There were twelve divers last Friday, meaning that we had to take both boats out again. Whether we can keep this up remains to be seen, particularly with the Land Rover temporarily out of action but it was good to have a large party. Out with us for the day were Paul and Adri, who we met last weekend at the Vic Star. The day didn’t get off to the most auspicious of starts as we set off for the slip without the boat keys. Fortunately, Brian noticed the problem and Mike rectified it before we left the petrol station.
The target for the day was our old friend, the Dara. The sea state was a bit choppy but nothing to be too concerned about and we made it out there in reasonable time. The anchor landed just above the lower entrance to the cathedral, making it fairly easy to find on the way back although one or two, diving the wreck for the first time, used SMB’s to ascend. The wreck is broken up and can be confusing for those unfamiliar with it. The story of the sinking can be found at the link below:
The viz wasn’t the greatest I’ve seen (though not the worst) and there were a few batfish to keep us company amongst other fish including some clownfish with anemones which I’ve never seen on any other west coast wreck. The current was minor except around the stern so we were able to swim the full length of the ship.
On the second dive however, both the sea state and the current had picked up significantly so we stayed in the lee of the current around the stern section and in the cathedral. To go outside of this and swim against the current was very hard work. After that it was back to the club for some well-earned refreshments.
Although we’re the British Sub-Aqua Club, we’ve always tended towards the cosmopolitan and Friday was a case in point. On board were divers from South Africa (Brian), Ireland (Denis), Germany (Connie), Netherlands (Paul), Hungary (Adri) as well as Brits: Ian, Mike, Polly, Peter, Angela, Allen and Jess. It’s a pity Rayan didn’t come!
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.
To Andy and Emily and Whitney and Katie and other Americans who have crossed our path from time to time, we wish you all a very happy Independence Day!
The Dive Club meets every Tuesday night in the Dive Bar.
See you there!
Wendy writes from Australia:
Today I went on a viewing north of Hervey Bay about 20 km off the coast of Bundaberg to witness the sinking of an old navy warship being sunk for the sole purpose of being a dive site. It’s in about 25 m and I hope when the weather warms up to be able to go diving on it. Really interesting to watch. It was filled with water slowly but then took on a mind of its own and instead of going straight down decided to list to the left and sank in about 20 seconds!!
Please see the photographs taken by Wendy below. We all wish Wendy safe diving in Australia.
Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.