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Scuba Diving in St Abbs, Scotland
Dive Site: Pettico Wick
Location: St. Abbs, Scotland
Description: Shore dive
Depth: 10 - 12 metres (30 - 40 feet)
Visibility: 10 metres (30 feet)
If the wind is prevailing in the wrong direction, sometimes Petticoe Wick dive site can help out. It is situated on the northern side of St. Abbs Head and it means a drive along a single track road past Coldingham Mire. At the back of St. Abbs Head, which is great for sightseeing and spotting the boat diving sites from the shore, a bay exists some 50m below the road level. This is Petticoe Wick, which was used as a backup harbour for when the winds changed. A slip now lies broken and derelict and a small winding pathway leads down to it. This is not for the unfit and it is best that dive gear is taken down in shifts, checked and doubled checked before kitting up after a rest. Ample parking is available just off the road at the corner, before the road makes its way to the head and lighthouse.
There is nothing fancy about this site, straight out and back and for those more adventurous the wreck of the Ringholm can be visited at nearby Drying Rock. It is commonly known as the peanut boat and best dived as a boat dive. The area is mainly rolling rocks grazed by urchins, sometimes wolfish and octopus, down to a depth of around 10-12m, no more or currents will be encountered. Once back on shore there is a bit of a slog uphill, but rest first to reduce DCI risks!
I dived this at the weekend for the first time and ended up on a bed of sand which was pretty boring. Beautiful scenery from top of cliff though, somehow never noticed before when diving from boat.
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