“Oh god I needed that, I was starting to think I was drying out”
Those were the words that ran through my mind as I broke the surface of the warm water on one of the first days of 2017.
Ascending from one of the 2 shallow photography dives planned for the day into the bright warm sunshine of Bawley Point NSW, I knew that it was going to be a good day.
Planned over a Christmas BBQ a few weeks earlier, the double shore photography dive was chosen as when you are the buddy with the camera, you often are the slowest one of the pair. This can lead to your non camera toting buddy already looking at the next aquatic marvel while you are still taking your 900th photo of the tiny Nudibranch you spotted, trying to get the light just right.
The day had no particular aim other than to increase comfort and practice skills. It so happened to be one of the warmest dives I had done at Bawley Point - 21degrees. In August during my rescue course the temp did not get about 13 degrees. The warm bath-water like temp made for an even more enjoyable dive.
Amongst the small group we were able to practice our photography and camera handling while snapping pictures of one of the countless octopus who live in the rock crevices, or the bottom sleeping Port Jackson sharks soaking up a few zzzzz. The regular appearance now of a large cuttlefish is also a highlight. To round out the cephalopod team, a school of small squid remained in the warm current for both dives.
All in all it was a perfect day and was much needed to get the 'gills' wet again.
In the below video you will also see the preparation that goes into getting ready for a dive when you have to travel 1.5 hours to a dive site.