14 March 2016
Early Spanish explorers named the islands here Baha Mar, or Bahamas, the "shallow seas".
We have been waiting for the winds from the last front to die down so that we could explore a nearby underwater wreck that Wolfgang told us about. Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day with light winds. The high temperature in the low 80's. I am looking forward to trying out the new SeaLife camera, underwater. I used it to take some land pictures in Little Harbour. We have three dinghies going out together. Don and Wolfgang loaded up their dive gear and and met up with us. The water is choppy, but it is just a short ride to the wreck site. It is a 50 foot tugboat that sank nearly 40 years ago in about 15 feet of water. There are two metal pieces of the old boat sticking out of the water. Wolfgang ties up to one and Don throws out an anchor and tied our dinghy to his. We zipped up our wetsuits and went over the side. The visibility was not as good as we hoped, but I had a blast taking videos and pictures of the boat. It was great practice with the camera. I can see that with the right conditions and some experience it is capable of taking some amazing pictures. We spent an hour or so swimming over and around the wreck, looking at the fish who have made this reef their home. When we finished exploring, Wolfgang took us over to a beach. Here, Don decided, was a good spot for an introduction to scuba diving for me. It was not as scary as I thought and I didn't panic......of course, I could stand up there! I floated around and got a feel for the tanks, breathing with the respirator, and the feeling of letting the air out to sink to the bottom. Cool! We explored the beach and Carl found another large sponge and a metal rod covered in rust that he envisions might be a saber. He brought it back to clean. I saw something shiny wedged in a rock. Wolfgang helped me get it out. I thought it might be a silver coin. It was a lid from a sardine can! I've been reading one of Wolgangs books "The Tunnel" about caves, coins and crooks! (by Wolfgang Berg on Kindle). He writes about exciting adventures at sea ( many of his own) and this one takes place in the Bahamas. After returning to the marina I headed to the shower with my wetsuit on. It's just easier to wash it in the shower. The pool looked too inviting to pass up, so I stripped off my suit and took a swim in the fresh water. After lounging by the pool, soaking up the sun, I finally got to the shower. Don invited us all for dinner on Nemo. He had sausage,beans and rice in the crockpot all day. We enjoyed sharing some pictures from the day, wine, great conversation and a game of mexican train dominoes. Spending the day with the guys..... snorkeling, diving and photography with Dive Master Don and Wolfgang, author and owner of SeaLife cameras. Wow.... I feel like a lucky girl!
"The Bahamas are a treasure. Look after them while you are here. Enjoy them to the full. And, as the old diver's axiom goes, leave nothing but footprints in the sand, bubbles on the reef, and the joy of happy memories in your heart." from 'A Diving Guide to the Bahamas' by Rob Palmer.