Dive at El Escull

Dive # 15

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On Wednesday Paul,Chns,George, Bill and I went for a dive. Leaving the Javea slip we went south towards Cap Negre (where the gnomes were hid). Going a bit further as the sight and lure of El Escull beckons it's always a good dive there. Paul,Bill and George to go in first. Paul has a bright idea on how to extend the dive. "I'll swop cylinders with Bill, that way Bill gets a 15ltr and because my air consumption is less I'll still have enough with a 12 ltr". Great theory Paul, but what about George whose air consumption is on the greedy side? Chris and I lounge about top-side and natter. 20mins into the dive and we agree to start getting our gear ready for our buceo. It's at that point when everything is out of the locker and we're idily sorting ourselves out, when I notice heads and arms bobbing around next to the rocks southern point.

Drop every thing; start engine; escape from buoy, and head over to pick them up. All safely aboard, and before Chris and I have togged up Bill is busying himself with the task of compiling the Dive Marshall sheet. On entering his own "Air Remaining On Exit" he was heard several times to announce, "I could of stayed down for at least another 10 minutes". Yes, but Bill; George was out of air. One up, all up. I guess if the cylinders had stayed with their owners Bill and George would have run out of air at roughly the same time, and Paul's cylinder would have been OK for the next dive. Chris and I get in the water and splash about a bit for 40mins. We saw Moray as we circled the rock clockwise, and the entrances to the swim thru. I think Chris fancied going in to the cavern, but me as a kill joy indicated no as we hadn't planned for it. Any way I would prefer to complete that swim thru at the start of the dive rather than halfway through. Heading West back to the boat we realised that we had gone too far as we could see the foam hitting the rocks, (I always seem to underestimate how far I've finned) that meant we were right up against the headland. So we turned round and finned far enough so that the boat wouldn't be to close to the rocks and as usual deployed the DSMB perfectly. HomeJames and don't spare the Dolphins.

Jonathan

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