We managed to get 2012 up and running last Friday – by the skin of our teeth. Of the original eight names on the board, five dropped out for reasons of varying degrees of plausibility. Robin was on his first dive with us and “missing some kit” seemed to be the easiest problem to overcome. A quick phone call and he was on his way, albeit by some circuitous route that managed to take in Ajman corniche on the way to Al Khan. Still he got there and the dive was on.
We had intended to go out to “Wreck X” aka “Brian’s Wreck” which we’ve never managed to dive on before despite several attempts. It’s about 46km offshore which means that sea conditions must be good. The forecast was promising but strong winds as we set off suggested that we might be in for a disappointment (again!). This was indeed the case but fortunately the direction of the wreck is such that there are a lot of “Plan B’s” on the way.
We decided to head for the Taha which is about 20km closer. On arrival we found good news and bad news. On the plus side, the current was virtually nil which always makes things easier but on the other hand, the viz was not very good at all. The fish life was good though. There were six or seven curious batfish swimming around the hold and at the bow there was a lot of large barracuda circling round gazing at the divers with their usual beady eyes. We did our bit for the environment by releasing some fish from some abandoned pots.
Robin used a novel method for getting back into the boat which I’m sure he’ll be happy to demonstrate on future dives. On the way back there was time for a sip or two of the amber nectar (thanks Sami!). Welcome to 2012!
As I mentioned last week, DSDC are doing a boat handling course on 2nd / 3rd March so if anyone is interested please let me know.