This year’s belated AGM will be Tuesday 12th November. Nominal start time is 8pm but if anyone is coming but running late, we can wait a bit.
Brian Lugg seems a bit full of himself at the moment. Won the lottery?? Found a new shipwreck?? Or maybe South Africa had a good result at the weekend??
We didn’t go out last weekend on account of too many people doing other things. Instead, some news of 406 alumni overseas.
First up is Volker Motzkus who was a regular diver from 2013 to 2015 before returning to Germany. He sent the following report from Gozo:
Coming back from Gozo, I thought it appropriate to let the honourable members of the BSAC 406 know how the travels went and how the diving was. To make it short, it was fantastic!Before I go into more details, I posted my logs and some of my pics here:https://www.divelogs.de/pics/Motze
Please let me know if the links work for you, they appeared to work after I logged out, but you never know. [NB – the link works]But I am posting a pic I took while snorkeling in X'lendi Bay, as an appetizer:
Gozo is a nice place to dive, and packed with dive sites. Word of advice: if you ever go to Malta / Gozo, bring open-heel fins and booties. 90% of the diving is shore diving, and in many places, you need to walk over rocks. While not impossible barefoot, not as much fun. There are tons of marine life abounding, waiting to be found, they just aren't as obvious and / or big as they might be someplace else, but lots of octopi, nudibranch, squids, sea horses, and other assorted fish. Post-diving, Gozo offers enough to keep you well fed and having a pint or three. If you are looking for entertainment beyond the glass of beer or wine after diving, look elsewhere, though, in that case, stay on Malta.
I stayed at the three-star San Andrea hotel, which had the advantage of being exactly opposite the dive shop I used. The room was comfortable enough, and they had a full English breakfast buffet every day. I, however, had a double to myself. If it had been occupied by two people, it might have gotten a bit crowded, especially with the luggage. The rooms at the St. Patrick’s Hotel were a lot roomier, I heard from other divers, and only about 30 meters around the corner, too.I used St. Andrew's Divers Cove, and I would readily recommend them to anyone who wants to dive Gozo, all languages spoken, Nitrox available, friendly and pleasant dive guides, but you can do it yourself and just rent tanks if you like. www.gozodive.com
I know I'll be back in the not-so-far-future, and if you like, they can make arrangements for hotel/accommodation and airport transfer for you.
And now I'll finish off with a picture of the sight I got to enjoy each breakfast. I hope everybody is doing well, and I hope to drop by soon someday and visit.
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