Diving with the navy
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I am getting up way too early this morning. I want to go diving. This dive site is the reason I stayed in town for another couple of days. Apparently it has been named as the sixth best shore dive in the world according to a British dive magazine. Hence I am expecting a great top class dive.
The reason why this dive site is supposed to be so special is it has been left alone for a very long time. The Navy Pier became a US military area during the Second World War. Hence it was illegal for non-military personnel to go to the area around the Navy Pier. So there has been zero fishing boat around the pier for almost 70 years. The marine life in the area has developed undisturbed during all this time.
It isn’t straight forward to go diving on the Navy Pier.
Due to the many security requirements you need to give your name in advance to the operator so they can get you cleared with the authorities. And the briefing for the dive takes almost two hours in total. First we need to sign a number of documents, make sure we got a picture id and give proof of sufficient knowledge of diving - after this the dive briefing starts.
Because of this fish they have increased the requirement for the divers they let in to the dive site. They used to do intro dives here - but now they have cancelled the intro dives. Instead we get a dive master to go with us - he will try to keep the fish away from the rest of us - using a spear.
After the long briefing we get our equipment and we drive to towards the Navy Pier. At the entrance to the restricted area we need to show our IDs and in case anybody is on some sort of watch list or have overstayed a visa they will get picked up.
We go into the water - and it is pretty choppy on the surface. We go down and the dive is nothing like I expected from the number six shore dive in the world. The visibility is somewhere between bad and non-existent - in the beginning we can see maybe 5-7 meters but during the dive the visibility drops to only 2-3 meters. But we see lots of sharks and other giant fish including one big hiding in the sand on the bottom. The sharks come pretty close - we can see them so this must be within 3 meters.
We get to the end of the dive - and we haven’t seen the crazy fish so we will probably all survive it.
I get back to where I stay and I want to go out at once and out to explore the town. So I start walking towards the exit of the camping lot. But I get distracted before I get close to the exit - a big group of cockatoos is hanging around a campervan fooling around. They seem like they are doing make believe fights and tumble around on the ground - others just hang by the beak from a chain on a boat and others hang from a branch in a tree with their head down. The birds are just so funny I can’t really pull myself together and go out. After a while I decide it is time to move on and leave the birds even though they are really funny.
I walk down the main street through town - and just before I am actually turning away into the centre of the town I meet a couple of walkers going towards me.
Finally I decide it is time to go on and explore the city - I mean I wanted to really explore the entire town today. I start walking up the main street - and there are not much to see. After about ten minutes I realize I have seen everything there are to see - which isn’t really anything at all. Instead I walk back towards the place I am staying - from behind this place is an access way to the beach through the outback area. I walk down there and then I see two emus - probably the ones I watch earlier in the day. I go down to the beach to have a look.