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The What Cheered Me Up Today Thread

Discussion in 'Off Gassing' started by Doomanic, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. JohnL

    JohnL Well-Known Member

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    Met my BSAC trainer today. He outlined the Sports Diver course, lots of weekly lectures and we'll be ready to head into Open Water in December/January. As some of the others are still in wetsuits, we might have to go somewhere else (he said). Somewhere else? Somewhere warm - Spain or Malta. :whistling: So, it looks like I'll come back from Madeira where, weather willing, I'll put a few dives in and set off a week later for some more. :p
     
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  2. Wibble

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    There's not much to write home about the bow of the Rondo*. Rather dark and not a lot there TBH. Much nicer further up the wreck where there's lots more life

    Spent an hour and a half on it today. A very special wreck indeed. Was low springs so the 15 mins at 6 metre deco was spent out of the current behind the rudder in amongst a school of fish feeding.

    Nice. Very pleased to tick that one off the list.

    *For those not familiar with the Rondo, it's a very rare wreck in the Sound of Mull that sits at about 50 degrees down a steep slope with the bow at 50 metres and the rudder at six metres.
     
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    barrygoss Active Member

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    This one? 50m? Did you take a shovel?

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  4. phantomlurker

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    The sun shone today, and I finally managed to get my first ever salty sea dives accomplished! A little bimble around under Swanage pier, followed by a nice 50odd minute drift drive off Old Harry. So pleased to finally have got under the sea for the first time, great fun. It's been a good week!
     
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  5. JohnL

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    You always remember the "firsts", the sea is so different than fresh water.
     
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  6. phantomlurker

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    True. It helped to reinforce my respect for the water, whilst assuring me that I shouldn't be daunted by it. The drift was amazing even with little wildlife on show.
     
  7. Tribal Chestnut

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    A trip to the Mendips today for what was going to be a day out with the YSS (northern folk), however we ended up joining a group from Kent Uni as they were visiting Swildon's Hole.

    It was very wet and consequently quite nippy, especially having to wait for another group to get clear of the 20" pitch before we could descend.

    Anyone not familiar with Swildon's, which is probably most, would do well to familiarise themselves with it as we had an absolutely cracking time. Lots of small waterfalls to climb up and down, plenty of awkward bits and some wonderfully high sections that are just asking to be investigated further.

    Our jaunt culminated in the arrival at Sump I, which then requires a short free dive to gain entry to Swildon's 2. The 'dive' was a little daunting for a big softie such as myself, but there wasn't much too it - crawl up to the sump, deep breath, close eyes, plunge under the water and haul yourself along the guide rope for a metre or so, exit other side feeling suitable invigorated. The only disconcerting moment was having to push my bonce through as my helmet scraped on the roof/soffit/whatever.

    Sadly we didn't have time to explore further due to the time lost, so we turned and headed back.

    I never imagined myself crawling and climbing about underground, & certainly not doing it whilst submerged, but it's bloody brilliant fun. Not sure if I'd ever do serious cave diving, but then again I wouldn't rule it out.
     
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  8. phantomlurker

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    I'm by no means a caver, and it's many years since I've been in Swildon's, but always felt a bit different from other places I've visited. I think the triangle manhole entry into a full stream sets the tone! Sounds like you had a great time
     
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  9. Big Joe

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    Bags are packed, taxi is booked for 07.30, boarding passes are printed and folded into passports. Nice fried breakfast at Newcastle Airport in the morning (hang the expense - I'm on holiday) and then off for a decent sojourn to Cyprus. What's not to like?:):):cool::cool:
     
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  10. Matt Jordan

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    What cheered me up today - we have a family whatsApp group, parents, my sisters, in laws etc.

    My sister puts a message up asking what I had been up to - I replied that I had been doing Trimix stuff for two days. She then googled the word 'trimix'...carnage followed and I may have to never see my family again!

    Try it.... ☺
     
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  11. hawk

    hawk Doing It Rong
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    Erectile disfunction is nothing to be embarrassed about - you are amongst friends :)
     
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  12. Matt Jordan

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    Sent from my E6653 using Tapatalk
     
  13. Big Joe

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    Two nice relaxed 40 minute dives on Zenobia. 27 degrees in water. Lovely 'T' shirt diving.
     
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  14. Tribal Chestnut

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    What did you go for?

    Has it arrived? Dived it yet?

    Pics?
     
  15. jb2cool

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    Santi eMotion+ as to 'has it arrived yet' well it is in the country and has been here for coming up to a month but it's at Rich Walkers house and getting our schedules to line up is proving tricky. I suspect it'll be November or maybe December before I get it.
     
  16. Doomanic

    Doomanic Dinosaur Wrangler
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    WCMUT: Just changed energy suppliers and had my final statement of account. £170 in credit. Get in!
     
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