Monday, 20 November 2017
We started off our check-out dives in the house pool....seeing if all the gear still works etc etc. One of our guests is Mark Burton from Bath, Somerset, who trained years ago with B.S.A.C. (British Sub Aqua Club). B.S.A.C's training was noted for its thoroughness and rigour! Successful BSAC divers could go on to earn fortunes in James Bond films as underwater stunt men.
Mark hadn't dived for over 20 years but the BSAC training soon came back and he was clearly a very able diver.
Mark has brought along three charming ladies to carry his bags and admire his underwater prowess. L to R we have Elaine, Debbie and Jane. Elaine and Debbie were keen to have a try so we have started our in-pool training and I will try to get the ladies in to the sea before their holiday concludes. Jane advocates the Panoramic View and prefers to snorkel.
And..look at this for a very first dive bonus....a bright yellow seahorse. I spent some time with this little critter...it seemed to quite enjoy having its photo taken. And for those of you that burst into tears over everything....no, I didn't hurt its little eyes by using flash. Although we were down at about 20 metres, the natural light is amazing. So, no filters...no strobes...nothing. Just my little 'Point and Shoot' camera protected by an underwater housing.
It is also surprising how much less air is used when trying to take photos than when diving without a camera. The emphasis is on slow, gentle movements....or trying your best not to move at all....breathing makes you move....so breaths are very shallow and all the concentration is on trying to get a reasonable picture...it is easy to forget you are actually underwater.
The viz was shutting down and it was difficult to spot any sharks and many of our dive group were not lucky enough to see one. I was very fortunate to catch a glimpse of two sharks but they were travelling so fast I had no chance of a photo...but at least I saw them, albeit very briefly.
And, set against the pink of the coral, it shows up very well.
You can imagine that this sheer face continues under water.
Diving ain't a cheap day out for us poor impoverished Brits suffering as our Pound crashes in exchange value. This day works out at a tad over a £100 (and that's with providing your own dive gear) but what price an experience like this, eh? And the customer is seriously well looked after on these dive boats. Great boat crew carried all your gear on board and checked it out, fantastic food throughout the day and a great atmosphere....Well Done the 'All4Diving' team.
I read on Facebook how many people are grizzling about not being able to sleep at night. Well, who wants to waste yet more of one's life by sleeping...much better to look over the photos of an amazing day and write a Blog that you hope might convey some of what scuba diving in this part of our world is all about.
Look..it's less than £500 return from Heathrow to get here...that's cheaper than it was back in 2004 when I started this adventure. Come on, forget about boring sleep...get on over here and get diving.