After the Eid, we’re now getting back into the groove of our regular diving although Friday’s trip wasn’t wholly without incident. Having cleared my wallet of unnecessary plastic prior to Zanzibar, I hadn’t put it all back. One of the missing cards was my boat driving license, meaning that I had to make a swift run back home to pick it up. This had unexpected consequences.
On my return, I found two things: Brian in SP125 had departed to anchor on the wreck (Victoria Star) and also the GPS on SP312 had for some reason switched off its back light, rendering the screen completely invisible. This meant we had to find the others by dead reckoning. This wasn’t as difficult as it sounds as the route is well known and Deira Islands (née Palm Deira) provide a reference. Just the same, after a couple of false sightings, I was relieved to find our fellow divers parked over the wreck.
The dive itself was not that remarkable. There was a large grouper around the anchor when Brian and Denis went down but this had unfortunately vanished by the time the rest of us went down. Peter and Connie spotted a crab nearby and there was a shoal of batfish at the stern. The viz was reasonable without being fantastic (say around 4m) but the current was non-existent.
For the second dive we went to Rob’s Dhow, a wooden dhow that went down a couple of years ago and is now much broken up by sea conditions and human intervention (it’s very close to the entrance channel to Mina Khalid). Before we got there, Brian and Denis did a bounce on an interesting signal about 200m away from the dhow. It turned out to be some pipes that were obviously a lost cargo, perhaps from the dhow when it went down. Interesting but not really a dive that we’d all want to do.
Opinions on the viz on Rob’s Dhow varied from “not that bad” to “nil”. Peter and Connie were the only ones to find the anchor line, largely because they never really left it. Everyone else needed SMB’s. To be fair to Rayan and Ghenwa, they were tasked with freeing the anchor as soon as they went down so they had no choice. I elected to give this one a miss.
Anyway, a good day. Good to have two boats out and to welcome Ghenwa and Steffen who were making their first dives with us. Steffen moves to France shortly but might be back for more diving at some point.
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Ian Hussey and Dive Club writers.