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SCUBA-L  June 1999, Week 5

SCUBA-L June 1999, Week 5

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GBR cont.

From:

John Bird <[log in to unmask]>

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

Date:

Tue, 29 Jun 1999 18:14:27 -0700

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Dive 3
Norman Reef
Playground
Seas getting bigger
Wind SE 35 knots
 
Transferred to Ocean Quest...a big converted prawn trawler. She used to be Taka
III. This is one big mutha of a dive boat. Birdo has upper double cabin with
ensuite toilet/shower to himself. (Thanks to a phone call by Strike!!!) Above
that is the sundeck and wheelhouse but no one goes up there due to the
declining weather.
 
Playground is just that. One big underwater amusement park. Caves, swim-thrus,
big and little critters...the lot. Ooops..Birdo accidently pulls a 1.5 meter
reverse profile and is afraid that the DM is going to hang him by the yard arm
when back onboard. Fortunately the sin is forgiven for now. Good..that means I
can do the night dive! Big ol' moray eel right down at the bottom of the
mooring line. Very cute. Heaps of bommies ledges and overhangs to explore. Its
a bit of a hoof from the mooring to the coral wall but well worth it once
there. Taking special note of things because this is where we will do the night
dive.
Back on deck it's bloody freezin' in the stiff breeze. Popped into the deck
shower and let 'er rip with the hot water..wettie and all.
 
Dive 4
Norman Reef
Playground
Night Dive
10 meters max.
 
Boy is it windy and dark now!! 40 knots of breeze and the back of the boat
looks like a Jacuzzi at full steam. Its going to be tough getting up that
ladder. I'm having second thoughts but Sakia and I are night diving nutcases.
Anyway, in we go and popped down the mooring to 10 meters. Now we have a long
horizontal swim to the wall and we can't see jack. The viz is crap and the
torch light just adds to it. Then we realize that we are lost. The hull of
Ocean Quest is confusing our compass needles. We surface about 75 meters from
the boat, get new bearings, pop down to 10 meters and finally locate the wall.
Big sigh of relief. We spend 25 minutes here. Never seen so many pairs of
shrimp eyes peering back. It was like being watched the whole time. The fish
were scarce and we could feel the swell up top reaching down to bump us around
a bit. Back to the boat was easy now they had turned on the spotlights. But
getting up that ladder was not easy. It took me a few attempts and I was pretty
beat by that point. But we had fun!
 
Next day later.
 
Birdo
 
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