I have always known what it will demand of a diver to retake the record here. There are so many factors to contend with, swell, surface chop, wind, current, very poor visibility (especially below 40m), the fear of sharks (whether perceived or real, more about that later), each one of these factors can be a deal breaker, combined they are formidable.
Fortunately, after changing a few things I did a second dive to 54m and it went much better. I made the decision to focus only on what lies immediately in front of me and I have been working through the afternoon with my assistant Roelof on improving our set-up. Roelof was also looking a little downhearted this afternoon, but I told him that he did very well under extreme pressure, he has to deal with the conditions, and he has to deal with me under pressure. He handled himself very well under very trying conditions and he experienced a very steep learning curve. To his credit, he has also put today behind him and is responding like a real winner and focusing on the task in front of him.
Dean and Ian were a real comfort down there, it is so good to be diving with a diver I have known for so many years. Tomorrow evening I will be meeting with his whole crew at Underwater World, Durban.
We have re-set the rope and will dive deeper tomorrow.
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