reasonable vis and nice conditions on the wreck. After recovering Nick & Amanda, Mike & I descended to find vis between 5- 7 meters, lots better than 2 weeks ago! After freeing the shot rope, we noticed Chris & Colin accompanied by another large shape … a seal had followed Chris & Colin and was busy nibbling Colin’s fins. Then it spotted me & decided to play hide & seek. Imagine my surprise when shining my lamp into a big hole in the wreck … looking for possible crabs & lobbies to be face to face with the seal. It had no fear of wreck penetration while free diving! I wonder if seal encounters may become more frequent on these wrecks?

Only slight blot was getting the shot stuck again, thanks to Nick for making a shot recovery dive, but do try to make sure that the lifting bag stays attached next time.

A good day had by all, usual fat boy food in the café afterwards, (even for the Amanda)..…

We will try to get weekend dives to Sea Palling whenever the weather permits.

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