Nice to see a busy Dive Bar last Tuesday. With Christmas approaching, I was expecting a low turnout but instead a lot of folks came out to have a drink with us – next week as well I hope!
It would also be nice to report a fabulous dive on the Dara on Friday and for the benefit of Forrester (last heard of knocking back the amber nectar to excess on Thursday night) I shall of course be reporting whale sharks, sunfish and mermaids. The reality was unfortunately a bit different. Simon and Sarah were first down the line but surfaced 12 minutes later reporting a howling current, zero viz and the wreck covered in nets. At that point Peter and I decided that there were probably better things to do on a Friday morning.
The anchor still had to be retrieved so Simon and Sarah went back down and freed it successfully, though with warnings not to take chances. It would probably have been lost otherwise since they had no idea whereabouts they were on the wreck. When conditions are a bit more favorable I think a net clearing dive is called for. One for the new year.
BSAC 406 would like to wish its members and friends – past and present – a very happy Christmas!
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.