About Me - My Dives - My Top Dives
After a holiday to the Maldives in 2003 doing lots of snorkelling I decided I wanted to get down there and try diving. However I didn't have time on that short holiday so booked to go to Hurghada in Egypt 6 months later.
Staying at the Siva I had the try dive in the pool before booking on a PADI scuba diver course. At the time that sounded find to me as 12m was deep enough and I'd only be diving on holiday under supervision.
After completing the course and spending a few days diving on such sites as Abu Ramada South, Erg Abu Ramada and around big and little Gifton I know it wasn't going to be enough.
After returning to England I booked on the open water diver theory and confined water dives at my local scuba centre (still wasn't going to get in the cold English seas) and returned to Hurghada 5 months after I left to upgrade to open water diver.
By that time I was hooked and the credit card took the strain of a visit to the London dive show and several trips to my local scuba centre.
Obviously open water diver is still not enough when you get bitten by the bug and returned to Maldives 7 months after that to get my advanced open water diver.
At this point in June 2005 I had to make a decision. Was 2 holidays a year enough diving for me? Of course it bloody well isn't but I couldn't afford anymore holidays! So had 3 options......
a) Win lottery
b) Become master criminal
c) Start diving in UK
Tried a) but didn't win, b) could have been an option but as they don't go diving in prison it obviously had a draw back if it failed. So I went for option c), the one I never thought I'd do.
After taking some advice from the local dive shop I went to www.divedorset.com as I wanted some sheltered dives with surface support for my first UK dives. Ended up doing several weekends down there over the summer of 2005.
We'll that was me hooked on British diving. Don't get me wrong though, I think tropical diving is better than UK diving but UK diving is something different, and I can do it more often!
My diving by location is shown below:-
|Dive Numbers||Location||Date||Qualification Level|
|1 to 5||Hurghada - Egypt||June 2004||PADI Scuba Diver|
|6 to 15||Hurghada - Egypt||Oct/Nov 2004||PADI Open Water Diver (OWD)|
|16 to 41||Kuredu - Maldives||June 2005||PADI Advanced OWD (AOWD)|
|42 to 50||Portland and Weymouth||Summer 2005||PADI AOWD|
|51 to 67||Elphinstone, Brothers and Daetalus||January 2006||PADI AOWD|
|68 to 88||Various UK.||May to Aug 2006||PADI AOWD|
|89 to 111||MV Sea Spirit - Maldives||Nov 2006||PADI AOWD|
|112 to 117||Kuredu - Maldives||Nov 2006||PADI Rescue Diver|
|118 to 134||Various UK.||Mar to June 2007||PADI Rescue Diver|
|134 to 151
|Northern Red Sea||June 2007||PADI Rescue Diver|
|152 - 171||Various UK.||Jun to Sept 2007||PADI Rescue Diver|
|172 - 173||Various UK.||Sept 2007||BSAC Dive Leader|
|174 - 207||Kuredu Maldives||October 2007||BSAC Dive Leader|
|208 -||Various UK||October 07 to||BSAC Dive Leader|
My Top Dives Ever...
It is impossible for me to select one favourite out of my top 3. All three were amazing experiences:-
Elphinstone Reef - Red Sea. Diving with Oceanic White Tip Sharks so close you could actually touch them.
Lundy Island - UK. Seals coming to play and actually seeing their reflection in the domeport of my camera. Had a smile a mile wide.
Dhon Fanu Kuda - Baa Atoll - Maldives. Just kneeling on a sandy patch by a cleaning station with big mantas skimming my head. Amazing!