As was widely predicted, the great and good of the Moon Sighting Committee managed to spot the crescent moon last night meaning that it’s officially Eid Al Fitr and we have a couple of days off work. A dive is planned for tomorrow of which more next week but for now a few words about last Friday.
PJ wanted to celebrate his impending nuptials by volunteering to be dive marshall for the day. We weren’t about to talk him out of it. The Ajman Glory was the target and although the forecast was not very promising we decided to go for it anyway despite the possibility of an uncomfortable ride home. The sea was pretty calm on the way out and we made very good time. Sadly the calm sea didn’t translate into good viz – it was like pea soup down there as has been the case rather too often this year. Most of us managed a reasonable dive nevertheless. There was a turtle down there spotted by one or two and it was possible to grope one’s way around the ship and in and out of the accommodation areas.
With the sea state picking up we headed closer to home for the second dive. This was the Tek – a small tug boat that we haven’t dived for a while. On our last trip we finished clearing the wreck of nets, a selfless undertaking but as it turned out a pointless one as it’s now more covered than ever. After a couple of circuits – which is all you need really – we set to again with knives and scissors. We didn’t get very far but at least it’s a start.
After that it was back to base to wash down the boat and indulge in a few refreshments. In the light of his upcoming happy day, I think it’s only fair to ignore Peter’s attempts to attach his BCD to his tank upside down. Instead I’ll tell the story of a certain lady diver who took good advice and instead of spitting in her mask to de-fog it, decided to use baby shampoo for the purpose. Very effective so I’m told but it’s crucial to rinse the mask thoroughly or you spend the dive with your eyes in a bubble bath which is pretty much what happened.
On which happy note…
Ian Hussey and guest writers.