A bit unusual to be talking about last Tuesday rather than last Friday but it was a rather good night. The vets reunion duly took place and we were able to welcome back some former members that in some cases we haven’t seen in quite a while. It was mainly Geoff Taylor’s night as he was saying farewell to the Emirates after… how many years? He came in ‘76 I think he said – correct me if I’m wrong. Geoff brought with some brass from the Dara, some old photos and some 406 logs from almost 30 years ago. The logs made fascinating reading and the photos will end up on the web site as soon as I can scan them.
As you may know, Geoff and Harry Adamson were the two guys who built the present Club building after we were evicted from the premises at the old airport. We took the opportunity to present them each with a glass tankard engraved with the 406 logo (designed by Geoff incidentally). I’ve attached a photo of the two club builders to this email. Other pictures from the night will go on the web site as soon as I can get hold of them.
Friday’s diving turned out to be a bit of a struggle for various reasons. Filling up SP 312 with fuel the hose came adrift from the fuel cap. As a result instead of filling the fuel tank, I filled up the front locker. This drained into the bilges so when we got to Hamriyah our first task was to drain it on a patch of sand. So we were a bit late before we even got to the Dara. That dive was pretty good though – flat calm, no current and reasonable viz.
For the second dive we went to Cathy’s barge – recently discovered and about 8km away. By this time the current had picked up and although we could see it on the echo sounder, we couldn’t hook it even after several attempts. In end Mike volunteered to dive in at the zero point and fix a rope by hand. This was successful so we got the second dives in, albeit both short.
For Aaron, Matt, Jules and Jen these were qualification dives for Ocean Diver and they all performed very well. They’ve also just passed their theory test – congratulations to them all.
By the time we got back to the club the post-dive drink had turned into a sundowner but it was all the more welcome for that. Did I say drink? Well Simon, Matt and Aaron all bought rounds of Guiness to get the free T-shirt and there were a few other rounds as well. I like to call it team building!
The barbecue on Hamriyah beach for the Dara 50th anniversary is going ahead on 8th April. DSDC and ADSAC are also getting involved so it should be quite an event.
Also one I forgot last week – Brian and Derek are trying to organize a weekend on the Ekatarina, a luxury yacht. The target is 2 days, 2 nights with 7 dives on 1st / 2nd April and the cost is Dhs 2,500 per person. There’s a bar on board which I assume is extra but everything else is included. Anyone interested please make yourself known. The minimum number is 12 people and the maximum is 18.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.