Well I hope you had a great weekend - sounds like the two day dhow was an absolute blast!
This weekend Martin is taking Burn out from Fujeirah on Friday and Sanaf is available for a willing and eager DM.
Something important that I haven't mentioned for a while is DSDC's requirement that all divers on our trips must have dive insurance (whether on our own boats or on Sheesa boats booked by us). The reason for this is that medical bills can mount up astronomically fast here in the middle east. If you're unconscious and your buddy or the DM are unable to pay the fees up front then your treatment can be delayed... or non-existent in the event of a diving incident. Personally I use DAN International but there are many other options available. If you have any queries about obtaining insurance please ask. Dive Managers have been instructed that those without insurance will not be allowed on club trips. If you can turn up to the dive with AED50,000 in your wallet to cover the initial costs of treatment then we might change our mind :-)
In other news our sister club Sharjah 406 have dive boats going out most weekends and sometimes have spare spaces. If you particularly want a dive contact Mike or Ian or let me know and I'll pass on your details. As a member of a sister club you pay "mates rates" to use their boats. 406 recently circulated ta news article about Dara... a very nice wreck that actually belongs to them! Contact me if you are interested in reading it.
Final bit of news... Dmitry (long time member of the club) has a two day Al Marsa Yellow dhow running on the weekend of 21-23 April for what originally supposed to be a corporate trip for families (divers and non-divers). However due to many people cancelling he still has plenty of spaces available on the trip. If anybody from the club would like to join and have some great time diving Northern Musandam please let me know to pass on to Dmitry:
The plan is as usual to leave on Thursday evening, do 3-4 dives dives on Friday and 2 dives on Saturday before coming back to Dibba.
The budgetary price is 800Dhs per person sharing per night including full board meals and soft drinks. Diving tax & supplement is 130Dhs per diver per day. Accommodation is in three bed air-conditioned cabins all with en-suite bathrooms.
The Yellow Dhow has a compressor on board so tanks and twins can be refilled between the dives.
The weekly meet-up is at Lisa and Martin's tonight. Sadly I won't be able to make it as I'm in training.
Catch up soon. Cheers, Chris