Sturdy kitting-up benches are located around the edges of the dive deck, with ropes tied to rails to fasten cylinders securely (best using a round turn and two half hitches!). Large green crates are stored under the benches for you to stow your dive kit safely throughout the week. Ropes are strung across masts above the dive deck, above head height, for dry suits to be hung to dry. Large buckets are also available, one for rinsing masks, the other specifically for cameras. The Halton is equipped with a dive lift on the port side of the vessel, making diver recovery a doddle. A rope hangs at the water line from the lift for buddies to be able to wait their safe exit.
The Halton is equipped with a dive lift on the port side of the vessel, making diver recovery a doddle
Lead weights are available in 4 and 6lb (2 and 3kg) blocks: please bring your own belt and weight stops. Webbing style only as the weight blocks may not fit your pouch style belt!
Gas & Cylinders
There are twelve single 12L cylinders provided aboard the Halton for your use. Air fills for the week are included in the charter price. I have a variety of twinsets and stages for hire too with advance notice: please bring your own back-plate and wing/BCD.
Nitrox is also available at a cost of 2p per litre so a 12L cylinder of 32% would cost £8. If other gasses, such as Helium and Argon, are required, please mention this at time of booking. You will need to bring your own or group O2 analyser.
The Halton carries an oxygen set for use in emergency situations. When diving in Scotland there is now a hyperbaric chamber on 24/7 standby in Stromness so help is not far away should the worst happen. There is a hyperbaric chamber at Bergen in Norway. Treatment is covered by the NHS if you have a current European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
There will be a dedicated rinse tank for camera equipment on the dive deck where required. Batteries for strobes and dive torches can be charged in cabins via UK 3-pin 240V wall sockets. There is a computer monitor at the dining area that can be plugged into your laptop, or directly to your camera if you have the appropriate connectors to fit a standard male monitor cable plug.
Your Personal Equipment
It goes without saying that your dive kit should be in good order, in service and applicable for the type of diving you will be doing. Despite the skipper and crew being very experienced divers with a good amount of technical knowledge it is not their responsibility to repair, replace or service your equipment, and they won’t!