The HMS Scylla is currently perceived as the wreck to dive. She has her appeals, but she also has some significant dangers.
Do not enter the wreck unless you are adequately qualified to dive in an overhead closed environment
If you are diving her for the first time, she is an extremely enjoyable wreck to dive from the outside. There are normally three buoys attached to her, at her bow, mid-section just behind the bridge and her stern.
- Heliport and AA-mounts
Missile mount (Exocet)
- Holes cut into her side for easy access
(Warning! Overhead environment)
When taking divers on a tour for the first time, we suggest the following route:
Descend onto the wreck using the stern line, upon reaching the rear deck orientate yourself and descend down to the rudder if you wish. In majority of the cases, we don’t bother, but swim along the deck and pass the helicopter landing deck. Ascend to above the hanger and follow the roof of the hanger, you will come across a large cut-out which connects the hanger below. A bit further on, you can drop onto the mid-deck and see where her funnel used to be (it should be covered with a steel mesh – if not, do not enter).
Follow the deck to the starboard side and drop below on the outside gangway and follow it all the way to the bow deck. You have the choice now to swim up and have a look at the bridge. If your air is tight, the easiest way now is to ascend using middle buoy, which is easily found on the deck behind the bridge.
If you have enough air, you may wish to drop on the bow deck and follow the slope up all the way to bow and ascend using the bow line. This dive is a good initial exploration dive, especially if you have less experienced divers with you – your maximum depth shouldn’t be more than about 18m, but check with the skipper.