After a two week hiatus, we were back in the water last Friday – on the east coast as promised. A total of 13 people made the camp out on Martini Beach on Thursday and a further 7 joined us on Friday morning. The journey over was not without incident. Just short of Masafi, a wheel parted company with the trailer forcing some roadside repairs. However we’re not unused to these situations and we still managed to get the dive gear, camping gear including several kitchen sinks (it seemed like) over to the beach before we lost daylight.
Martini beach seems to have shrunk since I first remember it – possibly the result of Cyclone Gonu – and being a high spring tide we couldn’t help noticing the water coming ever closer to the camp fire. Dan’s King Canute impression proved in vain and he had to move up the beach but there were sufficient engineers on hand to build some tidal defences and save the fire and more importantly, the barbecue. After that some steaks were cooked, eaten and washed down with generous quantities of decompression fluid.
In the morning, having collected the extra seven, we did some diving. The students and instructors dived the headland on what for Matt, Aaron, Jules and Jen were their first open water dives. A few drills were successfully executed and the dives could then be properly enjoyed. The rest of the divers went to Martini Rock for their first dive and to Shark Island for their second. PJ has some video footage.
The entertainment highlight I’m told, was Sami’s head first dive in the boat when it stopped a bit more sharply than he was expecting. I look forward to hearing more details on Tuesday.
Thanks to Jutta for the excellent cake that was eaten after the diving.
Quote of the day was a certain lady diving instructor: “I hate getting wet!” A bit late to complain about that I would have thought.
Just for information: we discovered that Martini Beach is known as “Kilcully” (or something like that) to the locals. Trying to explain to the coastguard that we were going to Martini resulted only in blank looks.
There are no firm plans for next Friday as yet but on next Saturday 26 February, Brendan is running a trip to the Dara.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.