Trimix Diving in Dahab..   Leave a comment

Kris with his Meg at the Blue Hole

Kris with his Meg at the Blue Hole

Marielle with her twin set at the Bue hole

Marielle with her twin set at the Bue hole

So Friday, Marielle and I arrived at Sunsplash Diving Center in Dahab. I was refered to them by Aaron Bruce of Tek Guru, whom I planned on doing my TDI Trimix instructor crossover with. I had done the crossover to the Megalodon APECS with him in December. Now since this time I have racked up more than 100 hours on the unit, and felt very comfortable diving it with any configuration of stages from carrying 1 to 4 at any giving time or depth..

We set straight out checking in to the small but very comfortable room at the hotel also run by Sunsplash. While we were busy checking in the staff went straight away to start filling my mix order for the next day. We planned a dive to 60 meters Marielle diving air using Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN) 40% to be switched at 27 meters and EAN 80% from 9 meters and above. I would be diving a TMX 14/40 as a Diluent, and  using 20/25 as a bottom bail out and carrying a EAN 40% and EAN 80% as Deco bail-out.

Playing backgammon in a local shisha caffee

Playing backgammon in a local shisha caffee

We decided to walk into Dahab for a bite to eat and shisha before heading off to bed. We walked around and stopped in many little diving shops where they have an amazing assortment of equipment available from Rec to Tec. We decided to sit at a local shisha bar and order some Egyptian food. We waited for our order as we enjoyed the Apple tobacco and a game or 5 of Backgammon (note: Marielle kicks my a$$ most of the time.) After dinner we walked home and set off to confirming the dive plans.

Planning table dives acceptable for running both Open Circuit and CCR  was not too difficult a challenge. That was somewhat complicated as we brought only my very old laptop that decided not to start up on the first evening… RIP.. I however used the Liquivision X1 computer to plan the following dives on the integrated V-Planner Live.. This wasn’t too difficult though I sometimes found that missing a step could be very time consuming.

We woke up to fresh coffee and tea along with a small assortment of bread and cheese’s with crapes and jam. After breakfast we set about preparing out equipment as the plan was to dive the Blue Hole as Marielle had not yet passed the arch.

The camels at the desert surrounding Dahab

The camels at the desert surrounding Dahab

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Posted 16/02/2010 by Sirius Diving in Blogs, Photos

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