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Dull Dive Statistics
StatisticMin ValueMax Value
Number Of Dives 90
Depth (m) 5.0 37.5
Time (min) 3 64
Temp (C) 15 28
Average time 0:44
Total Dive Time 61:34
Depth Analysis
0·10mbar graph 1
10·20mbar graph 36
20·30mbar graph 34
30·40mbar graph 13
>40mbar graph 0

What can I say, an electronic copy of my meagre log book for all to see.

This little lot is now listed in chronological order, so you can see how my diving has (or in some cases has not) progressed over the years. You can witness my cork like buoyancy control and rubbish air consumption (on the dives with profiles). Alternatively be stunned at the poor quality of my log entries.

Jump straight to my last dive.

Or just hop to the first dive of each of these dive trips;

Online log book.
No. Date               Location
Country
Sea/Ocean
Dive Base
Bottom Time Max Depth Notes
No. Date Location
Country
Sea/Ocean
Dive Base
Bottom Time Max Depth Notes
1 22 Jul 1995 Spain,Ibiza 0:30 (ish) 5m (ish) First ever dive, no training, no instruction beyond "When that reads 50 surface", no buddies and no supervision. Very scary in retrospect, but it got me hooked :-)
2 16 Aug 1996 Kenya,
south coast,
Kinondo
0:35 12m A proper dive school accompanied dive after a 30 min theory and pool session covering a surprising amount of the PADI OW material.
Visibility at 5m made descending the shot line a rather claustrophobic experience. This was the first time I dived where up and down was determined by balance and the direction your bubbles went.
3 17 Aug 1996 Kenya,
south coast,
Galu
0:40 12m 5m visibility, but a cluster of about 8 large lion fish was impressive to see.
4 12 Aug 1999 Maldives,
Meerufenfushi,
house Reef
0:32 (ish) 12m OW 1.
Oh boy, crystal clear, warm tropical waters. Moray eel, Turtle and a Leopard shark. Some coral bleaching, but many signs of new growth.
5 13 Aug 1999 Maldives,
Meerufenfushi,
West Rock
0:40 (ish) 12m OW 2
6 14 Aug 1999 Maldives,
Meerufenfushi,
Palm reef
0:45 (ish) 18m OW 3.
Wow more turtles than you can shake a stick at.
7 14 Aug 1999 Maldives, Meerufenfushi, Prisca corner 0:45 (ish) 18m OW 4.
Very mild drift dive, white tipped reef shark, Moray eel, a large Manta ray and a Napoleon fish bigger than a door.
8 8 Aug 2000 Ras Bob,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:37 20m AOW Naturalist - a simple start to my AOW, and at a guess it was purely to let our instructor (Justine) see what her latest set of pupils dive like.
NA 8 Aug 2000 Red Sea 0:03 ! 10.9m BCD fails! This was the dive where my BCD’s power inflator failed (safely) I could not inflate (via tank or orally). Had to abandon the dive whilst fuming and cursing Sunnto for all I’m worth.
9 9 Aug 2000 White Knights,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:29 28.7m AOW Deep dive.
10 9 Aug 2000 Middle Garden,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:44 15.5m AOW Nav dive, and boy did I make a pigs ear of that! I got so wound up in staring at my compass I surfaced (major Oops!) and then had lost my cool (as if I ever had any) so badly my next attempt at a square turned into a zig-zag. Oddly enough I failed that and had to try again on a later dive :-(
11 9 Aug 2000 Far Garden,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:37 8.7m AOW Night Dive. My first night dive, I will be doing one of these again! when other people tell you its like floating in space, believe them, it is a whole new world of diving, once you get your eyes night acclimatised its amazing what you can see even with your torch off (the phosphoecent plankton are cool)
There is a whole array of things you see by night that are just not visible in the day, the twin red/pink points of light that are the shrimps eyes are just one of the weirder ones.
12 11 Aug 2000 Ras Bob,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:32 29.8m AOW boat dive
13 11 Aug 2000 Middle garden,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:37 13.8m AOW Navigation. This time, I looked around me as well as at the compass, and (oddly enough!) it was as easy as the theory says it should be.
14 16 Aug 2000 Jackson Reef,
Egypt,
Red Sea (Tiran straits),
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:39 30.1m First pure pleasure dive since my OW, and also my first with a steel tank. I finally get a DIN fitting valve (Ocean College’s whole supply of Aluminium 11L are of sufficient vintage to be yoke only, but it seems all their steels are the yoke-or-DIN sort). Also my first drift dive. I had already done a drift entry, and exit, but without the dive in the middle (that’s the amazing 3 min dive below where my BCD failed)
15 16 Aug 2000 Woodhouse reef,
Egypt,
Red Sea (Tiran straits),
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:45 26.5m Peter gets a nice big 15L steel so he can keep sucking that air but not come up so soon :-)
See the dive profile
16 16 Aug 2000 Ras Ghamila,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
1:01 18.4m
See the dive profile
17 18 Aug 2000
09:55
SS Thistlegorm,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:42 27.3m
See the dive profile
18 18 Aug 2000
12:06
SS Thistlegorm,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:38 24.2m Wreck penetration, wow, I’m impressed. Sadly multiple inconsiderate sods have pillaged the holds for souvenirs, so all the bikes are without handle bars, and all the trucks without steering wheels and gear sticks.
See the dive profile
19 14 Aug 2001
21:46
(15:46 local)
Cedel el passo,
Mexico,
Carribean,
Cozumel
0:43 16.5m Very disappointing dive on two fronts: My diving skills (or apparent lack of) and the site.

One year is a long time between dives and the lack of practice showed here. Despite having done a good (I thought) buoyancy check with 18Lbs of lead (horrible imperial units) I couldn’t submerge from the boat on 18Lbs and had to get a spare weight from the boat (that is very embarrassing, I can assure you) This dive also confirmed that I really hate Aluminium tanks.

This site really sucked the coral was very few and far between, it was mostly a flat sand bottom with a few patches of coral sprinkled on the bottom. And despite the guides assertion that its a good fish spotting dive there was not much in the way of fish to be seen, just what seemed to be hundreds of lobsters.
As a first dive, at a supposedly good site, I was left very disallousioned by Cozumel, I took three days before I could summon the enthusiasm to try another dive. I must have been spoilt by the Red Sea.

On a side note the hotels (Allegro resort, Cozumel) on site dive operation Dive Palancar’s whole supply of Aluminium 11L (AL 80s in USA imperial speak) are of sufficient vintage to be yoke only and they do not posses a single steel tank!

See the dive profile
20 17 Aug 2001
15:14
(9:15 local)
Sanfransisco Reef,
Mexico,
Carribean,
Cozumel
0:40 30.9m Much better than my first (very dissapointing Cozumel dive) this was a nice sloping (40 to 60 degree) coral wall with a good selection of large sponges and a fan corals.
At this point I will belive that Cozumel is a world class diving site.
I also must remember to empty my BC before starting the ascent from my saftey stop, near empty AL cylinders near the surface do not like me, and I do not like them.
See the dive profile
21 18 Aug 2001
15:42 GMT
(9:42 local)
Columbia Reef,
Mexico,
Carribean,
Cozumel
0:36 30.5m Ah, now this is what I had been lead to expect from Cozumel diving, towering coral pillars with large sponges and coral fans, very photogenic (and the first diving outing for my new Sea and Sea MX5 camera). This dive featured pillars easily 20m high, an a couple of easy swim throughs.
See the dive profile
22 18 Aug 2001
15:42 GMT
(9:42 local)
Fiddle Garden,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:36 30.5m First dive for 6 months, and no idea what weight I need, having lost more mass over that time as well as gaining muscle from finally doing some exercise (don’t laugh!) I ended up with 7Kg (with a 15L Steel tank), which proved too much as I sank too fast and needed a fair bit of air to maintain neutral buoyancy. It was also proof that a full length 3mm semi-dry is not good enough in 22.7C water. Next time I go in the red sea in winter I’m taking a hood and an extra jacket.
23 28 Dec 2001
14:15 GMT
(16:15 local)
Amphoras and Turtle Bay,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:34 18.6m Far too light on this dive, I had dropped 2Kg after being far to heavy on the last, and obviously overdid it.. I only just sank, and has real difficulty staying at 5m at the end of the dive.
Spotted a Ramora without its shark being mobbed by three small fish, excellent pinnacles again, great salad coral and sea fans corals.
24 29 Dec 2001
10:20 GMT
(12:20 local)
Ras Caty,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:49 20.9m Spotted a fish which at first I thought was a sea-horse, but it was not as curved, and less lumpy, after a good hunt through teh fish books on the boat I think it was a Shultz's Pipefish, at about 15cm long, brown and white with a very equine face this fish had its tail curled around the base of a fan coral and was grazing from its surface. very nice, and nice to to have the time to stop and look and spot this sort of little thing. Spotted ray.
25 29 Dec 2001
13:20 GMT
(15:20 local)
Temple,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:49 16.9m A magnificent devil scorpion fish, several lion fish, and a small Moray eel in and around some truly excellent coral pinnacles, this was a very nice site, the coral was in excellent condition and the whole place teeming with fish. Some very entertaining displays from shoals of goldfish and chocolate dippers around the pillars.
26 30 Dec 2001
9:29 GMT
(11:29 local)
Fiddle Garden,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
1:01 19.5m Some very good coral pinnacles here, several lion fish and something I have yet to identify, it was brown and white speckled, about 15-20cm long, had feather like antenna on its head, and a shape a little like a Gobi. 15L steel, 120bar consumption. And its still too cold!
27 30 Dec 2001
13:00 GMT
(15:00 local)
Fiddle to Middle Garden,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
1:00 10.9m Long easy drift dive, which my Buddy Suzanne and myself ended up leading when the dive guide had to surface with one of the other diveres. Miraculous consumption of only 90bar in a 1 hour dive.
28 30 Dec 2001
17:41 GMT
(19:41 local)
Ras Caty,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:45 13.0m Another night dive, quite different from my last, this turned out to be an exercise in taking lion fish for a walk! We were a group of five and following each of us, hunting whatever fish lay in the path of out torch beams, were our own personal lion fish. Not much else to be seen, not even many shrimp eyes in the dark, except for what looked like the worlds largest Moray eel, this must have been the thickness of a steel 15L tank, it was huge!
See the dive profile
29 31 Dec 2001
10:05 GMT
(12:05 local)
Ras Bob,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:54 21.3m 7Kg (The 5Kg I was using with and extra 2Kg in the BCD trim pockets to compensate for the buoyancy difference between a 15L and 12.2L steel tank) which seems about right as I was happy with my boyancy.
See the dive profile
30 31 Dec 2001
12:50 GMT
(14:50 local)
Ras Ghamila,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheikh
0:48 17.9m My last dive for this holiday, 23C feels way too cold in just a 3mm long sleeved semi-dry, and its not made any easier when its still wet from your morning dive, when I do this again I will remember the hood and extra jacket.
7Kg of lead again (apparently you need to +2Kg for the difference between a 15L steel and the 12.2L steel tanks) notable wildlife included a huge puffer fish, and a female turtle.
See the dive profile
NA 24 July 2002
18:30 GMT
(19:30 local)
Winifred Holtby School,
UK,
The Pool
1:30 3.0m Well, this was a pool try-dive session organised for friends with my local instructor Kevin, which all the non qualified people enjoyed lots (especially the post dive debrief in the pub :-) ). Suzie managed to sort out a method for equalising he ears, and happily got to the bottom of the 3m pool. Having done that once she was back to the shallow end, then back to 3m again just to prove to herself the first equalisation wasn’t just a fluke. It wasn’t, she was fine (much rejoicing!)

Why have I bothered to log this? Well because whilst buddied up with Nuz we went through a full open water skills review (well almost, we forgot the breathing from a free flowing regulator drill), as well as a few more entertaining exercises invented by the BSAC instructor that was also with us. Since I hadn’t had a chance to go diving for several months and this was a proper skills review I felt justified in logging it, even if there was no sea involved :-)
31 7 August 2002
05:42 GMT
(9:42 local)
Black Coral,
Maldives,
Indian Ocean,
Kandooma
0:38 22.6m Fist Maldivian dive, required by law to be a check-out dive did mask removal, breathing and replacement, and octopus breathing, both donate and receive, also did SMB deployment
32 8 Aug 2002
11:04 GMT
(15:30 local)
Lion Fish Reef,
Maldives,
Indian Ocean,
Kandooma
0:51 17.5m lost guide! Spent 30min at 5m looking at the coral, very nice.
33 9 Aug 2002
10:53 GMT
(15:53 local)
Guradihoo South Corner,
Maldives,
Indian Ocean,
Kandooma
0:45 37.5m Fantastic dive, pack of circling sharks, shoal of Baracuda, huge napolen (size of a man), 3 manta from the abys, a turtle, and fantasic coral in the 5m deco drift at the end.
34 10 Aug 2002
10:52 GMT
(14:52 local)
Cocos Corner,
Maldives,
Indian Ocean,
Kandooma
0:47 33.4m white tip shark, moray eel, a large ray, huge shoals of blue fusaliers, and lots of black coral with Antheas in it.
35 12 Aug 2002
10:40 GMT
(14:40 local)
Kandooma Caves,
Maldives,
Indian Ocean,
Kandooma
0:48 21.9m Kandooma Caves is one of the best sites accessible from Kandooma Fushi, abnd this was my first visit there, boy was I impressed! Lots of caves (well huge overhangs) fantastic coral and colourful lichen like algae.
36 13 Aug 2002
05:32 GMT
(09:32 local)
Sand Dunes,
Maldives,
Indian Ocean,
Kandooma
0:59 15.1m Manta cleaning point, sat on the bottom watching mata rays coming and going all dive, great.
37 14 Aug 2002
10:58 GMT
(14:58 local)
Sand Dunes,
Maldives,
Indian Ocean,
Kandooma
1:04 17.4 m no manta today, just plankton, and a couple of Nudiabranks.
38 14 Aug 2002
14:40 GMT
(18:40 local)
Black Coral,
Maldives,
Indian Ocean,
Kandooma
0:53 15.9m Night dive. We were given funky underwater 6-shooter flare guns, very James Bond. leopard eels, a walking feather star, feeding daisy coral.
See the dive profile
39 15 Aug 2002
10:54 GMT
(14:54 local)
Cocos Corner,
Maldives,
Indian Ocean,
Kandooma
0:52 33.6m was circled by a curious (2.5m) white tipped reef shark. lots of Moray Eels
See the dive profile
40 17 Aug 2002
11:01 GMT
(15:01 local)
Kandooma Caves,
Maldives,
Indian Ocean,
Kandooma
0:54 20.9m What a great dive to end my trip on, Kandooma Caves is one of the best sites in the Maldives, and is easily accessible from Kandooma Fushi (the best; Kandooma Thalia, was inaccessible due to currents that day). This dive is unfeasibly picturesque, with good hard corals (many huge Gregorian fans), and beautiful coloured algae incrustations, and many yellow sponges on the cave roofs.

The mobile life included big (the largest I’ve ever seen) lobsters, bat fish (which follow you round playing in your bubbles), the largest Moray eel ever (with his two cleaner shrimp), loads more Morays, 4 small green turtles, chocolate dippers, Antheas and squirrel fish in vast numbers.

See the dive profile
41 23 Dec 2002
09:30 GMT
(11:30 local)
Ras Catty,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:45 24.3m My first real dive since my summer holidays. As is standard practice with most dive operators (Ocean College being no exception) this was a local site, with nothing particularly strenuous about it, to let all of us (a boat full of new arrivals) get settled in and sorted out.

12L Aluminium tank with 10Kg of lead, 6Kg on belt and a whopping 4Kg (2Kg too many) in my BCD trim pockets. This didn’t feel too much at the time, but I was using these tanks with 2Kg less at the end of the fortnight. I also started the dive with a hood (the first time ever) but abandoned it quickly when I have problems with repeated mask flooding.

Fantastic coral and fish, especially at the safety stop. Spotted a scorpion fish on my own for the first time, which impressed me I can tell you.

Our boat was New Age. One of the best boat lunches going.
42 23 Dec 2002
12:40 GMT
(14:40 local)
Ras Um Sid,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:49 22.0m Fantastic cascades of Gregorian fans, very good soft and hard coral. Spotted a shoal of Barracuda. A very pleasant drift, I must do this site again.

10Kg, 12L Aluminium tank, 2Kg heavier than I needed, but I still had not noticed. Having tightened my mask a little, I stuck with the hood and I have to say in 24oC water my 3mm semi-dry steamer was a little chilly, but with the addition of a simple 3mm hood I felt nice and cosy.

Boat: New Age
43 24 Dec 2002
09:20 GMT
(11:20 local)
White Nights,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:46 30.2m Some lovely juvenile clown fish in their anemones (only seen at this time of year apparently), a decent dive, but best in its shallow spots, the safety stop brought us past some fantastic corals in the 0-7m depth range.

10Kg, 12L Aluminium tank, 2Kg heavier than I needed, but I still had not noticed.

Boat: New Age
44 24 Dec 2002
11:39 GMT
(13:39 local)
Ras Nasrani,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:51 19.7m Excellent reef wall drift dive, absolutely shed-loads of hard and soft corals. Must do again.

12L AL with 10Kg of weight, in retrospect I am surprised I didn’t notice the excess air I was using in my BCD with this, but I guess the complacency of being all right and not having to change gear stopped my paying my weighting due attention.

Boat:New Age
45 26 Dec 2002
09:39 GMT
(11:39 local)
Temple,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:44 17.0m My first ever dive with Suzie, and her first ever dive as a qualified PADI OW diver. Suzie was appropriately wound-up; diving with me for the first time with my comparatively huge (all things are relative!) level of experience and (supposed) skills! Thankfully neither of us embarrassed ourselves on this dive.
Suzie's buoyancy control was rather rough (and I should point out it was both good enough, and rapidly got better as the days dive’s progressed) but I’m sure was every bit as good as mine was after my OW qualification!)
Huge moray eel and napolean.

12L Steel dumpy, 8Kg, again I could have dropped 1Kg from this but having changed tank types (I do so much prefer steel tanks) I did notice this.

Photo dive

Boat: Sehss
46 26 Dec 2002
12:41 GMT
(14:41 local)
Temple to Ras Bob,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:46 20.0m Napoleon Ras, Barracuda, and some masked puffer-fish added to the great coral at the start of Ras Bob. Suzie’s buoyancy control was much better, but she was quite fiddly with her gear, all except the weight belt, which was a shame. It fell off Suzie at about 20m! A serious drama, however I realised just after getting an OK from Suzie, when I turned to OK the dive guide (Dave) only to see him start, then bolt towards us. As I turned round Suzie was a couple of metres above me, flared out, signalling she had a problem with her weight belt, I shot to her grabbed her BCD then I dumped my air, as I looked down to check for the bottom I saw Dave reach us and grab her by the fins. Contact with the bottom (sorry coral but coral vs lung expansion injuries and/or DCI does not win) was followed by quick, and successfull, search for the fallen weight belt as a three diver lump and a weight belt replacement (see there is a reason for doing that in training!).

I have to say I was personally surprised that I did the right thing, and didn’t panic, but ever more impressed with Suzie’s spot on reaction and subsequent complete calm when the weights were recovered and replaced. Not only did she cope with that drama spot on (she was just about to tip over and fin down to me if I hadn’t looked over when I did) but was actually much calmer and more relaxed for the rest of the dive as a result. Spot on.

12L Steel dumpy, 7Kg, spot on this time.

Drift dive

Boat: Sehss
47 27 Dec 2002
09:31 GMT
(11:31 local)
Middle Garden,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:43 22.9m Turtle! (apparently it was "Old Bob"). A decent by line from the boat, Suzie was perfect this time round.

12L Steel Dumpy, 7Kg

Boat: Sehss
48 27 Dec 2002
13:09 GMT
(15:09 local)
Middle to Near,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm-El-Sheik
0:51 17.0m Nice blue spotted ray, a huge sleeping trigger fish and a small lion fish.

Suzies ears played up around the 9-11m mark, but cleared and were fine after.

12L Steel dumpy, 7Kg

Boat: Sehss
49 30 Dec 2002
09:51 GMT
(11:51 local)
Eel Gardens,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:40 20.8m My first ever dive in Dahab, and my first shore dive for that matter. Eel gardens is a nice coral wall with a large sandy slope with more garden eels than you can shake a stick at. Site comes complete with its own trunkfish.

7Kg with Steel 12L (not a dumpy this time) felt a little heavy.
NA 27 Dec 2002
08:03 GMT
(10:03 local)
Canyon,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:11 10.2m Aborted after Suzie’s ears failed to play.

Bugger :-( And they saw Sea Horses too !
50 31 Dec 2002
11:21 GMT
(13:21 local)
Islands,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:39 14.5m Very very good coral, but surprisingly few fish.
This was a site that was the beginning of what seems to be a trend for dive site naming in Dahab, it had no islands! Mind you it did have very good coral pinnacles (the islands, but if you ask me its not an island if it doesn’t break the surface, its just a pinnacle!).

12L steel heavy (300bar tank), 7Kg.

Buddy: Ian Marriott

Shore Dive
51 01 Jan 2003
12:33 GMT
(14:33 local)
Huts,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:47 22.3m Turtle! but few other fish, despite very good coral.
Guess what? Huts the site does not have any huts on the beach, or in the water (apparently if you know where to look there are some foundations of a hut still to be seen, but trust me here, you would have to look hard!)

6Kg, 12L steel (the long 200 bar ones, about 1Kg lighter than the 12L steel heavy tanks) Weighting now bang on.

Guide: Ben

Buddy: Chris Wilkinson

Shore dive
52 27 Dec 2002
11:01 GMT
(15:01 local)
Golden Blocks,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:51 23.9m Bloody huge puffer fish.
No golden blocks (apparently if you do this site in the morning and swim further than we did some of the coral heads look like golden blocks! suffice to say we didn't so they didn't.)

12L steel, 6Kg.

Buddy: Suzie

Guide: Ben

Shore dive
53 02 Jan 2003
11:18 GMT
(13:18 local)
Shark Caves,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:44 21.8m Octopus!

No caves and no sharks! Good to see the Dahab site naming convention being adhered to here.

12L Steel, 6Kg,

Buddy: Suzie

Guide: Ben

Shore dive
54 27 Dec 2002
16:22 GMT
(18:22 local)
Mashraba,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:39 12.9m Only 1 degree colder than most other dives, with the same exposure suit, yet I felt bloody freezing. Spotted a spotted moray, a sleeping lion fish, and a couple of lobsters.

8Kg, 12L Aluminium, weight just fine.

Buddy: Chris Wilkinson

Guide: Ben

Shore dive, Night Dive
See the dive profile
55 03 Jan 2003
08:31 GMT
(10:31 local)
Bells to Blue-Hole,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:55 30.6m Plummet down bells tube, then along outer reef wall of blue hole (800m down vertical and brilliant), across the blue hole, and around its rim. Octopus!

12L AL, 8Kg

Buddy: Initially Ben, then later Chris Wilkinson

Guide: Ben

Shore dive, Photo Dive
See the dive profile
56 03 Jan 2003
12:10 GMT
(14:10 local)
Blue-hole right,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:50 20.6m Sloping reef wall very pretty, but not as fantastic as the left hand vertical wall.

12L AL, 8Kg

Buddy: Initially Ben, then later Chris Wilkinson

Guide: Ben

Shore dive, Photo Dive
See the dive profile
57 04 Jan 2003
07:39 GMT
(09:39 local)
Eel Garden,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:50 20.6m Bothered a spotted Moray enough to make it swim off.

12L Heavy steel, 6Kg, a little too heavy

Buddy: Initially Ben, then later Chris Wilkinson

Guide: Ben

Shore dive, Photo Dive
See the dive profile
58 10 Nov 2003
07:39 GMT
(09:39 local)
Eel Garden,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:33 18.0m Looked like it did last time :-)

12L Aluminium, 6Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Guide: Sumi

Shore dive
59 11 Nov 2003
07:39 GMT
(09:39 local)
Lighthouse,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:38 18.4m

12L Aluminium, 6Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Guide: Sumi

Shore dive, Photo
60 11 Nov 2003
07:39 GMT
(09:39 local)
Lighthouse,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:35 14.6m Night dive,and a dull one at that. Mind you there was some excitemnt, not fish based, but my torch flooding its self and melting its self in a quite spectacular way!

12L Aluminium, 6Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Guide: Sumi

Shore dive
61 12 Nov 2003
07:39 GMT
(09:39 local)
Canyon,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:33 31.6m Nice hole and swimthrough the latter being stuffed full of little glassfish.

12L Aluminium, 6Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Guide: Sumi

Shore dive
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62 12 Nov 2003
07:39 GMT
(09:39 local)
Bells to Blue Hole,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:39 29.3m Looked like it did last time; Great. This is a fantastic vertical wall, dropping beyond visible range even at 30m. Well worth the visit. Mind you theres now a nice new high road into the blue hole you dont have to risk the scary crevice!

12L Aluminium, 6Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Guide: Sumi

Shore dive
63 13 Nov 2003
07:39 GMT
(09:39 local)
Islands,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:46 17.3m Full sized yellow edged moray eel, big ased napolean fish, and a spanking big shoal of glass fish. Top coral. vist at entry was a rather rubbish 7m but cleared to a good 20m when away from the entry point in the surf zone.

12L Aluminium, 6Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Guide: Sumi

Shore dive
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64 14 Nov 2003
07:39 GMT
(09:39 local)
Golden blocks,
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:32 31.6m Spotted a nice Pygama slug (which I forgot to photograph). Took some daft photos of us lot on the pedalow on the bottom!

12L Aluminium, 6Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Guide: Sumi

Shore dive
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65 14 Nov 2003
07:39 GMT
(09:39 local)
3 pools to moray gardens (shark caves),
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:38 15.0m a zebra moray, very nice coral garden. saw a huge amount of clearner wrase plying there trade, then to finish it off I saw a cleaner shrip (Urocaridella antonbruunii) picking over a nice red coral groper.

12L Aluminium, 6Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Guide: Sumi

Shore dive
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66 15 Nov 2003
07:39 GMT
(09:39 local)
Huts
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Dahab
0:46 31.7m Excellent coral garden, this was a real five star dive. The coral garden was solid live and lovely all the way down to 35m at the bottom. only thinning out a little to show some sand in the 20m range, but the last section at 10m along the edge was fantastic, some of the largest brain corals I have seen. I even spotted an octopus attempting to flee after the other divers in our group shot past his coral.

12L Aluminium, 6Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Guide: Sam

Ras Um Sid
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm
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67 8 Oct 2004
10:30 GMT
(11:30 local)
Temple
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm.
0:44 18.3m A little under weighted, my extra 5Kg of body lard are making a difference here.

11L Aluminium, 6Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Boat dive
68 8 Oct 2004
13:21 GMT
(14:21 local)
Ras Umm Sid
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm
0:51 16.0m Huge Giant Moray, then a yellow fringed moray free swimming.

11L Aluminium, 7Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Boat dive
69 9 Oct 2004
8:47 GMT
(9:47 local)
Jack Fish Alley
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm
0:48 24.7m Interesting, were were snapped on DVD by a woman that works for the BBC whilst she was on holiday (whilst diving that is), good quality video and editing, all done on our boat. This was a very nice dive with a great little swim-through with good coral.

11L Aluminium, 7Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Boat dive
70 9 Oct 2004
14:21 GMT
(15:21 local)
Shark Point
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm
0:48 18.0m Living up to a Dahab style naiming convention - no sharks!

11L Aluminium, 7Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Boat dive
71 10 Oct 2004
10:00 GMT
(11:00 local)
Gordon Reef
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm
0:38 22.4m Nice drift, but ferocious current at the end that required full on finning alomost on the reef to say still during deco!

11L Aluminium, 7Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Boat dive
72 10 Oct 2004
12:16 GMT
(13:16 local)
Woodhouse Reef
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm
0:50 19.5m Ecellent drift, with lots of good pelagics.

11L Aluminium, 7Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Boat dive
73 11 Oct 2004
8:13 GMT
(9:13 local)
SS Thisslegorm
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm
0:43 29.5m Excellent visibility, and no current, great wreck. no penetration.

11L Aluminium, 7Kg

Buddy: Steven

Boat dive
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74 11 Oct 2004
10:44 GMT
(11:44 local)
SS Thisslegorm
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm
0:34 24.0m Some current on the way down, and lots on the line back up, Suzie a bit freaked out by current, and inherent "spookyness" of the wreck. Visibility down to 10m.

11L Aluminium, 7Kg

Buddy: Suzie

Boat dive
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75 12 Oct 2004
9:46 GMT
(10:46 local)
Dun Raven
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm
0:56 29.0m This was a very pleasant wreck, just an upturned shell it provided a pleasant swim through past the boiler (the only visible internal fitting) past a school of glass fish living in the break.

11L Aluminium, 7Kg

Boat dive
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76 12 Oct 2004
12:11 GMT
(13:11 local)
Shark to Yolanda
Egypt,
Red Sea,
Sharm
0:49 20.6m yolanda photo Excellent sheer wall, school of large Barracuda in the blue, but no sharks, wreck of Yolanda very amusing, loads of sinks baths and toilets laying about in the bottom.

11L Aluminium, 7Kg

Take a look at the photos I took here and at other sites on this trip.

Boat dive
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77 16 July 2005
12:14 GMT
(11:14 BST)
Capernwray
England
0:35 17.7m Bloody hell a English dive and it’s sunny, the dry-suit is easy to use (boots too big) the vis is good (8-10m) and it doesn’t feel too cold, in fact it’s plenty comfy. t-shirt, jog pants, fleece jumper, hood, warm enough. 12Kg lead, too heavy.

12L Steel, 12Kg

Quarry
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78 16 July 2005
16:25 GMT
(15:25 BST)
Capernwray
England
0:30 17.2m Looked at Cessna plane, oil rig, podsnap, dragonfly helicopter, did hose on/off and inversion drills. Looked at hunchback trout! 2 t-shirts, fleece jumper, jog pants, two socks, hood. warm enough. 11Kg lead, still felt a bit too heavy.

12L Steel, 11Kg

Quarry
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79 21 January 2006
06:19 GMT
(10:19 Local)
Cockleshell
Oman
0:33 25.5m Poor viz with lots of suspended green spheres (1.5mm diameter) floating in the water column at the start of the dive. So much in fact that it looked like a green oil scum on the surface. Vis improved as we got deeper. Couple of large laced moray eels about 2m long swimming around in open water which was unusual for a day dive, was over swum by a large shoal of very panicked fish. Later found out this was due to barracuda, but I never saw them, just the effects. Loads of purple branching whip coral.

12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
80 21 January 2006
08:31 GMT
(12:31 Local)
Mermaid Cove
Oman
0:56 14.7m More laced moray eels. Loads of geometric moray eels, often in pairs, a couple of small green morays, and a monster sized rock lobster.

12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
81 22 January 2006
06:05 GMT
(10:05 Local)
Wall Street
Oman
0:43 23.4m Big lobsters (see photos).

12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
82 22 January 2006
08:24 GMT
(12:24 Local)
Plug Point
Oman
0:54 17.5m Fantastic dive, lots of life. Turtles, eels, bucket loads of fish.
Surface conditions when we surfaced were rather windy, making the boat recovery and wait for others quite nauseating. the trip back was violently bouncy in 1m waves on our small dive boat. It was like being in a power shower whilst someone kicks you! So bad I got thrown from my seat onto the deck at one point. Took 20min to get out, but over 45 to get back in the wind. Fun for the first 10 minutes, not so the rest of the trip back!
12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
83 24 January 2006
06:05 GMT
(10:05 Local)
Wreck of the Al Munnassir
Oman
0:38 24.2m Nice wreck, only 3 years old, deliberate artificial reef, 60m long, 20m high upright.We saw nudibranchs, eels, lion fish and coral. Large swim throughs. Good dive. Suzie as usual wouldn’t go in even huge swim throughs.

12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
84 24 January 2006
08:18 GMT
(12:18 Local)
Novice Bay
Oman
0:52 13.3m Huge sleeping turtle (loggerhead?), scorpion fish, eels, small swimming turtle, plenty of clown fish. great deco zone, loads of soft corals, many large wrasse.

12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
85 25 January 2006
06:01 GMT
(10:01 Local)
Cockleshell
Oman
0:49 21.9m Ended up following a large laced moray that was out and about swimming. First encounter it was swimming up to me, stopped as I photographed it, then swam under and past me. Then later it reappeared and passed perpendicular under me. Suzie swam away thinking it was attacking me! (I was giving it a wide birth because you were irritating it and it didn’t look happy!- Suzie)

12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
86 25 January 2006
08:09 GMT
(12:09 Local)
Purple Haze
Oman
0:51 19.0m Unfortunately no sign of Jimmy Hendrix! Lots of purple whip coral (hence site name) There were supposed to be lots of sea-horses at 15-19m but I failed to see any! Spotted nudibranchs, electric ray, loads of fish.

12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
87 26 January 2006
06:14 GMT
(10:14 Local)
Fahal Island
Oman
0:32 31.0m 2 submerged sea mounts, from 30m to 15m. A total fish magnet. Rocks themselves covered in soft coral fingers and stuff, looked almost hairy. Vast amounts of fish. Missed truck on floor. Saw barracuda. Second stage leaking slightly.

12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
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88 26 January 2006
08:05 GMT
(12:05 Local)
Fahal Island shallow
Oman
0:50 13.6m Good hard coral at 13m, vast beds of finger coral at 5m. Cuttlefishin shallows! 2 pairs, one set mating. Small turtle, scorpion fish, eels, lion fish. Very nice dive.

12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
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89 28 January 2006
05:59 GMT
(09:59 Local)
Wreck of Al Munnassir
Oman
0:41 30.3m A bit cold, swan through captain’s cabin, no rays under the props as promised! Many shoals of fish using this as a shelter. Stung by plankton.

12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
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90 28 January 2006
08:09 GMT
(12:09 Local)
Novice Cove
Oman
0:42 18.9m Nudibranchs, small back ray, lots of yellow finned hinds (groupers) and the worlds largest (2M+) ray sleeping at 13m, with tail half chewed off!

12L Aluminium, 8Kg

Boat Dive
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