Friday, March 30, 2018

Bequia 2018 - Diving

Getting read to dive Devil's Table - pic by George

February 2018
Roberta and John sv Freedom - getting in the dinghy is never easy

We decided to take advantage of the good diving in Bequia try out my new gear.  Additionally, John off sv Freedom is experienced and willing to go with us.  I am still very much a newbie.
Tom and Sabrina going down -pic by George

Being a newbie with new to me gear, I was nervous.  Mainly about my dive computer.  I read the manual multiple times but still...... I learned to dive mainly because I just want to go down 20-30-40 ft and look at the sea life.  I just want to float around, watch and wait to see who will swim by or pop their head out.  Deep dives, cave dives, wreck dives, night no.  I have no interest at this point.  In fact the idea of a few of those sort of freaks me out.  I may change my mind, but for now....shallow dives with pretty coral and sea life is just fine.
Tom and Sabrina still going down - pic by George

Our first Bequia dive was Devil's Table.  It was good.  Lots of fish, lobsters, coral, etc.....I did freak out a little at the end because my dive computer started blinking and I didn't know what it meant.  But I realized it was okay.  I went back and read the manual yet again.  I also messed with the settings some more so I could get used to it.
Tom - pic by George

The second dive we did was the Moonholes.  I let John know that I didn't want to go too deep - not more than 40ft or so and that I would be looking at my dive computer quite a bit so I can learn and get used to what it is saying.  It was a great dive in terms of fish and coral.....I am told.  I saw some stuff but I did spend a lot of time looking at my dive computer.  But that is ok and just what I planned to do.  Numbers and levels in it are starting to make sense.
Sabrina and Tom - pic by George

Tom is there with me as my official buddy.  Some of Tom's gear is not working (the depth gauge) so he depends on mine.  We will need to start shopping for replacement gear for him as well.

*I had hope to insert a video here that John took of Tom and I diving but that didn't work. Maybe in the future.     

I am still getting used to my gear but it fits and works well and I am very happy with it.  Also, I flail around way too much.  But I am sure as I do more dives, I will get more and more comfortable with it.

Thanks again to Sandy for my gear!  And Laura and Jason. 

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