The Nitrox Gas Blending course was successful with our resident trainer. Great day with two additional members now Nitrox Gas Blender qualified.
The Nitrox Gas Blender course is open to anyone, aged over 18. It’s a practical way to get non-divers involved in the club, especially if they have family members who dive. No diving qualification is necessary to take part.
On the Nitrox Gas Blender course you will learn about the theory and practice of blending nitrox mixes, concentrating on the safe management and handling of blending equipment. On the Mixed Gas Blender course you will learn how to blend diving gas mixes containing helium.
The one-day courses consist of a mix of theory sessions and practical gas-blending sessions appropriate to the gases mixes being learned about. You’ll have plenty of time to hone your gasp-blending skills and you’ll get plenty of feedback from course instructors.
This is a continually assessed course during which students must reach the required performance standards to safely carry out either nitrox or mixed gas fills.
Getting regular practice at gas blending will maintain your confidence.
After this course you could develop specific skills to expand your interests further, whether you are a diving member or non-diving member. Imagine being qualified in diver first aid or becoming a boat handler. Check out the Skill Development Courses (SDCs) you can get involved in.
In the new year, we have an EFR course running for those interested. Please let us know so we can arrange dates.
We decided to go back to the Taha to retrieve the missing anchor flute. The sea was almost flat so we had a fast trip out there and put the (3-fluted) anchor over the side. This time we didn’t hook the wreck itself but a fishing pot. This seemed like to be close to the wreck, so we decided to chance it and indeed the line let us straight to the bow.
Compared to last week, the viz was disappointing although the blizzard of snappers and the barracuda were very much in evidence. The wreck isn’t large and with most of it below the seabed, there isn’t as much to see as there once was. Still it was nice to renew our acquaintance with the ship after a long time. And yes, we did find the missing flute. Allen found it on the seabed and left it on top of the hull where Mike found it a second time and brought it to the surface. It is now re-attached to the anchor.
For the second dive, we went to the Mariam Express. This again was once a much better dive but punched through the seabed in a similar fashion to the Taha. The viz was no better than the Taha and the fish were sparser but the wreck is bigger and hence there’s more to explore. There’s still a swim through the cargo hold which emerges at an opening half way along the hull. Allen and Cara saw a torpedo ray but it had vanished by the time Denis and I went down.
After that it was back to the club for a few beverages where we were joined by Peter and Connie, Marc, Jim and Brigitte. A pleasant little gathering as the sun went down.
Ornithologist of the week award goes to Cara for her demonstration of a cormorant’s song. But do they really go “quack-quack”?!
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Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.