After he completed his dives I went to the deepest point in the lake to test my Scubapro meridian, I am still learning how to use it properly. It has taken some getting used to, but I am totally loving it. The Meridian is a wonderful piece of technology loaded with great features.
I have been a little slow getting to grips with it, then again, i have not been diving much since Deep Freedive for Sharks. Well, with my season about to pick up speed I am sure i will get to know the workings very well in the next two weeks. I also need to change the settings for fresh water, the actual depth on this depth is a measured 47/8m but with the saltwater setting it does not show, that is another great feature the Scubapro has which my previous computer did not have, so best I learn how to use it.
Another area where I was very impressed with the Meridian was the great display of temperature variations all the way down on the graph. And of course the cradle for the download, after years of battling with this aspect, it was great to just pop the watch onto it's cradle and have a clean transfer of data, as simple as plugging in a USB!
Back to the diving, I was actually rather surprised, I am used to the bottom of Blue rock being pitch black, however on Wednesday it was the opposite, the water in the shallows was shockingly dirty, and at the bottom I had about 5m visibility, but very cold.
It was very satisfying to get a decent time on the bottom, especially considering that I have done relatively little diving since June and only really started diving again a few weeks ago, with absolutely no training. In fact the further I go in this sport, the more convinced I become that training is over-rated. Good technique is key, that is why i place so much emphasis on drills, but i find that the less emphasis i place on fitness the better I seem to do.
Diving is such fun anyway, who wants to spend their time ploughing up and down a swimming pool or holding their breath face down just to see how long they can go, seems pretty daft to me, but hey, everyone to their own. Some people actually refer to a dynamic swim in a pool as a dive... go figure!