Dive at El Escull

Dive # 15

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.


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Dive at Los Arcos

Dive # 21
I arrived early at Paul's place for coffee,  Chris and George arrived and we loaded up pauls 4x4 and hooked up the boat and went down to Moraira slip. RIB loaded, Paul asked if I'd like to take the boat out . OK, just as we were about to leave the harbour Chris announces he can't find his docs, turn around and head back to the slip. Slow approach good handling practice. After a bit of left a bit  right a bit  and stop, a  bit like an eopisode of "The Navy Lark" , all docs retrieved from the briny. We head south to Los Arcos,  George is nervous about the dive as his last two dives have been a stressful time. Paul and George in first, Chris and I lounge and natter, next we decide to get our kit together. On letting air into my kit I can hear gas escaping from the main console, I try rotating th cosole to tighten up the connection, no improvement. OK so what do we do now? Obviously  wait until Paul and George get back on board and borrow some gear.  I won't go into all the details but I ended up with a valve (I use a DIN connector) insert from Georges rig and Pauls BC and regs. Paul decides that my reg's configuration is wrong so removes the regs from the valve and the "O" ring vanishes. He removes a ring fom another valve and reconnects the regs. Now for the dive with Chris, you might expect after all that faffing about it might be a short dive time, in fact it turned out to be a spectacular 73min dive without even a safety stop requirement. Los Arcos is a greatdive.

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Septembers News Letter

Qualification Advancement

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Congratulations to Chris Montieth

He has been signed off on his Dive Leader by Steve Kershaw

The drinks are on you.

Whoops; we've already had them last night at the club meeting.

Thanks Chris: Advanced Diver here we come!

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