Great Barrier Reef

Trip Start Sep 12, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Folks, there is something I have to tell you. There is another world to be discovered, an alien world full of wonders, dangers and mysteries. I'm not talking about going to outer space, but to the outer reef. My Christmas present to myself was this 4 day diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef. On a big diving ship, with neat cabins and all the comfort you would expect. Whilst on board, I took the chance to learn more diving skills and attended a course to become a Advanced Openwater Diver. In the 4 days we went for 10 dives, 2 of them in the night. The day dives were just amazing, with very good visibility, fish, sharkes, turtles and so on. And beautiful corals, just amazing. I rented an underwater cam and took some pics and videos, you have to check them out, they are awesome. I have more on a DVD, see me when I come home for more underwater stuff :o) The videos are a bit large (20 - 40 MB), so be patient while downloading.

Two stories I want to point out: Firstly the night dives. That is really unbelievable. It's completely dark, you just see the light of your buddy and the flash of your torch, not more. You dive, and all of a sudden a shark appears in the ray of the torch, moving fast towards you and turing just in the very last moment away. Wow! Scary! You can approach fish very close, as they lose their fear during the night. Awesome experience. The second thing was my first deep dive to 30 meters. It is known that in that depth you can get a nitrogen narcosis. That happens because you breathe air from your tank under immense pressure. The tank's composition is about 79% oxygen and 21% nitrogen. In 30 meters you have a pressure of 4 bar, which means you breathe much more nitrogen than on the surface. This leads to strange and silly behaviour among divers. I experienced a slight nitrogen narcosis, I felt a bit drunken and couldn't write my name backwards or tie a knot. That was funny, my divemaster told me stories about divers taking out their regulator (the thing you breathe through) and trying to give it to fish because they think the fish would need the air ;o)

As you can see, great stuff this diving. I finished my course, having big trouble with underwater navigation - who would have thought? :o)

See you soon
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