First of all, congratulations are due to Allen who as of last Wednesday, joins me on the main club committee. The Dive Club currently constitutes 33% of the Club Committee and 50% of the Trustees so our credit round here ought to be good. On behalf of all Club Members, thank you for the work that both Ian and Allen do for the club.
Now for the dive stuff, we had two parties out at the weekend. Michelle organized a trip up the Musandam, about which I have no reports, but I assume they had a good time. Meanwhile the rest of us took a boat out to sea on this coast, taking advantage of what was promised and indeed turned out to be almost flat seas.
The sea was so calm that Cara wound the boat up to some colossal speed causing her cap to go flying and a short trip back to pick it up. We proceeded more sedately from that point, though still making good time, and on the way saw some sea snakes and a breaching eagle ray.
First target was Mike’s Tug on the grounds that we hadn’t been there for a while. Although small, there is often some good sea life on the wreck, and this time we saw what looked like a Hermit crab conference, some big Yellow Tuna and some Dusky Sweetlips. There were the usual Snappers, Angelfish and Bannerfish and some Barracuda on the anchor line on the way up.
For the second dive, the Jumbo got the vote and it’s only a couple of km away. Had we but known it, DSDC had been there earlier but they’d gone by the time we arrived. Rayan spotted a shark on his dive although there’s no photographic evidence. We do have pictures of some rays and a sea bream was also spotted. Regrettably, most of this had vanished by the time Connie and I got down the line but we had a good dive nevertheless. The viz was good, the current was negligible and the water has started to warm up. We had to allow plenty of time to disentangle the line that Allen laid to the wreck (the anchor having fallen on sand). Such was the complexity, the line seemed to have entered a space-time continuum between the anchor and the wreck. We got it sorted out in the end. Thank you to Cara for the pictures.
For reasons too complicated to explain (read: can’t be bothered), the following picture appeared on our WhatsApp group:
This was described by Allen thus:
“…looks like a grumpy DM, who was supposed to be off today, has a hangover and is signaling to 3 brand new open water divers who haven’t dived since they did the course in Thailand a year ago…”
Inventive alternative descriptions may also be published at a later date.
Eid Al Adha
Response to this year’s Eid trip has so far been disappointing. At some point we will need to decide whether to proceed and I would greatly appreciate it if those who normally participate could indicate their intentions this year.
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The Dive Club meets every Tuesday night in the Dive Bar.
See you there!
Ian Hussey and Dive Member Contributions.