Saturday, May 12, 2007

Spring has sprung...?

The Sun may have been shining - intermittently - but the wind was a chilly Nor'easter that didn't help the 7 Open Water students using Portsmouth Harbour for their certification dives. Adam and I shared the instructional honours - and Geoff proved to be a very helpful assistant, taking on some skill checks. The support of an experienced instructor is always really welcome.

Everyone coped very well with conditions that are still far from summery. The water remains stubbornly cold at about 42F (6C). And perversely, after weeks of excellent visibility, the Nor'easter had stirred the bottom up, reducing the viz to less than 30 feet in most places. Nevertheless, everyone managed to visit the anchors and see the wreck fragments that are a feature of the Portsmouth site.

The prize for the brightest smile today goes to Clarissa (pictured). But everyone finished the session in good spirits and can be proud of work well done.

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