I did my first ever cold water dive in Boddam Quarry back in May 2009, while I was doing my PADI Dry Suit course. I’d only done a handful of dives in the quarry since then. So I thought it was time to head back and have another explore of the quarry. I rounded up two friends who were keen to dive the quarry. We were all going to be diving in wetsuits after recently diving other local dive sites with the water being 14 degrees, there isn’t a huge amount to see in the quarry but it is good for getting used to diving in lower visibility waters and cold water.
We all geared up and did our buddy checks before jumping in. Initially jumping in the water didn’t feel too bad. So we descended down too around 12 metres, the visibility to start with was terrible but after about 8 metres it started too clear up. On the bottom there was loads of interesting things including a game of noughts and crosses and a television. After we explored that area we swam further into the quarry, finally finding the famous burger van that Boddam quarry has! Having a play around the burger van was good fun. The burger van was at around 14metres and the water temperature was still around 12 degrees so defiantly bare-able. Afterwards we decided to find the bottom, swimming into the middle we found 21 metres but didn’t stay around for long as at 21 metres it was 6 degrees and in wetsuits wasn’t all that fun! So we ascended up slowly along the side of the quarry to go find the noughts and crosses again. Little play around and then it was time to find a spot to do a safety stop, as after 25 minutes everyone was starting to feel a little cold. Safely stop completed we ascended up to the surface, the surface water felt like a hot bath compared to the water at 21 metres deep!
I really recommend Boddam Quarry for getting yourself used to diving again, testing out new equipment or just a place for some dives when the local seas are too rough. We had a good day out but maybe should use 7mm wetsuits next time!