Jenny and I wanted to get out ahead of her advanced course on 27/28 December and practice some skills. The deepest shore dive that we could think of that wasn't a long hard walk in dive gear was Bare Island deep wall. But when we got to Bare Island the seas were rolling in from the south and crashing into the back of Bare Island. Time for plan b. Across the Bay was Kurnell, very sheltered from the wind and seas. So around we went and finally after some lunch we dropped in to the water.
This was also my first dive with my new mask from OzBob. And WOW is it good. Highly recommend for anyone who is visually challenged, the mask is just perfect. OzBob fitted prescription lenses to a new LOOK mask. I've only ever used the one LOOK mask and am very happy with it. The mask was necessary as I had got Iritis, an inflammation of the iris of my right eye. The treatment is 3 months during which I can't wear contacts at all.
So, we planned to set up a descent line using my lift bag and reel. Of course I forgot additional weights. So I ended up using one of my integrated weights. This was OK at 14m but at the surface where the lift bag was it was another matter. I sent Jenny down, the idea being for her to do controlled descent. She did well but I had to really kick hard to get back down. I dive with 14lb, so I was short 5lb. Definitely would not be able to do it with an empty cylinder.
We then headed along a wall with me dragging the lift bag. I didn't drag it for too long before it got the better of me. We surfaced and deflated the bag then went back down. Aiming to finish our dive close to the exit point, I felt we were too far west. Surfacing we were. We took a bearing to the exit and then descended and swam at that bearing. After 5 or 6 mins were still over sand and at 14m. We should have been over rock and weed and shallower. Surfacing again we found that the out going tidal current had taken us towards the steps. At this point Jenny was low on air so we surface swam back and eventually got out.
This was one of those dives when many of the things we learn but rarely use come into play.
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