I had a great dive today. 30m on a wall in the Portofino Marine Park. It's still early in the season and we were the only boat out. This was my first dive for 4, (5?!) months so I was really looking forward to it. As it turned out there were two teams of divers with me on the boat. I thought it was a club outing but it turns out they were from various places in Italy, Switzerland etc. They all seemed to know each other so it was a very sociable day. They made a point of including me which was nice and unexpected because English is an extra for them. They were all GUE'ists, Gooers, GUE-atistas, whatever. They were there for the same reason I was - early season wake-up dive. These boys and girls can dance. I was diving with the dive guide because quite frankly I need to. I'm getting better but not there yet. We met up with one of the teams during the dive and completed it together. I was on the shoulder of the guide, holding position, finding myself drifting onto or over him. The team of three were alongside in close formation, yet not in each other's way. I have to say I was impressed with the teamwork and the control shown by each diver. They worked really well together and I liked the support they gave each other. Such a safe way to dive. My buoyancy wasn't too bad if you ignore the company I was keeping. Trim ok. Propulsion was painful. My legs found the ankle rotation and calf muscle twist required for the frog kick very tiring. I'm still getting used to the twinset I had borrowed for the day so i was conscious of my buoyancy control, mostly because I still needed to think where the wing vent was and how best to use a piece of string that you can't feel with gloves on to open it. Did I mention how friendly everyone was? I am sure the difference in skill levels was as obvious to them as it was to me, yet they still invited me to dine with them after the dive. No airs or graces. I have met far less skilled divers with more of an elitist attitude. So. To GUE or not to GUE? My diving isn't near the standard required. But the training would help make it so.