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Exploring a local pond...

Discussion in 'General Scuba Diving' started by Samantha CoolBeans, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. Samantha CoolBeans

    Samantha CoolBeans New Member

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    So near to me i have a small pond, It's rumoured to be reasonably deep (estimated 15-25m) with the possibility of old mineworkings still down there somewhere.
    The water looks pretty clear, and the entry is super easy as the car park is only 10feet away from the sloping waters edge.

    There's never been any fishing allowed so I'm confident the entanglement risk would be low. I've got a buddy who is up for exploring with me and we would obviously do all the safety stuff i.e. surface support, dive a strict schedule, carry extra air, multiple coloured SMB's for signalling surface support etc

    The sign seems kinda ambiguous regarding 'no swimming' so I fully expect this to be a naughty dive, Anyone done these before? I don't think anyone has dived this pond before but if there is anyone around Ilkeston Derbyshire that has done this sort of thing before i would be specifically interested in hearing from you.

    Any tips / advice for someone who hasn't done this sort of dive before?

    thx
     

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  2. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    Kind of like this: "but it doesn't say anything about no scuba diving".

    Just be very careful.
     
  3. Mako-JD

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    Questions to ask yourself

    Are there any livestock in Field. Yes there piss n shit will filter into the pond. Possible nasty desieses

    Is the water stagnant more desieses

    Bottom composition, You could find yourself in zero his or worse if banks collapse

    Me not so sure I would just jump into a unknown puddle.
     
  4. Samantha CoolBeans

    Samantha CoolBeans New Member

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    No, but there are a lot of ducks, several swans and some geese.


    Not Stagnant, infact the surface looks pretty clear down to 6-10 feet.
     
  5. Toby

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    You should treat it like an overhead environment and 'run a continuous guideline to the surface' and follow all the other rules that apply when you don't know what's above your head.

    If it's an entrance to an old mine you might very quickly find yourself in an environment where things like smbs are a hazard rather than a help.

    Where abouts is it? Do you know of any mines that are dived in the area?
     
  6. Toby

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    Aah. Your post says that you are in Derbyshire. Lots of caves and mines around there. Tread carefully!
     
  7. Tribal Chestnut

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    Sounds fun. I'd probably follow the advice regarding a line. Would also be tempted to carry out some kind of water analysis - there must be various forms out there now that will provide a quick one-off service, although this maybe overkill.

    Look forward to reading more.
     
  8. Samantha CoolBeans

    Samantha CoolBeans New Member

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    Good advice thanks.

    99.9% sure there's no overhead as I've seen old 1960's photos from before it was flooded. That's why I'm so intrigued by the place.

    Anyone got any specific tips regarding the legal side? I mean I'm pretty sure nobody will be bothered but just in case we surface in front of 2cops... should we wait them out at 2metres with whatever air we have left lol?
     
  9. jb2cool

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    Who's land is it? I suspect if you don't have permission to dive there then it'll be classed as trespass but they might just tell you to f-off and leave it at that. You say it's a pond, do you have to climb over a fence to get there or is it open to walkers etc.
     
  10. Wibble

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    Wonder if the caving community, which strongly relies on access, has anything to say. Might be interesting to have a look at the caving websites and possibly the Cave Diving Group (CDG) for info.
     
  11. Alex Denny

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    Do it on a rebreather and no one will even know you're there...
     
  12. Samantha CoolBeans

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    It's a local pond with its own car park, council owned.
    Ive already sent an anonymous email to the council requesting permission and they just sent a generic reply back:

    "diving, swimming, boating, fishing and remote control boats are prohibited on the main lake"

    I checked the signpost and took that photo... technically it doesn't mention diving so I'm wondering if that's my get out of jail free card in case police divers come down and handcuff us on the bottom
     
  13. Wibble

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    What are they trying to hide :whistling: What's buried in the lake...!
     
  14. Mako-JD

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    Erm........
     
  16. Samantha CoolBeans

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    I'm still gonna dive it... it's the most exciting thing I've seen in Ilkeston.

    I hope there's 20metre viz and a lost Cessna to find but who knows...
     
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    I hope you make it out without involving the emergency services.
     
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    Always full of doom and gloom you are.
     
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    I like to live up to my name.
     
  20. Wibble

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    Seems like a fun thing to do. Need to get into the water quickly - easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission. Motto of my life!
     

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