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Saturday, 28 July 2018

Lust for life

We see this all the time here in the accident reports involving snorkeling and diving. In nearly all instances it involves people of "age". They either have pre existing medical conditions, their unfit, overweight , unskilled or all of the above. If you're not fit to be in the water, don't put yourself and others at risk.

Link: HERE

“Cardiac issues are now a leading factor in diving fatalities,” said study author and diver Dr Peter Buzzacott, of the University of Western Australia. Divers who learned to dive years ago and who are now old and overweight, with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, are at increased risk of dying.”

Cardiac events now come second only to drowning as a cause of death among divers.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Taking care of business

Here's a very thoughtful insight in cave diving by one safety diver and what the experience must have been like during the recent rescue of the Thai boys football team, not only for the boys but for the rescuers themselves.

I've done a fair bit of tight diving over the years in caves and wrecks but that's absolutely nothing to what these people did. You have to hand it to these guys, they really did themselves and fellow divers everywhere proud.

Link: HERE

"Last week, the world was riveted by the successful rescue of a youth soccer team as they and their coach were pulled out of a flooded cave in Thailand. The team had been stranded on a narrow rock shelf in the dark for two weeks, the way out blocked by turbid stormwater. The rescue involved far more than a few divers putting on gear and heading into the cave—it required a tremendous amount of technical skill and posed extreme danger."

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Turn the page

If you ever wanted to know what liveaboard diving is like on the left coast of Mexico, have a look at my thoughts in the latest edition of Diver magazine (August 2018) for a better insight. 

Epic diving and even better marine life encounters, I highly recommend diving in the region if you get the opportunity to do so.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Better sorry than safe

Think that the sunscreen you are using is good for the environment because it says "reef safe" on it? Think again. Check the article link below.

Link: HERE

"If you think you’re in the clear as long as you buy a sunscreen labeled “reef safe,” think again, says Downs. The federal government requires sunscreen claims to be “truthful and not misleading,” but the term “reef safe” doesn’t have an agreed-upon definition, and therefore isn’t strictly regulated by government. This means sunscreen manufacturers aren’t required to test and demonstrate that such products won’t harm aquatic life, says Downs. And even if they did and found a sunscreen that passed this test, says Downs, it might still be harmful if concentrations in the water got high enough."

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Come a little bit closer

A quick one today. We had a little bit of time to kill in the morning, so we managed to get a quick dive in at LHP. The conditions and viz weren't great but a dive is a dive and water is always wet. Most of it was up and down on the mini wall hunting for all things for all things great and small. We had some good finds with plenty of cleaner stations offering so photo ops.

 We also had plenty of reef squid ready to play with us and they were more than happy to hang out with us.

There's always a good selection of gobies and blennies to find here and it would have been rude not to get some pictures with them.

Large shoals of grunts, sweetlips, groupers, tangs and squirrelfish are in abundance here and always offer a magical experience when swimming among them.

There were a few rays cruising out over the sandy transition to the main wall but not worth chasing, especially with a macro lens fitted. I'll be getting some wide angle done this weekend anyway, so no big loss.


Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Stupid Girl

Candidate for a Darwin award if ever there was one. If you ignore the signs and don't respect the marine life, you deserve everything you get. Clown.

Link: HERE

 "Melissa Brunning was on a boat feeding a group of nurse sharks in Dugong Bay when she was attacked."

 "There were warnings not to feed the sharks."

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Just like paradise

And away we go! First time off on Saturday for a loooong time so taking complete advantage of that we headed East for some fun, frolics and other words beginning with "F" fanfaronade? It was an overcast morning, about 13 knots ESE with a mild swell once through the cut as we headed for the shelter of the North side.

How many instructors can you fit on a jet ski? Three apparently.......
 So it was with a fanfaronade (yes it's a real word, read a book people) that we made our way to one of our favourite sites (and one of the top rated wall dives in the world no less), Babylon.  Luckily we had the mooring to ourselves with the other boats tied off to Mcurleys and Northern Lights.

It's been a little while since we dived Babylon and it was still as glorious as ever. It was missing a few rope sponges here and there but given the nature of the site, only to be expected.

Captain Nige warned us before hand of a particularly active moray eel and sure enough the mad bastard was out and doing endless laps around and around the pinnacle as though he was in a race. He was probably on the hunt but he didn't mind us and we didn't mind him. I'm surprised he didn't get dizzy and fall off. We let him be to do his own thing.....

The colours were as vibrant as I remember them to be and the area teaming with life. grunts, sweetlips, angel fish, fusiliers, snappers, triggerfish, sergeant majors, they were all there. It was like a check list of all the usual suspects and then some.

We could have swam off to Julies or Mcurleys but with scenery like this, why go anywhere else?

After the half time oranges (and a few green faces), we took a short ride to a new site I haven't dived before called Top Secret which is unique for having coral that feed during day time, rather than more commonly at night.

I will be honest here, I felt that there are better sites than Top Secret. I wasn't that impressed by it and I tried really hard to find the small stuff here but it was pretty challenging. It wasn't a bad site but I think there are better options out there (in my humble opinion of course). But at least it's another place crossed off on the list of sites to dive.

A big thanks to Tortuga Divers for letting us jump off their perfectly good boat and to Captain Nige, Miss Lindsey and Miss Ellie for looking after us and eating cookies. Till the next time, off and clear.