Saturday…Chilly Dip

No, not the sort that you eat with Nachos, but another major milestone in “getting my life back” – my first open water dive for over five years!

The dive was proposed last week at a sheltered site close to Portsmouth Harbour, and I spent some time getting my kit ready last night. It has been carefully stored, and I had checked it earlier, but it was still a little painstaking simply because I haven’t had to prepare it for a long time.

It was very cold this morning – air temperature at about 1C, and the water at an estimated 4C, so it was drysuits and a good assortment of thermal clothing.

There were one or two kit problems, but I eventually jumped in, together with buddy Dave. It was very strange at first. In some respects it was like being a novice diver again, worrying about the techniques of buoyancy, and controlling breathing, and remembering where all the bits were, but after about 15 minutes, everything settled down and I started to relax as earlier training came back to me.

I was in the water for about 30 minutes, 27 of which were submerged. On exit, my hands were blue under the wet gloves, and I used a lot of air (a function of the cold water and my nervousness) even though the deepest we went was 6 metres but… it was great to be back in the water.

I still need to do some pool self training to refresh the drills, but I think if I can get back in under challenging (in terms of the cold) conditions, I should be OK to progress to deeper dives this summer.

And a big thank you to all at the dive club for their encouragement and patience!

Onwards, and upwards (and downwards!)

7 Responses to “Saturday…Chilly Dip”

  1. Julia on 22 Jan 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Well done for your chilly dip. Keep warm now.

    Julia xxx

  2. Richard on 23 Jan 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    don’t get too close to the fire you’ll get chilblains.

    Good luck


  3. Terry on 24 Jan 2011 at 11:46 am #

    How lovely to hear of your progress with diving again. Keep up the good work.

  4. Gillian on 25 Jan 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    Bought champagne to celebrate to go with dips, oh, and I bought nachos as well ;D

    Hope it all went well



  5. Peter on 26 Jan 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Chilli nachos would have been most welcome to dispel the cold! Still exhilarating though!

  6. Liz Newton on 30 Jan 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Just done some more catching up! It sounds as if you had a great holiday and now you’re diving again too!
    We’re still waiting for a proper catch up though!
    Lots of love,

  7. Trish (onk/heam nurse) on 04 Feb 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    Peter I think your amazing your whole journey you have been so positive, a real inspiration to one and all.

    May you continue with many years of diving and nachos munching

    Take care and all the very best for the future.

    Kindest Regards
    Trish x

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