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SCUBA-L  March 2000, Week 1

SCUBA-L March 2000, Week 1

Subject:

Re: Speed diving - and a wall! :-)

From:

David Strike <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sat, 4 Mar 2000 16:36:42 +1100

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On Sunday, March 05, 2000 12:33 AM, Ralf Huebenthal, wrote:

>Before David starts I want to let you know some facts

Leaving to one side the fact that Ralf's post appears to have been sent
tomorrow <g> let me tell you what *really* happened!

Ten of us went on this morning's dive to Shelly Beach. Ralf and I were
buddied together and only managed to see two angel sharks and a fiddler ray
on the swim out to 'Dragon Patches' to look for Weedy Sea Dragons. (Julian
saw another four that Ralf and I had swam over the top of without noticing!)
:-)

On the way back along the wall - well! we call it a wall even if it is only
six-metres or so deep at its maximum depth! - we saw several dozen garfish
close to the surface feeding. Immediately beneath them were seven or eight
squid also feeding.

Usually the schools of squid that we see tend to go into jet propelled
overdrive when we approach. This group, however, were quite content to let
us drift to within half-a-metre of them and then - after a few moments
spent sizing us up and deciding that we weren't going to interrupt their
hunting - allowed us to sit and watch.

It was at this point - towards the end of the dive and about 200-metres from
the beach in a sheltered area with calm conditions- that Ralf and I had
previously decided would be the starting point for our usual 'speed swim'!
:-)

>1. I did let himwim becaous he is not the youngest and I have been concernt
>about hist health.

It's good to know that some young whippersnappers still show respect for old
age! :-)

>2. He di dive with Nitrox (I guess 50%) which gave him an unfaire
advantage.

It was actually a 32% mix and the only advantage that I had was that I've
had to do fast underwater swims in the murky past! (Oh! Yes! And the fact
that Ralf was wearing a pair of clapped out old ducks feet that he calls
'Force Fins'!) :-)

>3. It has been the first race from best of 5!

I do admire a person that keeps getting up off the floor in order to be
knocked down again! :-)

>This brings me to the question shold Speed diving be a sport at the next
>Olympic?

Certainly not. diving's an activity - not a sport! :-)

>Should we have national and world champions? and do we need >more doping
controlls (specialy you david)??

As far as I'm aware nobody's yet invented a dope test that penalises
somebody for simly having a healthy mind in a healthy body! :-)

Strike

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