A day to remember and to enjoy as our dive club joined together at Scorching Bay for a dive and the opportunity to catch up with familiar buddies and meet some new ones.
Wellington put on a fantastic day with plenty of sunshine and unusually no wind. Once our divers had arrived, poppies attached, Claire gave a briefing on the site and then had to assign buddies – with 27 divers heading out this was quite the challenge, but by 11am everyone was in or under the water and the dives began.
There was a lot to see – and surprising until returning to the exit this did not include other divers. Scorching bay is a juvenile reef system and divers saw plenty of baby blue cod, trevally, moki, leather jackets and a school of kahawai. There were also juvenile crays amongst the rocks along with conger eels and red rock crabs. Scorching Bay has a resident Conger Eel George who was in celebrating ANZAC Day himself.
Some buddy teams managed to find the seahorses which the harbour is renowned for and an even luckier buddy team found an eagle ray and an octopus!
While we were out diving and exploring the site Tomo was left in charge of the BBQ and the joy of surfacing to the smells of hot food cannot be underestimated. Our divers outdid themselves by bring along homemade pizzas, dips, muffins and of course ANZAC Biscuits which went down a treat.
With such fantastic weather and the opportunity to catch up and share a yarn or two with like minded divers and their families everyone had a great day out and is looking forward to the next event – I wonder what that will be. Suggestions anyone?