Well its 2020 and time to think about getting wet.
Firstly have you got your Diver Alert Network (DAN) Insurance updated as you need it. A young fella had to be medivac'd to POM from Lae after a suspected case of the bends, all OK but just goes to show that we need to be prepared.
Looks as if our last set of repairs wasn't good enough in Salamaua as the Kennedy week buoy has gone walkabout again, lucky a local Salamaua fisherman found it and towed it back. Last weekend saw the DOL team installing a new stainless steel chain and with support of the boys on Salamaua the buoy is now firmly back in place.
The DOL dive calendar draft is now posted online so feedback is appreciated. We've added in a few social events and look forward to participation from more members so as to get these events up and running. Drop us a mail if you want to pre-book for the DOL dives so that Jo can book you in.
A few new dives site are on the calendar and w ew ill look to keep expanding. Also seems we might have more members with access to boats so we can look to take more than six on some DOL trips.
We are pretty excited about the next 12 months so look forward to seeing you all out on the water.
A fine sunny morning so we headed out to Salamaua, a fun day was had out, a bit or hard work, a fun dive and an amazing Xmas lunch and of course way too much to drink.
Step 1 - replace the marker buoy that had become dislodged in the Salamaua harbour, this was a load of fun, dragging the buoy, pulling chains, locking the buoy in place so a job well done by Mike and Leonard and of course the guy taking photos. So all secured and safe.
Step 2 - dive the wreck under the buoy, sadly some idiot's had dumped a lot of house renovation waste on the site so most of the dive was spent picking up old tiles, wooden boards etc. so as to keep the site clean. Don't know who it was but STOP IT you idiots, its the local creatures house and back yard down there.
Step 3 - Enjoy and an amazing lunch, wines and beers so a big thanks to Karen.
Looking forward to 2019.
3 nights, 2 days of pure getting wet indulgence was had over the long August weekend up in Kokopo, New Britain. The venue was the Bungalows Kokopo, beautiful wooden villas overlooking the crystal blue water of Kokopa bay, the staff were amazing and so was the seafood, yes its nice to look at under water but also great BBQ'd on a plate, with a nice sauvignon blanc.
All dives were within easy reach by boat, Sunday 3 dives to Pete's Mitsubishi F1M Bi-place WW2 wreck, Bob's WW2 wreck, Deep Malapau Japanese Zero WW2 wreck. Monday saw 2 dives to Kabakon Reef and then to Chicken Island. Each dive was completely different, each site had amazing views fo wildlife, wrecks and all with crystal clear waters. And to top off an amazing trip we got chance to experience an earthquake whilst diving which all I can say is "PNG the land of the unexpected", fabulous. Enjoy a few shots from the trip and then look to join us for our next adventure.
It finally happened, the first official DOL club trip!
Firstly a really really big thanks to Micheal Beirne - Yachty Commodore and generally a really good chap for hosting us on his fabulous boat, air-con and hot showers is not what we are used (& should not get used too). So on behalf of the DOL a big hearty thanks!
Also our condolences and RIP to Micheal's anchor, which deftly disappeared as he rushed to rescue the bold and adventurous boys who were floating off towards Cairns. We've a S.A.R (search and rescue) coming up soon to go look for Micheal's anchor, I mean whats a shiny new stainless steel chain going to do without an anchor.
Shepparton Shoal, a banana shaped atol just South of Salamaua was our target and boy it did not disappoint, dropping off to beyond the depths of the PADI enthusiast the reef just kept delivering. Luckily we had B1 Dean "David Bailey" Irving with us to document our findings and all we can say is OMG, just fabulous, untouched and unspoilt, absolutely world class.
So get ready for the next trip in early July, June dive falls the day after the Rotary ball so as to not intoxicate the reefs of Lae with hung over divers we are pushing to 8th July. So its lobby, lobby time to see who can get to support us with access to a boat, we will take anything, old junkers, banana boats so what ever is available, I mean its time to get wet!
The joys of rainy Lae, all planned, all organised and then rained out. With a safety first culture we had to abandon our trip due the lightening, wind and rain, totally bummed.
Anyway a big thanks to Kevin for organising the "Backload boat", to Andy for arranging the banana boat for the tanks, to Angela for her training and PADI professionalism, B1 & B2 are sat around sulking now. On a positive side a bit of brainstorming was done (thanks Don) and we may have some ideas soon for how we access our own club dive boat, watch this space!
So better luck for the next trip, which as per the calendar will be 6th May. All those now with access to boats we would love your support for the 6th May.
Managed some dives in Salamaua over the Easter weekend so a few pics below to keep you all motivated as the diving was spectacular. A few great locations, Salamaua Beacon, Dean's Trash Can Alley and Dash Reef (possibly Frisco Mout). Big thanks to Andrew & Isabella for their kind invitation to join them, just an amazing few days.