Blue Shark Freediving Trip 2021
We are running a Blue Sharks Freediving Trip 2021 and snorkelling trip on Thursday the 5th and Friday the 6th of August 2021. Last year we had great success both days, all of the pictures are from that trip.
I have once again picked the time of year for the most likely opportunity to spot them.
The rough itinerary will be to meet at the Mountbatten dive centre in Plymouth for around 0730 with ropes off on the pontoon at 0800 so likely accommodation the night before is recommended. It takes around an hour and a half to get to shark site at which point they place chum in the water and wait. (The sharks aren’t fed so don’t associate the trail with food, they just follow the trail)
The boat you will be working from is the dive boat Eclipse, a 10m long RIB with a small wheelhouse, toilet, hot tea/coffee facilities and a microwave/ oven on board should you require. There is also a large kitting up bench.
In terms of the sharks showing/not showing, there is always a possibility they won’t turn up, however this is very rare, generally the day will last around 6-8 hours depending on how long it is before the sharks turn up and your in water time. I have also deliberately made it a 2 day trip to maximise the possibility of a sighting. We will also discuss options to do shore diving on the day(s) before or after to maximise your trip due to the distance travelled. I will discuss this once we know who we have booked on.
The boat is covid friendly, and even last year we had a normal feeling trip just with reduced numbers and some sensible precautions.
Freediving trip cost
It will be £175 per day for the Blue Shark Freediving Trip 2021 , per person for the boat. This does not include accommodation. We will have a maximum of 8 persons on board. Cost for the boat is high due to the fuel intensive nature and length in time of the trip, and also reduced boat occupancy due to covid.
They offer accommodation at site at the Mountbatten Centre and also at a great pub just around there corner called the Boringdon Arms. They price their accommodation prices on twin or triple room shares and the cost of this is £30 per person per night and can be arranged through me. I am getting other alternatives together too.
They do have the option of single occupancy rooms and also en-suite rooms. The single occupancy supplement is £30 per night extra (this is because they are charged for a room not per person) and the en-suite upgrade fee is £10 per person per night.
I do highly recommend booking the accommodation through me as the cost is the same as booking direct but we have the ability to change the date of the accommodation should the weather take a change for the worst. If you want higher quality accommodation I appreciate that, but it may be harder to swap it with weather changes.
We have stayed at the Barbican area in previous trips, it is about 25 mins drive to the centre, but a great area for meals and night life to meet up
Video from the 2020 trip:
I think this will book up quickly, give me a shout if you want in. Add your name below if you are interested so I can start to gauge numbers. I will only invite club members initially, then open it up to other groups if it isn’t filling.
If you are interested in this trip but do not yet have Freediving skills, please go to our course page. The requirement is AIDA 2 beginner Freediver.
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See you in the Blue …..