Life's Better Underwater

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Eric’s Dive Report for 6 April

Today, I closed my eyes to relive moments from Saturday.  That dark space behind closed eyes quickly filled with a cavalcade of images and a multitude of experiences from yesterday.  So incredible were those memories, that they remain as vivid today, as they were from the day before.  Combined they produced a kind of masterpiece of colours and shapes, shades and textures.  Except that this was an artistic canvas in which we were actually able to enter and become a part of.  The aesthetic wonders of scuba diving are immense!  And such pleasures are on top of the camaraderie, brotherhood, sisterhood, of occasional and regular divers who have all shared this same exceptional experience.

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Eric’s Dive Report 23rd March

Were we dreaming? Did it really happen? And can narcosis conjure up wild and fanciful scenes?  None of these conjectures was the case today as videos confirmed what everyone saw and experienced.  Which did not prevent everyone, as they got out of the water from asking:  "Did you see that?" "Was that real?".  We'll come to exactly what "that" was shortly.  Suffice to say, it was definitely worth diving today.

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Eric’s Dive Report for 16 March

The day may have ominously started with rain, but the diving was so pleasurable as to make us quite indifferent to such superficialities.  The first dive and then the second were so enjoyable as to make us forget this out of water background.  What was going on in the water was all that mattered.

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Eric's Dive Report 9 March

How good is it to do two dives at two great spots and be back on land before the weather changes, bringing cloudy skies and rain.  Not that that would have dampened our experience given everything we saw and did underwater.  Instead, we had good weather and two, nearly hour long dives.  Two long dives which were not long enough to see everything there was to see at both dive sites.  Nevertheless, what we did see was more than enough to make us feel elated until our next adventure underwater.

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Eric's Dive Report for the 2nd March

Last Saturday, the diving at Long Reef was incredible.  The water temperature was about 25 degrees (someone recorded 26!); the water was blue, and the visibility was amazing.  There is a video by Tim Roberts which provides a glimpse of the second dive (late morning) when the vis was still great but not quite as extraordinary as it was on our first dive.  
 
 
After finishing the first dive, people just wanted to get back into the water to experience again the sights and scenes from our first dive.  So following some negotiations with Tony, it was agreed that we would stay there.  This meant two dives with sharks around us throughout both dives and massive schools of fish, etc.  It was an unforgettable day's diving.  Here is the report from that dive.  I hope you enjoy it:
 
(Shelley Xia has kindly allowed us to use her photo of the octopus taken on Saturday and Tim Roberts has allowed has to use the screen shots from his video to help to illustrate the dives).
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Eric's Dive Report for 23 February:

Only by going to sea can you truly experience an impressionistic canvas; only by diving underwater can you swim within the brush strokes of that canvas.  In this way, you become a part of a Cracker Jack painting Nature has produced.  Nature imitating Art, is better than anything any artist, no matter how good, can produce.  Dropping below the surface at Blue Fish Point, we were soon able to experience this first hand.  
 

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Eric's Dive Report for 16 February

Eric's Dive Report for 16 February
 
Diving today was magnificent.  It was one of those days where you truly had to pinch yourself to know that you were not dreaming and that this particular experience was real.  Magic Point was a delight as it always is but the real gem was Blue Fish Wall!  The water there was a delicious blue that the tropics can only dream of having.  Visibility was clear as flawless glass, something, no doubt, an optometrist, tucked up in bed, dreams of seeing (Trust me, I've seen how they fuss over a mere smudge on a pair of glasses).  Best of all was the amount and variation in aquatic life.  Some days demand that you stop whatever you are doing to experience an amazing and unforgettable moment or two which will stay with you for ever.  Today was one of those days! 
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Eric's Dive Report for 9 February

"Hope springs eternal in the human heart" - well, we did not have to "hope" for anything diving today: it was all delivered to us on a regal platter and in seemingly unlimited abundance.

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Eric's Dive Report for Saturday, 2 February: A fish called "Slimey" and other things.

Today it was rough outside the Heads.  The waves we saw were flanked by streaks of green glass rising to a zenith.   Those peaks then subsided into a trough followed by yet more waves.  Each successive wave rudely disorganised the previous one's patterns of swirls and colours of old toy marbles.  It was pleasing to look at but it rudely disorganised our plans as well.  Those same sea conditions proved, however, to be an excellent reason to rediscover and explore Flagstaff.  Especially since we had not visited this site for some time.  Flagstaff is an underrated dive site, a dive site replete with innumerable gems.  

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Eric's Dive Report for Saturday, 26th January

The smiles on everyone's face describe better than anything else today's diving.  Underwater, we witnessed sights and scenes as spectacular as they were refreshing - especially, on a warm summer's day.  Everything today, underwater and above, conspired to produce much exhilaration and valuable memories!

 
 
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