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Chumphon Pinnacle and Pottery on the 29th October’11

Today was certainly my last day diving before we close for monsoon but there were still a few more days to go for everyone else.  We re-open again on the 1st of December when usually the worst of the weather has passed.

Originally we had planned a dive at South West Pinnacle but reports came back that the viz was terrible and the current too strong to make the dive safe.  It seems the monsoon is starting to kick in.  Each morning we have had a thunder storm and rain which has cleared quickly in exchange for blue skies and sunshine.

With this in mind we decided to check out Chumphon Pinnacle so that Sarah, Joan and Tony could complete the Deep Dive of their Advanced Course.   The conditions actually weren’t too bad for the time of year, there was little current and the viz was ok; just a lot of particulate matter in the water.At 30m, as a demonstration of pressure, the students saw how an egg yolk actually holds together like a ping pong ball and can actually be passed from person to person like a slow motion version of catch.  The little breath of current that there was did play a little havoc with the demonstration but Tony made a great save.Barracuda were seen off in the distance but today marks two years – pretty much to the day – since I have seen a shark at Chumphon.  Its a sad fact for the worlds oceans that sharks are become rare due to shark finning and other fishing practices.  Friends diving deep on rebreathers have reported seeing them way off the pinnacle but in years gone by they would circle close to the site and be easily viewed by all who dived there.   We plan to get the tech gear on when we return and head off into the sand to see what we can find.Our next site was Pottery Pinnacles where the guys were making their Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive.  Below you can see Sara practicing her hovering before moving on to some of the more advanced and fun ways to learn how to control your buoyancy.Next they hovered upside down, much the same as you might when looking underneath a ledge or outcrop.  Once they had mastered this the next task was to knock over some weights which required both precision and control.The final task was to swim under a bridge, like you might with a swim though.  Joan, Sara and Tony practiced this both forwards facing and then swimming on their back too.  It looked great fun and they all did extremely well, gaining great control as well as understanding the key points of breath control and buoyancy too.

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