Thursday, 15 February 2018
Girl Power...Mandy and Kannika into The Deep Blue.
Here she is just about to start a refresher session in the pool. This is where we check out buoyancy control, mask flooding and clearance etc as well as just re-familiarizing oneself with the equipment. We usually have a couple of sessions in the pool totaling a couple of hours and then do a bit of theory before we venture to the beach for our shore diving.
The batfish wander around these cubes and are so friendly that they will come right to you.
It would be a dodgy thing for a European diver to do something about this situation....but Thai men will not confront an angry Thai lady. Kannika is very formidable when aroused and this situation had clearly angered and distressed her. She was straight in on the attack with her dive scissors....and I was dreading the inevitable surface confrontation with any fisherman likely to be around.
We made our way back along the reef to emerge about 30 yards from the shore. I was expecting an explosive confrontation...and I wasn't disappointed. Kannika was straight on the attack with the local boatmen pleading innocence. After returning to our car and packing the tanks and kit away, Mandy and I were ordered to the restaurant whilst Kannika headed back to the beach....and further discussion. I would have like to have been there....but there are times when we 'visitors' are better off staying right away from such discussions!!
Never a dull moment, eh??