About Scapa Flow
Scapa Flow is a large body of water located in the Orkney Islands off the north of Scotland. This body of water provides a natural harbour to shelter fleets and vessels from what could be the wild weather conditions of the North Sea. These characteristics have played a major part in making Scapa Flow one of the ultimate diving locations known around the world. Most of this fame focuses on the historical nature of the wrecks, and whilst we agree this is amazing to see and be a part of, the amount of life these wrecks shelter and provide a home to is what in our eyes makes them truly incredible sites whether you're a self proclaimed wreck head, or more of an animal lover.
Having dived on various more recently sunk wrecks over the years, even a self proclaimed wreck head like Rob would admit that seeing the metal itself is cool, but a bare wreck that isn't covered in starfish or soft corals just doesn't feel right and feels like half a dive.
On the day of your dives, you'll be given a historical briefing which explains why the wrecks which you're diving on are there and what they have achieved. But we wanted to take a moment to reassure anyone coming up here that is more interested in life than metal, there is still plenty for you to see. Whether you're going to be trying diving for the first time on a Discover Scuba Dive, or an experienced diver who's going to be going into Scapa Flow, there is a huge array of marine life up here. All of the sites have a number of different crabs and crustaceans from tiny Hermit Crabs to big old Lobsters which are great to see. Along the wreck or the seabeds you'll also get a number of soft corals and if you're eagle eyed maybe even some really cool nudibranch (cool colourful looking slug-like things if you're not sure what they are!) Looking off the seabed or wreck itself, you'll often see friendly Wrasse swimming about and checking you out, you might get some big Cod or Ling flying by as well. If you're really lucky you might see an octopus, a seal, or even a bird swimming by, the deepest we've seen one was swimming below the Control Tower on the WW1 Light Cruiser, SMS Cöln, at about 34m which is insane!
There are too many creatures for us to list here, but just wanted to list a few of the amazing things that you could be seeing, people often focus on warmer tropical diving when thinking of the awesome underwater life there is but the UK and Scapa Flow has plenty to offer in the cooler climes. This combined with the drysuits which help keep you nice and toasty despite the water temperatures, means that Scapa Flow has loads to offer every type and level of diver.
Never worn a drysuit before? Don't worry at all, you can either do the full course with us, or if you'd rather just explore and not learn, we can give you an indepth briefing on how they work with various hints and tips plus plenty of help putting them on which is the trickiest bit if you're not used to them!