PJ's report of a successful day’s diving at Dibba:
Janette led a group of five of us with the Dive Center at the Radisson Blu and Dibba for Friday dive practice for Tim and Connie, joined by Maureen and myself. Connie having sat and passed the Padi Open Water exam on Tuesday evening, only had to satisfactorily complete her last two open water dives.
We arrived for the 12.30 boat out to Dibba Rock, as the early boat was destined for the Inchcapes. Maureen just made it having first succesfully completed the RAK marathon - what enthusiasm! There were no waves and no current. The first dive was fine, plenty of fish to enjoy including a pipe fish, though I managed to dive under-weighted, which was rather hard work, especially with an ali tank. At least I should have known better! Viz was 4-5m and the water temperature 23C. After 10 minutes Maureen and I managed to lose the student team - both of us filming.
The second dive saw the five of us get on the boat, and then another 14 local divers appeared, both men and women; to say there was not much space on the boat is an under-statement, especially when trying to kit up. However, once in the water, it proved a great dive. Our team stayed together this time, and saw plenty, including a large shoal of baracuda, a couple of morays, and a number of Moses soles. When it was time for Tim to signal 60 bar and ascend with Janette, Connie still had sufficient air to be able to join us for another 10 minutes or so. Together we further explored the raspberry corals, finding shrimp gobys and their burrowing crustacean partners, a large sole, and within a large shoal of fusiliers a shy cornetfish. Being Valentine’s weekend I demonstrated to Connie the art of underwater osculating, unfortunately caught on camera by Maureen. Back on the surface we had to wait a good 10 minutes or more while the boat picked up its full complement. Connie finally climbed aboard as a qualified Padi diver, then duly celebrated with anti-dehydration fluid at the pool bar.
Ian Hussey and guest writers.