Number 5 BCD here (Aka “Jonny 5”)! Wow what an amazing week I have had.
Back in June I heard one of the club members talking about how she was going to Fuerteventura in September and I was determined I was going to go!
She used to use number 7 all the time, but when she lost a little weight my luck was in! I couldn't believe it when she picked me back in August. Since then I’ve always made sure I have given her the best buoyancy I possibly can and she actively hunts me down now when she comes to pool practice nights. So when she confirmed she was going to Fuerteventura on a club trip I couldn't contain my excitement. I have been counting down the days till I got to enjoy some sunshine and see a whole new world. No other Aqualung BCD from the Dive Rutland container had ever been abroad, I felt so honoured to be the first :-)
Dive Rutland hire out kit to members for any of the trips, so when she came to collect me the day before the holiday she also collected Reggie regulators and a wetsuit amongst other little bits.
I went home with her, and next thing I knew I was packed in her suitcase. A few hours later and my first aeroplane ride and I was in a luggage hall surrounded by people speaking Spanish. A little scary, but I was excited to dive somewhere other than Stoney cove!
The next day I was taken to the Deep Blue Diving Centre. Wow, the sun was shining bright and there was so many other BCDs there. Its a busy place, but everyone was so friendly. She told me we would dive at 1315 but when we got there the owner Rolle told her to get ready for an extra dive at 1100, so it was straight into the sea! Whoop! Wow Wow Wow is all I can say… we saw so many fish together, colourful ones and big ones.
The next dive in the afternoon however was a little more eventful. We rolled in off the bouncy RIB boat together and into the salty sea. It was rough, with big crashing waves. I was feeling a little queasy but knew I had to look after her. Besides we had fish and stingrays to find and watch. I loved the scenery and we had an amazing dive together. Fortunately I found my sea legs quick as she was very very sea sick when she surfaced. I was worried she would not want to get back in again after this, but Rach P (owner of my new best mate “Scuba smurf” BCD) managed to help her with magic tablets & the Dive centre gave her special chewing gum so we could continue our adventures together.
Throughout the week we dived and dived - 13 dives in total. Even a night dive. We saw Octopus, Barracuda, Rays, Sole fish, Stingrays, loads of Moray Eels, Nudibranches, Sea Hares, Starfishes, Sea Urchins, Scorpion Fish, large groups of mackerel, countless other fish, and cruised in and around loads of amazing topography. I loved every minute of it.
Sadly we had to leave on Saturday, so Friday was our last dive day and we made the most of it even with a close up view of a big stingray. Saturday was a day of relaxing and sunbathing with Scuba Smurf, then back into the suitcase for the flight home. Fortunately we were then reunited at East Midlands airport. Today Im enjoying an airing in the garden at her home, then back to the pool tonight with her for a final dive before I go back to all my friends in the container. SO many stories to tell them all… not sure Stoney Cove will ever be the same! Hoping I get to visit more dive sites around the world soon … remember we can be hired for club trips … so who fancies taking me for the next adventure?
Happy diving from a very happy BCD number 5
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