Another Saturday has come around, and therefore, another dive. With a South wind blowing, we chose to do this morning’s technical dive at Reqqa (a site in the North of Gozo).
We planned a maximum depth of 55m and used a 50% O2 mix for our decompression gas. After placing the stages close to our entry point, we kitted up in pleasantly warm temperatures and jumped into the inviting blue. I actually thought I would not have any pictures to show from this dive, as the GoPro housing I’m currently using is rated to 40m (so I did not take it with me for this deeper dive). However, my fantastic dive buddy, Brian, from Atlantis Diving Centre brought along his Braun Master which is rated for up to 100m. All underwater pictures from this dive have been snapped by Brian, with a quick colour-correction & sharpening edit by myself.
As we made our descent I couldn’t help but admire the beauty of the wall to our side, dropping into the darker blues of the depths below us. And looking behind us, the silhouetted view of Reqqa’s pinnacle receding into the distance as the light grew ever fainter was a sight to behold. Fish darted around as we made our way to deeper waters.
We then came across this ghostly creature. We also saw some nice Dentex at depth.
When our bottom time was up, we proceeded to a shallower level, being greeted by wonderful schools of fish dancing around.
Upon reaching the 21m mark, we could safely switch to our decompression gas.
Decompression is never boring when you have the majesty of underwater cliffs to explore.
Here’s another angle of the wall, with fish dancing underneath a cliff-hang.
As if to entertain us while completing our decompression, a school of Salema came close by, busily scurrying around in pools of ever-brightening light.
We then ascended to our next decompression stop, always surrounded by stunning rock formations and beautiful shafts of sunlight.
But the dive wasn’t over yet. Once again, we were very lucky to encounter the rare jelly Aequorea victoria. That’s twice in a week, in two completely different sites!
Having completed the final decompression stop, I hovered by the exit ladder for an additional safety stop of 3mins.
When all was done, it was time to make our way out of the water using the newly-reinstalled ladder.
It’s always nice to be welcomed by warm sunlight when you emerge from underwater!
Here goes a screenshot of the dive profile as recorded by the Shearwater Petrel 2 dive computer (black line=dive profile, red=decompression ceiling).
As a bonus, here’s a very quick edit I did of the footage that Brian obtained during this dive:
Finally, the dive log entry is found below. Until the next one, happy & safe diving to all!
Time in: 09:56
Time out: 11:05
Max Depth: 55.4m
Max TTS: 25mins
Bottom Temperature: 15ºC