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What a fantastic day,
As I write this I am still on a major Buzz.

Got up at 6.30am this morning ( Just mildly seedy after last nights efforts)  
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and it was blowing a North/Easter about 20-25 knots.
After a lot of Muttering and Cussing, jumped on the blower and rang up my dive buds.
The general concensus was it was going to be way to rough, to even waste our time heading out, so back to bed for some more kip..About 8.15am the phone starts ringing and no matter how hard I tried to ignore it, It wasnt gowing away
So dragged my Butt out of bed, it was my dive captain.
we were "On" the wind had died down to barely a breath and the sun was beaming down.

So off to Muttonhoe ( Which is 1/2 way between Christchurch and Kaikora). It takes about an hour and a half to get there.
All the way scanning the skys and trees for the promised southerly expected later in the day.
Just one nervous moment when we passed cloud banks trying to encroach ( Part 2 to follow)
 

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So we got to Mutonhoe about middayish.
As we have to go out a river with a bar everything is very tidal orientated, So we had a down time off an hour or so till the tide has come in far enough to get the boat out.

Finally were off were heading north to Kingfish reef, A spectac reef with starting depth of 18mtrs and dropping down to approx 35mtrs. The water temp was a tepid bath of 14 degrees..
And  " Finally " at least 35mtrs  Vis.  ( I have never even come close to this type of vis before ) Ohh for twins.
after playing paper, scissors, rock to see who got to dive first
which I promptly lost, John and Robyn teamed up together
 

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And what can you do when the Sun is beating down on your Cranium.
You play
 

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and play ( Just curious, How many have tried to hit the bottom without a weight belt)
 

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Finally, it was my trn up to Batt and im off
 

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And I suppose id better introduce my Dive Cap and totally sane and reliable guy Alan
 

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So we had a dive off 40 minutes, maximum depth off 32mtrs
all as I can say is awesome.
On my second dive I kept around the 17 mtr depth mark for 40 minutes also.
The colours were just fantastic and all the fish life that was around is just to abundant to name.
the highlight of the entire dive was when a seal came around for a nosy ( Scared the Bejesus out of me when he first buzzed me ( Matter of fact i may have screamed like a girl thru my regs)). But hey we Kiwi lads are tough so I sucked all further screamin in.
So Mr Seal was nice enough to Buddy me for about 10 mins or so.
I just wish I had an operational underwater housing for my camera, Just for these moments
 

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On the way back, we came across a major Kawai work up.
It seemed the sea was alive and churning with all the action just below the surface
 

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Now smoked Kawai is one of the best eating fish..
So what do you do in a situation like this.
James bond move over
 

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Im to tired to do any more picture storys
So safe diving all
Steve
 

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Nice pickies GD.

Reminded me of our dive from Brighton yesterday, blue sky over the gentle rolling hills, calmish blue sea, scary face (we had Mark Chase)

And you didn't say you had Gene Hackman on the boat with you, he's in the shot after the Kawai shot.

l'm dissapointed, last time you had some girlies in the pickies
 

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Bloody typical Dude. The guy spends the time to draft out a complete report of a great days diving, together with some superb illustrations, giving us a complete and graphic picture of what was a memorial trip, and one he`ll remember long enough to tell his grandchildren, and all you are interested in is the crumpet.............................
 

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Crumpet....
I suppose i could show some sheep for ya...
 
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