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First Dive - Or not !!!

sunny 31 °C

Today I was picked up at the hotel at 8.30am for a morning of diving. The dive center is at Confifi Marina and is about a 5 minute car journey away from the hotel.
The marina is on the edge of the river there was me and one other diver + 2 dive guides, we prepare to go out for 2 dives. The guys at the dive center are very helpful and brief most of the information on the dive sites before we leave.
The boat set's off down the river and then heads out to sea, however, it has to get through the breakwater ! That was pretty scary stuff, like a white knuckle ride at Thorpe Park ! Once we were through the breakwater it was alot calmer.
After about 30 minutes they got there GPS system out to find the dive site, the cool looking DM flopped over the side to go find the line and tie off the boat. 20 minutes later and we are still waiting, I was starting to feel a little ill at this point - then up pops an SMB which the Instructor grabs and it promptly comes off the line and deflates - Oh dear !

Another 10 minutes later (but felt like alot longer) the DM appears over the side of the boat, very out of breath but still smiling and still looking very cool. They then decide between them that the current is too strong and there would be no diving today. So we all head back !

So no diving, but it did mean I got to spend the day on the beach with the guys from the dive center - which meant to hassle from the beach boys. Weather is great, I looked a bit red by the end of the day ! But I did see my first elephant !!

Posted by Welliesred 02:32 Archived in Sri Lanka Tagged boating

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