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July 23rd, 2007 – by: tpuell
There would be many anecdotes to be recounted from all the dives we did. Like one time Bic forgot to surrender the handheld GPS to the boat captain before doing his back roll into the sea, but somehow managed to keep it out of the water and simultaneously to not drop the dozen steel roods he was taking down to stake some new science sites.
Once, when Frankie was boat marshal she tried to adjust her bikini top for maximum tanning effect and somehow undid it entirely instead. “Oh no, my boobs,” she exclaimed loudly enough for everybody to turn and look at her.
On one unfortunate occasion I dropped Paolo’s glasses into several fathoms of water when my job as boat marshal was to mind them during the dive.
Once, sailing-trained Paolo readjusted the GPS to nautical miles rather than scientific meters causing the boat captain to miss the dive site by several kilometers during the following morning, everybody tumbling into blue bottomless depths far beyond Blue-Venture-approved standards before someone caught on and called the divers to ascend.
Of course there was the odd problem, like between our main English lout and the staff who would not easily accept his categorical refusal to go whale watching (from a platform on an isolated island), because, as he pronounced, it was “just crap”.
Alas, there is not enough room here to tell all the tales or to describe all the wonderful people, staff as well as volunteers, that we spent six amazing weeks with, but it was an incredible experience and we would recommend that sort of enterprise to anybody who likes to dive.
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