Where: Trogir, Croatia

When: 12th -18th April 2017

Who: Too many people to mention individualy

Organiser: Emma K

Accommodation: Various apartments booked through Trogir Dive Centre

Skipper & Boat: Trogir Dive Centre

Cost: £623.55

Report by Sarah Andrews

Over Easter every year SUSAC has its big holiday designed for all divers from novice upwards. This year (2017) it was back to the Trogir Dive Center, near Split in Croatia, for the second year in a row, for an exciting holiday encompassing all of SUSAC’s favourite things to do: eat, drink, and dive.

We had five diving days whilst out there and did eleven dives, including a night dive. Although Croatia is on the Mediterranean, in April the sea temperature was still pretty chilly (around 15°C) so it was definitely necessary to dive in a drysuit. The dive centre had two dive boats, so we were able to dive at a wide range of sites and were not limited to shore diving. These sites were mostly reefs and walls, all of which had lots of life and fantastic vis. One of the best dives of the week was one called Bunker (there are some old gun emplacements there). It’s a beautiful wall with fantastic multicoloured coral all over it and big overhangs at several different depths (from 25m to 40m), though it was spectacular at shallower depths too.

Most of the diving was relatively event-free, with no diving related injuries and everyone still being able to stand each other by the end of the week. However, there was one near miss that would have cost the club around £1000 in kit. This all happened after Beth Harvey split her neck seal. As there was no local drysuit repair shop, and no-one on the trip had a spare neck seal, there was no option but to patch it (well, she could have dived in a wetsuit all week, but that would have been cold and miserable). To not jeopardise her drysuit further, Beth got into the water sans kit (no BC, etc.) and watched as Emma Keeley prepared to pass her kit. The tank was full, the weight pockets were in but the wing was fully inflated, Emma threw the wing into the water next to Beth. They all watched it sink briefly under the water, expectantly waiting for it to pop back up, but to no avail! As the seconds ticked by it gradually dawned on all the spectators that the kit had sunk, never to be seen again! Until Emma went down to 15m and did a CBL on it that is. For that exciting escapade Dr Keeley unsurprisingly won Muppet of the Week.

This unfortunately was not the only mishap of the week which involved Beth, oh no! For later in the week, on a dive with Laura Davison and Emily Holtham there was some slight confusion and navigational upset. “Navigational upset?” I hear you say, “But the dives were almost exclusively on walls!” Indeed it was, dear reader, and this dive was no exception. The skipper gave his dive brief; “Keep the wall to your right,” he said, but it fell on deaf ears. It can be simply explained like this; Beth thought he said left, Laura can’t tell the difference between the two and Emily thought the others knew what they were doing…

With the fantastic vis, those who were lucky enough to have cameras with them got some fantastic shots of all manners of local wildlife. Quentin got beautiful shots of nudibranch, a seahorse and even the very rare, but often sought after Pink Davison. Melvin also managed to get some spectacular footage both above and below the waves.

We were staying in rather nice self catering apartments, and as we were left to fend for ourselves in terms of food and drink, we needed to think up three tasty meals a day. Breakfast for most apartments were cooked, but none as impressively as in the apartment where Gerd acted as chef. From the accounts I have heard, he did his morning exercises (sit-ups and press-ups I think) then whipped up pancakes.

Most evenings we all went out to eat as a group. The local restaurants were good, cheap and meant we didn’t need to organise what to cook (this was made more challenging by it being over the Easter weekend). I am very sorry to the local restaurants and other customers for this, but we did need to eat.

On the final evening we had some Compulsory Fun Time in the form of a cross dressing extravaganza. We all got dressed up in our best (or worst) drag, ate a big meal, did some group challenges and had far too much to drink. The were characters ranging from President Trump to Lady Gaga in attendance, with one of Jedward (Savannah Williams) winning best dressed. There was also Gerd and John, but the less said about that the better…

During the final evening the week’s awards were handed out, the most important of which were:
● Most Improved Diver of the Week – Melvin Yee
● Muppet of the Week – Emma Keeley (already alluded to)

A special thanks needs to go to Emma Keely for organising the trip, without whom the trip couldn’t have taken place and SUSAC would not run. We also thank Beth and Jack for splitting most of the dive management and to all the Instructors and Dive Leaders who took the Novices and Ocean Divers under their experienced wings.

All in all it was a great week and I can’t wait for the next one.