Hard hat diving
It’s a really fun experience though. Particularly watching the smallest member of the group, at only 5ft tall, wearing the trilaminate suit designed for a burly 6ft plus macho diver. At the other extreme, Scotty, our ‘bulkiest’ diver had to be squeezed into the suit using Vaseline, and nearly cut out of it afterwards.
We did the day-long hard hat course with Sal Diving www.saldivingcompany.com, who have original equipment including a magnificent 1830’s brass helmet, hand pump and an extremely leaky old suit. Choose your air pump friends carefully when you step off the harbour wall into 8m of water – hopefully they’ll resist the temptation to nip off for a coffee.
Give it a go – it’s an experience you won’t forget.