Having dived little else but the Ajman Glory over the last few weeks we felt like a change and headed for the Jumbo and the Taha. The Jumbo was another wreck known to exist but not where until it finally turned up as a co-ordinate on a sea bed survey carried out prior to the dredging for the palm islands. Probably a deliberate sinking for the fisherman, it is nevertheless a good dive. The viz was good, the current was minimal and there were plenty of snappers and some friendly batfish swimming around us.
For the second dive we went to the Taha, a relatively recent addition to the UAE dive sites. The current had by now picked up and the viz had deteriorated but we were still able to have a good dive around the holds and the bridge section. Thanks to Wendy and Cathy (wo)manning the boat we were able to dive as a single wave and got back to the club for refreshments in double quick time.
To finish something new – an equipment review from our Training Officer, Mrs Janette Elphinstone. Having tested her new BCD extensively she offered the following considered critique:
“It’s ****ing sh***”
This, one must concede, falls short of the detailed analysis you would normally find in the regular diving magazines but for clarity of thought, economy of language and as a concise appraisal of the salient qualities of the piece of equipment, it must be hard to beat. And as Janette herself said (almost) ten minutes later: “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all”. Quite. For next week we’re hoping for Janette’s thoughts on the future of civilization and the nature of reality.
Ian Hussey and guest writers.