Welcome to my new, improved blog. It’s a new dawn and it’s a new day; not quite a new life for me but I’m feeling good. The original blog died a slow death from neglect. I’m hoping the redesign and fresh ideas will provide more than enough to keep me, and more importantly you, interested.
Over the weekends of 13-14 and 20-21 October I did the classroom, confined water and open water portions of my first PADI course with Oxford Dive Centre: I am now a certified PADI Open Water Diver! I enjoyed it very much, even diving at Vobster Quay in a 7mm wet suit in October.
On 11 November I did a dry suit orientation in the pool and didn’t get too wet when the dump valve blew off! The following Sunday I did the first three dives towards my Advanced certification; Dry Suit, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Navigation. It looks like I’ll have to wait until late March next year to complete the final two dives (Deep and Wreck are my electives) but I’m hoping to get plenty of diving in before then in much warmer waters; more about this soon.
As if all the exercise with diving wasn’t enough, I have entered the marathon in the 2013 Edinburgh Marathon Festival. I ran this in 2011 but due to injury during my training I didn’t perform as well as I would have liked. I’m currently in a pre-marathon training phase and will keep you up-to-date with my progress.