|There are other salt water places we have dived. Pete has
been diving with Dave, his son, in England - on the wreck of the
"Countess of Erne" in Portland harbor.
We went diving with Breakwater Diving Center.
Pete Has also dived with his daughter, Sarah, with the Lizard
Divers in Cornwall. They did a great job of looking after us.
We dived in Cadgwith Cove and on the wreck of the "Belucia".
|Pete and Lauri have also dived in the Mediterranean sea.
This was from the beautiful Spanish island of Mallorca. We stayed at
Puerto Pollenca and dived with Scuba
Mallorca. Diving was a lot of fun. Water temperature was 64 F in
May. Our favorite dive was "Jeronimo" where we surfaced inside
a cavern. It's amazing to see the stalactites with only light coming in
via the underwater entrance. The pictures below show the Octopus on a
dive called "Tunnels of Love", and one of many Jellyfish on a
dive called "Swiss Cheese". There were hundreds of jellyfish
there, but nobody got stung. If you ever go to Mallorca I would
recommend a dive with them. Their boat is "Miss Connie" - an
interesting story in itself - see below
|Connie, a Canadian. worked in the city of
London and spent her weekends at her house in Mallorca.. Majorca (spelt Mallorca but pronounced My-yorka)
is the major island in the Balearics. It is very accessible and, placed as it is
in the center of the western Mediterranean, ideal for weekenders who can afford
the air-ticket every week.
Most of us are more likely to consider it as a once-a-year holiday destination, but there is no denying that the two-hour flying time from London is very attractive, especially when you consider that most diving destinations are long-haul.
Connie liked to dive in Majorca, but when her local dive instructor's boat sank, it looked as if she would be out of luck. In those days, dive centers were few and far between.
She solved the problem by buying the instructor a boat. It was a magnificently generous gesture. The boat was named Miss Connie.
Far away in Canada, the Spanish fishing fleet fell foul of the Canadian Navy when it tried to operate in protected waters. It was driven away. The Spanish government retaliated, but as it had little trade with that country, the best it could do was insist that any Canadian citizens entering Spain had a valid visa, issued by the Spanish embassy in Canada.
No big deal for most Canadians, but it really screwed up Connie's arrangements. There was no way she could travel each weekend to Majorca via Canada, so she ended up selling her home there and making other plans. The boat was later sold, and after changing owners a couple of times ended up being operated by a new diving center set up by two Brits and a Texan in Puerto Pollensa, a favorite resort of the British in the far north of the island. The outfit is called Scuba-Mallorca.