The fourth of five open water adventure dives to pass the PADI Advanced Open Water Certification
The key point to boat diving is identifying the various parts of each new boat you dive, ensuring you are aware of where to find the ladder, safety equipment and exits. Our boat was a ten man inflatable or ‘rib’. The captain ensured the weight of the divers in the boat were distributed evenly either side, with divers rolling back one by one, either side until the boat was empty.
The boat dive took us to the nearby Flamingo wall, well known for its life colourful and abundant marine life. Happier now with my ‘backward roll’, we descended to around five metres before beginning our dive across the wall. Surrounded by fish at a depth of eleven metres, I felt happy and safe buddied with a chilled-out UK diving instructor taking a relaxing busman’s holiday.
This was a gentle and rewarding dive, where we discovered around six angel sharks in the sand at various spots along the sea floor ranging between two and six feet long. Angel sharks bury themselves in the sand to rest. The females are larger and are somewhat more aggressive than the males. They have flat bodies, large pectoral fins and barbells around the mouth which are used to taste and feel. Often referred to as monkfish, Angel Sharks are now a critically endangered species, having been overfished for many years. They have powerful jaws and sharp teeth which lock on to their prey, much like the angler fish. I did not feel afraid of the sharks when at a relative distance from them, though I did get rather too close whilst swimming over a female which sent a wave of fear though me! Thankfully she eyed me and remained buried in the sand. You can check out the Angel Sharks in Lanzarote in this U-Tube video.
The skills covered in the navigation adventure dive