One of the perks of working for a dive company is that each year we get to try out the new destinations. As soon as I saw Oxygene Newfoundland join the list of destinations we offer, I knew that was the trip for me in 2009. Now I know, cold water diving is not everyone’s cup of tea and especially as an ex dive guide in warmer climes, I am bucking the trend. But the lure of humpback whales, pristine wrecks and icebergs all in one trip was just too strong to resist. Nor am I alone. Angela Mackintosh, one of the MDs here at Scuba Travel, was keen too to get up close to these massive and beautiful creatures. I had a dive buddy.
So now it is I find myself 6 weeks before a trip to Canada and a sense of mild panic is starting to creep in. Have I thought of everything? My to do list is getting longer. Tickets have been booked. Our room is reserved at the Ocean Quest lodge (oh yes, a sauna on site!). Dry suit is a must but I am running around trying to make sure the rest of my much abused dive kit is up to the job. Regs need servicing and I am currently missing a fin but there is still time…..
More importantly we both agreed some pre Canada diving was needed before we set sail. Ang quickly bagged her place on a trip to Cornwall and I am off Lundy with the lovely chaps at Oxygene Cranleigh later in the month. Both of us have dived in the UK before so have a fairly good idea of what to expect…. I think… but if anyone out there has any tips let me know.
You can find out more about the “Ocean Quest & Oxygene Newfoundland” on our website or by calling one of our helpful team on 0800 072 8221.
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