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Sean Wheller
Home arrow Blog arrow Sodwana Dive Weekend
Jun 22 2011
Sodwana Dive Weekend
Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Well, after doing our courses with Urban Dive and several dives at Miracle Waters my children and I were all qualified as PADI Divers and ready to move to more advanced levels. Only problem is that Miracle Waters being a lake is not as spectacular a place as the Ocean. Our dive instructor suggested making our next qualifying dives "Happy Dives" and invited us to a weekend at Sodwana Bay.

Smiling for the CameraSo last weekend we kitted up the Prado did the long drive from Johannesburg to Sodwana Bay, leaving at 02H00 in the morning on Thursday for a weekend of Diving.Arriving late on Thursday we booked into the House our group of eight had reneted at the Sodwana Bay Lodge. The house was splendid with a terrific view over the lake and bush. Everything you could think you would need was provided making it possible to self cater or have your meals at the restuarant.

We did five dives over the weekend, two on Friday, two on Thursday and one on Sunday morning.

Our first dive on Friday morning was done in great conditions and everyone had a great time doing the "Peak Performance Bouyancy" speciality. On this dive we saw numerous fish and met our first  Loggerhead Turtle. This dive has really gotten me hooked and all I wanted to do was keep diving. Seeing the plethora of sea life and species diversity at Sodwana is an amazing experienceand highly recomended to anyone.

By the second dive that afternoonthe wind had picked up a bit and the swell with it. None of us were ready for the motion of the boat which could catch you unawares and induce motion sickness on the unsuspecting. Nevertheless, we managed to pull through and had a great second dive. I was amazed at how the Dive Maters know where they are and where they are headed. They seem to know exactly where we would find fish, eels and other critters.

Next day the wind still had not subsided and we ventured out bright and early in the cold knowing full well that our wetsuites were going to be damp from the previous day. A cold morning wind and a damp cold wetsuit are not the best of things to encounter at 06H00 in the morning. Regardless we all pushed on and this time we were expecting the motion sickness. The visability on this dive ws dramatically reduced but even so there was plenty to explore and experience. The afternoon dive was also soon come and gone and then the reality sunk-in. We only had one more dive to do for the weekend.

In the afternoon we  had a special treat arrange for us a visit to SharkLife . We had a great 1 hour presentation on Sharks and got to ask loads of questions. It was very informative and I highly recomend that anyone who is afraid of Sharks visit the center in Sodwana to learn more about these incredible creatures. They also have many interesting ways in which you can become involved in helping conservation and Sharks in particular.

We woke early again at 05H00 to get to the beach at 06H00 and kit up for our last dive. Again braving a slightly colder morning but the wind and swell had dropped making it all worthwhile. This dive turned out to be one of the best. We dropped in and swam for hundreds of meters over a carpet of corals. Fish siting was less, but it seemed that we saw more eels, slugs and things I cannot name. It's amazing how quickly fifty minutes under water goes by. It was a very satisfying dive for the last dive of the weekend.

Good time was had by all and we cannot wait to go on our next scuba diving adventure.



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