With the wind picking up today, I’m glad to be in the bay, my second home.  With just a check dive to do, it should be an early finish and home to sweep half the desert out of my house, as I forgot to close the windows this morning!
My guests are repeat guests who solely dive on holiday, so they always enjoy their first morning in the bay doing a check dive. Check dives can be viewed by some as a waste of money, missing a ‘proper’ dive and the such. It’s a small few who actively seek a Check dive to start their holidays. It make sense really, as so much can change in a year. Some people might slim down a little (or maybe add a few pounds), which means their weighting will need checking. Why do that from a boat when everyone want to just start their dive whilst you are swimming back and forth dumping and taking weights? New Equipment will have slightly different ways of operating, so why not get used to in in the shallows where the worst that can happen is you bob to the surface? New equipment also may carry different buoyancy properties, so that needs checking also (especially wetsuits!).
As we head down, I’m dealing with a combination of all of the above, one has lost a significant amount of weight this year (well done you!) and they both have new kit having gone to the recent dive show.Making what can only be described as a ‘guestimate’, I stagger down the beach, laden with spare lead, just in case.  As we do the weight check it turns out I must have my lucky bikini on today, as I’m pretty much spot on!  However, this does have a down side for me. We can’t leave any spare weight around, even on the bottom as it has a habit of disappearing, so muggins here has to do the whole dive still wearing said weight. So, 5kg overweighted, I troop on. Every change in depth has a dramatic effect, and it shows me how uncomfortable it is to dive incorrectly weighted. I’m sure it will be noted by my guests that my fish spotting was not on top form as I concentrate on not making a fool of myself. Yes, we had the spotted ray, the nemos got a wide berth and the parrot fish we saw had a particularly large clump of algae attached to his beak.

But to be honest, a dancing whaleshark could have gone past and I would have been too busy inflating or deflating to notice!

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