Apologies for the lack of an email over the last couple of weeks. This was due to my absence on leave, not a complete lack of activity although we did miss out on one weekend.
Going back to Friday 9th August, we took a boat out to Mike’s Tug and Victoria Star. I acted as a non-diving boat driver for this one, partly due to an impending flight, also because I wanted to get back early. On the boat were Mike and Brian with Matt and Richard from DSDC joining us for the day. Mike’s Tug was an appropriate destination as Mike has returned to the UK after completing his period of leave cover, so it was his last dive (until the next one).
Since I wasn’t underwater, any description is second-hand but I gather the viz was reasonable and all four enjoyed their dives.
For the second dive, I made an executive decision to return inshore to the Victoria Star rather than hanging around offshore to dive the Jumbo or Neptune. This was mainly in the interests of time-saving, given that the surface intervals could be completed whilst on the move. It also proved fortuitous since the sea state picked up significantly later on and a return trip from the Neptune to Al Khan would have been hard work.
Again, I don’t know much about the diving except that Mike and Brian did some exploration in the engine room. After that it was back to base for some refreshments.
The following weekend, Brian tried to organize a dive but he was almost the only one still in the country so nothing happened. Last Friday on the other hand, Allen took a boat to the Dara. With the summer almost over, at least in terms of holidays, people are starting to reappear and we should have some good diving in the weeks ahead, sea state permitting as always.
We have some new fans above the dive table which work a treat and will provide some much-needed ventilation post dive and Tuesday evenings. Thanks to Peter for organizing the installation and to the Main Club which put up half the funds.
The Dive Club meets every Tuesday night in the Dive Bar.
See you there.
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