Logbook Scuba Dive # 318 - Catch Bag Reef Drift
|Logbook Scuba Dive # 318 - Catch Bag Reef Drift|
|Cylinder Set #1|
|Cylinder Type:||Cylinder Size:||Working Pressure:||Supply Type:|
|Steel||12 litres||232 bar||Open Circuit (OC)|
|O2:||He:||Min. PPO2:||Max. PPO2:|
|56.6 m||56.6 m||-|
|Start Pressure:||End Pressure:||Diff. Pressure:|
|219 bar||58 bar||161 bar|
|Avg. Depth:||SAC Rate:|
|Avg. Depth:||SAC Rate:|
|8.85 m||19.34 litres/min|
|Dive Captain: Lloyd Borrett, VSAG
Boat: "Miles Ahead", John Lawler's 6.5m Haynes Signature, 175HP, Sorrento
JL was interested in starting his drift dive near a mark for a reef he had in his Garmin GPS. So we deployed a buoy line and JL and Denise geared up as I moved the dive boat to the dive site. JL and Denise rolled in and began their dive. Cheryl and I got our gear ready for the second dive and ate our lunch.
Eventually JL and Denise surfaced reporting reasonable viz but weak current. Everyone on Peter Briggs' boat had finished their dives so they headed back to Sorrento.
JL moved the boat to a deeper starting point and Cheryl and I rolled in. The current was reasonably strong, which was quite nice for a change. However it slowed quite a bit as we got into shallower water later in the dive.
Saw some very big fish. Problem is I'm lousy at fish ID, so I've got no idea as to what they were. Came across a few medium sized stingrays that were happy to stay put even though I tried to get them to move along.
Once our dive was over and JL had picked us up, we got on the radio to see what the others were up to. David Geekie was on his way back to Queenscliff from outside. Dave Kelly and crew were still outside finishing dives.
We headed back to Sorrento, retrieved the boat and unloaded gear. Cheryl headed off to the cricket and I loaded the car and started to change. It's often the case that while you're half way out of your dive gear and into your street clothes that someone comes along and wants to chat about diving, and it happened again. (Or is it only me that attracts such people?)
Well it happened again. During the conversation I was asked, "What's your favourite dive site?"
It's a question I always struggle to answer. There are just so many favourites, for so many different reasons. So I decided to give an answer that reflects this. "The next one," I replied. Thankfully they liked the response and laughed.
No matter how many different places I dive, and how many times I dive, it's always the anticipation of the next dive site and dive experience that excites me the most. May it forever remain thus.
I headed back to The Scuba Doctor for air fills and a chat. JL and the others soon departed, but I decided I wait around for Dave Kelly and his crew to appear.
It was not until very late that they arrived. Dave's motor had developed problems and he had to be towed back to Sorrento from outside. Shit happens!