We had nine divers including Jess who was making her first non-training dive, hence two boats were needed. The coastguards these days tend to notice if you’re trying to take out more than the stipulated maximum number of people.
The original intention was to go to Karen’s Dhow and pick up a bit of glassware but it soon became clear that the sea state wouldn’t allow this so we aborted to the Victoria Star which is closer inshore. When we got there, we weren’t the first to arrive. Already on station was a fishing boat skippered by Paul and Audrey, who have dived with us a couple of times in the past and were doing some rescue drills and skills. They were already hooked into the wreck so we tied up behind them. This meant a long swim from the last boat just to get to the anchor line. This caused a problem for me when my mask started flooding half way along but with some assistance from Paul and the guys on the fishing boat I got there. Cheers! With the mask re-adjusted, it was actually a lot calmer underwater than it was on the surface, although the viz wasn’t the greatest and the fish life a bit sparser than it is sometimes. Never mind, we had a decent dive.
Towards the end of the day, the sea state was getting up even more. The three of us left to go in for the second dive decided to forego the pleasure and get back to the club. There was no attempt to talk us out of this and I think we were all happy to get back on land. There followed some refreshments in the Dive Bar.
Congratulations to our star Jess on completing her first proper dives with us very successfully. I hope she realises the sea is normally calmer than this – when we take a boat out at least!
Chris Head writes:
Whilst writing I'd like to give you all advance notice of a one-day-dhow we're running on the 21st September from Dibba up to the Musandam. This is for the DSDC anniversary and should be an excellent day out and a great Musandam introduction if you haven't dived it before.
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The Dive Club meets every Tuesday night in the Dive Bar.
See you there!
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.