Ocean Dreams Member News – August 2006
Once again we return from our travels. Yes we’ve been to our favourite little resort in the Egypt, El Gouna. For a change some of us opted to do a two week trip which turned out to be quite a treat, and I would recommend it to anyone, it doesn’t cost a lot more, but its lovelllllly and you do come back feeling a lot more refreshed than on a one week trip. Only down side was a few of our party did come home after the first week, and it was really sad to see them go.
I won’t be trying to describe the dives, turtles, dolphins, eagle rays or other colourful and amazing life we saw on the dives, or the tranquil resort that we all know and love. No this news letter will just be to tell you the gossip on who went and what happened.
This holiday was more a family affair, the boat (King 1) was ours for the duration, and the crew were more than accommodating, and became firm favourites with the 6 children under the age of 4 that joined us on the boat. To some this trip may have been a little noisy, and it was for the crew who seemed to spend most of their time playing with the young ones. A few members of our party did get accosted by George, Alex, Tecca and Jago. Georgina and Isabella however, being the ladies of the bunch, started the trip with grace and composure, but this did not continue for long. The crew did get a few quite moments when afternoon naps were had, or the Dvd came out. On every dive (without fail) you would find these little dive groupies hanging precariously over the edge of the upper deck, with parents clinging hold. It was comforting to look up into the angelic faces of our little angels, while they screamed your name out (how can something that small be so loud????)
As well as babies we also had teenagers who experienced their first taste of Egypt. Emma the oldest who’s more woman than teenager (a non diver/ I did try) posed relentlessly for the full two weeks, and did, I hate to admit change colour a little. We’re still not sure if she enjoyed the trip as she is a teenager and was missing her man, and well life is a bitch at that age (whatever)…
Beth and Beccy on the other hand became my two buddies for the whole trip. These two new divers who completed their open water and advanced over the two week period, soon became superb little divers. They completely threw themselves into the Egyptian experience, and by the look of it loved every minute of it. We dragged them out at night. Made them sing at the karaoke bar, and even made them dance. We took the micky and made them smile ( a no no for teenagers). They were fun to be with, great to dive with, and I’m personally very proud of what they achieved over the two week and look forward to going diving with them again.
And now onto the more grown up members, starting with Judy a reasonably inexperienced diver who completed her Open water with me in Indonesia came without the husband (gary DM) to brave the Egyptian waters alone. (well not alone she had to put up with me) stood quietly on the back of the boat debating Life, Death and how to get the kit off without me seeing, but was too late and then ordered into the water. Ordered down to the sea bed and from then on after only tried to break my hand once or twice. This girl then grew from strength to strength. In fact by the end of her week with us she’d had enough of me leading the dive and took over herself. (Buddy pairs is not one of her strong points yet, but I’m sure that will come). I just hope she behaved herself when she was in shalmn in a few weeks later with the husband.
Pat our little adventurer, was adopted by all the families and is now the uncle to loads of kids. Our little explorer did the Cairo trip with regal on the second week and loved every min of it. He did have one interesting dive but that was my fault and once again I apologise for my lapse, I’ll explain that one later.
So to the parents of the children. Sandra, Steve and Martin our DM’s who without knowing it worked most of the holiday, both me and Bob tended to use you as our rear back up, and as usual you never let us down. Steve, Sam and Ro were also used and abused although Sam was a little distracted by young Sihed who crooned to her when ever they were within shouting distance.
My annual visit to El Gouna hospital, were this trip I accompanied Ro, after she tried to break the back of the boat with her ankle, was expensive (helps you appreciate the NHS) but concluded in a nasty sprain. (thankfully). Ro’s son Jago has also inherited his mothers and fathers ability to bounce. Jago as with most boys came back with a few more scratches and bruises than he went but nothing serious (thankfully)
Paul continues to take that camera with him, in fact it’s a bigger one now so he seems to take even longer, bumbled around behind me or whoever he felt like following at the time. As yet I’ve not seen the pictures but I’m sure he’ll show them to me soon…. Hint, Hint…
Julie also joined our little band, and basted and bathed for the week she was with us, she did go red but I can’t say she hit the golden brown/bronze look she was so intently working on. This disappointment was cushioned by the odd massage, which a number of the group seemed to participate in within the hotel. Some like Steve, Steve, Bob and others who braved the Egyptian hands and oils knew the ropes. Sam however walked in to the room was asked to remove her shirt and proceeded to put on one of the staff members shirt. This caused much hilarity to the young lady who was attempting to perform the massage and proves that Sam is truly Blonde…..
Mark who also accompanied us for the week was I believed adopted by the girls. Mark is normally a gentle quite individual who, on these trips wanders off alone, and sometimes doesn’t even make it to the bus on time the following day. This holiday he was up everyday and managed to catch the boat or bus on time, this resulted in a comatosed body lade on the deck each day which, on command, kitted up, fell in the water, and then, well looked just as comatosed under the water. In other words I think he had a relaxing holiday..
Then we come to Daphne, now what can we say about Daphne…… “In it….”. This London/Greek Cypriote was like a cyclone. She joined the group and then left a week later completed her Open water certificate. This Open water diver, who Bob manoeuvred around the reefs was only really quite when under the water and she was probably chatting then too. We have been reliably informed that her next adventure is sky diving so we wish her all the best.
Horiss our dive guide was a good sport and put up with a lot, so we hope to see him again soon. We missed little Darja but she did come out on the boat with us a few times and we got to see her on the shore on an evening. (Which was lovelly)
Our final guest, or at the time member of staff was Luke. A red sea virgin, who at last discovered after many years of refusing to join us. Realised, I think, what he’s been missing. In his own words he loved (apart from the food, he’s a fussy eater like his father) all aspects of Egypt, and can now talk with authority on the subject and will I hope join us again.
Bob and Me well we loved it, this trip was full of our family and friends and we were spoilt and delighted to spend time with all who came. This was going to be our relaxing holiday and in some ways it was, but as you know, I can’t sit still long, and prior to going I ended up organising a semi closed re-breather course for me, and pushed Bob further up the ranks of Tec Diver. We will be going back to further our experience and there is a few wrecks that I’d love to see, so if anyone is interested in doing some Funny gas mix stuff diving let me know, it’s a lovely place to do the training and the dive centre we use is professional and fun.
So finally, I hold my hands up once again to the longest surface swim possibly every. Can’t help it. Picture this Dolphin house, No wind, Very hot surface, Water temp Hot, Dolphins, Turtles, Eagle rays and if you go off the reef there is some really amazing coral and life. Last dive of the holiday, no current, no worries, good group of divers (Sam, Ro, Paul, Sandra, Becky and Beth and of course me) 75 mins in to the dive Sam asks if I know were the boat was, and well to be quite honest I’d forgotten about the boat some 30 mins previous, after we’d been joined by our new buddy (Mr Turtle who accompanied us for 20 mins). At about 87 mins (maybe more) we thought we’d better surface as Pat was getting low on air.
So once again I know I do it once every couple of years but don’t you think it was worth it group????? I’ll behave again for a couple more years and maybe next time I will warn the group prior to having one of my immense blonde moments…
Some of you may already know, but Luke has decided to get a proper job we with him all the best in his new job but he’s not left us completely. However the shop will now be manned by Brian who has been part of the fixtures and fittings of Ocean Dreams for many years. To facilitate these changes so please make a note of our new opening hours:
MONDAY & TUESDAY 11.00AM TO 5.00 PM
WEDNESDAY CLOSED ALL DAY
THURSDAY & FRIDAY 12.00AM TO 6.00PM
SATURDAYS 10.00AM TO 5.00PM
SUNDAY GONE DIVING SORRY
Due to holidays the shop will be closed from the 28th August to 1st September but business will resume as normal after this week.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to seeing you all soon.
SATURDAY 9th DECEMBER OCEAN DREAMS CHRISTMAS DOOOOOO
An event not to be missed. This black tie, Posh frock if you feel like it do is always fun. As normal it will be held at The Beeches on Broomhill Road, Just up from the shop and is always a giggle. Please come and celebrate with us. The price includes a very nice 3 course meal and disco. Cost is £29.50 payable on booking but don’t leave it late as we have a limited number of spaces available. (I have to confirm numbers by the end of October currently limited to 50, and 70+ of us went last year)
For your information we have been upgraded to the house which will have a fully heated tent for dancing in attached to it. Very Posh…
I hope you all get to come, it’s the only time you will see me in a Dress….. To book places Pop in and see Luke or Brian in the shop, he will take down your order, all payments in cash or cheques made payable to “The Beeches”.
Thanks again for your support, see you on the dance floor…
CLUB DIVING CORNWALL 30th September & 1st October (subject to interest)
We will be going to Cornwall on the above dates. A boat will be booked if we have enough interest, please phone the shop and let us know your interested i.e. how many dives what days with your phone numbers as we have to guarantee the numbers of divers prior to booking.
ALL BOAT DIVES WILL BE PAID DIRECT TO THE DIVING CHARTER WE USE. OCEAN DREAMS DO NOT TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE ALL BOAT DIVES ARE ONLY OPEN TO ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVERS OR ABOVE. UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY AND INSTRUCTOR, DIVEMASTER OR ON A COURSE..
ALL DIVES MUST BE PAID IN FULL ON BOOKING AND NO REFUND IS GIVEN FOR FAILURE TO ATTEND. ONLY CHEQUES MADE PAYABLE TO THE DIVE CHARTER AND CASH CAN BE ACCEPTED FOR THESE BOOKINGS
Emergency First response courses,
We have an EFR course running on 23rd September. All those who need to renew (it only lasts 24 months) can book on without buying the book, All those who would like to know more then pop in and see Luke/Brian. Its fun and could save someone’s life.
All you need to do prior to starting the course is to watch the DVD/Video and read the book then leave it up to me to sort out the rest. This lasts for one day and includes instruction on CPR, First aid and Defib. If you would like to expand into Childrens CPR this can also be accommodated.
So join us it could earn you money at work as well as helping others. For more information contact Luke/Brian….
FINAL RESCUE COURSE FOR THIS YEAR
Classroom 24th September complete in Cornwall 30th September and 1st October (subject to numbers and weather) or we may even finish in Bristol its up to you….
WE HAVE A NEW WEB SITE
HAVE A LOOK AND SEE WHAT YOU THINK WWW.OCEANDREAMS.CO.UK
TIME TO LOOK AT WHAT COMES NEXT
TRY DIVE 2 FOR 1 OFFER CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
OPEN WATER £299.00
OPEN WATER REFERRAL £199.00
ADVANCED OPEN WATER £199.00
EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE £95.00
RESCUE COURSE £250.00
ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR £300.00
PADI ENRICHED AIR £125.00
TDI BASIC NITROX £125.00
TDI BASIC & ADVANCED COMBINED £250.00
TDI ADVANCED AND DECOMPRESSION COMBINED £300.00
THE SPECIALITIES OCEAN DREAMS HAS TO OFFER
PEAK PERFORMANCE DEEP MULTI LEVEL DRYSUIT
NATURALIST PHOTOGRAPHER EQUIPMENT PROJECT AWARE FISH ID
NAVIGATION WRECK OXYGEN FIRST AID CHILD FIRST AID
VIDEOGRAPHY BOAT DRIFT NIGHT DIVER
GAS BLENDER DIVER PROPULSION VEHICLE
SO POP IN THE SHOP AND TALK TO US ABOUT GOING FURTHER
Ocean Dreams offer a full list of Specialties & Adventure dives if you would like to know more call Luke, Brian Tina or Bob. We will train you in the area of diving you are interested in for the cost of the Certification and Training materials. Some courses can even start from £60!!!!.
EQUIPMENT HIRE AVAILABLE FROM THE SHOP. PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCED TO ELIMINATE DISSAPOINTMENT
IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A GO AT ORGANISING A DIVE JUST COME AND TALK TO US. WE WILL HELP AS MUCH AS WE CAN AND WE WILL ADVERTISE IT IN THE SHOP SO THAT BOATS GET FILLED ETC.
Sessions are held at the BRI Pool on Monday Nights between 7.30pm and 9 p.m.. We also now run a weekend session for the Open Water courses which all club members are welcome to attend so If you want to have a play its only £5.00 per session, or alternatively buy a pool card and save money (£40 for 12 sessions). Please check availability of the pool prior to attending and let us know if your need to hire tanks or equipment.
MANADO SULAWESI 22nd October to 4th November 2006
Cost Approx £1321.00 & £200.00 Diving. Kungkungan Bay Resort 9 days full board Deposit required £300.00
Every two years we do a big one and here it is.............(that’s a joke we’ve just come back from the Maldives)
After 9 nights stay at Kungkungan Bay Resort, and a 3 night stop over in Singapore. The unique Lembeh Straits are keen favourites for divers and dive packages consist of a 10 dive pack..
Manado is not just about diving this two week adventure can be what you want it to be, if you feel you want to do more, how about a trek through the Rainforest, breakfast on the side of a volcano go white water rafting or snorkel with the dugongs (don’t ask me, they call them sea cows (Tina???) The climate is tropical. April – Oct experience short showers, water temp is normally around 25 (might not need to pack the dry suit).
SCAPA FLOW 16th APRIL 2007 For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org as only a limited number of places are available in fact only 4 left.
MALTA 11th June 2007 Leaving from Bristol…
Malta is an island steeped in history and culture. This white rock with its friendly locals plays host to an underwater playground for any keen diver. Wrecks, caves, caverns and reefs can be found from the shore as well as boats.
Our plan is to arrange three days of boat diving and two days shore diving with a possible visit to gozo which will offer any keen diver a holiday to remember.
Malta affords a relaxing time and can interest not only divers but can offer plenty to do for the none diver who may visit the historical city of Valetta or roam around St Pauls discovering its history and secrets.
I will warn you though that beaches are a premium but the driving is fun and if you don’t fancy the drive then just get the bus, they run regularly and are quite classic.
PRICE AND INFORMATION TO FOLLOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE LET LUKE OR BRIAN KNOW AT THE SHOP
RED SEA 10th September 2007
Well we are going again. But this time we intend to boat it around the Brothers to see the big fish and do other stuff that they do on a Live a board. Obvious this will restrict the number of divers that can come with us so if you are seriously interested please email me and I will let you know the costs. Darja is currently in the process of sourcing me a nice boat and crew and I’ll try and get her to join us.
THAILAND (HAVEN’T DECIDED WHICH PART YET BUT AM AT THIS STAGE OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS) 21ST NOVEMBER 2007.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL HOLIDAY TRAVEL IS SUBJECT TO THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE HOME OFFICE. IF THEY ADVISE US NOT TO GO WE DON’T. ALTERNATIVES WILL BE OFFERED OR MONEY’S RETURNED IN FULL....AS AGREED WITH REGAL....
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE YOUR BOOKING TO THE LAST MINUTE. WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO HOLD A NUMBER OF PLACES AND WE DO LOSE THEM IF DEPOSITS ARE NOT PLACED. SO PLEASE BOOK YOUR PLACES WITH LEON IN THE SHOP AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.
CLUB DIVES & TRAINING WEEKENDS
PLEASE NOTE I’VE ADDED SOME DATES SO PUT THEM IN YOUR DIARY’S (SOME DATES HAVE BEEN CHANGED SINCE THE LAST NEWS LETTER SO PLEASE CHECK…
TRAINING AND POOL DATES
FIRST RESPONSE TRAINING COURSE
PLEASE CALL THE SHOP IF YOU ARE ATTENDING POOL SESSIONS SO THAT WE DON’T LOCK YOU OUT AND WE KNOW YOU ARE COMING.
You will always find Ocean Dreams in the Good Intent on a Sunday Where we meet at around seven for a pint and a roast dinner. All are welcome to join us, just ring the shop to check we’re not off diving to book a meal or pop in for a drink.
MONDAY & TUESDAY 11.00AM TO 5.00 PM
WEDNESDAY CLOSED ALL DAY
THURSDAY & FRIDAY 12.00AM TO 6.00PM
SATURDAYS 10.00AM TO 5.00PM
SUNDAY GONE DIVING SORRY
£15.00 VISUAL £20.00 FULL TEST
REGS £25.00 FOR REG £15.00 FOR AN OCTOPUS + PARTS
We stock all the current diving magazines including:
Diver £3.60 YOUR PRICE £2.75
Scuba World £3 YOUR PRICE £
sport Diver £3.40 YOUR PRICE £2.60
As always our Website is kept up to date so news can be gathered on courses and events whenever you are online. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve it, please let us know.
AND FINALLY (KINDLY SENT TO ME BY ONE OF OUR DM’S TO MAKE YOU SMILE)
HOW TO FAIL YOUR OPEN WATER TEST
a. Tell your instructor you will race him to the surface.
b. Lie face down and motionless while holding your breath.
c. Loudly proclaim that safety stops are for "wossies".
d. Show up with a set of tables based on your own algorithm "that's WAY
e. Spit in your wetsuit and pee in your mask.
f. Ask your instructor, which fin goes on which foot.
g. Tell your instructor there is no way you can lift a cylinder with
2000 pounds of air in it.
h. When asked for your dive plan, you hand over a bundle of travel
HOW YOU KNOW YOUR BUDDY IS SUFFERING FROM 'Narcs'
a. He keeps staring at himself in your mask.
b. You find him buddy breathing with a shark.
c. He pees in his dry suit.
d. His mask fogs under water and he spits in it.
e. Your mask fogs and he spits in it.
f. He looks at you cross-eyed and slurs his bubbles
SIGNS YOUR BUDDY MIGHT HATE YOU?
a. He gives you the "wait here" sign and you are still on the boat?
b. He "forgets" to close your dry suit zipper?
c. When you give him the out of air signal, he passes you his snorkel?
d. When you indicate you are low on air, he writes on his slate "I'll
get you some" and swims off?
e. You give him the "OK" signal and he gives you the finger?