'Abort the dive' sign ...
Trip Start Mar 17, 2007
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We get up at 5h and go in at 05h30. It is still dark! We go down and down and then ... it stops. My ears won't equalize. The left side of my head is blocked. We know what to do: try 3 times to go down: if it does not work: DO NOT FORCE IT. I don't. But I try 10 times. It is still dark and it feels cold. Signing to my buddy is difficult in the dark. You have to sign the torch on yourself and give the 'I have a problem' sign. Dr T comes back up. I 'tell' him what the issue is. The others are WAY down. We are 5 minutes into our diving time. Dr T asks: 'abort?' I say yes. The first time in my almost 400 dives I have to abort a dive. And now, we have to dive back to the boat. In the dark. I have no idea where it is. Luckily Dr T does. After less than 10 minutes, we are back. Dermot, our, Irish dive master on board, cheers me up. Makes a joke, gives me a hug. 'You did the only thing you could do, Girl!' I still feel disappointed, upset. It is not my fault but I do punish Hubby too. And we got up at 5h for that!
I skip the second dive too, having a bad head ache.
Three, four and five: I am back! We see sharks, unicorns, nudibrancs (Dr T DOES find the famous one on this diving site: tell me: how can you find a 5 cm creature in a huge coral reef???), a cuttlefish and much more. The highlight, of course, the minke whales at the end.
Bear, our dive master, was already looking for us. In his books we were 5 minutes late. I did not get the message that we were only suppose to dive for 50 minutes. I thought it was the normal maximum 70 minutes dive. We did drift off. But the fuss! We were told of by Bear and then again, in a childish way, by the skipper: words like: selfish, disappointing behavior, holding up everybody. In public. Way over the top. For 5 minutes! In the morning, when we aborted our dive, Bear did not even NOTICE we were gone. In the dark. MUCH more worrying, I would say. But, they could not spoil our joy.
Our last evening is also our best one. Today, people have a beer and champagne. Varina gives a presentation on minke whales. Poor Hubby is being sick in the room. I give him drugs and, once he is asleep, go back to the diving buddies. We have 11 hours to sail to Cairns, breakfast at 06h30.