What a brilliant write up, just how I remembered it!!
For me it was not necessarily the confidence thing but the getting in and out of the water!!! Without Andrew I wouldn't have managed it, it was him who pushed me to do the trip with him providing all the support I needed. He took on the role of "dive bitch" with gusto, the nice thing was that it proved to us how strong our relationship is and how good our communication skills are!! It started with him wanting to do EVERYTHING and me wanting to do as much as I could myself. Well you can imagine what that was like but by the end of the week we had just about got it off pat and things were just happening without having to discuss it and I was able to enjoy the whole process.
His name evolved into "El burro" as someone remarked he was like my donkey, carrying everything around! A title he much preferred!!!
So dive 1... after much fun I eventually got into the water and struggled a little to begin with but after some adjustments to straps etc I finally felt comfortable in the water and was able to relax and enjoy. It was good to see the ray and watch it gracefully swim around the bay. I came out with a smile on my face.
Ponders next and a bimble up the rocks, only a short dive for me as I had used more air than the other two but a good exercise in de-kitting in the water for myself and Andrew.
Day 2 and another dive site. Feeling better each dive and my dive time and air consumption improving! And yes, the better way was even harder and that was without me carrying all the kit!!
Day 3 Andrew and I chilled out by the pool while Tink and Ange went off to dive the wreck. Night diving was one thing that I had requested to do so off to Cala Blanca which I have fond memories of as that is where I completed my Open Water dives. I was "lighting technician" on this dive, swimming round and round in circles above the other two shining my torch down on objects for the cameramen!!
Day 4 Seeing all the steps that Andrew would have to carry kit down and wanting to spend some time with him I decided not to dive. Andrew had a mask and snorkel waiting to be used so that is what we did. He was unsure as he had never done this before. Having lived in Cornwall for a number of years his experience of water was on the surface surfing!!! We enjoyed following the other two and playing with their bubbles for a while and then spent at least half an hour with our heads in a foot of water at the shores edge and still seeing loads of fish!!
Day 5 I decided I only wanted to do the one planned dive of Cala Blanca in the afternoon so a lazy morning for us while the other two went off to do another dive. So the time came and it was just me and Ange. I kitted up and got into the water in record time, we were just getting better and better. Had a great time with Ange and the highlight for me was spotting an Octopus towards the end of the dive. A 55 minute dive and best use of air so far so that gave me a great buzz. It wasn't until after getting out of the water that I was told that was the first time Ange had done that dive without anyone else but I have to say she did a great job and I didn't realise it was the first time she had lead a dive there. The nerves didn't show!!!
So that was it. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and it wouldn't have been possible without Andrew. I have to say though, that the all the swimming I did in the pool had a beneficial effect on my dodgy shoulder and I am sure the Chiropractor will see an improvement when I see him tomorrow so maybe a little more kit carrying will be possible.
I felt quite emotional when I read Tinks last posting as I know how he feels, it is hard when you want to do something so much but injury holds you back.
El Burro coped well with one lot of kit but not sure how he would carry anymore!!
Our conversation on the way home??? Hhhhhhmmmmm might do a try dive after all!!!!!